National Apple Crop Expected To Be Larger

The national apple harvest is just getting underway, but it already appears that this year’s crop is a bit bigger than expected. USDA Research Economist, Jacklyn Kramer said while harvest will be up roughly 3% of this year, it will be a mixed bag for apple production by state. Washington is expecting a 7% increase […]

USDA Invests $167 Million in High-Speed Broadband in 12 States

On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Department of Agriculture is investing $167 million in 12 states to deploy broadband infrastructure. The investment focuses on rural areas without sufficient access to high-speed internet. The investments will benefit rural people in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and […]

What Can Ag Community Expect Over Next Four Years? Former USDA Leader Weighs In

Many in farming community are wondering what the future holds under a Joe Biden Administration, especially when it comes to trade. Randy Russell, former USDA Undersecretary, is currently the President of the Russell Group in Arlington, VA. During a recent webinar he noted things will look very different in the next four years compared to […]

NASS: 2020 National Apple Crop Smaller

It looks like the 2020 apple crop is going to be a little smaller than anticipated. According to NASS, the national crop is expected to come in a 10.6 billion pounds, which is down 3% from last year’s crop. USDA Research Analyst, Jaclyn Kramer said that drop mirrors the decrease expected right here in the […]

Aging Farmers Need Help

One third of all US farmers are now over the age of 65, and some of them are physically struggling to keep farms going.  Some are even trying to start farms, like Mary Jane Cathers of Virginia, who started an alpaca farm in 2014.   “It’s not unusual for people in their 70s like myself […]

The 2020 Ag Outlook Forum Will Focus Future Of The Industry

The 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum is in February.  USDA Acting World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski, said this year’s theme “The Innovation Imperative” will focus on shaping the future of Ag. “We really want to highlight new technologies, new ways of doing business, new markets that are going to be important for farmers profitability […]

USDA Opens Registration for the 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Thursday, the USDA opened registration for its 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.  Planned for February 20th through the 21st, the event is the largest annual meeting of USDA.  The 2020 event, themed “The Innovation Imperative: Shaping the Future of Agriculture,” will feature more than 30 sessions.  The topics include innovations in agriculture, global trade trends, food […]