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Sheet Mulching

sheet mulchingFor anyone wanting to build a garden, one of the first lessons is building the soil. An easy, cost-effective way of doing it, while also conserving water, is sheet mulching. Cathy Isom tells us how to turn garbage into a gorgeous garden.


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2016 Is the Year of the Voter

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

While most of us are very aware of the upcoming presidential elections in November, there are many other important races also taking place. And according to Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s director of trade, 2016 is the Year of the Voter.


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TPP Is Good For More than Agriculture

afbf-logoAn American Farm Bureau official says the government report out last week on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is weighted towards the TPP’s benefits for agriculture, but says others stand to benefit from the deal as well.


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Consumers Choice

consumersEverett Griner talks about consumers not buying hamburger in the stores in today’s Agri View.


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National Pick Strawberries Day

strawberries dayThere is something special about the taste of strawberries picked straight off of the vine. Cathy Isom tells us about a celebration day to have us grabbing our baskets.  You won’t want to miss celebrating this sweet and tasty holiday.


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USDA Agency Offers Programs for Beginning Farmers

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

USDA’s Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini discusses implementation of the programs they offer, which includes targeting a portion of its loan funds to Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.


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Agriculture Groups Eyeing Next Farm Bill

Farm groups are already looking ahead to the next farm bill. Agriculture and commodity groups are starting meetings regarding issues facing agriculture that the groups deem important for the next farm bill, expected in 2018.


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ITC Report Shows Economic Benefit of TPP

On Wednesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report on the economic benefit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. economy. The ITC report noted the U.S. agriculture sector will increase output if TPP is passed.


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Benefits To U.S. Of TPP Deal

Report Confirms Benefits To U.S. Of TPP Deal

tppA government report on the impact to the U.S. economy of an Asia-Pacific free trade deal confirms what the National Pork Producers Council and other agricultural and business groups have known: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will be good for U.S. agriculture, U.S. businesses and the U.S. economy.

The TPP, negotiations on which were initiated in late 2008 and concluded last October, is a regional trade deal that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP. The countries combined have more than 800 million consumers. Read the rest of this entry »

Butterfly and Pollinator Garden

How to build a butterfly and pollinator garden in seven steps

Monarch ButterflyMonarch butterflies and pollinators are in trouble. You can help by planting a pollinator garden! You can plant a garden anywhere – your yard, school, church, business or even in a pot for your front steps.

A simple, native flower garden will attract beautiful butterflies to your yard and help pollinators stay healthy. In addition to nectar from flowers, monarch butterflies need milkweed to survive, so if you notice the leaves on your milkweed have been chomped, don’t worry, it’s a great sign!

Before gardening

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Women Farm Operators

women farm operatorsEverett Griner talks about the decline of women operators in agriculture in today’s Agri View.


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Updated Foodkeeper App

foodkeeper appThe USDA’s Foodkeeper app is a handy way of finding out on your smartphone or tablet if those leftovers are safe to eat. Cathy Isom fills us in about the changes coming to the mobile app that tells us how long we can keep and safely eat food.


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