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January 19, 2020

Louisville, KY - Cornbread Hemp recently announced they have received organic certification from the National Organic Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), becoming the first Kentucky CBD company to do so, as reported by WDRB. The USDA organic seal is recognized as a trustworthy guarantee that products bearing it are grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics,...

January 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - America's farmers and ranchers received a second round of good news recently with Senate approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). At a time when farmers continue to face strong economic headwinds, the agreement is expected to increase U.S. agriculture exports by $2 billion.


"This trade agreement comes at a critical time for farmers and ranchers, increasing optimism that we'l...

January 19, 2020

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering three opportunities for training this month to help entrepreneurs develop value-added agricultural businesses. The workshop will focus on USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program, which helps producers enter into value-added activities related to processing and marketing new products. The workshops will be presente...

January 19, 2020

RICHMOND—Virginia now ranks 4th in the U.S. for aquaculture sales, which topped $112 million in 2018.

Nationally, aquaculture sales were $1.5 billion in 2018. That’s a 10.5% increase from 2013, according to the 2018 Census of Aquaculture that was released recently by the Agricultural Statistics Service.

The survey found Virginia was one of five states that together accounted for 51% of the nation’s aquaculture sales...

January 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 15, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. March 15, 2020 is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year.

Although more than 200,000 producers have enrolled to date, FSA anticipates 1.5 million producers will enroll for ARC and PLC. By enrolling soon, producers can bea...

January 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2019 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds historically underserved producers, who are participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), of the advance payment option. This option allows them to get conservation practice payments in advance of practice implementation.  

“The advance payment option makes NRCS conservation assistance more access...

January 13, 2020

RICHMOND—As the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized hemp production regulations, Virginia growers were being cautioned about an increasingly saturated market.

The public has until Jan. 29 to comment on interim final regulations, including licensing, maintaining information on land where hemp is grown, complying with procedures and provisions, testing THC contents and handling policy violations. Although many of...

January 11, 2020

The path from wild weed to the carefully cultivated vegetables that fill our refrigerators is not always a straightforward tale of domestication. Different cultures have different priorities and growing conditions, and sometimes crops are domesticated more than once.

Recently a large team of molecular biologists and computational data experts, led by University of Georgia horticulture Professor Esther van der Knaap,...

January 11, 2020

By following new recommendations from Cornell for smarter, more targeted antibiotic use, New York dairy farmers can save money and have healthy cows while slowing the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But not all farmers are following the new guidelines.

To find out why, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Cornell and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands used a social psychology approach to...

January 10, 2020

Corn production in Virginia for 2019 is estimated at 54.7 million bushels, up 4 percent from the November forecast and up 15 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 144 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels from the previous forecast and down 2 bushels from the 2018 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 380,000 acres, up 55,000 acres from 2018.

Soybean production for Virginia is estim...

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