Federal Judge Rejects USDA Changes to H-2A Program

A federal court in California issued a preliminary injunction against the Labor Department’s decision to freeze farm workers’ wages for those that use the H-2A Program. Fruit and Nut Grower News said the freeze would effectively lower the wages of several hundred thousand guest farm workers employed in the United States. A preliminary injunction was […]

Wolff: COVID Relief Bill Will Benefit Farmers In Several Ways

The American Farm Bureau Federation said the recently signed Coronavirus aid package includes important benefits for farmers nationwide, specifically changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Pat Wolff, senior director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, said PPP was designed by Congress to help small businesses stay open and keep their employees on the […]

Second Year of Potato Virus Y Research Starts At OSU

Oregon State University has started its second year of on a couple of important research projects focused on Potato Virus Y. Associate Professor Aymeric Goyer said the first project began looking at four different genes that researchers hypothesized could help to determine a plant’s susceptibility to PVY. “So these experiments were done in a greenhouse […]

What Is USDA Doing To Help Young Farmers, Ranchers?

For agriculture to succeed in 2021 and well beyond, young people will need to step up and eventually take the reins of the industry. But there are a host of challenges when it comes to the next generation of farmers. But, as Stephanie Ho points out, the USDA is using ever tool in their tool […]

Meat & Poultry Worker COVID Infection Rates Lower than General Population

A new analysis of independent data for November shows that reported new COVID-19 infection rates among meat and poultry workers were more than eight times lower than the general population. Data from the Food and Environment Reporting Network says the meat and poultry sector reported an average of 5.57 new cases per 10,000 workers daily […]

DeHaan: Concerns Of 2020 Will Leech Into 2021

Many are hopeful many of the problems from 2020 will soon start to leave us in the New Year, but oil prices, and oil consumption is not expected to change anytime soon. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy said 2020 was a rollercoaster year, and while the past several months have shown a level of stability, prices […]

Poultry Industry Facing a Tough Year in 2021

Like many sectors of agriculture in 2020, COVID-19 caused a big disruption to the poultry industry. Unfortunately, RaboResearch said the global poultry industry will face even more challenges in 2021, especially in the first half of the year. That according to new data in the RaboResearch 2021 Poultry Quarterly. COVID-19 will place continuing pressure on […]

Forest Management Technology Celebrates 75 Years Of Innovation

The USA Forest Service National Technology and Developing program is celebrating 75 years of innovation. “Originally we were established to re-purpose military equipment and material after World War II and see if we could retrofit that equipment for wild land fire suppression purposes, noted Program Director, Alex Gavrisheff. He went on to say since 1945 […]

USDA Expects Additional Food Price Hikes

According to the latest numbers from the USDA, the average American spent about 3.5% more on food at the grocery store compared to what was spent in 2019; the biggest year-over-year jump reported in a decade. A lot of those price spikes came early in the year brought on by disruptions in the supply chain […]