Binger Becomes New USMEF Chair

U.S. Meat Export Federation has a new chair. Pat Binger of Wichita, KS started his yearlong term on November 13th at the conclusion of the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference. Binger comes to position with 32 years of experience at Cargill, the last 11 years he led the international business segment for the North America protein […]

Lucas: PRICE Act Addresses Vulnerabilities in the Meat Supply Chain

According to Oklahoma Republican representative Frank Lucas, the Price Reform in Cattle Economics, or PRICE Act, addresses areas of critical importance for cattle producers. He noted the pandemic highlighted the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the U.S. meat supply chain. “It demonstrated though this was an ultra-efficient system we have, just how susceptible it was, whether […]

USDA: More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of CFAP

The USDA says it has paid more than $7 billion in assistance to farmers as part of round two of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Known as CFAP 2, the program provides farmers with financial aid to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said, […]

National FFA, DEKALB Partner on Winning Has Roots Scholarship

The National FFA Organization and DEKALB brand corn will unite on Sunday at the NASCAR race in Kansas. The partnership includes the unveiling of the DEKALB FFA Ford Mustang driven by Clint Bowyer, with dual historical wings for both the FFA emblem and DEKALB. FFA and DEKALB said they are both focused on improving the […]

Roberts: Ag Groups Helped Replenish CCC

As Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts, and he’ll tell you farm groups turned the tide in the election-year Republican fight with House Democrats to restore $30 billion in key Farm Bill and virus funding in the Commodity Credit Corporation. The Kansas Republican after Democrats relented in a deal that gave them more for school nutrition […]

Roberts Leads Letter Urging Flexibility for School Meals

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts is calling on Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide flexibilities for school meals and child nutrition. Leading lawmakers in a letter to Perdue, the Kansas Republican said, “As the school year begins, the challenges brought on by the COVID emergency persist.” The letter asks Perdue to continue using the […]

Winter Wheat Harvest Moving North

Winter wheat harvest is underway, and it is moving northward. “Nationally 41% of the winter wheat harvested on June 28th that is equal to the five year average and significantly ahead of last year’s harvest pace just 26% of the crop harvested on June 28th 2019,” noted USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. He continued that this […]

USDA Food Boxes Contain Food From Across The Country

USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program has been helpful to producers in states like Mississippi. “Our boxes contain sweet potatoes from Ponotoc, MS,  from Fury Eagles and NW Farms, chicken nuggets from Cook Foods in Morton, MS, ham and smoked sausage from Poke’s Meat in McGee, MS, and  Cook chicken strips from southern New […]

Rippey Concerned About Winter Wheat Progress

USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said recently cool weather has hampered winter wheat crop progress nationwide. “Overall, 56% of the US winter wheat headed on May 17th, that is behind the five year average of 62%, but slightly ahead of last year’s 51%,” the USDA meteorologist noted. Kansas and Nebraska are two states he mentioned where […]

Stripe Rust Found On The Palouse

According to Washington State university’s Dr. Xianming Chen, stripe rust has been discovered in winter wheat on the Palouse. Earlier this week, stripe rust was discovered on susceptible varieties in WSU’s experimental fields around Pullman. This is the first observation of stripe rust of this season on the Palouse. The same fields were checked on […]