Hemp License Applications Now Open In Idaho

This was the first week growers in Idaho could apply for a license to grow hemp. The Gem State recently had its Hemp Plan approved by the USDA. While Idaho may have been one of the last states to come up with a Hemp Plan, Chanel Tewalt with the Idaho state Department of Agriculture said […]

Newhouse: Vaccine Mandate A Bad Idea For The Farm Economy

A federal appeals court recently pushed the pause button on efforts by the Biden Administration to mandate that all companies with 100 employees or more require the COVID-19 vaccination to maintain employment, but that does not mean the possibility of such a mandate has gone away. Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus says […]

Nationally, Winter Wheat Plantings Look Good

The pace of winter wheat planting remains generally on par with the five-year averages in most major production states. “In terms of winter wheat emergence, no major issues on the national scale.  74% of the crop emerged by November 7th; five-year average, 77%. Last year at this time we were at 78%,” noted USDA meteorologist […]

FY21 A Good One For Ag Exports

The USDA now has all of the trade numbers from Fiscal Year 2021. As the books closed at the end of September, numbers showed the U.S. exported just over $172 billion worth of Ag products. That’s $32.5 billion more than in 2020. “A good increase and far and away a record,” noted USDA economist and […]

White House: Infrastructure Deal to Improve Supply Chain

A White House fact sheet released this week said the bipartisan infrastructure deal will improve the supply chain. The report said the infrastructure legislation will make fundamental changes that are long overdue for ports, airports, rail and roads to ensure supply chains are more resilient and efficient from future shocks. According to some rankings, no […]

Farm Households Received Estimated $2,100 From Economic Impact Payments

In 2020, U.S. family farm households received $4.3 billion in federal assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic from Economic Impact Payments. Earlier this week, researchers at USDA’s Economic Research Service estimated average was $924, $2,408, and $2,466 for single, head of household, and joint filers, respectively. The disparity partly reflects the lower income thresholds for single […]

R-CALF Statement on Cattle Market Price Discovery and Transparency Bill

R-CALF USA awaits the full text of the compromise Cattle Market Price Discovery and Transparency Bill to analyze the legislation. The final language of the compromise is not yet publicly available. However, reacting to the news, R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard said, “Publicly available information does not indicate the compromise bill does what we asked.” Bullard […]

Dairy Industry to Meet Next Week

Dairy Industry groups will meet next week in Las Vegas for their annual joint meeting. The National Milk Producers Federation, National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, and United Dairy Industry Association will meet November 14t-17th. Attendees will hear how the dairy industry groups are working to “Make Every Drop Count” for U.S. dairy farmers. Key […]

Vilsack: Infrastructure Bill Has Big Benefits For Farming Community

The “traditional” infrastructure, is bound for President Biden’s desk, but he said he won’t sign it until Congress is back in session. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s normal budget has many programs to support climate smart agriculture. But, according to the head of the USDA: “Build back better contains an historic amount of […]