FAO Marks 75 Years Helping Feed The World

Earlier this month, the United National celebrated the diamond anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization. “The FAO Constitution from 1945 is still enduring. At that time we established our commitment to raiding levels of nutrition and standards of people; increasing the efficiency of the production and distribution of food bettering the conditions of rural […]

Consumers Are Stocking up Again Amid COVID, Political Unrest Fears

Americans are again stocking up the pantry over supply chain, coronavirus and political unrest fears. In a report from industry publication Progressive Grocer, research shows more than half of Americans say they’re stockpiling groceries or plan to stockpile. The research cites worries about supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 surges and political unrest amid the […]

EQIP Rules Published In The Federal Register

The final rule for the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, EQIP is now published in the Federal Register. “This final rule is just really what I would call a tweaking of the wording, but not any substantially new regulation coming through the final rule than what people actually saw in the interim final rule.” Which […]

China Has Purchased 71% of Its Phase One Target

The USDA says China has followed through on 71% of its Phase One Economic and trade Agreement commitments. According to last week’s announcement by the USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office , China has purchased over $23 billion in agricultural products to date. Outstanding sales of U.S. corn to China are at an all-time […]

Stabenow Leads Opposition Against USDA Decision on Dairy Aid

Senate Ag Committee Member Debbie Stabenow is leading a group of 15 senators asking Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to reverse a decision that excluded dairy farmers from getting coronavirus aid for losses from meat produced from breeding animals. The Hagstrom Report said the senators point out that losses from meat produced from breeding animals were […]

KC Fed: Fewer Loans Issued to Farmers

The Kansas City Federal Reserve said a slower pace of farm financing activity continued in the third quarter of 2020. The total volume of non-real estate farm loans remained subdued amid ongoing weakness in the ag sector, thanks in part to developments regarding COVID-19. The National Survey of Terms of Lending to Farmers says despite […]

USDA Holds SNAP Training Forum

The USDA recently held its first ever SNAP Employment and Training National Work Forum. “ENT transforms SNAP From a program that puts money on a card each month to being about wrap-around services and support to help each individual discover his or her own potential, said Deputy Ag Secretary, Steve Censky. The three day virtual […]

Questions Linger Around Phase One

With the recently signed Phase One, there was a specific dollar amount f American Ag products that China committed to purchasing.   But, will that happen?   USDA analyst, Sharon Raszap, says there is still a lot of uncertainty about the deal because of what was missing.   “It didn’t specify the timing that these […]

Wisconsin Representative Asks Perdue for More Certainty

Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind fired off a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding more information after the Secretary and the President brought up the possibility of more trade aid for farmers. Perdue had recently told farmers “not to anticipate” more aid in 2020, but Kind points out that the purchases promised in the trade […]

Despite Production Increase, Milk Prices May Increase In 2020

What can the dairy industry expect in the coming year on the national level?   USDA analyst, Jerry Cessna, expects slow growth in milk production in 2020, at roughly 1.4%.  Cessna said despite more output, milk prices this year could be a little higher than they were in 2019.   “We should see continued growth in […]