Category Archives: Agriculture News

“Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” Returns

  The holidays may look a little different in 2020. However, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Beef Checkoff want one thing to remain the same, and that’s beef. “Beef. It’s What’s for Holiday Dinner.” For the first time since 2003, the iconic “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” brand will be on television. It…MORE

California Organic Sales Up

  The Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Organic Survey finds total sales of $9.93 billion in organic products, an increase of $2.37 billion, or 31%, from 2016. Released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the report shows there were 16,500 certified organic farms, a 17% increase from 2016, which accounted for 5.5 million certified acres, an…MORE

Top Cal Organic Products

A new study by the University of California shows that cow milk is state’s biggest selling organic product. That study also reveals that strawberries, carrots and grapes are the state’s other top organic products. The University of California study points out that farmers produce more than 360 organic crops and commodities, with sales generating over…MORE

Farmer Payments At Record High

  Direct payments to U.S. farmers are at an all-time high as the nation prepares for a national election next month. Record government subsidies, much needed in the turbulent trade environment and coronavirus pandemic, are projected to make up more than a third of farm income in 2020. In a report by Reuters, the aid…MORE

DMC Enrollment Starts Next Tuesday

The Department of Agriculture announced the enrollment period this week, set for Tuesday, October 13th, through December 11, 2020. The Dairy Margin Coverage Program, known as DMC, is a voluntary risk management program that offers dairy producers protection when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price, the margin, falls below a…MORE

Coronavirus Impact on Ag Jobs

  A special report from AgCareers highlights agriculture’s workforce and compensation during the Coronavirus pandemic. The special report provides a hyper-focus on the most critical components facing agribusinesses during COVID-19. The topics include workforce planning, wellness/benefit programs and compensation practices related to salary administration for 2020 and 2021. The report finds 81% of agribusinesses did…MORE

Farmers More Optimistic

  U.S. agricultural producers became more optimistic again in September. The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer climbed to 156, the highest reading for the index since the pandemic began last winter and 12 points higher than one-month earlier. Since July, the index is up 38 points and is 60 points higher than its 2020…MORE

October is Cal Farmer & Farmworker Month

An agriculture industry promotional effort known as CA Grown is celebrating and highlighting the work of California’s farmers, farmworkers, and everyone whose work helps to keep the food supply chain flowing during the month of October.. According to a CA Grown press release “This month was born out of the desire to thank our farmers…MORE

Cattle Markets Bill Introduced

  South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson introduced the Price Reform in Cattle Economics Act. The House Ag Committee member says the bill would increase transparency in the cattle market, as well as improve risk management for producers and support new and existing meat processors. The Hagstrom Report says he wrote the bill as a response…MORE

FFA Introduces “Agricultural Education for All”

  The National FFA organization announced its new Agricultural Education for All roadmap. The plan outlines the strategies the organization is taking to support inclusion, diversity, and equity. The FFA wants to ensure that the organization is a bully-free zone that reflects society’s demographics in membership, leadership, and staff, and celebrates individuality. “FFA is building…MORE