A coalition of 50 farm and agriculture groups is asking the Obama administration to almost double the USDA budget for competitive research grants to $500 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress.
In a normal El Ni o event, the combination of warmer than normal equatorial Pacific temperatures and a west-to-east subtropical jet stream component results in more generous wintertime precipitation in the southern third of the U.S.from south-central Kansas south through Texas, and east to Georgia and Florida.
Grim financials for dairy and pork producers were casting a pall over proceedings of the National Agricultural Bankers Conference in San Antonio, TX, last week. For the first time in 25 years, sessions were concentrating on topics such as organizing loan workouts, handling bankruptcies, and stresstesting loan portfolios.
The unseasonably wet and cool fall may leave dairy producers scrambling to find their supplies of dairy-quality hay for winter.Just as farmers have struggled to get row crops out of the field because of the rain and snow this fall, alfalfa growers also have found it difficult to get their last cuttings of alfalfa dried and put up, especially with the quality needed for dairy cattle, according to Dr.
A recall of more than 500,000 pounds of ground beef, for E. coli 0157:H7, has now been linked to two deaths, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. More than 28 people have also been sickened by the tainted product. The first fatality was reported in
The latest, and perhaps most profit-crushing, agricultural barrier thrown up this year by China is a ban on U.S. pork, but China also bans U.S. beef and has done so for years. In addition, China continues to threaten U.S. chicken exports in a complicated feud with the U.
The U.S. dairy industry is really several related industries, with high levels of specialization by area of the country. The traditional northeastern and midwestern producers frequently focus on fluid milk productionthe cartons seen in supermarkets.
The potential is still there for enrollment in fiscal year 2010, Coppess told a House Agriculture subcommittee. While were waiting on the regulation ... were evaluating that as well. We wont be able to put anything forward on the general sign-up until we have the proper regulation out.
A new study of atrazines effects on human health will begin this fall, with most of the review occurring in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Wednesday. It is unlikely changes in the atrazine label would affect the 2010 spring application season.
When terrorist attacks engulfed Manhattans financial district on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Federal Reserve staff slept on their desks and survived on cheese sandwiches for several days just a block from the ash and burning rubble of the World Trade Center.
Financial influenza could be spreading through farm country later this fall. While only a tiny fraction of all farm loans have been affected to date, the pork and dairy industries have eroded huge portions of their lifetime equity in the last year and face a wave of restructurings or forced sales in the next few months.
It is taken on faith that this years farmland rental rateswhich hit $500 per acre in a few cases in Illinoisreflect last years economy at least, if not the past couple of years. Landlords nearly everywhere set higher rental rates this year because 2008s crop income was so good.