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State board to rule on Huron County wind farm

Published Aug. 25, 2015

Last year, the board approved an application to build the Greenwich Windpark in Greenwich. The project involves 25 wind turbines, about 490 feet high, with rotor diameters of up to 383 feet. The project would cover 4,650 acres of land from 26 landowners

The Sharing Economy Comes to the Farm

Published Aug. 28, 2015

Run by Ron LeMay, who headed Sprint’s wireless division until 2003, the company has created a platform to help farmers rent out their unused equipment to growers who may be hundreds of miles away to take advantage of the differences in peak harvest seasons.

Tom Vilsack on Updated Forecast for U.S. Agricultural Exports

Published Aug. 28, 2015

"The strong pace of American agricultural exports continues. Fiscal years 2015 and 2016 exports are forecast to be the third- and fourth-highest on record, respectively. Bulk export volumes are expected to rise in fiscal year 2016 and reach near record levels, and horticultural and livestock product exports are also expected to be higher.

U.S. Farm Income to Fall to Lowest Level in Nine Years

Published Aug. 26, 2015

Net farm income will drop to $58.3 billion from $91.1 billion in 2014, marking the largest percentage decline since 1983, including when figures are adjusted for inflation. The projected decrease would mark the second consecutive drop after incomes reached nominal record highs in 2013, according to the USDA.

USDA expands whole-farm safety net coverage

Published Aug. 28, 2015

USDA on Thursday said it is expanding its Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance option to all counties in the U.S. for 2016, while also making changes to expand coverage for beginning, organic, and fruit and vegetable growers.

USDA putting $63 million in loans, grants for renewable energy projects

Published Aug. 17, 2015

Roughly $63 million in loans and grants are being put into 264 new renewable energy and energy efficiency projects via the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), according to recent reports.