USDA Announces Launch of the Start Simple with MyPlate Campaign

Dan Industry News Release

In a continuing effort to help Americans make healthy food choices, and in honor of National Nutrition Month®, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a new campaign to help simplify the nutrition information that surrounds us each day. Start Simple with MyPlate is a new initiative to reduce confusion surrounding healthy eating and help people start with the …


Farm Debt Levels Equaling 1980s Farm Crisis

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The amount of farm debt has risen rapidly to $409 billion. That’s up from $385 billion in 2018. U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says demand for loans remains “historically high.” A Reuters article says the strain on the American farm belt is becoming more and more comparable to the agricultural crisis of three decades ago. The strain is being caused …


Commodity Classic Starts Thursday

Dan Education, Field Crops, General

The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is one of the largest agriculture industry events, with close to 10,000 attendees annually for the past three years. The General Session will include comments from leaders of the five associations that present Commodity …


Perdue to Speak at Commodity Classic

Dan General, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Commodity Classic, held Feb. 28-March 2 in Orlando, Fla. Commodity Classic is one of the largest agriculture industry events, with close to 10 thousand attendees annually the past three years.  Perdue will speak during the General Session, which is open to registered event attendees and is …

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USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding. Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since Jan. 17, and will continue to do so through Jan. 23.  Beginning Jan. 24, …


Georgia Cotton Commission Welcomes Cotton Ginning Cost Share

Dan Cotton, Georgia, Industry News Release

On March 3, at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tennessee, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) program for the 2016 crop. This program provides assistance to American cotton producers who were left out of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs during that crop year. The Georgia Cotton Commission welcomes this …


Secretary Perdue Confirmed as 2018 Commodity Classic Keynote Speaker

Dan Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will speak at the upcoming Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. Held February 27th to March first, Perdue will be the keynote speaker for Wednesday morning’s general session of this year’s event. Secretary Perdue is expected to share his vision for the U.S. Department of Agriculture including his thoughts on a new farm bill, international trade, rural …


Secretary Perdue Applauds Trump Infrastructure Agenda, Benefits to Rural America

Dan Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue praised the infrastructure agenda laid out by President Donald J. Trump, specifically its emphasis on investment in rural America. The plan calls for 25 percent of new federal funds to be dedicated to rural infrastructure needs, as prioritized by state and local leaders. Perdue issued the following statement: “President Trump has made it a …