Agriculture

Livestock Researchers Awarded $14M from USDA
Agriculture
Livestock Researchers Awarded $14M from USDA
2021-07-07 20:08:45
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved $14 million in investments Wednesday to fund 31 research projects dedicated to disease prevention in agricultural livestock.  The funding comes as a part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and... Read More

Record High Confidence Levels Wane for Agricultural Producers
Agriculture
Record High Confidence Levels Wane for Agricultural Producers
2021-07-07 16:13:34
by Brock Blasdell

An Ag Economy Barometer report published Tuesday found a 21-point decline in the confidence of food producers in the United States for June. This solidifies a second month of waning optimism from record highs set earlier in 2021, and indicates... Read More

USDA Invests $21 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural New York
Technology
USDA Invests $21 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural New York
2021-07-06 20:18:48
by Dan McCue

About 13,511 people, 146 farms and 72 businesses are about to see their daily activities transformed due to a $21 million investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The money will be used to provide broadband internet service to Madison... Read More

New US Rules to Protect Animal Farmers Expected Soon
Agriculture
New US Rules to Protect Animal Farmers Expected Soon

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Biden administration plans to issue a new rule to protect the rights of farmers who raise cows, chickens and hogs against the country's largest meat processors as part of a plan to encourage more competition... Read More

Healthy Diet Impossible for Majority of SNAP Holders
Research
Healthy Diet Impossible for Majority of SNAP Holders
2021-06-30 14:38:58
by Alexa Hornbeck

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a recent report which showed that for 88% of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants there is a barrier to achieving a healthy diet throughout the month.  “It’s vital that the program helps enable participants... Read More

Supreme Court Backs Refiners in Biofuel Exemption Dispute
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Backs Refiners in Biofuel Exemption Dispute
2021-06-25 20:38:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday restored an exemption for small refineries from a federal law requiring them to blend increasing levels of ethanol and other renewable fuels into their products. The 6-3 ruling is a setback for biofuels... Read More

New USDA Grants Intended to Boost Beef and Poultry Industries
Agriculture
New USDA Grants Intended to Boost Beef and Poultry Industries
2021-06-23 13:54:18
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON - The Department of Agriculture is offering $55.2 million in competitive grants to help foster healthier beef and poultry industries, while also expanding opportunities for small and midsized processors to grow. The funding follows an announcement by the USDA... Read More

USDA to Award $45 Million in Grants for Wood Products, Forest Conservation
Agriculture
USDA to Award $45 Million in Grants for Wood Products, Forest Conservation
2021-05-10 21:01:19
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of Agriculture is funding over $15 million in grant proposals directed at developing and expanding “the use of wood products, strengthening emerging wood energy markets and protecting community forests.” The grants will support 60 individual projects... Read More

A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming
In The News
A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming
2021-05-04 20:13:26
by Anthropocene

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. What would you be willing to pay, to ensure your food came from a farm that doubled up to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change? That’s the... Read More

Dairy Farmer Groups Launch Bid for Better Post-Pandemic Milk Pricing
Agriculture
Dairy Farmer Groups Launch Bid for Better Post-Pandemic Milk Pricing
2021-04-28 15:20:00
by Dan McCue

Four Midwestern dairy groups who saw their revenues plummet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have proposed a new pricing plan they hope will create greater long-term stability in fluid milk pricing and reduce the chance of similar income... Read More

USDA Expands DamWatch Web App to Forest Service Dams
Environment
USDA Expands DamWatch Web App to Forest Service Dams
2021-03-29 21:29:17
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has entered into an interagency agreement with the Forest Service to add up to 600 of its dams to NRCS’s Nationwide DamWatch® system. DamWatch is a web-based application developed... Read More

Vilsack Puts Focus on Food, Nutrition Insecurity
Agriculture
Vilsack Puts Focus on Food, Nutrition Insecurity
2021-03-05 14:36:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Just over a week after he was confirmed as head of the United States Department of Agriculture for the second time, Tom Vilsack doubled down on his efforts to solve both food and nutrition insecurity around the nation. ... Read More

'We Are Facing Extinction': Black Farmers in Steep Decline
Agriculture
'We Are Facing Extinction': Black Farmers in Steep Decline

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — After Gil Alexander's death left no active Black farmers in a historic Kansas community once home to hundreds, Alexander's nephew and his wife gave up their jobs in Arizona to try and save the family... Read More

Vilsack Emerges as Biden's Top Candidate to Lead Agriculture Department
Agriculture
Vilsack Emerges as Biden's Top Candidate to Lead Agriculture Department

WASHINGTON — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has emerged as a leading candidate for secretary of agriculture in the Biden administration, reprising a role he held under President Barack Obama, according to people familiar with the nomination process. The people said that while Vilsack... Read More

Meeks, Scott Make History As First African-Americans to Hold Respective Chairs
Congress
Meeks, Scott Make History As First African-Americans to Hold Respective Chairs
2020-12-04 19:51:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats made history on Thursday when the caucus voted to make Reps. Gregory Meeks, of New York, and David Scott, of Georgia, the first African-Americans to chair, respectively, the chamber's Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. Meeks, who... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
State News
Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
2020-10-09 14:45:58
by Sean Trambley

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $300,000 is available for grants to shellfish growers impacted by declining exports and restaurant sales due to COVID-19.  Local and global market demand for Washington’s world-renowned shellfish has dropped... Read More

American Farm Bureau Honors Rep. Delgado with Prestigious Ag Award
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Honors Rep. Delgado with Prestigious Ag Award
2020-10-08 20:48:43
by Sara Wilkerson

On Wednesday, Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., was honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation with their prestigious “Friend of Farm Bureau” award, an honor bestowed on lawmakers in recognition of their agricultural efforts for their farming communities. To receive the... Read More

American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
2020-10-07 13:59:48
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – United States Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., received the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from the American Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday.  Spanberger, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee and as chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation and... Read More

Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
Agriculture
Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
2020-09-10 15:22:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Last year, roughly 10.5% of all U.S. households lacked access to enough food for “an active, healthy life for all household members,” according to a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. This figure is down slightly from... Read More

Struggling Farmers Work With Overwhelmed Food Banks to Stay Afloat
Agriculture
Struggling Farmers Work With Overwhelmed Food Banks to Stay Afloat

As the pandemic shut down restaurants this spring, California farmers and ranchers saw their markets drop by half, leaving many with fields full of crops but no buyers. And as millions of people lost their jobs, the state’s food banks... Read More

A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading
Agriculture
A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading

MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues... Read More

Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Reforming US Food System
Food
Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Reforming US Food System
2020-08-11 17:51:39
by Gracie Kreth

NEW YORK - The Rockefeller Foundation has published a paper calling for immediate action to reform the U.S. food system. Amid the pandemic and deep economic downturn the country is facing, food insecurity has escalated, particularly among Black, Indigenous and... Read More

A Farmer, ‘Little Ghosts’ and 18,000 Tobacco Plants: How COVID-19 Upended Farming in South Korea
Food
A Farmer, ‘Little Ghosts’ and 18,000 Tobacco Plants: How COVID-19 Upended Farming in South Korea

NORTH JEOLLA PROVINCE, South Korea — It wasn’t yet 9 a.m., but Promdeth Phonsrikaew stood sweat-soaked in the field. He was in his third hour of picking tobacco, beginning shortly after dawn at the foot of a mountain in a... Read More

Economic Blow of the Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers
Agriculture
Economic Blow of the Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers

Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater. It’s probably good, he said, to not have too much... Read More

Small Farmers Worry Government Won’t Bail Them Out of Pandemic Woes
Agriculture
Small Farmers Worry Government Won’t Bail Them Out of Pandemic Woes
2020-04-14 21:07:19
by Gaspard Le Dem

When the coronavirus started shutting down livestock markets, Darvin Bentlage knew his farm would take a hit. Springtime cattle sales usually bring in about a third of his ranching income, and cattle prices were already at a low, he said. ... Read More

Stop Milking It, Dairy Farmers Tell Plant-Based Competitors
Agriculture
Stop Milking It, Dairy Farmers Tell Plant-Based Competitors

WASHINGTON — What’s milk? For Jason Gallion, the only full-time farmer serving in the Maryland state Senate, the question is a no-brainer. “It’s always been assumed the definition of milk is that it’s from a mammal,” said Gallion, 43, whose... Read More

Restoring Former Farmland: ‘The System Doesn’t Just Bounce Back’
Agriculture
Restoring Former Farmland: ‘The System Doesn’t Just Bounce Back’

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s been more than 91 years since the last crop was pulled from the soil of an old farm field that, hidden away in a science reserve just north of the Twin Cities, has been left to grow... Read More

Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds
Agriculture
Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds

New federal regulations would make it harder for hemp growers to prove their plants are not marijuana, in what could be a major setback to a promising industry legalized just two years ago, farmers and state officials say. The U.S.... Read More

Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
Trade
Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
2019-12-20 14:41:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation just hours after they were at each other's throats over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans threw their support behind a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.... Read More

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