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Video from USDA Outlook Forum - featuring young farmers.
On the surface, it seems simple. Why can’t there just be a label on the food product letting the consumer know if it contains GM ingredients? Shouldn’t the consumer have the right to decide what is in the food they buy?
This week, the governors of New York and Connecticut—both Democrats—announced they would move around federal funds to prevent food stamp cuts in their respective states.
Apples are resilient and can withstand the freezing temperatures in winter. However, there is one crop Sage is worried about -- peaches. Peaches typically grow better in warmer climates.
Our operation and many farms across the Buckeye State and nation are feeling the crippling labor crisis facing the American agriculture. Although there are immigrants who are eager to accept American farm jobs, our current immigration system makes it very difficult for growers and producers to hire the foreign-born workers they need.
For the first time, the federal government plans to regulate how food is marketed in public schools, part of first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to reduce the allure of unhealthy foods to the nation’s children.
These plans, which aim to protect against low farm income based on historical Internal Revenue Service filings of Form 1040 (Schedule F), haven't gotten much respect or attention since they were introduced in 1999.
Voluntary controls to prevent phosphorus overloads on Western Lake Erie and massive algal blooms are not working, said U.S. chair Lana Pollack of the International Joint Commission at a Thursday morning media conference.
If you're intrigued by the idea of buying farm shares, often called CSA shares (community-supported agriculture), here's what you need to know.
A major concern shared by the panel was: how can I manage my landlord relationships proactively? With arrangements moving from primarily share crop agreements a generation ago to the cash rent leases that prevail today, there's a lot of change around how landlords and tenants are dealing with one another.
The bill, known as the “Tax Reform Act of 2014, also seeks a more generous “inflation-adjusted” standard deduction for individuals of $11,000 and $22,000 for married couples. The tax credit for a child would increase from the current $1,000, to $1,500.
Lower feed costs may spark a livestock industry renaissance and return to profitability, a team of Purdue University ag economists said Monday. "It’s not just the start of a good year for the animal industry, but an era," ag economist Chris Hurt said during a webinar hosted by Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.
Bankers surveyed said that despite the slowdown, farmers remained active buyers in farm real estate markets, as referenced by the share of farmers buying farmland, which has grown from an average of 63% in 2007 to 76% in 2013. Most purchased land to farm it themselves.
Several nonprofits that have little to do with farming or are in poor standing with their local governments have been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies over the past decade, federal records show.
Mary Thathcher, senior director of congressional relations for AFBF, said it looks like the commodity title will be implemented this year, with sign-up for some of the programs by late summer and into fall. Most crop insurance programs will not be implemented until at least the 2015 crop year.
Ohio is outpacing the nation in the increasing value of its crops. We are losing fewer farms than the national average, and our agricultural acreage has remained steady or increased slightly while the countrywide picture is still showing losses.
Instead of reading the legislation to mean that OSHA cannot enforce against farms, OSHA instead sought out means to get around this provision—and they found one.
OSHA had fined the farm $132,000 for violations. Previously, OSHA said the grain bins on the farm, which employs one person, were not part of farm operations and thus were not exempt from regulation.
Portman, of Cincinnati, said the question that needs asked is, “How many people are pulling the wagon versus how many people are in the wagon?”
We have heard many people say that winter irrigation is a bad idea. Some say the irrigation equipment will freeze and break, others say the plants will be damaged if sprayed with water in the winter
"Get ready to ramp up prescription agriculture," Catlett says. That’s because such technology could very well usher in a new autonomous means of easy and instant soil sampling.
“We’re looking at 2.5 to 3.5 percent increases over what we saw in 2013,” Ricky Volpe, an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said during his agency’s Agricultural Outlook Forum in late February.
Obama's praise for Stabenow has been privately echoed by farm leaders, who initially viewed her as an urban liberal senator interested only in autos and cherries
The litigation comes after members of Congress rejected a provision drafted by Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King that would have prevented states from regulating agricultural products from other states that met USDA or FDA standards. King specifically argued that California’s egg law was unconstitutionally attempting to regulate interstate commerce.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation county presidents are getting the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress this week on the organization’s annual journey to D.C. to talk about these and other issues.