Category Archives: Agriculture News

House Ag Launches COVID-19 Webpage

  The House Agriculture Committee is launching a COVID-19 resource webpage to provide information to the agriculture industry. The webpage includes resources and information for agriculture and nutrition, and will be updated as more information becomes available. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota says the page is a collection of updates, announcements and…MORE

COVID-19 Impact on Farming

  A poll by Farm Journal shows farmers and ranchers are concerned about uncertainty in commodity markets, the financial stability of their businesses, and the health of their families, and their workforce. The poll gaged farmer responses regarding top issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Survey results show 90% farmers and ranchers say they expect COVID-19…MORE

Online Grocery Orders Increase

  Consumers are ordering more goods and groceries online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grocery Dive, a web-based grocery industry publication, reports 31% of U.S. households have used online grocery services over the past month. Out of those surveyed, 26% of consumers report using grocery delivery and pick-up services for the first time, and 39% of…MORE

USDA Accepts Millions of CRP Acres

  USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency accepted over 3.4 million acres into the general Conservation Reserve Program signup that recently wrapped up. It’s the first general signup for enrollments since 2016. County offices will begin to notify producers with accepted acres no later than April 3rd. “The Conservation Reserve Program is one of…MORE

Stimulus Package Includes Ag Provisions

  The $2 trillion stimulus package includes billions of dollars for U.S. agriculture. A quick analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows agriculture is set to receive $49 billion. Of that, $14 billion is provided to the Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation, and $15.8 billion is provided to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program.…MORE

Helping Dairy Farmers Meet Coronavirus Challenges

  National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern says his organization is ready to help dairy farmers meet the challenges brought on by the coronavirus. Those challenges can include impacts on both the domestic and international markets. “From possible damages to domestic and world markets, to supply chain labor disruptions on the farm,…MORE

ARC & PLC Deadline Monday

Farmers who have not yet completed their 2019 crop year elections for enrollment in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs must schedule an appointment to do so with their local USDA Farm Service Agency by Monday, March 16th. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce says.” If you’ve not completed your elections or enrollment, the…MORE

Dairy Farmers Descend on Capitol Hill

  Dairy farmers from the National Milk Producers Federation are in Washington, D.C., this week visiting with lawmakers. The visits are part of a fly-in calling for an agricultural labor bill that could be reconciled with a plan the House approved last year, providing the stable, secure labor force U.S. dairy producers need. U.S. dairy…MORE

Valley Growers Benefit From China Phase One Agreement

  The Department of Agriculture says there’s progress in the implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says China has taken several additional actions to reach its agriculture-related commitments. The actions include the signing of a protocol that allows the importation of fresh California nectarines, and the lifting…MORE

School Meals in California Continue Despite Coronavirus Closures

  The Department of Agriculture approved requests from California and Washington to allow meal service during school closures to minimize potential exposure to the new coronavirus. The meals are available at no cost to low-income children, and are not required to be served in a group setting, to ensure kids receive nutritious meals while schools…MORE