USDA Extends Deadline to Apply for Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers

The USDA is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, or PLIP. Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through October 12th, […]

Vilsack: The USDA Will Do More To Help Producers Hurt By Western Drought

The drought here in the west is on the mind of the Ag Secretary. “Could lead potentially to people having to sell their herds because they can’t simply afford the cost of maintaining them.” Tom Vilsack recently to announced the expansion of the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program [ELAP], specifically to help producers that need assistance […]

USDA Rolls Out Innovation 4 Nutrition & Health

The USDA recently handed out several grants to projects designed to build more resiliency of food and in some cases health systems, including those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Gus Schumacher Incentive Program really prioritizes nutrition security. To find and fund innovative solutions to tackle the whole picture of the problem.” Suzanne Stluka of […]

Rural Development Working To Help Small Town Health Organizations

Cactus Health Services in rural Texas was outgrowing its leased facility in a non-commercial area. “All patients in this two-county wide area and then we also get patients from all the way up in the city of Odessa that’s an hour and a half away that come see our federally qualified health center.” And CEO […]

July Beef Exports Set Record While Pork Value Remains Strong

U.S. beef exports set another value record in July. Data recently released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows export value climbed 45% year-over-year to just over $939 million, while volume was the third largest of the post-BSE era at 122,743 metric tons, up 14% year-over-year. July beef exports to the […]

Vilsack Stresses How REAP Can Benefit Ag Rural, Communities

Last week, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $464 million in renewable energy grants for producers, rural communities, and businesses in 48 states and Puerto Rico. Vilsack said close to $129 million dollars in grants and loans will go for renewable and energy efficiency projects on the farm through the Rural Energy for America Program, or […]

Mushroom Production Continues To Drop

Mushroom production continues to decline across the U.S. According to the USDA the volume of mushroom sales during this year’s growing season at about 758 million pounds, a 7% year-over-year decrease from last year, and nearly 10% lower than the 2018-19 season. In addition to the drop in production, growers earned less this year for […]

USDA Accepts Over 2.5 million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup

The USDA accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program Signup. This is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpassing USDA’s goal of four […]

USDA: No Year-Over-Year Change In Food Insecurity

USDA’s latest annual look at household food security in America shows no percentage change year over year in the number of households that were food insecure at some point due to lack of resources; 10.5% of all American households in both 2019 and 2020. “The COVID-19 pandemic affected public health and the economy and there […]

USDA Trade Numbers Continue To Look Good

When taking a look at the first ten moths of this fiscal year, the USDA says ag exports hit $147.5 billion. “Well on track to meet the projections for fiscal year 2021,” according to USDA economist Bart Kenner. He noted total exports are expected to top out at $173.5 billion. With two months of data […]