Ag Community Works To Raise Awareness Of Mental Health Issues

Raising awareness and removing stigmas about rural mental health issues are occurring through various state and grass-root level efforts. Scott Heiberger of the National Farm Medicine Center discuses a campaign from last spring called “Farm Neighbors Care”, involving different organizations in Wisconsin bringing treats to farmers.A reason to be face-to-face and check in with producers. […]

Struggles Remain For the Dairy Industry

Recovering from the global COVID-19 pandemic is proving difficult for all industries, and the nation’s dairy farmers are no different. Pressure points were aligned at both ends of the supply chain. Dairy processors had to make changes in how they market product both domestically and internationally, while on the farm, producers struggled to find labor […]

Shrine Takes Visitors Through History Of Dairy

At the National Dairy Shrine museum in Fort Atkinson, WI, guests can take a step back in time on America’s dairy farms. You can view dairy artifacts, equipment and learn about the great leaders who’ve shaped the industry. The National Dairy Shrine is an organization committed to preserving the history of the dairy industry, and […]

2021 Cranberry Crop Looks Similar To 2020

What does this year’s cranberry production look like nationwide and in major cranberry production states? According to USDA numbers, cranberry consumption has grown in recent years, from holiday time only, to year round. When it comes to the size of this year’s cranberry crop. “Not much change in 2021 compared to last year.” USDA Economic […]

Kind: New USPS Standards Hurt Rural America

The new service standards implemented this month by the United States Postal Service have lawmakers from Rural America concerned. The Postal Service increased time-in-transit standards by one or two days for certain mail that is traveling longer distances, saying standards for single-piece First-Class Mail traveling within a local area will continue to be two days. […]

Tai Talks Trade With Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Kathrine Tai traveled to Wisconsin to meet with dairy farmers. Several producers voiced their concerns and priorities for dairy exports, specifically when it comes to trade issues with Canada under USMCA. “I think we had some really candid exchanges. One of the really important aspects of the USMCA is that […]

2021 Tart Cherry Crop Larger, Thanks To Washington, Utah

The 2021 tart cherry crop is larger than previous year crops by over two million tons. “That’s really about half of what we would normally see for our tart cherry crop,” said NASS’ Lance Honig. “So this is the second consecutive year with fairly low production.” Honig also noted the rise in tart cherries comes […]

Lawmakers Look To Establish A Dairy Pricing and Policy Commission

House lawmakers from Wisconsin recently reintroduced legislation to establish the Dairy Pricing and Policy Commission. The bipartisan legislation was recently reintroduced by Democrat Ron Kind and Republican Mike Gallagher. Kind said the Commission would consist of a broad coalition of dairy farmers, processors, and industry experts to provide recommendations on how to address some of […]

ODA Requires Mink Farmers To Vaccinate Their Animals

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has filed a temporary emergency rule requiring all mink ranchers to vaccinate their animals against COVID-19. Officials are looking to stop the virus from mutating in mink and being passed back to humans. “ODA is taking the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection in captive mink, as well […]

Traceability A Priority For New Idaho State Vet

The new Idaho state Veterinarian is not a new name to the farming community in the Gem State. Dr. Scott Leibsle started with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in 2011, and was promoted to the top vet spot on January 1st of this year. A 3rd generation large animal vet from the Midwest, Leibsle […]