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38 min ago | Ag Professional

Ag equipment makers may suffer longer than farmers

Farm equipment makers insist the sales slump they face this year because of lower crop prices and farm incomes will be short-lived. Yet there are signs the downturn may last longer than tractor and harvester makers, including Deere & Co , are letting on and the pain could persist long after corn, soybean and wheat prices rebound.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Manufacturing, Construction, Industrial Machines, John Deere , Agco, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Biofuel, Alternative Energy, US News

4 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal

Kansas gets $3.8M federal conservation grant

The grant was announced Tuesday by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It's part of $328 million the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing nationwide for conservation easements.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, US News

5 hrs ago | MyBankTracker

Money-Saving Tips for New Parents to Cut Costs on 3 Major Expenses

Buying baby equipment, purchasing outfits, changing diapers - these are all things tasks that new parents have to face. Bringing a baby into the world is one of life's greatest gifts, and it can be extremely rewarding.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Life, Food, US News, Nutrition, Home Buying, Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance

Tue Sep 16, 2014


USDA rules will allow chicken factories to conduct their own inspections

Apparently overburdened with having to police the filthy factory farm industry in accordance with the law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to simply hand over the inspection reigns to processing plants themselves, according to new reports. Updated "food safety" guidelines will soon entrust poultry processing plants with the responsibility of conducting their own food safety inspections, which means more feces, Salmonella and other contaminants in factory food.


Related Topix: US News, Agriculture, Science, Food Science

Quay County Sun

USDA workshop addresses housing

A housing workshop sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Housing Task Force drew 77 area residents to the Tucumcari Convention Center Tuesday to learn about assistance with major home repairs, energy efficiency, and credit matters related to home buying. Ernie Watson, a rural development specialist, said Tucumcari's turnout was the best of any workshop that USDA Rural Development has seen at any of its sessions statewide.


Related Topix: US News, Agriculture, Science, Tucumcari, NM, Home Buying, Home, Quay County, NM, Mortgage, Personal Finance


Upper Valley Agriculture: Yaks at Sunny Hill Ranch

There is growing emphasis in Alaska on locally produced food, including meat. Some cattle are being raised in the Upper Susitna Valley but many species of cow are not adapted to the severe cold of an Alaska winter.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Life, Beef, Food, Meat, US News

WTAQ-AM Green Bay

USDA chief says urged Buffett to ready BNSF for re...

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year. Vilsack said on Tuesday that Buffett, who heads the sprawling conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, recognized the challenge and indicated his company was taking steps.


Related Topix: US News, Tom Vilsack, Warren Buffett, Construction, Berkshire Hathaway , Berkshire Hathaway, Insurance, Empire Group, Investment Services


Nebraska Department of Agriculture Prepares for Large Harvest

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is taking steps to prepare for fall harvest, according to director Greg Ibach. He is also encouraging producers and agribusinesses to exercise care as they begin this busy time of year.


Related Topix: Nebraska Government, Nebraska, Agriculture, Science, US News

JD Supra

USDA Awards Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC $105 Million Loan Guarantee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has guaranteed a $105 million loan through Bank of America, N.A. to help Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels build a plant in McCarran, Nevada that would convert municipal waste into renewable jet fuel. The total project cost is expected to be $266 million and the plant is predicted to produce 11 million gallons of fuel per year.


Related Topix: US News, Agriculture, Science

WYMG-FM Springfield


"Last week's weather did not help with corn progress," says Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. "The state averaged 2.3 inches for the week, almost 1 1/2 inches above normal.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, US News, Weather

Daily Herald

U.S. can't get sugar for Dum Dums with import limit

Spangler Candy Co. saw last month just how tight and costly U.S. sugar supplies are.


Related Topix: Dum Dums, Agriculture, Science, US News

Trinidad Guardian

'Milk Grant' Must be part of wider programme

This so-called babycare grant is really a "milk grant" and has been so recognised by almost every observer in T&T. The PM seems to have a bee in her bonnet about milk for babies.


Related Topix: Life, Food, Nutrition, Agriculture, Science, US News

Mon Sep 15, 2014


California drought threatens sushi

Sushi eaters could face sticker shock the next time they order a California roll or check the box for another round of yellowtail nigiri. Thanks to the historic drought in California, prices may spike for the specialty rice used in the popular Japanese dish.


Related Topix: California, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Life, Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, Agriculture, Science, US News


Nutley BOE hears food service updates

Patricia Allegretto, Chartwells Food Service district manager, spoke to the Nutley Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 8, about USDA school meal pattern changes and initiatives the service hoped to introduce.


Related Topix: Dining, Adolescents and Pre-Teens, Family, US News

Ag Professional

USDA: Farm sector debt ratios near post-1970 lows

The rate of growth in farm assets, debt and equity is forecast to moderate in 2014, the result of an expected decline in net farm income, higher borrowing costs and moderation in the growth of farmland values. The value of farm assets is expected to rise 2.3 percent in 2014, while farm sector debt is expected to increase 2.7 percent.


Related Topix: US News, Agriculture, Science

Wall St. Cheat Sheet

Who Can Really Afford to Eat Healthy in the U.S.?

Income inequality has gotten a lot of press recently. It's on the minds of many Americans who are increasingly concerned about the disappearance of the middle class.


Related Topix: Non-Profit, US News

National Provisioner

USDA forecasts record corn, soybean harvests

A new report from the USDA is forecasting that farmers will bring in the largest ever harvest of corn and soybeans, reports the Associated Press . Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.


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Agri Marketing

Groups Sue USDA Over New Poultry Rule

GROUPS SUE USDA OVER NEW POULTRY RULE Sep. 15, 2014 Feedstuffs reports: The group Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System rules. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service amended its new inspection rule to remove a change that would allow poultry processing plants to increase their line speeds to run as high as 140 birds per minute.


Related Topix: US News, Food Science

Triple Pundit

Hundreds of USDA Violations Linked to Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

We've been reporting for more than a year on Foster Farms' mysterious salmonella infections, which earlier this year the U.S. Department of Agriculture linked to three California processing plants. In July, the agency issued a Class I recall after more than 600 people had been sickened by the infection, and a 10-year-old boy was hospitalized - the lynch pin, it seems, to finally linking the epidemic to its point of origin.


Related Topix: US News, Agriculture, Science, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Food and Drug Administration

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Washington Post

Hedge Funds Lower Crop Bets to Lowest Since January: Commodities

Hedge funds cut bullish wagers on agricultural commodities to the lowest since January before the U.S. forecast rising grain supplies and sent wheat, corn and soybean prices to four-year lows. Money managers lowered their net-long position on crops from coffee to wheat in 10 of the past 11 weeks, U.S. government data show.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Harvest, Chicago, IL, US News, Science / Technology