New UF/IFAS Program Teaches Veterans About Agribusiness

Dan Education, Industry News Release

After retiring from a 28-year-career in the U.S. Air Force, Mike Burrell thought about what he could pass down to the next generation. He considered starting his own small business and he looked into law school, but his post-9/11 GI Bill would not cover the latter. “With these things in mind, I was thinking about purchasing several acres of land …


Congress to Work on Budget

Dan Farm Bill, Legislative

Congress returns next month and immediately faces huge spending and debt ceiling challenges, before other politically important measures like tax reform and the farm bill. Trouble is, the fiscal year ends September 30th, leaving little time to pass the spending bills, which reject big cuts proposed by the president in both the House and Senate. Thus, Congress is expected to …


NCBA Says Leave Cattle Sectors in NAFTA Alone

Dan Cattle, Trade

The first round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) wrapped up in a few days ago in Washington D.C. but negotiators will get back together soon, as the next round is scheduled to take place September 1-5 in Mexico City. One group very interested in how these talks go is the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association …

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Grow Veggies Differently-Hydroponics

Dan Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Cathy Isom dives into a different way to grow veggies, or just about any plant, with very little space or soil. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. You may be hearing the word Hydroponics a lot these days. It’s because it’s becoming quite popular for farmers and gardeners and urban garden designers who can grow plants vertically. Hydroponics …


ISU Study Shows No Impact of RFS on Greenhouse Gasses

Dan Energy, Industry News Release, Research

A study by Iowa State University (ISU) says the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) brings a net positive to the U.S. economy but fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. The study, produced in June, was released by the Renewable Fuels Association recently, highlighting the net positive to the U.S. economy. Iowa State University’s Center for Agriculture and Rural Development developed …


Groups See Pruitt NCBA Video Biased Against WOTUS

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Water

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s appearance in a video with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is drawing criticism from critics and so-called government ethics experts. The Cattle Network reports that critics say Pruitt inaccurately uses industry talking points to describe the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule and that his comments sound as if he has already made up …


U.S. Moving Forward with WTO China Grains Case

Dan Industry News Release

The United States is moving forward with a World Trade Organization case against China regarding tariff-rate quotas for agricultural products. The WTO said this week that the U.S. is requesting that the WTO set up a panel to investigate the tariff-rate quotas, a move that Reuters says sets up a showdown between the two largest economies in the world. The …