NIFA Announces $7 Million in Ag Research Grants

The USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture announced more than $7 million in research grants to non-land-grant colleges and universities. “These grants aim to increase research, education, and outreach capacity at non-land-grant institutions to support the development of the innovations and workforce needed to sustain the agriculture industry in the future,” the Department said […]

Milk Production Forecast Reduced

USDA has reduced its milk production forecast for 2021 by 200 million pounds this month to 228.2 billion pounds.  “That mainly reflects our expectations of reduced mil per cow. So lower productivity and that is reflecting the high heat conditions especially in the West,” noted World Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski. “Higher stress on dairy […]

Consumer Demand for Lamb Protein Keeps Rising

Consumer demand for lamb increased considerably during 2020. While all meat sales grew during the year as more meals were eaten at home, lamb sales grew at a larger percentage than total meat sales overall. That’s according to the U.S. Retail Sales report commissioned by the American Lamb Board. First-quarter sales in 2020 increased by […]

U.S. and China Trading at a Brisk Pace

China and the U.S. are shipping goods back and forth at the quickest pace in years. According to Bloomberg it appears that the trade war and pandemic never interrupted the world’s largest bilateral trade relationship. Bilateral trade in goods is an area of stability in a relationship that otherwise continues to struggle. In February of […]

Explaining Ag To All Must Be A Priority for Today’s Farmer

It’s a theme heard often in the farming community. How can the boots on the ground effectively communicate to the consumer what farming is all about, and why it matters in their everyday life? And that means utilizing a variety of strategies and innovations to facilitate education and dialog. “It’s so important to understand who […]

Restaurant Sales and Prices Increase

Consumers ramped up restaurant spending during the first half of 2021. Restaurant sales posted an increase in June, as consumers continued to burn off their pent-up demand for socialization and experiences, according to the National Restaurant Association. Restaurants registered total sales of $70.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis in June, according to preliminary data […]

AMS Out With New Platform Focused On Data, Transportation

A new improved open data platform is now available for stakeholders of transportation of Ag products domestically and overseas.  “And we thinks it’s making the platform even bigger and better than it’s ever been in its previous two iterations. And there’s just so much new content, we’ve refined the old content, and just added a […]

USDA Reports Changes To Beef Outlook

The USDA reported a few minor changes in their most recent beef numbers. First when it comes to beef production, according to World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski: “A load which higher cow slaughter which would contribute to more production but that’s offset by lighter carcass weights, so that net production is virtually unchanged.” […]

Rippey: Spring Wheat Crop Continues To Deteriorate

It should come as no surprise the national spring wheat crop is ahead of schedule when it comes to development. But, as has been the situation for months, USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said the big story remains the condition of the crop. “Incredible, just 11% of the crop rated good to excellent and we see […]

Corteva Agriscience Leveraging Mobile Robots to Walk Row Crops

Corteva Agriscience is working to take agricultural robotics to new heights using a Spot robot from Boston Dynamics. The company is among the first in agriculture to use this platform to ‘walk’ between rows of corn, sunflowers and other crops. Company officials say the robot has potential applications in field testing of both new seed […]