UC Davis: COVID Cases In Meatpacking Plants Costs Rural Economies Over $11 Billion

One of the sectors of the Ag community hit especially hard during the spread of COVID-19 last year was meatpacking plants nationwide. But, according to UC Davis, the impact was much more severe than initially thought. Researchers say an estimated 334,000 cases of COVID-19 are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic […]

Ag Exports Continue To Climb

American agriculture product export prospects looked dire a year ago, but to quote USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski, now, “it’s a dynamic time. it’s absolutely wild”. When looking at Ag numbers from the first half of this fiscal year, exports hit $92.4 billion, well in front of the $73.6 billion recorded this time last […]

DeHaan: Recovery From Pandemic Pushing Oil, Fuel Prices Higher

The past week has been a quiet one when it comes to oil prices and fuel prices nationwide. West Texas Crude traded around $65 per barrel Monday, some of the highest prices we’ve seen in weeks, but still off of the numbers reported in March. Demand continues to go up across the U.S. pushing those […]

Impact of Pandemic Not Just Physical For Rural America

The coronavirus is not just about physical heath effects of the virus, but also the mental health impact of this pandemic. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, said this is a problem nationwide. Especially, it seems, in rural areas, many of which were already under economic stress.  “And then you bring in a pandemic that […]

Consumers Considering Health, Environmental Impacts of Food Post-COVID-19

Consumers are increasingly considering their health and environmental sustainability as they shop for food. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend in the past year, according to a panel of experts participating in Farm Journal Foundation’s Speaker Series. Half of consumers have made changes to what they eat in the past two years to lead […]

Poultry Supply Chain Slowing Down as Demand Rises

Chicken is in such high demand that U.S. restaurants and processing companies are having trouble keeping up. Supply challenges are hitting all sorts of chains that serve chicken, including bone-in chains, burger joints that sell chicken sandwiches, pizza chains selling wings, as well as traditional wing restaurants. The problem has led to higher chicken prices, […]

Little: Virtual Trade Mission Benefits Idaho Ag Economy

Idaho Governor Brad Little says he is starting to see early, positive results from the state’s recent virtual trade mission to Mexico. Little noted that Mexico is Idaho’s fourth largest export destination, accounting for the purchase of nearly $225 million in Idaho products last year alone, with much of that coming from agriculture and food […]

USDA to Provide Critical Nutrition Assistance to 30M+ Kids Over the Summer

The Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new effort funded by the American Rescue Plan to provide adequate nutrition to more than 30 million children over the summer. The effort expands the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT benefits. USDA said summer months are difficult for low-income children because they lack access to school meals […]

Dairy Farmers to Seek Emergency USDA Hearing on Class I Mover Reform

The National Milk Producers Federation’s Board of Directors voted last week to request an emergency USDA hearing on a Federal Milk Marketing Order proposal. The proposal, NMPF said, would restore fairness for farmers in the Class I fluid milk price mover. The endorsement of the board, which represents dairy farmers and cooperatives nationwide, follows approval […]

Farm Progress Returning to Live Events in 2021

Farm Progress will return to hosting live events with the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, August 31-September 2, and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, NE, September 14-16. A survey done by Readex Research indicated that 84% of past show attendees will go to the show in person or plan to attend if their […]