Latest Numbers for CFAP

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia

About a month ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it had processed more than 220,000 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments to farmers and ranchers, with the department issuing $2.8 billion to farmers at that time. Since then, even more has gone out as Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce has the latest look at payments made …


No Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days in 2020

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

The Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days have been going strong for 65 years as a place that farmers can go to find out about new products and tools to boost productivity. But for the first time, the shows won’t happen. Farm Progress made the difficult decision to cancel both shows due to the rapidly changing conditions related to …

Farmland Prices Continue Decline; Farm Borrowing Increasing

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia

The latest Rural Mainstreet Index from Creighton University shows farmland prices are declining while farmer borrowing is growing. Released last week, the overall index for May increased to 12.5 from April’s record low 12.1 but down significantly from March’s weak 35.5. The index ranges between 0 and 100, with a reading of 50.0 representing growth neutral. Farmland prices continue to …


Celebrating Memorial Day

Clint Thompson General

Memorial Day is an American holiday, always observed on the last Monday of May. And as Tyron Spearman reports, it’s a holiday where we continue to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

NAFB Releases Farmer Survey Results Regarding COVID-19

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) recently conducted a non-scientific email survey of farmers and ranchers regarding COVID-19 and its ramifications on their livelihoods and farm-radio listening habits. “In these unprecedented times, NAFB knows its farm-broadcaster members are working harder than ever to bring unbiased and honest reports to their listeners across the country,” said Tom Brand, NAFB executive …


Senators Seek Meat Worker Protections from USDA

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Florida, General, Livestock

Senate Democrats want Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide more worker safety protection to meat processing employees. A group of 29 Senators, led by Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, penned a letter to Perdue outlining recommendations for ways the Department of Agriculture should improve worker safety. The Senators wrote, “While we recognize the importance of keeping these plants running, it …

NACD Submits Comments on RCPP Rule

Clint Thompson Alabama, Environment, Florida, General, Georgia

Last week, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) submitted public comments to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on the interim Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) rule. RCPP was first created in the 2014 Farm Bill, and conservation districts across the country have successfully applied for, partnered with and led a large portion of all projects since the program’s …


USDA SECURE Rule Paves Way for Agricultural Innovation

Clint Thompson General

(Washington, D.C., May 14, 2020) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule updating and modernizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE) rule will bring USDA’s plant biotechnology regulations into the 21st century by removing duplicative and antiquated processes in order to …


America’s Meatpacking Facilities Practicing Safe Reopening to Ensure a Stable Food Supply

Clint Thompson Cattle, General

(Washington, D.C., May 8, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. These meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan to resume operations this week following President Trump’s Executive Order directing the facilities to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of …

New Fungicide from AgBiome Innovations

Clint Thompson General

Maintaining your crops is as important now as it’s ever been, and AgBiome Innovations can help. Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman talked with Bond McInnes, technical service manager at AgBiome, about their company and a new product, Howler. It’s a broad spectrum fungicide that can be used effectively at every phase of production. Learn more about AgBiome and Howler fungicide at …