USDA Reports Record Enrollment for 2019 Crop Year
Though it’s easy to look at the tech industry and think this increasingly influential sector is what makes the world go round, something closer to the very core of the Earth may be what’s driv…
People who live in cities, exurbs or suburbs may not come across farms very frequently. But millions of people, including children, still live on farms. In fact, in 2009 the Centers for Diseas…
Raising backyard chickens has been a growing phenomenon for several years. Many cities have passed laws legalizing backyard chickens, encouraging many to raise chickens as a rewarding hobby.
Many people subscribe to the notion that “everything is better with bacon.” Imagine being able to control the quality and flavor of pork products, and knowing just what went into producing del…
Modern grocery stores are unlike the ones many of today’s adults encountered when they were children. Grocery stores are not only bigger today than they were years ago, but they’re also stocke…
Certain foods are synonymous with particular holidays or times of year. For example, few people can imagine celebrating Valentine’s Day without ample supplies of chocolate on hand. And what su…
Modern industry is driven by technology. Advancements in technology have changed how business is conducted, with some industries undergoing dramatic changes since the dawn of the 21st century.
The farmers of yesteryear might not be too familiar with their surroundings if they were to visit a modern farm. While the men and women who made their livings as farmers decades ago would no …
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Modern supermarkets with their many open displays of fruits and vegetables are truly a marvel and a reminder that our nation enjoys the safest and most abundant food sup…
Now more than ever, as we see empty grocery shelves in response to the current pandemic, we realize how important food and fiber is to the American population. Farmers are the backbone of Ind…
The 2020 Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled. For the safety of fairgoers, staff, vendors, entertainers, exhibitors, sponsors, suppliers and the broader community, the fair has been canceled, said John Yingling, chairman of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board of Directors.
A “big mess” is how Paul Jarzombek of LR International describes the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on international agricultural trade. There’s likely light at the end of the tunnel but it will depend on what happens with the virus and public-health guidance moving forward, he said. Jarzombek is the Chief Operating Officer of LR International, a global freight-forwarding company based in Chicago.
The federal government on May 19 gave additional details on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will send up to $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to tear through the U.S. economy, the U.S. House of Representatives has released the text of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act – the HEROES Act. Similar to previous stimulus packages, the HEROES Act includes support for various sectors of the economy from additional relief for workers to health care and retirement. It also includes a specific subsection for agricultural producers and additional matters relating to agriculture.
This is the second Magic Valley food facility in a week with an outbreak of COVID-19, and Twin Falls now has as many COVID-related deaths as Ada County, which has more than five times as many people.
The coronavirus pandemic has attacked the U.S. dairy economy in waves. It arrived via collapsing futures-based price outlooks in March, then prompted an April meltdown in the cash markets. It’s now being felt most acutely in the milk checks producers will receive through July. But as of mid-May cash and futures markets were strongly rebounding, particularly futures for the year’s second half. That provides a significantly improved outlook for the nation’s severely stressed dairy farmers.
Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its first balance-sheet estimates for the 2020-2021 marketing year. Production for corn came in at almost 16 billion bushels due to the large acreage of 97 million and an early yield estimate of 178.5. A lot can – and likely will – change between May and the fall, but it’s worth stepping back to consider the range of possibilities. This week’s post is a look back at historical yields to see what 2020 corn yields might have in store.
Agriculture depends on safe and efficient infrastructure. Rural roads and bridges are a critical link in our nation’s food-supply chain. Preliminary data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics Commodity Flow Survey show that more than 70 percent of America’s freight, worth $10 trillion, is moved on the highway system. U.S. roads and highways link farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and service industries to grain elevators, ethanol plants, processors, feedlots, markets and ports.
OPINION Memorial Day has since 1868 been set aside to honor those brave Americans who dedicated their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy. Their sacrifices are a part of what has made America great – the building of America into its independence and prosperity.
Summer grass has become one of the most limiting aspects of the cow business in the region. In many cases, the cost of summer grass has surpassed the cost of feeding the cow over the winter. This presents some real challenges in an age where so many are trying to maintain the herd they have or expand to capture the market windfall occurring in the cow deal right now.
To provide immediate financial assistance to farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provided the agriculture secretary with an immediate $9.5 billion and the Commodity Credit Corporation with a $14 billion replenishment. Combining the existing Commodity Credit Corporation funding of $6.5 billion with the $9.5 billion appropriated, the secretary created a $16 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program that will provide direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially offset COVID-19-related losses for livestock and specialty and non-specialty crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed May 19 the details of these payments, which are highlighted in this article.
The spot cheese markets continued their breathtaking climb this past week. They have scaled great heights at spectacular speed. Spot Cheddar blocks jumped another 15.75 cents to $1.9375 per pound. Barrels rallied 17 cents to $1.89, a new 2020 best price.
EILEEN, Wis. – Across rural areas of our nation, people on the land are making government work by serving as local elected officials. Marty Milanowski is one of those people.
For the past five years Pat Kinsel, CEO of Notarize, chiseled away at getting his remote online notarization (RON) technology used in the housing industry to make the mortgage process faster and easier.
Millions of Americans are working at home during the coronavirus pandemic. You’ve created a nice backdrop of books, awards and knickknacks to impress your colleagues during Zoom conferences. You’re also paying for the utilities and internet service you need to do your job for your employer.
As of Wednesday morning, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases remains at three with “three or four pending cases” and no deaths reported according to Randolph County Health Officer Kenneth Sowinski. One of those people has recovered and two are in critical care, one of them on a v…
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