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LINCOLN — Rural and urban residents who struggle to find fresh and healthy food close to home could soon get help from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with the help of $25 million from federal taxpayers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $25 million cooperative agreement award to UNL to improve local supply chains by […]

The post USDA awards $25 million to UNL team, regional partners focused on better access to fresh food appeared first on Nebraska Examiner.

WASHINGTON — Commodity trade group leaders at a U.S. House Agriculture subcommittee hearing this week advocated for bolstered risk management programs and maintaining foreign market access as tools to support farmers amid volatile times.   The industry representatives said supply chain disruptions and increased production costs have tightened margins for large-scale farmers, and decreased the effectiveness […]

The post Ag leaders lobby for better risk management programs at U.S. House farm bill hearing appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.

WASHINGTON — A roundtable of Native American agricultural leaders at a recent U.S. Senate hearing lobbied for increased sovereignty and social justice in the coming farm bill by expanding tribes’ jurisdiction over U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. It’s called “638” authority and refers to Public Law 93-638, which gives tribes the power to manage certain federal […]

The post Native American agricultural leaders detail farm bill priorities at U.S. Senate hearing appeared first on Missouri Independent.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday announced new steps the Department of Agriculture is taking to recenter U.S. agriculture and benefit small and midsized operations, including a proposed new “Product of USA” labeling rule and an $89 million expansion of the USDA intermediary lending program.  At the National Farmers Union conference in San Francisco, […]

The post U.S. agriculture secretary unveils initiatives aimed at small and midsized operations appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee listened to agribusiness executives on Tuesday rail against federal regulations, and lobby for new markets and reinforced crop insurance programs in the panel’s first hearing of the new Congress.  With the 2018 farm bill expiring this fall, lawmakers who will shape the next version of the […]

The post U.S. House Ag panel hears industry complaints on regulations, scant crop insurance appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urged the private sector and government officials to address inequity and promote innovation in what he called a “pivotal moment” in the nation’s history at an industry conference Thursday. In the opening session of the 99th USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Vilsack said new income streams and markets will be […]

The post Market innovation a path to economic equity in farming, Vilsack tells ag conference appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.

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WASHINGTON — After two strong years of growth, U.S. farm income is forecast to drop substantially in 2023 as commodity prices fall and expenses rise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service reported Tuesday. And with food prices projected to rise into 2023, the nation’s producers will not be reaping the financial benefits. The economic […]

The post USDA projects farm income will fall in 2023 after two robust years appeared first on Daily Montanan.

WASHINGTON – In its first meeting of the new congressional session, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry gathered Wednesday for a hearing on the trade and horticulture titles in the upcoming farm bill. The legislators prioritized enforcing the nation’s agricultural trade agreements, expanding access to international markets and supporting underserved producers. “The […]

The post Trade agreements, access to foreign markets debated in U.S. Senate farm bill hearing appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.

Rising interest rates have farmers and lenders putting extra thought toward operational costs. Taylor Sumption is a crop farmer just north of Aberdeen. The South Dakota farmer said the higher interest rates will make his annual loans cost more for things like putting his crops in the ground. “For example, looking at putting in a […]

The post Farmers brace for rising interest rates after years of steady lows appeared first on Daily Montanan.

The canola market has held steady through harvest, strengthening off the lows in early September. The November canola futures contract closed …

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