National FFA Convention

Student Leaders Prepping for National FFA Convention

Dan Education, This Land of Ours

Students are gearing up for the National FFA Convention. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. FFA members and supporters from across the country will celebrate agriculture and agricultural education next week at the 96th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. The time-honored tradition will take place November 1-4. Over 65,000 FFA members from the U.S., Puerto Rico, …


PPP Loans Provided Billions to U.S. Farm Sector in 2020

Dan Economy, This Land of Ours, USDA-ERS

How much pandemic help did farmers get? That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Researchers at USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) estimate that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided $5.8 billion to the farm sector in 2020. The PPP was a non-USDA assistance program for small businesses adversely affected by the pandemic. Total Federal Government payments to the farm …

Rural Cooperative Month

Dan Agri-Business, This Land of Ours, USDA-RD

October is Rural Cooperative Month, but what are rural cooperatives? That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. October is Rural Cooperative Month and a part of USDA Rural Development focuses on business cooperatives and their vital role in rural economies.  Rural Business Cooperative Service Administrator Karama Neal provides various examples of rural business cooperatives and how they serve customers …


New Animal Disease Early Detection Partnership

Dan African Swine Fever, Avian Influenza, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Equine, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, This Land of Ours

There’s a new partnership for early detection of animal diseases. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. It’s a new partnership among the nation’s animal health and biodefense facilities to improve early detection of emerging animal diseases. This is Christy Loiacano, coordinator of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service …

Feds Feed Families Program Milestone

Dan Agri-Business, Commodities, Economy, Funding, This Land of Ours

The Feds Feed Families Program reaches a food donation milestone. Gary Crawford has that coming up in today’s This Land of Ours report. “I wanted to come down from my office today, first of all, to thank everybody who’s participating in the campaign for a job well done,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The campaign is the Feds Feed Families …


Conservation Reserve Program Pays Over $1.77 Billion

Dan Conservation, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environment, This Land of Ours, USDA-NRCS

Nearly $2 Billion is given out for conservation efforts. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The USDA has issued over $1.77 billion this year to agricultural producers and landowners through its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The agency says the program is a critical piece of the Department’s efforts to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry on working lands. More …


Generic Vs. Brand Names in Groceries

Dan Commodities, Economy, This Land of Ours

What’s in a name? That depends when it comes to groceries. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. consumers appear to prefer brand-name beverages over generic or store-brand beverages. That’s according to the September 2023 Consumer Food Insights Report. The Purdue University College of Agriculture report further indicates that consumers make this choice even when presented with a …


Food Price Inflation Easing Down

Dan Commodities, Economy, This Land of Ours

Food price inflation is easing down into so-called “normal” levels. Gary Crawford has more in today’s This Land of Ours report. The new Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows that during September, prices for all items in the economy rose two-tenths of 1 percent, putting the inflation rate 3.7 percent higher than this time a year ago. However, for food at …