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When national best-selling author and farm kid-turned-adult Michael Perry wrote his latest book, “Forty Acres Deep” about a farmer’s struggles with mental health, he worried the heavy topic might surprise and deter some of his readers, who are used to the homespun humor of his previous works. “I knew this would be different than a […]

The post Wisconsin author Michael Perry tackles farmers’ mental health struggles appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.

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.

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WASHINGTON — Rural bank executives and crop insurance agents testified at a Thursday Senate hearing in support of a modernized crop insurance market that helps upstart producers manage growing risks, and supports food security.  The witnesses told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry that crop insurance represents one of the most important financial […]

The post Rural lenders, crop insurance agents push for bolstered safety net at farm bill hearing appeared first on Kansas Reflector.

The recent announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative that it was requesting technical consultations with Mexico under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Chapter of the United States- Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), is the latest step in the ongoing dispute over Mexican efforts to ban imports of genetically modified corn.

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Fear of losing generations-old farming practices and traditions to gentrification drove agriculturalist Joseluis Ortiz y Muniz to move back to his hometown Dixon in northern New Mexico. He’s a landowner now and takes on leadership roles within the local ag community. Ortiz y Muniz (Genízaro) is also focused on farming the land as his ancestors […]

The post Trying to keep New Mexico farming traditions alive through the 2023 farm bill appeared first on Source New Mexico.

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.

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WASHINGTON — Three of the four top agricultural leaders in Congress are emphasizing writing a farm bill that meets the needs of all rural Americans, but they diverge sharply over food assistance work requirements pushed by U.S. House Republicans as well as uses of Inflation Reduction Act conservation funds.  Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, […]

The post Congressional farm leaders split over work requirements for food aid, climate funds appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans tussled with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Democratic committee members over work requirements in federal nutrition programs as well as spending levels for those programs at a Tuesday hearing. Republican members of the House Agriculture Committee charged Vilsack with evading bipartisan oversight in the USDA’s 2021 redesign of the Thrifty Food […]

The post USDA secretary battles with U.S. House Republicans over costs of federal nutrition programs appeared first on Missouri Independent.

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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WASHINGTON – Bipartisan momentum is building in Congress to restrict China and other foreign adversaries from purchasing U.S. farmland, a reflection of a similar push by some states as well as apprehension over Chinese spy balloons, rising land prices, and growing international competition.  “Foreign ownership of agricultural land threatens small family farms and the overall […]

The post Limits on foreign ownership of U.S. farmland gain support in Congress, despite skepticism appeared first on New Hampshire Bulletin.

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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.

WASHINGTON – State agriculture officials from across the country sought this month to remind a new crop of lawmakers in Congress of their states’ needs for a robust farm bill to address a host of food issues. Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture gathered in Washington for their annual winter meeting […]

The post State ag officials push for on-time farm bill to fund slew of programs appeared first on Colorado Newsline.

WASHINGTON – Members of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee split along party lines on Thursday as they tussled over financial accountability in farm bill nutrition programs.  The main point of contention was the Department of Agriculture’s 2021 changes to the Thrifty Food Plan, one of four food plans the USDA develops to […]

The post U.S. Senate panel spars over elevated food assistance spending in upcoming farm bill appeared first on Source New Mexico.

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WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee quibbled last week over spending on crop insurance and ad-hoc disaster relief, previewing potential fights in the 2023 farm bill. Legislators of both parties emphasized their support at a Thursday hearing for better funding programs that protect underserved producers, and accounting for future natural […]

The post U.S. Senate panel debates safety net spending in upcoming farm bill appeared first on Daily Montanan.

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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 — The top 10% of recipients of federal farm payments raked in more than 79% of total subsidies over the last 25 years — producing billions of dollars for a relatively small group of U.S. producers, according to a new analysis of federal data from an environmental group. In total, the federal government paid […]

The post Billions in federal farm payments flow to a select group of producers, report shows appeared first on Colorado Newsline.

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