AFT: Loss Of Farmland Puts Food Security In Jeopardy

On Wednesday, the American Farmland Trust released a new report that looked at the number of acres of farmland that were removed from production between 2001-2016.  The Farms Under Threat report shows 11 million acres of farmland was removed in that 15 year window. That comes out to roughly 2,000 acres per day nationwide.  As […]

Washington Ag Community Continues To Help Children Through “Farm To School”

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many roles changed and shifted. The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Farm To School program is a great example of that. In February, the program was meeting with districts across the state, trying to determine how farmers could better meet needs in the 20-21 school year. However, once […]

USDA Providing $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Business and Ag Producers

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agency will make up to $1 billion in loan guarantees available to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition Ag producers who aren’t eligible for FSA loans may receive funding under the USDA Business and Industry CARES Act Program provisions that are […]

Survey Reveals COVID-19 School Meal Trends, Financial Impacts

Fresh data from the School Nutrition Association reveals significant concerns about the financial sustainability of school meal programs. The second installment of a survey effort by the association found COVID-19 closures have had a dramatic impact on school meal program budgets. Financial losses to the school nutrition program ranked as respondents’ top concern, cited by […]

Using Data To Help The Dairy Industry Into The Future

With so many unknowns in agriculture markets today, the future can seem uncertain. However, the one thing farmers can do is take advantage of what they can control on their individual operations. This can sometimes make all the difference in their bottom line. What does that look like in the dairy industry? If you have […]

Perdue: Pandemic Forced Change In Supply Chain

“Our food supply chain is very integrated, it’s very sophisticated, and even synchronized in a way” Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently said. “And that gives American consumers the lowest cost food anywhere in the developed world.” However, Perdue said this week that efficiency produces separate supply chain systems: one for grocery stores and one for […]