Parsons: ARM Survey Works To Help The Bottom Line Of Farmers

The USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey looks to create a “balance sheet and income statement for all of American farming”. “And then also we’re taking this deeper dive in to swine operations, so they’re will be quite a number of swine operators who are part of the survey,” said NASS chair Joe Parsons. “And then […]

USDA Rolls Out Improvements to Livestock Risk Protection Insurance Program

In the final moments of the Trump Administration, the USDA announced further changes to the Livestock Risk Protection insurance plan. The changes took effect on Wednesday for crop year 2021 and succeeding crop years. USDA says the improvements include increasing livestock head limits for feeder and fed cattle to 6,000 head per endorsement or 12,000 […]

USDA, FDA Sign MOU on Animal Biotech Regulations

The USDA and the FDA recently signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a regulatory environment at USDA for agricultural animal biotechnology innovation. The agreement allows USDA to lead animal biotech regulatory framework. Former Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue stated the effort “clears a path to bring our regulatory framework into the 21st century.” The MOU […]

Hutchins: Feedback Vital In Future of Farming, Innovation

When it comes to the path of agriculture and farming as well as Ag innovations and research over the next three decades or so, the USDA’s Scott Hutchins says public input and stakeholder feedback is pivotal. “What we’re really trying to do here is to find, based on the inputs, the discovery goals that will […]

Ag Community, FDA Trying To Spread Facts About GMOs

Do you want an easy way to start an argument? Just mention GMO and go from there. Some consumers strongly object to food with GMO ingredients even though, “There’s been no evidence that any of these food products have caused any kind of food safety issues,” said Kansas State University Extension Food Safety Specialist, Karen […]

Ag Groups Welcome Biden Picks for Deputy Ag Secretary

Farm groups applaud incoming President Joe Biden’s pick for Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Dr. Jewel Bronaugh. In 2018, Bronaugh was appointed as the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner. She previously served as the Virginia State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency during the Obama administration. American Farm Bureau Federation […]

USDA Issues Domestic Hemp Production Final Rule Notice

The flurry of last-minute regulations from the Trump administration includes a final rule concerning Domestic Hemp Production. The USDA published the final rule notice in the Federal Register Tuesday. The U.S. Hemp Growers Association said the final rule appears to address many of the concerns the organization expressed during a comment period. Changes include allowing […]

Wolff Expects Taxes To Be Big Issue In DC In Coming Years

One of the first questions about a new administration in Washington, D.C., is what changes can the farm community expect when it comes to tax policy? Pat Wolff, Senior Director of Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation, said there she expects to see “big tax legislation” fairly soon, maybe in the first six […]

Stabenow Ready To Get “American Ag Back On Track”

By the end of this week, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow will return to her former position as Chair of the Senate Ag Committee. She noted she’s not not wasting any time, already reaching out to the Ranking Member John Boozman of Arkansas, as well as the U.S. Trade representative nominee. Stabenow said looking ahead to […]

USDA Offering Additional Assistance Through CFAP

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said the USDA will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The agency will be expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities and updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied to the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing […]