Category Archives: Agriculture News

US Drought Monitor: Much of California Now ‘Abnormally Dry’

US Drought Monitor: Much of California Now ‘Abnormally Dry’

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The U.S. Drought Monitor is now categorizing two-thirds of California as abnormally dry. The monitor reports Thursday that more than 81% of the state is considered dry, including a small percentage in the first stages of drought. That’s up from less than 18% last week. The monitor says that while reservoirs…MORE

Nation’s Largest Milk Processor Files for Bankruptcy

Nation’s Largest Milk Processor Files for Bankruptcy

DALLAS (AP) – Dean Foods, America’s biggest milk processor, has filed for bankruptcy amid a steep, decades-long drop-off in U.S. milk consumption blamed on soda, juices and, more recently, nondairy substitutes. The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the Dairy Farmers of America, a marketing cooperative owned by thousands of farmers. Dean Foods…MORE

Perdue Hoping To End Trade Aid Payments

  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue is hoping that a third round of trade aid payments to farmers will be unnecessary in 2020 because of a new trade deal with China. The Hagstrom Report says Perdue spoke with reporters last week shortly after returning from a “successful” trade mission to Mexico. Farmers “would rather have trade…MORE

China & U.S. Strike Tariff Rollback Agreement

  The U.S. and China will roll back tariffs if they strike a preliminary deal, a move requested by China before signing a phase one trade agreement. The signing of the agreement may be now delayed until next month, but the two sides continue to wrap up the talks, according to the South China Morning…MORE

Agriculturalist of the Year Honored

Agriculturalist of the Year Honored

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce honors the 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year Mark Borba today at the Fresno Convention Center. According to the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Mark is a fourth-generation farmer who grows almonds, tomatoes, garlic and several other crops. He co-owns Borba Farms, with his brother, Ross. Mark continues to devote much of…MORE

New USDA Agency Proposed

  Legislation introduced would create a new research agency in the Department of Agriculture. Introduced by Senator Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, and Representative Cindy Axne, an Iowa Democrat, the legislation would create the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Terra (Latin for land) to invest in innovative technologies that increase economic opportunity for farmers. ARPA–Terra would provide…MORE

Wonderful Company Launches Seedless Lemon

The Wonderful Company is releasing a naturally seedless non-GMO project verified variety of lemon to grocery stores across the nation according to a company news release. The announcement also says the seedless lemons will be in limited numbers from now through May 2020 and will be packaged in one and two-pound bags. A third-party study…MORE

Women in Ag Survey

  Women are active advocates for agriculture and successful business owners interested in filling leadership roles, according to a new American Farm Bureau survey. A majority of those surveyed, 91%, also believe there should be more women in leadership roles in the industry. More than 3,000 women completed the informal survey online, which AFBF conducted…MORE

Farm Labor Fix Introduced in Congress

  Representatives Zoe Lofgren of California and Dan Newhouse of Washington introduced comprehensive legislation that attempts to overhaul the nation’s agricultural labor programs. Politico says the legislation will attempt to “thread the needle” between agriculture and labor groups that have long butted heads over the issue. The bill, called the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, would…MORE

Farm Debt Taking Longer to Repay

Farmers need more time to pay off non-real estate loans, according to recent data. An analysis published last week by Agricultural Economics Insights, an agriculture economic analysis firm, shows repayment term length on farm loans recently reached levels not seen in decades. In 2018, the average repayment term on all non-real estate loans was 15.4…MORE