New Bill Would Address On-Farm Fuel Storage

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Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced legislation that would modify EPA regulations regarding on-farm fuel storage. The bill, known as the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act, is co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK). “I am proud to introduce the Senate-version of the FUELS Act, which would …

Environment, EPA, Farming, Government

USDA Unveils New Urban Agriculture Toolkit

Lizzy Schultz

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team that intends to help entrepreneurs and community leaders use urban agriculture to successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food in their communities. The announcement was made during the opening of a new school community garden at Frederick …

Ag Group, Farming, Food, Urban Agriculture, USDA

AFBF Hosts Webcast On Labor Visa Backlogs

Lizzy Schultz

Delays from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the processing of visas for farm workers are fast approaching crisis proportions, increasing the threat that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall said in a media conference call this week. …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Farm Policy, Farming, Government, labor

Growing Global Solutions to Grow Better Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

A new non-profit organization, Growing Global Solutions, has been formed to help agricultural organizations improve their efficiency. Industry veterans Janice Dahl and Jim Butler have founded the organization together with the goal of working with top-tier organizations that want to evaluate progress and reach peak efficiency. With expertise specifically in agriculture, the pair decided the industry would benefit from an …

Farming, Sustainability

Study Shows How Farmers are Dealing with Downturn

Cindy Zimmerman

J.L.Farmakis, Inc has just released a new research study conducted in February by Millennium Research that shows plans farmers are making this year in reaction to lower commodity prices. Among the findings of the “Farmer Speaks Study” are: • Half of the farmers surveyed are seeking off-farm employment • 74% will switch to generics or change brands of crop protection …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farming, Marketing

Wheelchair Accessible Indoor Farm Designed

Lizzy Schultz

Indoor Farms of America recently announced the arrival of a new farm model to their product line. The state of the art Container Farm is specially designed to be fully operated by a person in a wheelchair, expanding the population of users who are able to enjoy the fulfillment of operating a vegetable farm that can produce a substantial income …

Ag Group, Farming, Technology, Urban Agriculture

Pope Francis Prays for Small Farmers

Chuck Zimmerman

Each month the Pope publishes a special prayer intention. The faithful are encouraged to add their prayers to his. For April, 2016 he Holy Father’s universal prayer intention is: “That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour”. I say a big AMEN to that prayer and hope you’ll join in. Pope Francis also issues a prayer …

Farming, International

USB Educates Growers on Global Markets

Jamie Johansen

The United Soybean Board (USB) invites soybean farmers with a desire to take a look at their customers beyond the elevator and to learn more about the soy checkoff’s role in marketing U.S. soy, to take part in their See for Yourself program. Tina Holst, Chilston, Wisconsin soybean farmer, took advantage of this opportunity last year and I caught up …

Ag Group, Audio, Exports, Farming, Markets, Soybean, USB

FamilyFarms Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Jamie Johansen

FamilyFarms Charities is offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors planning to pursue college training in fields related to agriculture. Each recipient is then eligible for a $500 follow-up scholarship for the next three years of their undergraduate program provided they remain on a career path in agriculture and maintain good grades. The FamilyFarms Charities Scholarship was created to …

Ag Group, Education, Farming, Youth