Policy & Politics

Retail Agriculture (national policy)

Published May. 30, 2012

More farmers and ranchers are getting closer to their customers, and finding that they can capture a higher margin when they grow vegetable or meat products with a specific consumer market segment in mind.

Sales Tax on Internet Sales (national policy)

Published May. 30, 2012

Many rural communities find themselves losing their retail base. Local retailers are competing with Internet retailers who do not have to collect sales tax if they do not have a physical presence in that state.

Pre-harvest Food Safety (national policy)

Published May. 30, 2012

Pre-harvest food safety has become a topic of increasing focus, particularly in the beef industry. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that their next step in reducing E. coli is through pre-harvest intervention, and they have repeatedly re-stated their intentions.

Port Infrastructure (national policy)

Published May. 30, 2012

The Mississippi River is used to transport agricultural goods from across the country. There is a problem with silt/soil removal along the Mississippi River, causing barges and carriers to load their cargo in increasingly shallow waters.

Futures Market (national policy)

Published May. 30, 2012

From their inception in the mid-19th century, futures markets have functioned as an important tool for agricultural producers to transfer their price risk to other investors.