USDA Report Shows The West Has Become Much Dryer

For years, climate researchers have said compared to 50 years ago, temperatures across the west are higher, rain amounts lower, and a recent study indicates, “longer drought periods between rainfall events” according Joel Biederman with ARS. The author of the study stressed those droughts are running much longer. And said researchers complied daily data from […]

Petition Asks EPA to Regulate Large Livestock Farms

Two dozen environmental and consumer groups have asked the EPA to regulate large dairy and hog farms under federal air pollution laws. Groups like the Sierra Club and the Government Accountability Project say in their petition that “The EPA has the duty and authority to regulate these methane super-emitters under the Clean Air Act as […]

Coalition Asks for Increased Conservation Funding

Seventy of the top agriculture, conservation, and wildlife groups delivered a letter to Congress last week asking for robust funding for conservation programs and technical assistance for the fiscal year 2022. In the letter, groups like the American Farmland Trust, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and many others called on House and Senate appropriators […]

Squires: It Is Not Clear If Dams Are Responsible For Salmon Runs

Nearly 50 potentially impacted organizations recently penned a letter to Idaho Representative Mike Simpson opposing his proposal to breach the four Snake River dams. Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires said there are better ways to handle issues with salmon recovery, particularly since roughly 90-95% of the fish safely make it through the dam. “The main […]

Pandemic Has Stressed The Importance Of SNAP, Vilsack Says

It should come as no surprifce, SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] has been under the spotlight a lot during the pandemic. “I think it’s fair to say that the SNAP benefit is many cases not adequate enough to provide the help and assistance that is needed,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted during a recent anti-hunger […]

Consumers Grocery Store Visits Down

A new report from Placer.ai shows consumers are not heading to the grocery store as much in 2021, compared to 2020. Pandemic-driven shopping sprees last year had consumers cleaning grocery store shelves. The analytics firm reports a 28% drop in store visits the week of March 8, 2021. One researcher said, “2021 is going to […]

How Could Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Benefit Ag

President Biden says his infrastructure plan will focus on repairing, replacing, upgrading the country’s roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways. “It makes it easier and more efficient to move good, and to make us more competitive around the world.  And this transportation investment critically important.” Especially for the nation’s farm and food industry, according to […]

Ag Economy Barometer up 12 Points

The Ag Economy Barometer rose in March to 177, the highest reading for the barometer since the record setting performance in October of 184. Organizers say this month’s 12-point rise in the barometer was attributable almost entirely to ag producers’ more optimistic view of the future. The Index of Future Expectations climbed to 164, 16 […]

Vilsack: Seniors Are Often Overlooked In SNAP Conversations

One segment of the population that is typically overlooked with it comes to SNAP is senior citizens. “We need to make sure we address the challenges with seniors,” said Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, at a recent anti-hunger conference. “I think some seniors believe that SNAP is a welfare program; it’s not. It’s a program that […]

Growth Energy: To Decarbonize Transportation, America Must Turn to Biofuels

Following President Biden’s announcement last week of a nationwide infrastructure package, Growth Energy says the plan overlooks the need to expand low carbon biofuels, like ethanol. The American Jobs Plan seeks to improve highways, bridges, ports, airports and transit systems. The plan also seeks to improve drinking water, the electric grid, and broadband. In total, the […]