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38 min ago | Ag Professional
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.
4 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Spangler Candy Co. saw last month just how tight and costly U.S. sugar supplies are.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 08:14 am
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