#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil

#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil Follow USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s #Fridaysonthefarm interactive stories each Friday! Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land. This Friday, we meet Robbie Howard, who realized one of the biggest benefits of soil health is measured in time. Because now the soybean and corn farmer has more of it for his family and for his new found love – golf. Additional Resources: Learn more about soil health management. Find your local USDA

USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas

USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas Residents and Businesses in North-Central West Virginia to Get Internet Access with USDA Assistance   Buckhannon, W.Va., Nov. 6, 2017 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing more than $200 million in infrastructure projects to bring broadband to hundreds of unserved and underserved rural communities. “Broadband infrastructure is vital to our economy and quality of life in rural America. Yet, today nearly 40 percent of rural residents and businesses lack access

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure Loans Will Help Create Jobs and Spur Business Growth in 27 States WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2017 – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities need in a 21st Century economy,” Perdue said. “The loans I am announcing today will help utilities and cooperatives build

USDA Butter Grade Label Explained

USDA Butter Grade Label Explained Trouble viewing this email? View it as a webpage. USDA Butter Grade Label Explained It’s the time of year when many of us start thinking about holiday baking and cooking. Whether it’s roasting a turkey with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner or batches of cookies and other baked goods to share with loved ones, butter is often a key ingredient in our favorite recipes. Today, we released a new infographic that gives you a snapshot about butter grading, types and uses. Check It Out

USDA Offers Support to People and Communities Affected by California Wildfires

USDA Offers Support to People and Communities Affected by California Wildfires   WASHINGTON, October 25, 2017 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced today that USDA is making resources available to help rural people and communities recover from the effects of California wildfires. “While the full extent of damage from the current wildfires is not yet known, USDA Rural Development is committed to supporting the recovery of impacted rural communities,” Hazlett said. “We have a variety of assistance rural communities can use during the rebuilding process.”

USDA Reports: Checkoff Returns $5 for Every Farmer Dollar Invested

USDA Reports: Checkoff Returns $5 for Every Farmer Dollar Invested Financial reports released by the USDA for 2013, 2014 and 2015 showed great news for dairy farmers: Their investment in the checkoff is returning $5 for every dollar they put into the program. The news was recently reported by Farm Journal’s MILK magazine. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Start a conversation in the Dairy Hub or via email at [email protected] Read Article   USDA Reports: Checkoff Returns $5 for Every Farmer Dollar Invested

This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows

This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows Recombinetics says its genetically edited Holsteins are ready to milk, but FDA rules are in flux. Geneticist Scott Fahrenkrug knows a callipyge when he sees one. The term, which means “beautiful buttocks” in Greek, is often used by livestock breeders to describe a mutation that causes an animal’s post­erior to grow to twice the average size for its species, meaning more juicy, flavorful meat…….. Read More Source https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-12/this-genetics-company-is-editing-horns-off-milk-cows   This Genetics Company Is Editing Horns Off Milk Cows

August Trade Data Shows Strong Exports Continue

August Trade Data Shows Strong Exports Continue by Katelyn McCullock August trade data showed exports continued at a double-digit pace, increasing 15 percent over August 2016.  This marks the third straight month of double-digit export increases and extends the year-to-date lead to 15 percent over last year. Leading the way in the month of August were increases to Vietnam (113 percent), Japan ( 9 percent), followed by Hong Kong (28 percent), and Canada (18 percent).  Mexico and other countries showed single-digit increases, while China and South Korea posted year-over-year declines. Read More

Global ‘Cheeseheads’ Drive Growing Demand for U.S. Exports

Global ‘Cheeseheads’ Drive Growing Demand for U.S. Exports Global ‘Cheeseheads’ Drive Growing Demand for U.S. Exports by Merle McNeil, October 11, 2017 U.S. cheese shipments to China, South Korea, Mexico and Japan have soared and the broader outlook looks promising as the world’s growing love affair with cheese continues. Read The U.S. Dairy Export Council Managed by Dairy Management Inc.  2107 Wilson Blvd. Suite 600 Arlington,  VA  22201-3061 |  USA Global ‘Cheeseheads’ Drive Growing Demand for U.S. Exports SaveSave

NIFA Honors Land-Grant University Partners, Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. NIFA Honors Land-Grant University Partners, Announces Hall of Fame Inductees WASHINGTON, D.C. Oct. 12 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today honored several land-grant university partners during its annual Day of Appreciation ceremony. Those honored were recognized for supporting NIFA’s mission to advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve significant societal challenges. “NIFA is committed to supporting the research, education, and extension efforts of its land-grant university partners,” said NIFA

Secretary Perdue Statement on Hurricane Maria Assistance to Agricultural Producers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Secretary Perdue Statement on Hurricane Maria Assistance to Agricultural Producers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Washington, D.C., September 29, 2017 — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today pledged all resources and flexibilities at USDA’s disposal as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from the devastation of recent hurricanes. “Agriculture producers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands deserve the same resources under the USDA Farm Service Agency disaster programs as farmers, ranchers, and foresters in the states. This includes compensation for livestock death and

Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Tax Reform Agenda

Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Tax Reform Agenda (Washington, D.C., September 27, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s vision of a broad reform of the American tax code, which will result in dramatic tax cuts for millions of American individuals, families, businesses, and family farmers, ranchers, and foresters. Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: “The people of American agriculture work hard every day to provide food, fiber, and fuel for their fellow citizens, so they shouldn’t be overburdened by the tax collector

USDA: Help on Way for Households Hit by Irma

USDA: Help on Way for Households Hit by Irma WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2017 – American families coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma will receive much needed nutrition relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.  Notably, packages of American grown and produced nutritious USDA Foods will be available across hurricane-stricken areas in Florida. The move is part of a series of actions the USDA announced in recent days, as the department continues its efforts to help Americans in need following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia and

Disaster Assistance Programs

Disaster Assistance Programs From USDA website USDA offers a variety of programs and services to help communities, farmers, ranchers, and businesses that have been hard hit by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and other natural disaster events. To find out how USDA can further assist you, visit USDA’s Storm Disaster Page. Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs at a Glance Sign up to receive Disaster Assistance Program email updates The Agricultural Act of 2014 indefinitely extended the following four disaster programs that were previously authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. The

National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc. Agreed To Refrain From Adopting Rules that Restrict Competition Among Members

National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc. Agreed To Refrain From Adopting Rules that Restrict Competition Among Members August 18, 2017 TAGS: Click here for PDF LINK  Bureau of Competition Competition The National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc., or NAAB – a non-profit trade association whose members compete to sell dairy cattle semen to U.S. dairy farms for artificial insemination of dairy cows – has agreed to refrain from adopting rules that unreasonably stifle competition among its members. The agreement between the FTC and the association resolves a complaint by the agency alleging

USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing

USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Announcement During Week of 51st Anniversary of Law Protecting Animals in Research & Exhibition Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a trained veterinarian, prescribes a much-needed belly rub on Bring Your Dog to Work Day at USDA this week. (Washington, DC, August 23, 2017) – Marking the 51st anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) this week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today asked for input from the public to help determine potential updates to the law’s licensing requirements.  The

$16.8 Million to Encourage SNAP Participants to Purchase Healthy Foods

$16.8 Million to Encourage SNAP Participants to Purchase Healthy Foods (WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 7, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced 32 grants totaling $16.8 million to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables.  The program is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “These grants help provide low income families with the resources they

Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America

Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America After the U.S. pullout of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, other nations launch 27 separate negotiations to undercut U.S. exporters. By ADAM BEHSUDI EAGLE GROVE, Iowa—On a cloud-swept landscape dotted with grain elevators, a meat producer called Prestage Farms is building a 700,000-square-foot processing plant. The gleaming new factory is both the great hope of Wright County, which voted by a 2-1 margin for Donald Trump, and the victim of one of Trump’s first policy moves, his decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership…….  

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signing a proclamation. WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market. The proclamation Perdue signed notes farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing outlets contribute approximately $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy and “serve as

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SD

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SDUSDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SD WASHINGTON, June 23, 2017 – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  All or parts of these states are experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions – indicated as categories D2 and D3 on the U.S. Drought Monitor. “Due to reduced availability of forage, ranchers in the hardest hit locations have already been culling their herds,” said

Perdue Names Leadership in Acting Roles as USDA Reorganization Takes Shape

Perdue Names Leadership in Acting Roles as USDA Reorganization Takes Shape (Washington, DC, June 16, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues the reorganization announced on May 11, 2017.  In accordance with a directive in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA created a new Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a realignment of several mission areas.  The reorganization also included a reconstituted mission area reporting to a newly-named

Increased Access to Chinese Market for US Dairy Exporters

Increased Access to Chinese Market for US Dairy Exporters Memorandum of Understanding Between FDA and the Chinese Government Outlines Registration Process for U.S. Dairy Food Facilities WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Thursday that will increase access to China for more than 200 U.S. dairy exporters in the short-term and paves the way for additional U.S. entrants in the future. The action creates new, sizeable opportunities for dairy farmers and processors, and the milk, cheese, infant formula and ingredients they produce. After more

USDA Seeks Nominees to the National Dairy Board

USDA Seeks Nominees to the National Dairy Board WASHINGTON, June 8, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Nominations must be submitted by July 10, 2017. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint 12 dairy producers and one importer to serve 3-year terms beginning Nov. 1, 2017, and ending Oct. 31, 2020. The selected representatives will replace board members whose terms expire Oct. 31, 2017. Nominations will be accepted from the following regions: Region 1 (Alaska, Oregon, and Washington),

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China (Washington, D.C., June 12, 2017) – As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration today has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.  These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States

U.S. Dairy and NAFTA Exports

U.S. Dairy and NAFTA Exports The NAFTA agreement series continues our focus on commodities with a look at trade in dairy and dairy products. In 2016, nearly 40 percent of all U.S. dairy product exports made their way to our NAFTA partners, but recent moves by the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada could lead to a change in the important Mexican and Canadian markets. A recent Market Intel article Canada Closes Door on U.S. Dairy Farmers reviews the recent concern in the dairy industry related to ultra-filtered

What the proposed 20% cut in farm subsidies mean for your grocery bill

What the proposed 20% cut in farm subsidies mean for your grocery bill The Trump administration wants to slash $4.8 billion from the $23 billion in subsidies currently given to farmers each year. Farm groups and Farm Belt politicians have vigorously complained about the effects of the Trump administration’s proposed $4.8 billion in annual cuts to the $23 billion in subsidies currently given to farmers. They argue the cuts will hurt agricultural production, raise food prices and make ordinary households worse off……..   Source: What the proposed 20% cut in

Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto

Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto, First International Trip as Secretary of Agriculture (Washington, DC, June 5, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today completed a trip to Toronto, marking his first international trip as secretary.  Perdue conducted a series of meetings with Canadian officials, including Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and current Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, regarding bilateral trade issues of importance.  Among other issues, Perdue raised the topic of American ultra-filtered milk that has been a

Perdue’s First Visit To Canada As Ag Secretary

Perdue’s First Visit To Canada As Ag Secretary Click the play button below to listen to the USDA Radio News NAFTA renegotiations and dairy issues were some of the topics the Agriculture Secretary discussed with Canadian leaders Monday as part of his first international trip as Secretary. (Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue) Perdue’s First Visit To Canada As Ag Secretary

Perdue Visits Toronto, First International Trip as Secretary of Agriculture

Perdue Visits Toronto, First International Trip as Secretary of Agriculture (Washington, DC, June 5, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today completed a trip to Toronto, marking his first international trip as secretary.  Perdue conducted a series of meetings with Canadian officials, including Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and current Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, regarding bilateral trade issues of importance.  Among other issues, Perdue raised the topic of American ultra-filtered milk that has been a point of disagreement between the U.S. and Canada. Perdue

USDA raises livestock, poultry, dairy export forecast

 USDA raises livestock, poultry, dairy export forecast The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its latest “Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade,” raised the livestock, poultry and dairy export forecast by $600 million to $28.7 billion, almost entirely due to higher anticipated shipments of red meat and products. See more at: http://www.feedstuffs.com/markets/usda-raises-livestock-poultry-dairy-export-forecast USDA raises livestock, poultry, dairy export forecast

Sonny Perdue comments on President Trump’s Paris Accord Announcement

Sonny Perdue comments on President Trump’s Paris Accord Announcement “President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States.  In addition to costing our economy trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, the accord also represented a willful and voluntary ceding of our national sovereignty.  The agreement would have had negligible impact on world temperatures, especially since other countries and major world economies were not being held to the same stringent standards