Funding to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

WASHINGTON (USDA) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced up to $16 million in available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program). The program is …


Cotton and Peanut Crop Update

Dan Cotton, Peanuts

In our weekly update on the nation’s cotton and peanut crops, U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist Brad Rippey says nearly half of the nation’s cotton acreage is squaring. Rippey says over half of the nation’s peanut crop is pegging. In Alabama, 74 percent of the cotton is squaring, which compares to only 62 percent this time last year. Seventeen percent …


USDA Research is Driving Technological Innovation

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

USDA scientists and researchers reported 320 new inventions in 2018 (Salinas, California — USDA) –  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual Technology Transfer Report (PDF, 14.9 MB), which highlights innovations from scientists and researchers that are solving problems for farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers; and creating opportunities for American businesses to thrive. Secretary Perdue discussed the release …


Snapshot of Animal Pharma Industry Trends

Dan Cattle, Livestock

The incentives that companies use to help develop new antibiotics for food animals are coming under pressure. A USDA research economist said those incentives are being pressured by high development costs, changing markets, and shifting consumer trends. Sales in antibiotics in both the U.S. and Europe are dropping, and incentives for companies that manufacture new branded or generic products are …

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USDA Farm Bill Implementation Progress Update

Dan Economy, Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

Washington, D.C., – (USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced an update on the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20, 2018, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began implementing key programs. In addition, USDA held several listening sessions with stakeholders and the public specific to …