While The Northwest Is Dry, Winter Wheat Conditions Look Good Nationally

Drought continues to impact the winter wheat crop here in the Northwest.But for the most part, the crop, nationally looks good.USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Overall, 46% of the winter wheat rated good to excellent,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “That is up a point from last week. 18% very poor to poor that is also […]

New Program Seeks to Close Gaps in US Hemp Supply Chain

High Grade Hemp Seed this week introduced a Farm Partner Program seeking to make consistent, compliant production a reality for the U.S. hemp market. Co-created by Center Pivot Group, the new Farm Partner Program will provide an infrastructure for hemp producers that guarantees a price for hemp flower at harvest. The harvested hemp must be […]

Texas Representative Wans FSA Offices “Fully Reopened”

Texas Representative Jodey Arrington recently sent a letter to the USDA and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding FSA offices. Arrington is asking the agency to reexamine and update their COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and safely reopen their local Farm Service Agency offices. The West Texas Republican said those offices are critical for hardworking agricultural producers, […]

FFA Membership Reaches Record

The National FFA Organization this week announced a record-high student membership of 760,113, an increase from last year’s 700,170 members. The top five student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow as membership continues to increase as well as the number of chapters. This […]

Restaurant Traffic Stalls Amid Increase in COVID-19 Cases

The recovery of U.S. restaurant customer transactions has stalled for the second week in a row as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in many states, according to research firm NPD Group. For the week ending June 28, total customer transactions at major U.S. restaurant chains are down 14% versus the same week a year ago. […]

Bill Would Allow State-inspected Meat Sales Across State Lines

New legislation introduced in the House of Representatives would allow state-inspected meat sales across state lines through e-commerce. The bill introduced last week by South Dakota Republican Dusty Johnson and Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar, would allow small producers and processors more options to directly market to consumers. The legislation, according to Johnson, “cuts through red […]

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 […]

AFT: Loss Of Farmland Puts Food Security In Jeopardy

On Wednesday, the American Farmland Trust released a new report that looked at the number of acres of farmland that were removed from production between 2001-2016.  The Farms Under Threat report shows 11 million acres of farmland was removed in that 15 year window. That comes out to roughly 2,000 acres per day nationwide.  As […]

Lawmakers Concerned with Farm Animal Depopulation Methods

A group of federal lawmakers wants the USDA to curb depopulation efforts of farm animals. Led by Texas Democrat, Representative Lloyd Doggett, the lawmakers raised concerns about mass suffocation of animals who are being quickly cleared from facilities and urges use of more humane practices. Congressman Doggett said, “every effort should be made to get […]