usda

USDA to Conduct a Probe Study

Dan Peanuts, USDA-AMS

The use of high-capacity dump carts during harvest has resulted in thoroughly mixed farmers’ stock peanuts when dumped into the semi-drying trailers in the field. Therefore, variability of official farmers’ stock grade factors is reduced, and the number of probes required to obtain a representative sample can be reduced. Thus, USDA has noted a new study will be conducted in …

Local Food Purchase Assistance

USDA Announces Its Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement with Georgia?

Dan Georgia, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), USDA-AMS

(USDA-AMS/WASHINGTON/Sept. 14, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced it has signed a cooperative agreement with Georgia under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) seeks to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers. “USDA is excited to partner with …

meat

USDA Awards Grants to Further Strengthen Meat and Poultry Supply Chains

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Poultry, USDA-AMS

(USDA/WASHINGTON, August 31, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced an additional $21.9 million of funding is being awarded to 111 grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program (MPIRG), bringing total funding to $54.6 million. This year’s awards will fund projects in 37 states. The funding will help strengthen and develop …

Origin of Livestock

USDA Publishes Origin of Livestock Final Rule for Organic Dairy

Dan Dairy, Marketing, Organic, USDA-AMS

(Release No. 0069.22/USDA/AMS/WASHINGTON, Mar. 29, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the highly anticipated Origin of Livestock (OOL) final rule for organic dairy. This change to the USDA organic regulations will promote a fairer and more competitive market for all organic dairy producers, by making sure that certified USDA organic dairy products are produced to the same consistent standard. “This …

poultry

Programs Announced by USDA to Increase and Expand Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity

Dan Beef, Cattle, Economy, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, USDA-AMS

Technical Assistance Now Available to Processors; $23.6 Million Available for Meat, Poultry Readiness Grant program (USDA/WASHINGTON, March 25, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of the Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity Technical Assistance Program (MPPTA) to provide technical assistance to meat and poultry grant applicants and grant-funded projects. Processors and applicants involved with the Meat and …

fertilizer production

Farmer Feedback on Fertilizer Grant Program

Dan Fertilizer, USDA-AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it will support additional fertilizer production for American farmers to address the rising costs. $250 million will be made available through a new grant program to support independent, innovative and sustainable American fertilizer production. As Rod Bain reports, the Agriculture Secretary noted producer input will be important before announcing application details on the grant program.

smart phone app

Smart Phone App Provides Farmers Instant Access to Market Data

Dan Technology, This Land of Ours, USDA-AMS

The new smart phone app providing farmers instant access to market data. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  The USDA has launched USDA Market News, a free mobile app designed to give producers quick and easy access to recently published market information right at their fingers tips no matter where they are. Producers can search for markets based …

food

$250 Million Investment to Support Innovative American-made Fertilizer

Jim Rogers Fertilizer, Industry News Release, USDA-AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing it will support additional fertilizer production for American farmers to address rising costs, including the impact of Putin’s price hike on farmers, and spur competition. USDA will make available $250 million through a new grant program this summer to support independent, innovative and sustainable American fertilizer production to supply American farmers. Additionally, …

packers

Updates on Packers and Stockyards Act Rule Amendments

Dan Beef, Cattle, Legislative, Marketing, Regulation, USDA-AMS

Last June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they were beginning work on proposed rules to support enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act, the 100-year old law that was originally designed to protect poultry and hog farmers and cattle ranchers from unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive practices in the meat markets. This week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered the latest …

Food Workers

USDA Invests Millions in Grants to Provide Relief to Farm and Food Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Dan Coronavirus, Labor and Immigration, USDA, USDA-AMS

(WASHINGTON, September 7, 2021) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $700 million in competitive grant funding will be available through the new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant program to help farmworkers and meatpacking workers with pandemic-related health and safety costs. The announcement was made in press call with United Farm Workers Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres and …