News & Events

USDA Pegs Rail Losses at a Half-Billion Dollars

Published Mar. 13, 2015

Upper Midwest farmers lost about $570 million on sales of soybeans, wheat, and corn last year because of painful rail delays that began with the bumper 2013 harvest and persisted into fall 2014. The snarl-up could lead to closer federal monitoring of railroads

USDA farm bill program selection deadline is coming

Published Mar. 26, 2015

Farmers have until the end of the day on March 31 to elect which USDA farm program they want to participate in for the five-year life of the new 2014 Farm Bill. The choices are Agriculture Risk Coverage-County, Agricultural Risk Coverage-Individual or Price Loss Coverage. March 31 also is the deadline for landowners to reallocate base acres and update their FSA program yields,

U.S. exports at risk as bird flu hits heart of poultry country

Published Mar. 13, 2015

Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, and other major countries imposed new import restrictions on Thursday after a virulent form of bird flu was found at the heart of America’s poultry region.

Too early to condemn farm bill for high costs Read more: http://www.politico.co

Published Mar. 26, 2015

First, for the decade from fiscal year 2015 through 2024, mandatory government spending for agriculture — including conservation and crop insurance programs — is expected to average substantially less than the average for the prior two decades.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

Published Mar. 26, 2015

"On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation's economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe.