News & Events

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.

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.

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.

McDonald’s, Tyson Sever Ties to Poultry Farm Over Alleged Animal Abuse

Published Aug. 28, 2015

McDonald’s Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. severed ties with a Tennessee poultry farm after an animal-rights group on Thursday released video footage from the facility that showed chickens being stabbed, clubbed and crushed to death.

Hart: Expect low corn, soybean prices this year and next year

Published Aug. 26, 2015

There is a lot of uncertainty about what the "too many shades of green" U.S. corn and soybean crops will yield, but Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart said it doesn't really matter.