Category Archives: Agriculture News

Fed EPA Versus eBay

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice filed a complaint against eBay. The complaint alleges eBay allows the unlawful selling of pesticides, violating the Clean Air Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, commonly known as FIFRA and the Toxic Substances Control Act. FIFRA prohibits the unlawful distribution or sale of unregistered, misbranded,…MORE

Organic Cal Strawberries Bring Higher Prices

New data from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows what California organic strawberry growers have known for years, their crop brings higher prices compared to conventional strawberries. In the United States, grower prices for fresh organic strawberries move in tandem with conventional strawberry prices throughout the year while also typically running 40 to 50% higher than…MORE

Californian’s Join USDA Agribusiness Trade Mission to Chile

A U.S. agribusiness delegation arrived in Santiago, Chile led by USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor. The delegation includes representatives from the U.S. food and agriculture sectors. Among the those taking part, America Dairy Inc in Fresno which is a food and beverage manufacturer and distribution business. Taylor says, “Customers in…MORE

Asian Citrus Psyllid Found in So Cal

An insect carrying the bacteria that causes the HLB disease, also known as citrus greening has been found on a residential citrus tree in Ventura County, according to the California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program. This is the first detection of an Asian citrus psyllid with Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) in that county. The HLB disease a tree…MORE

Farmers Union Supports Right to Repair Bill

The Agricultural Right to Repair Act was introduced in both the House and Senate, and the legislation is strongly supported by the National Farmers Union. NFU President Rob Larew says the Right to Repair Act is an important step in the fight to ensure farmers across the country have fair and affordable access to the…MORE

Majority of U.S. Apples Used in Juices

Apples are a fall staple, showing up in lunch boxes, pies, cobblers, crisps, and cider. However, new data from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows a majority of apples are used in juices. In 2021, 45.9 pounds of apples per person were available for domestic consumption, according to USDA’s Food Availability data product. Fifty-two percent of…MORE

USDA Seeks Beginning Farmer and Ranchers Committee Members

The Department of Agriculture is asking for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. First established in 1992, the committee advises the Agriculture Secretary to enhance USDA’s goals for new farming and ranching operations. Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for themselves or other qualified experts by October 10th.…MORE

Survey Shows Consumers Willing To Pay More Despite Cal Prop 12

A new Purdue University survey indicates that consumers appear to be more willing to live with higher pork prices if they are the result of meeting animal welfare standards like California’s Prop 12. In the nationwide survey, consumers said they would scale back their purchases if pork prices went higher. But fewer of them would…MORE

Farmers Show High Interest in Autonomy Tech

Farmers in the U.S. and Canada appear to be embracing autonomous technology to optimize their operations and boost productivity. A survey conducted by Forward Group revealed that 65% of the operators surveyed expressed enthusiasm for adopting autonomy solutions, while 29% showed high levels of enthusiasm. The survey findings emphasize the positive impact of autonomous solutions…MORE

Food Prices Rise Again

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 0.6% in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, after increasing 0.2% in July. Over the last 12 months, the all-items index increased 3.7% before seasonal adjustment. The food index increased 0.2% in August, as it did in July. The index for food at home increased 0.2%…MORE