2016 Sales of U.S. Certified Organic Agricultural Production Up

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

California continues to lead in certified farms, acres, sales Sales of organic agricultural production continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Results of the 2016 Certified Organic Survey show that 2016 sales were …

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House Committees Scheduled for Three Days

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

House committees and subcommittees could hold more than 30 meetings during the second week of October, including a meeting of the newly formed Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness, according to a schedule posted online Tuesday. The House meetings will be held Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, as lawmakers begin getting ready for the 2018 legislative session, which starts …

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Pecan Pies at Risk Following Hurricane Irma

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

Hurricane Irma’s destruction is putting the iconic Thanksgiving pecan pie at risk. The storm ripped through pecan orchards in Georgia, the number one grower of pecans in the nation, just weeks before harvest. The University of Georgia estimated that 30 percent of production may have been lost after high winds sent pods flying off branches and blew down trees. Bloomberg …

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Tyson Reevaluating Planned Facility After Locals Back Away from Incentives

Dan Industry News Release

Local officials in Kansas have backed away from an incentives package to bring a Tyson Foods processing facility to the northeast corner of the state. The Leavenworth County, Kansas Commission, voted 2-1 to rescind a previous resolution in favor of issuing $500 million in industrial revenue bonds to help finance the project. The resolution would have made the project eligible …

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Beef Cattle Contribute to Sustainable Food System

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

A recent study by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization says cattle raised for beef production play a key role in maintaining a sustainable food system. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that the research essentially counters claims that beef production consumes too much human-edible feed, finding that cattle are net contributors to the global protein supply, and concludes that …

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Bayer Seeking EU Review of Monsanto Deal

Dan Industry News Release

Bayer has asked the European Commission to extend its review deadline on its planned takeover of Monsanto. The move by Bayer, according to company officials, seeks to allow more time for Bayer to finalize the agreement. Dow Jones reports that in late June, Bayer filed a submission to obtain antitrust approval for the deal from the European Commission. The Commission …

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Ag Exports, Trade Surplus, See Increases

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

Data from the Department of Agriculture shows exports of farm goods will push higher in 2017. A forecast compiled by USDA predicts the value of agricultural exports in the fiscal year 2017 will hit nearly $140 billion, up $10 billion from the fiscal year 2016. With stronger exports and modest import increases in 2017, the U.S. will have an agricultural …

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Lighthizer: NAFTA Negotiation at Warp Speed, May Not Be Successful

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said this week that negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement are moving at “warp speed,” but may lead to no agreement. Lighthizer said: “we don’t know whether we’re going to get to a conclusion. That’s the problem. We’re running very quickly somewhere.” Lighthizer says the U.S. would like to reach an agreement and …

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Perdue Comments on Censky and McKinney Senate Committee Hearing

Dan Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue gave high marks to Steve Censky and Ted McKinney for their joint appearance before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.  President Donald Trump has nominated Censky to service as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, while McKinney is the president’s choice to be the very first Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.  …

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USDA Makes Disaster Resources Available to Rural Development Borrowers

Dan Industry News Release

The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development is providing tools and resources to help rural communities recover from the devastation brought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted. The emergency procedures will provide additional flexibility for Rural Development borrowers and community partners to help them recover as quickly as possible and ensure they have what they …