Category Archives: Agriculture News

More time To Respond To Census Of Agriculture

Farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Although the deadline for submitting the ag census just passed, NASS will continue to accept completed census questionnaires through the spring to ensure all farmers and ranchers take advantage of the opportunity to…MORE

Tractor Sales Down

U.S. ag tractor sales finished January 2023 in the negative, while all segments of ag equipment grew in Canada, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Total U.S. ag tractor unit sales fell for January in all segments except one, with 100-plus horsepower two-wheel-drive tractors growing 22.8%. U.S. combine sales, however,…MORE

Another Record Year for Farm Exports

The American agriculture sector posted its best export year ever in 2022. USDA says international sales of America’s farm and food products reached $196 billion. Final trade data from the U.S. Commerce Department showed U.S. ag exports increased 11%, or $19.5 billion, from the previous record set in 2021. The value of sales increased in…MORE

Price of Chicken Wings Easing

Retail prices for chicken wings have been trending lower in recent months and in time for national sporting events such as the upcoming Super Bowl and the college basketball championship tournaments. Previously, a combination of limited supplies and strong demand led to a historic runup in wholesale and retail prices. Wholesale chicken wing prices reached…MORE

Students to Celebrate Agriculture and Leadership

This month, FFA members around the country will celebrate agriculture and FFA during National FFA Week. Whether through service projects or community gatherings, National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to raise awareness about the National FFA Organization’s role in developing future leaders and the importance of agricultural education. This year, the week…MORE

Farm Bill Listening Session At World Ag Expo

The Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Glenn “GT” Thompson, according to the International Agri-Center, will kick off the 2023 Farm Bill listening session tour at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, starting at 10am on February 14th. Congressman Thompson will be joined by Rep. David Valadao along with bipartisan Members of the House…MORE

Protecting U.S. Ag from Foreign Adversaries

The bipartisan Promoting Agriculture Safeguards and Security (PASS) Act was introduced in both congressional chambers. It will protect U.S. national security by preventing foreign adversaries from taking any ownership or control of agricultural land and businesses in the United States. The bill will also ensure the USDA is fully involved in reviewing any acquisition of…MORE

Senate Bill Would Improve the Conservation Reserve Program

Senators John Thune of South Dakota and Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar reintroduced the Conservation Reserve Program Improvement Act. A Republican and Democrat, respectively, the bill bolsters the CRP by improving access to grazing, maximizing enrollment options for producers, and addressing implementation issues following the 2018 Farm Bill. “After hearing from South Dakotans, it’s clear that we…MORE

California Not Part Of Colorado Water Agreement

Six states that rely on water from the Colorado River Basin recently reached an agreement regarding a model to drastically cut water use in the basin. Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, and Nevada, “did exactly what we needed,” according to Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. However, the agreement doesn’t include California, the largest water user…MORE

Census of Agriculture Deadline Nears

The deadline to respond to the 2022 Census of Agriculture is next week. USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says farmers and ranchers must respond by February 6th online or through the mail. NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer says, “By participating in the 2022 Census of Agriculture, producers show the value and importance of American agriculture.” Last…MORE