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Florida faces worst orange harvest crisis in a century

The Guardian | Posted onOctober 18, 2016 in Agriculture News

The state’s orange trees, which are mostly used to produce juice, have been devastated by disease and hurricanes, causing harvest totals to fall for five successive seasons.


NH dairy farm demise widely misunderstood

Union Leader | Posted onOctober 18, 2016 in Agriculture News

As lawmakers prepare to rush a $3.6 million bailout of the state's dairy industry through the Legislature, they have frequently been told that 19 of the state's 120 dairy farms have "gone out of business" in the past year. 


Opioid addiction scars Wisconsin's rural landscape

Portage Daily Register | Posted onOctober 18, 2016 in Rural News

The United States Department of Agriculture convened this discussion, and others like it across the state and across rural America, because the opioid epidemic is not just a big-city issue. And the only way that the scourge can be addressed, Baldwin said, is through cooperation among leaders at the local, state and federal level.“We have not done our job, until we create a better and more effective partnership with regard to funding the services that we need,” Baldwin said. The U.S. Congress has done its part — but not completely, according to Baldwin.


Damage Assessments, Recovery Begin In Wake Of Matthew

Growing Produce | Posted onOctober 18, 2016 in Agriculture News

Approximately 1,100 acres of crops were impacted by the damaging winds and rainfall in the county, Wells reports. “We had more than 10 inches of rain in the Hastings area with very strong winds,” she says.  On average, St. Johns County farmers have reported 30% to 60% losses of their planted acreage, while several have experienced a 100% or total loss for the crops they had in the ground before the storm, Wells states.


Obama relaxes trade restrictions with Cuba

Politico | Posted onOctober 17, 2016 in Federal News

The administration further relaxed economic restrictions on Cuba Friday, allowing more collaboration on medical research, the approval of Cuban drugs for import and the lifting of monetary limits on cigars and rum imports. The moves make the U.S. openings to Cuba "irreversible," President Barack Obama said in a statement.  The latest changes build on the president's announcement in December 2014 to chart a new course for the U.S.-Cuba relationship, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement.


Proposed GIPSA rules would change court standard for suing packers

DTN | Posted onOctober 17, 2016 in Federal News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sent livestock and poultry marketing rules, which USDA is calling the "Farmer Fair Practices Rules," back to the White House for review. The rules drew both praise and scorn.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sent letters to leaders of various meat and livestock industry groups on Thursday detailing why the rules were advanced.


First Brazilian beef shipment to U.S. arrives in Philly

Meatingplace (registration required) | Posted onOctober 17, 2016 in Food News

The first shipment of beef from Brazil to the U.S. in nearly two decades arrived Thursday in the Port of Philadelphia, according to a notice posted by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.  Sao Paulo-based JBS S.A.’s shipment of fresh beef is the first since the U.S.officially opened to Brazilian beef in August after 17 years of negotiations between the two countries. That decision followed USDA’s recent finding that the Brazil’s food safety system is equivalent to that of the U.S.


It’s time to come to terms with euthanizing wild horses

High Country News | Posted onOctober 17, 2016 in Federal News

In September, the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, a group charged with making recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management about its Wild Horse and Burro Program, agreed that tens of thousands of equines in federal holding facilities might need to be euthanized.  This recommendation — you might call it the nuclear option — undoubtedly hit horse lovers like a bomb. Social media mushroomed with immediate rancor.


PDF VersionPrint this Article Off-farm Income: Managing Risk in Young and Beginning Farmer Households

Choices magazine | Posted onOctober 17, 2016 in Agriculture News

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s corn, soybean, and wheat crop budgets for 2016 include highly productive cropland in northern and central Illinois—land that may yield 20% or more above the national average (Schnitkey, 2016). Considering the current costs of production, budgets show revenues will be high enough to provide a return to land; however, profits will not fully cover the costs of average cash rent.


Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program – Accomplishments in the Making

Choices magazine | Posted onOctober 17, 2016 in Agriculture News

Since 2009, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), run by NIFA, provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers.


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