News and Updates

News and Updates

Farmers Know the Benefits of Trade

Each $1 billion in ag exports supports 8,000 jobs. What America grows, the USDA will help sell. Since I was a boy—born into a farming family in Bonaire, Ga.—I’ve had agriculture running through my veins. The goal of any farmer, after producing enough to feed his own family, has always been to find the best […]

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In meeting with Rep. Smucker, some members of Lancaster County Ag Council voice concerns of Trump’s immigration enforcement

Immigrants are vital to their operations, and with the president’s plans to deport many undocumented workers, farmers here want the new administration to know how important those workers are to them. “It’s an unsettling time for everyone,” Steve Graybeal, of Peach Bottom’s Graywood Farms, said in a meeting this week between the Lancaster County Agriculture […]

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Economists on Cover Crops

Economists on Cover Crops

Urbana, IL (University of Illinois, July 11, 2016):  Cover crops are considered one of the most effective in-field practice farmers can use to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus losses, keeping those nutrients out of streams and lakes. This article takes an initial look at the costs associated with cover crops for a specific example of drilling […]

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USDA Food Safety Gains

USDA Food Safety Gains

Washington, DC (USDA, July 5, 2016):  Over the past seven years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has instituted some of the most significant updates to our country’s food safety system since the 1950s, leading to a 12 percent drop in foodborne illness associated with meat, poultry and processed […]

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Higher Education and Agriculture

Higher Education and Agriculture

Basel (Sygenta, June 28, 2016):  Many young Americans are already hard at work on the farm, even as the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” still echo in their ears. Other recent high school graduates may be planning to support the agriculture industry in other ways, perhaps as a scientist, salesperson or agronomist. Regardless of their […]

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Domestic and Foreign Markets for Soybeans

Domestic and Foreign Markets for Soybeans

Washington, DC (USDA, June 28, 2016):  It takes more than just a bountiful harvest to succeed in today’s agricultural marketplace. Many farmers find strength in numbers by pooling resources and expertise to grow and sustain their businesses in both the U.S. and international markets. For soybean farmers, the United Soybean Board (USB) works to maintain […]

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Relationship Between Yield and Labor

Relationship Between Yield and Labor

(Growing America, June 29, 2016):  According to research conducted by USDA, in which dairies with herds of 50 to 2000 head were studied, per-cow yield and productivity is directly related to the number of laborers in an operation. Dairies with herds of 2000 or more are realizing 10 hundredweight (cwt) of milk per hour of […]

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Perdue Announces Four Part Improvement Plan

Perdue Announces Four Part Improvement Plan

Salisbury, MD (Perdue, June 27, 2016):  Perdue Foods today announced a renewed focus on animal care, a continuation of its focus on premium, trusted brands that meet evolving consumer expectations. Chairman Jim Perdue shared the company’s commitments to animal care, a four-part plan that will accelerate its progress in animal care, strengthen relationships with farmers, […]

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