USDA Holding Peanut Checkoff Continuance Referendum

Dan Peanuts, USDA-AMS

Peanut producers across the Southeast are being reminded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a referendum now through April 19th for eligible U.S. producers of peanuts to decide whether to continue the checkoff program. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is conducting the referendum by regular mail, express mail and electronic ballot. Those engaged in the production and sale of …

Food Marketing, Security, Access Focus of Trio of Grants

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, USDA-AMS

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is now accepting applications for three grant programs. Rod Bain has details. Listen to USDA Rod Bain’s program here. Sponsored ContentNuseed Carinata Covers New GroundJuly 15, 2024CIR Agriculture Harvester ProductsJuly 1, 2024TriEst Ag Group: Partners in ProfitabilityApril 1, 2024

AMS Grant Programs Available

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Funding, Industry, USDA-AMS

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is now accepting applications for three grant programs, each with a unique focal point in promoting, marketing, and securing products. Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Program Jenny Moffitt tells us more about the grants. Listen to Sabrina Halvorson’s program here. Sponsored ContentNuseed Carinata Covers New GroundJuly 15, 2024CIR Agriculture Harvester ProductsJuly 1, 2024TriEst Ag …

USDA Rule Amends Certain FMMOs

Dan Dairy, Marketing, USDA-AMS

The USDA published a final rule that amends the transportation credit balancing fund provisions in the Appalachian and Southeast Federal Milk Marketing Orders. It also establishes distributing plant delivery credits in the Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast FMMOs. The final rule is a result of a hearing held February 28-March 2, 2023, in Tennessee. The hearing highlighted a long-standing milk deficit …

USDA Releases 2022 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary

Dan Pest/Pest Control, Specialty Crops, USDA, USDA-AMS, USDA-EPA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the 2022 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary, which shows that over 99% of the samples tested had pesticide residues below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The tests were conducted on 10,665 samples from 23 commodities including fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, dairy, nuts and grains.   The PDP …

Vilsack Discusses New USDA AMS Position

Will Jordan USDA-AMS

by Will Jordan The USDA announced in early November the addition of a new permanent senior-level career position in the Agricultural Marketing Service. The AMS Chief Competition Officer position was established to enhance the implementation of market competition priorities set by AMS. This position will focus on improving communication between USDA and the Department of Justice to enforce the Packers …

Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Down Slightly from Record High in 2022

Dan American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Citrus, Commodities, Economy, Field Crops, Fruits, Herbs, Pecans, Poultry, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, USDA-AMS, Vegetables

(AFBF/WASHINGTON/November 15, 2023) — Gathering around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner won’t take as much of a toll on your pocketbook this year compared to 2022, but the meal still reflects historically high costs. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 38th annual survey provides a snapshot of the average cost of this year’s classic holiday feast for 10, which …

Cattle Group Commends New Competition Initiative

Dan Beef, Cattle, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), USDA-AMS

The USDA released a package of rules and orders seeking to increase competition in the livestock industry. That package establishes a Chief Competition Officer at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). This position will be hired as a career rather than a political appointment. The officer will help elevate and institutionalize competition-related concerns at USDA. After that announcement, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association …

USDA Unveils New Rules for Organic Livestock Producers

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Organic, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, USDA-AMS

Certified organic livestock and poultry producers in the U.S. will soon have new production standards to follow. The USDA has unveiled new rules for organic livestock producers that establish clear, strong and consistent standards for organic livestock and poultry production. It levels the playing field for organic livestock farmers, ranchers and businesses and promotes fairer, more competitive markets for their products, …

FMMO Hearing Underway

Dan Dairy, Marketing, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), USDA-AMS

Dairy experts and government officials are gathered in Carmel, Indiana where last week saw the beginning of hearings on USDA’s Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). Dairy producers are making their case for changes to the pricing program. National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Senior Vice President of Membership Services and Strategic Initiatives, Chris Galen, discusses their modernization efforts. Galen notes there will be time …