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March 27, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pesticide-coated seeds — such as neonicotinoids, many of which are highly toxic to both pest and beneficial insects — are increasingly used in the major field crops, but are underreported, in part, because farmers often do not know what pesticides are on their seeds, according to an international team of researchers. The lack of data may complicate efforts to evaluate the value of different p...

March 27, 2020

Source: AFT news release

The public health crisis before us is testing America's resilience in ways we haven't anticipated. This crisis is also testing the systems that support our society at large.

Farms and ranches engaged in direct sales are estimated to lose anywhere from $700 million to $1.3 billion in sales between March and May alone.

This is a critical time for these farms, which tend to be small businesses...

March 27, 2020

Indianapolis - FFA members across the country have a heart for service - and now more than ever, it shows.

FFA members have given back to their communities through a variety of service projects - whether it's helping with community gardens, volunteering at senior living facilities or helping to clean up green spaces. In a recent survey, FFA state officers indicated that, on average, they participate in one to two...

March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020 -- With school closures and other food and beverage businesses being ordered to stop normal operations amid the COVID-19 outbreak, farmers and other agricultural producers along the supply chain are now faced with a lack of open markets to sell their product.

However, agricultural organizations including Virginia Cooperative Extension are stepping up to provide resources and solutions for producers no...

March 21, 2020

We are pleased to make audio files of our new radio show "Ish's Almanac" available online. Affiliated radio stations will, of course, always have "first dibs" on broadcasting new episodes, but listeners can find an archive of previous shows here.

THANK YOU for listening!


March 20, 2020

Source: Texas And Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assn news release


Fort Worth, TX - The coronavirus pandemic's impact on the cattle market has been dramatic already. But that's not the only threat to ranchers' livelihood, according to Scott Williamson. The executive director of law enforcement, brand and inspection services for Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said thefts and scams targeting cattlem...

March 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. - In light of the ongoing public health crisis, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) and its members are reassuring consumers of the continued production and supply of corn-based alcohol used in the making of hand sanitizers.

"America's corn refiners are producing trainloads of industrial alcohol on a daily basis. There has been no shortfall in meeting alcohol orders for production of hand sanitize...

March 20, 2020

HARRISBURG, PA-If you are knowledgeable about crops across your county and have Internet access, you qualify to be a weekly Crop Progress and Condition Reporter.

It only takes about 10-15 minutes each week to alert USDA of the crop situation in your county using the Internet report form.  USDA will use that information to generate the weekly report of Crop Conditions across the Northeastern Region, which consists of...

March 20, 2020

The Federal Government is providing guidance on the identification of essential critical workers during the COVID-19 response. This involves essentially anyone involved in food production. Examples include:

  • Farmers

  • Farm workers

  • Feed manufacturers

  • Truckers of farm commodities, feed, poultry, etc.

  • Tractor dealership repair mechanics

  • Employees of dairy processing plants

  • Fertilizer appl...

March 13, 2020

RICHMOND—Future farm planning and strategy were themes of the Virginia Grain and Soybean Annual Conference earlier this year.

University of Nebraska Harlan Agribusiness Professor Emeritus Dr. Ron Hanson kicked off the event by reminding producers that while nearly 80% of farmers say they want their farms to be passed to their children, only 20% have a succession plan.

“It’s the parent’s responsibility to start the pl...

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