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November 15, 2019

Source: USDA news release

Washington, D.C.- United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement on China's decision to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States:

"The United States welcomes China's decision to finally lift its unwarranted ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products. This is great news for both America's farmers...

November 14, 2019

DULUTH, Ga. - AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, has completed expansion of its Edgewood, Md., assembly and distribution facility for Fendt® high horsepower tractors and Massey Ferguson® compact and utility tractors and equipment (CUE). The location also now includes a training center to provide dealers in the region a more cost-effective, time-efficien...

November 14, 2019

WARRENTON, VA — As the local foods movement continues to grow, it appears more farmers are planting garlic each fall for harvest in the spring.

The 2017 Census of Agriculture found 212 Virginia farms were growing garlic in 2017, compared to 49 farms in 2012.

“The jump in garlic growers is because of the jump in farmers markets,” said Jim Hankins, executive director of the Fauquier Education Farm. “Garlic is an excell...

November 13, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Agricultural diversity in the Northeastern U.S. — ranging from dairy farming to fruit and vegetable production to forest-product, nursery and greenhouse activities — and why it matters will be the focus of a web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension at noon on Nov. 20.

Presenting the 75-minute webinar will be Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics, and Claudia...

November 10, 2019

Op-ed submitted by Kent A. Leonhardt, West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

When leaders of our state get together, the same question inevitably dominates the conversation: How do we diversify our economy while transitioning away from extraction industries? My typical response is we should focus on making West Virginia a “cornucopia of specialty crops.” This answer should come as no surprise to anyone who knows...

November 10, 2019

NOVEMBER 8 - Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 257 million bushels, down 1 percent from the October forecast and up 19 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 177 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last month and up 2 bushels from the 2018 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 1.45 million acres, up 220,000 acres from 2018. 

Soybean production for Kentucky is forecast at 84.5...

November 7, 2019

WORTHINGTON, OH -- American Farmland Trust, the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®, recently released the first of 11 state fact sheets summarizing results from its Non-Operating Landowners, or NOLs, Survey which surveyed individually or partnership owned lands, not institutions or trusts.

The Ohio results are promising, demonstrating that landowners care about their land and are keenl...

November 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—For a third consecutive year the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is encouraging students to thank farmers who produce foods for their holiday meals.

Introduced in 2016, the Thank an American Farmer or Rancher program gives students the opportunity to learn about food production during classroom activities and then compose thank-you letters to farmers.

The Virginia Agriculture in the Cla...

October 31, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Wineries in the mid-Atlantic region should consider recycling and encouraging their customers to bring bottles to their tasting rooms for refilling to distinguish their businesses from so many others, according to a team of wine-marketing researchers who surveyed consumers.

With competition to attract visitors stiff and still growing among the hundreds of wineries in the region, connecting a w...

October 31, 2019

In a time when the younger generations leave their rural homes in pursuit of higher education and newfound opportunities, Noah Miller was no different as he set off for college to study sustainability. This eventually led him even farther away, as far as Thailand, halfway across the world to work and travel.

Noah Miller of Miller Farms in Stony Point, NC intends to make sure that the farm also provides him with a so...

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