Category Archives: Agriculture News

Hemp Farmers on Legal Edge

  Hemp producers around the country feel they’re being treated like criminals according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. That’s because laboratories that test the crop must be certified by the Drug Enforcement Administration, something that has the country’s producers uneasy. USDA’s new hemp regulations say farmers have to ship some of their crops off…MORE

Phase One Trade Deal Officially Takes Effect

  Not only was Friday Valentine’s Day, but it was also the first official day that the Phase One Trade Deal was in effect. Tariffs on both sides of the agreement officially began coming down. The coronavirus outbreak is causing concern about China meeting its obligations under the agreement. An Agri-Pulse report says U.S. experts…MORE

China Asks World for Trade Calm

  The U.S. and several of the world’s major trading powers are dealing with uncertainty surrounding China. Politico says the spread of the coronavirus has killed hundreds of people and sickened tens of thousands in mainland China. However, at the World Trade Organization gathering in Geneva, Chinese officials were quick to “flex their economic muscles”…MORE

Corteva Dropping Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos  is a pesticide that’s been sprayed on crops like strawberries, corn, and citrus, for many years to kill pests. Corteva, the largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, says it will stop manufacturing the product by the end of the year. The insecticide has been linked in certain studies to neurological problems in children and has been…MORE

Hemp Protection Programs

  The USDA announced the details of two programs that protect hemp producers’ crops from natural disasters. A pilot hemp insurance program through Multi-Peril Crop Insurance provides coverage against yield loss because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown for fiber, grain, or CBD Oil. The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage protects against…MORE

United Fresh Produce Leadership Program

  The signup period for the 26th edition of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program is now open. The program first began in 1995 and more than 250 produce industry professionals have graduated from the program. “As we celebrate the program’s 25th anniversary, I invite our alumni and all those who have supported their…MORE

Newsom Proposes Plan for Managing San Joaquin River Delta

Newsom Proposes Plan for Managing San Joaquin River Delta

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s governor has proposed a plan that would keep more water in the fragile San Joaquin River Delta. The framework proposed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom would restore 60,000 acres of habitat for the delta’s endangered species and generate more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. Newsom said…MORE

USDA Offers More Trade Aid

  The Department of Agriculture will provide a third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments for farmers. The payments will begin to show up in farmers’ bank accounts by the end of this week, according to USDA. The payments follow the Phase One agreement with China and the U.S. signing of the…MORE

EPA Affirms Safety of Glyphosate

  The Environmental Protection Agency once again finds that the weed killer glyphosate does not cause cancer. Glyphosate is the most widely used weed killer in the U.S. The Daily Mail reports that the agency’s regulatory review again reaffirms its stance on glyphosate, the key ingredient in Bayer’s Roundup. The EPA findings come in spite…MORE

World Ag Expo Guarding Against Coronavirus

  World Ag Expo is set to host attendees and exhibitors from across the country and around the world starting on February 11th. Expo organizers will also prepare to guard against the newest coronavirus emerging in China. World Ag Expo is working with local, state and federal officials to monitor the situation and develop a…MORE