Category Archives: Agriculture News

Cotton Trust Protocol Launches Streamline Enrollment

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol announced a new streamlined three-year grower enrollment for the 2022 through 2024 crops. The new process is designed to be quick, easy, and efficient, which allows a grower-member’s cotton to enter the supply chain sooner. Dr. Gary Adams, president of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, says they understand the high…MORE

Census of Agriculture Sign-Up

Ag producers have until June 30 to sign up to receive the 2022 Census of Agriculture. The National Agricultural Statistics Service will mail ag census survey codes for responding securely online to every known U.S. producer in November. Hard copy questions will be mailed in December. The ag census has been conducted for more than…MORE

USDA’s New Framework For Food Supply Chain

The Department of Agriculture unveils a new framework to transform the food system and supply chain. The framework seeks to provide more options, increase access, and create new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers. The announcement builds on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions caused by Russia’s war…MORE

Ag Exports Support More Than One Million Jobs

The benefits of U.S. ag exports to the American economy far exceed the value of shipments alone. The production, processing, storage, transportation, and marketing of farm and food products headed for the export market support a large number of jobs throughout the U.S. The USDA’s Economic Research Service says in 2020, U.S. agricultural exports supported…MORE

West Nile Virus Still a Threat to Horses

While much of the western U.S. endures widespread drought, people may think mosquito season won’t be as intense. However, just because there’s no rain doesn’t mean there are no mosquitoes. “Some of the most significant West Nile outbreaks have happened without significant rainfall,” says Dr. Justin Talley, Head of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma…MORE

New Dairy Trade Dispute Action

The National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council is supporting efforts by the Biden administration for its initiation of a second U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement dispute panel. The dispute panel focuses on what U.S. dairy leaders say is Canada’s ongoing refusal to meet its USMCA dairy trade obligations. The first USMCA dispute panel launched by…MORE

Wine Imports Reach Nearly $7.5 Billion

Growing popularity of wine in the U.S. has contributed to an increase in wine imports, from 127 million gallons in fiscal year 2000 to 456 million gallons in 2021, reaching nearly $7.5 billion in value. USDA’s Economic Research Service reports most wine imports come from the European Union, accounting for 75% of the total value…MORE

Farm Tech Open to Hacker Attacks

Experts say it’s important to realize that modern farm technology is vulnerable to attacks by hackers, which could leave the supply chain exposed to further risk. The University of Cambridge issued a report noting that automatic crop sprayers, drones, and robotic harvesters are susceptible to an attack. BBC says both the United Kingdom’s government and…MORE

More Cotton Growers Go Green

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is designed to bring quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurements to the key sustainability metrics of U.S. cotton production. The good news is more growers took part during the 2021-2022 crop year than did during the program’s pilot. The initiative’s new vision is to set a new standard in sustainable…MORE

Agricultural Export Programs Offer Excellent Returns

A recent economic study indicates public-private U.S. agricultural export market development programs remain highly effective and generate a substantial return on investment. The study, welcomed by the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultura Exports, was conducted by IHS Markit and Texas A&M University. The researchers say MAP and FMD have accounted for 13.7%, or almost $648…MORE