Rural Broadband Takes Center Stage Nationally

Rural broadband needs are drawing renewed attention of lawmakers nationwide as more and more schools and colleges turn to remote learning. The Pew Research Center estimates about 15% of all households with school-age children lack high-speed internet and poor FCC mapping means the number could be higher. During a recent Ag subcommittee hearing, story after […]

FFA Membership Reaches Record

The National FFA Organization this week announced a record-high student membership of 760,113, an increase from last year’s 700,170 members. The top five student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow as membership continues to increase as well as the number of chapters. This […]

Consumer Goods Forum Launches Food Waste Coalition

Earlier this week, the Consumer Goods Forum launched a CEO-led Coalition of Action on Food Waste. The effort bringing together 14 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers. The coalition seeks to cut global food loss at the retailer and consumer level in half. The coalition said food waste is an enormous environmental, social and […]

CFAP Expansion Doesn’t Include Hemp, Growers Respond

U.S. Hemp growers are disappointed the recent CFAP expansion does not include hemp. Last week, the USDA expanded the commodities covered under the program that provides COVID-19 relief to producers. CFAP includes commodities that USDA can prove saw losses of 5% or more in the first quarter of 2020. The U.S. Hemp Growers Association said […]

Feds Look To Target Drug Fighting Efforts

When the federal government looks at fighting drug trafficking, location is one of the most important conversation points. White House Drug Czar, Jim Carroll, said HIDAs (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) targets places where the most drug trafficking takes place. He noted HIDAs can be found in all 50 states, in urban and rural communities […]

How Can Technology Help Ag Retailers?

Innovative technologies have revolutionized some of the oldest farming practices, including scouting and pest management, and are reshaping the future of agriculture. Peyton Merriam, Syngenta Digital Ag Solutions Marketing Lead, said drone technology can empower retailers to better support their customers by helping them save time in the field and make more precise decisions. “Lots […]

Food Prices Decline in July

After months of steady increases, the prices consumers pay for their groceries dropped in July. The monthly Consumer Price Index said that was the first decline in the price of food since April of 2019. However, the decrease was less than 0.5% and Americans are still paying more for food than they did in 2019. […]