News & Events

Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Published Dec. 16, 2014

he number of female-run farms has tripled since the 1970s, to nearly 14 percent in 2012. And if you dig a little deeper, you'll find women are showing up in new roles. But because of the way farm businesses are structured, women's work often isn't included in those USDA counts.

West Coast port slowdown hits agriculture harder than holiday goods

Published Dec. 4, 2014

Labor strife on the West Coast waterfront isn’t going to steal Christmas, but agriculture workers in Washington worry they will see the backlash for years to come.

USDA Robotics Research Grants to Improve Agriculture Production, Efficiency

Published Dec. 16, 2014

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that work alongside or cooperatively with people

USDA Announces 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and European Commissioner of Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan will engage in a far-ranging roundtable discussion on agriculture. Dr. Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, will address "Food, Foreign Policy and International Order."

The Business of Urban Farming Takes Root in Detroit

Published Dec. 4, 2014

With an estimated 20 square miles of vacant land, Detroit’s abandoned lots are roughly the size of Manhattan according to the Detroit Future City Report. Detroit has an estimated 40,000 blighted properties needing to be cleared. The city allows residents to get an easy start at urban farming with the sale of side lots for only $100 dollars through the Land Bank.