AFBF: Agriculture Must Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Biden administration to prioritize agriculture for the COVID-19 vaccine. In a letter sent to the administration Wednesday, AFBF President Zippy Duvall called for the elimination of barriers to vaccine access for America’s farmers and farm workers. Duvall said, “This prioritization would ensure that planting, harvesting, processing, and […]

WSDA Hosting Yakima Area Tree Fruit Workshop

The Washington state Department of agriculture will host their 2nd annual IPM Practices of Tree Fruit workshop on Monday March 29th. The workshop will focus on the tree fruit industry in the Yakima-area, with topics including little cherry disease, X-disease, pests in apples and much more. WSDA will take an in-depth look at new strategies […]

Will There Be Changes To CFAP, Vilsack Offers Insight

While Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, did not make a formal announcement about USDA latest edition of CFAP, or additional assistance to farmers it is expected to provide, he provided insight earlier this week. “I expect and anticipate in the next week or so that we’re going to be able to lay out the plan in […]

Farm Dog Of The Year Contest Underway

It’s the fourth year in a row that the Farm Bureau is giving members a chance to show off their farm dogs. The American Farm Bureau’s Terri Moore said the signup process to enter your farm dog into Farm Bureau’s Farm Dog of the Year contest is a simple one. “It’s a questionnaire, and then […]

FNC: For Owners Of Farmland This Is A Sellers’ Market

The winter is typically a busy time for agricultural land sales nationwide. Randy Dickhut, Senior Vice President at Farmers National Company, said it’s a sellers’ market right now. “When we’re looking at starting in the fall time period on through the winter, so far, coming up on spring as the typical farmland selling season, we’ve […]

Farm Lending Pullback Continues

Agricultural debt at commercial banks eased further at the end of 2020, and loan repayment problems moderated slightly. According to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, general improvement in the farm economy likely drove the pullback in farm lending activity and strengthened credit conditions. Higher crop prices and an influx of government payments in 2020 […]

How Can The 4Rs Benefit Your Operation?

Are you familiar with agriculture’s nutrient stewardship protocol, ” The Four Rs”? “Using the right source of nutrient at the right rate, the right time, and the right place,” said Lara Moody of The Fertilizer Institute. She added the protocol is not one, but rather a suite, of sustainability practices designed to reach preferred outcomes […]

USDA Invests $266M to Improve Rural Communities Facilities

The USDA is providing millions for rural community services. USDA undersecretary for rural development, Justin Maxson, announced the funding Tuesday. USDA will invest $266 million to build and improve critical community facilities to benefit nearly three million rural residents in 16 states and Puerto Rico. This funding includes $156 million to support health-care-related improvements and […]

Organic Valley Launches National Clean Energy Fund for Its Farmers

Organic Valley is partnering with Clean Energy Credit Union to launch the Powering the Good Loan Fund. The fund seeks to provide the best loan terms for farmers seeking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels with renewable energy and efficiencies. Organic Valley says the program is the first of its kind for both cooperatives, […]