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USDA Report Shows Record Soybean Acres

Dan Industry News Release, Soybeans

The USDA released it’s June Acreage and Stocks report on Friday, with soybean acres coming in at record levels. Soybean planted area for 2017 is estimated at a record high 89.5 million acres, up 7 percent from last year. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.9 million acres, down 3 percent from last year. Area …

Two Counties in Georgia Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Weather

In response to a request from Dianne Westmoreland, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Georgia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Burke and Wilcox counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by freeze that occurred from March 15, 2017, through March 17, 2017. Farmers and ranchers in the …

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USDA Seeking Public Input on GMO Labeling

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture is seeking public input on GMO labeling. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service posted 30 questions for the public this week regarding labeling food items containing genetically modified ingredients. The feedback, according to Politico, will help the agency develop a proposed rule governing how food manufacturers disclose when products contain genetically engineered ingredients. Questions include: What terms …

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Ag Industry Urges Trump to Appoint Full USDA Leadership Team

Dan Industry News Release

As President Donald Trump approaches the 200-day mark of his administration, more than a dozen prominent agriculture organizations are urging him to move quickly to fill vacancies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “With a struggling rural economy—which has seen a 55 percent decrease in income over the last three years—we need leaders and decision makers in place to …

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USDA Launches Reorganization Commission

Dan Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is kicking off efforts to reorganize the department. Politico reports that the department has launched a commission to reorganize, modernize and trim the department. The commission will form a plan to reform USDA, which will be based on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s reorganization plan announced in May. The commission is part of a Trump Administration …

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NIFA Announces $4.3 Million for Higher Education Support

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 20 grants totaling $4.3 million to help higher education institutions teach the next generation of food and agricultural science professionals. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program. “NIFA invests in the development of future agricultural professionals,” said NIFA Director Sonny …