Category Archives: Agriculture News

Honey Production Falls and Imports Rise

U.S. honey production has dropped by 1.4% per year during the past three decades, while honey imports have grown by 7.6% every year. As a result, imports have been filling the domestic supply deficit. Imports have exceeded domestic honey production since 2005 and accounted for 74% of U.S. honey supplies in 2021. The top three…MORE

Farm Numbers Continue Decline

New data released from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows the number of U.S. farms continues to decline slowly. After peaking at 6.8 million farms in 1935, the number of U.S. farms and ranches fell sharply through the early 1970s. Rapidly falling farm numbers in the mid-20th century reflected the growing productivity of agriculture and increased…MORE

Cattle Industry Fighting Disclosure Rule

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association filed comments on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s controversial greenhouse gas disclosure rule. The rule would require publicly-traded companies to disclose their direct, energy-electricity consumption, and supply chain emissions, creating a burden on cattle producers who supply beef to publicly-traded processors, restaurants, and retailers. “With cattle producers facing record inflation,…MORE

House GOP Bill Targets Biden Ag Policies

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania introduced a bill this week that Fox News says would “strike back” at several of the administration’s agricultural policies. It would also strike down a recently-proposed rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission that could potentially harm small farms. Thompson is introducing the bill with more…MORE

Californians Part of United Kingdom Ag Trade Mission

Representatives from 37 U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations including 9 from California will join Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh for an agribusiness trade mission to London, June 22-24. Participants will engage directly with foreign buyers, receive in-depth market briefs from the Foreign Agricultural Service and industry trade experts, and participate in site…MORE

USDA Extends Comment Period on Fertilizer Supply Chain Issues

The Department of Agriculture extending the comment deadline regarding its “Access to Fertilizer: Competition and Supply Chain Concerns” Federal Register notice. USDA extended the comment deadline another month to July 15th. Andy Green, USDA’s Senior Advisor for Fair and Competitive Markets, says the new deadline allows “commenters to provide additional feedback regarding the role of…MORE

Ag Tractor & Combine Sales Fall Below Five-Year Average

U.S. tractor and combine monthly unit sales in May 2022 fell below the five-year average for the first time since March 2020. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers released the monthly data last week, which shows U.S. total farm tractor sales fell 14.5% for the month of May compared to 2021, and U.S. combine sales for…MORE

Smithfield Foods Closing Plant in California

Smithfield Foods says it will stop all harvest and processing operations in Vernon, which is in the Los Angeles area. The closure is expected to happen in early 2023 due to the rising cost of doing business in the state. At the same time, the company will align its hog production system by reducing its…MORE

Farmer Outlook Sinks as Production Costs Skyrocket

The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer plummeted in May to a reading of just 99, the weakest reading since April 2020. The May 2022 barometer reading marked just the ninth time since data collection began in fall 2015 that the overall measure of farmer sentiment fell below 100. Agricultural producers’ perceptions regarding current conditions…MORE

FFA Members Head to Washington, D.C.

For more than fifty years, FFA members from across the country converge in Washington, D.C., in the summer. After a two-year delay, the Washington Leadership Conference is back. More than 2,000 students are registered for the 2022 Washington Leadership Conference, the second-largest student experience the National FFA Organization hosts each year. FFA members can attend…MORE