USDA Launches Interactive Data Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

New Community Assessment Tool Empowers Rural Leaders to Make Data-Driven Decisions to Build Resilient Communities Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic. “Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to …

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Farm Real Estate Levels Remain Near Record Highs

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Farm real estate values remain near record levels set in 2015, despite a significant drop in farm income and a weak farm economy. The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service says the value of U.S. farm real estate is a critical barometer of farm financial performance, that’s because farm real estate, including land and the structures on the land, generally …

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Ag Economy Index Sharply Lower on Farm Income Concerns

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Concerns over weak farm income forced a sharp decline in the monthly Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index dropped to a reading of 114, 15 points below its August reading of 129 and its lowest reading since October 2016. Organizers say the barometer, a sentiment index based upon a nationwide monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers, has …


Agri View: Mixed Commodity Prices

Dan Agri View, Economy

Everett Griner talks about seasonal changes having an impact on commodity prices in today’s Agri View. Mixed Commodity Prices You know, it’s not just the tariff situation that has an impact on agriculture and the farm economy. There is farm credit. Some high-up officials, that deal with the problem every day, are inclined to believe that high interest rates and …


USDA Invests in Customer Service, Modernization Projects for SNAP

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $5 million of investments in customer service projects to improve and modernize application processing in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The USDA Process and Technology Improvement Grants (PTIG) awarded to the District of Columbia and state and county agencies in Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, New Mexico, and New York aim to: Make the …


Report Shows Florida Agriculture, Natural Resources and Food Industries Grew 2007-2016

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

The latest installment of an annual report from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reveals some good news about the state’s economy – from 2007 to 2016, the portion of Florida’s Gross State Product (GSP) generated by agriculture, natural resources and food industries grew at a faster rate than the state’s total GSP, a statistic commonly …


USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for Rural Americans

Dan Economy, Environment, Industry News Release, Water

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA is investing $392 million (PDF, 238 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states. “Put simply, modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development,” Hazlett said. “USDA’s partnerships with rural communities underscore Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s commitment to rural …

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U.S. Government Fiscal Year Ends September 30

Dan Beef, Cattle, Economy

All of agriculture continues to wait for news from the farm bill conference committee concerning a new bill, knowing the current one expires at the end of the month. But National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Colin Woodall, notes September 30 is also the end of the government’s current fiscal year, meaning all appropriation bills …

USDA Details Trade Damage Estimate Calculations

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released a detailed accounting of how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculated estimated damage from trade disruptions.  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels …