Ag Co-ops Set New Income Records

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

October is National Cooperative Month and USDA traditionally releases its annual report on cooperatives to coincide with the observance. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the nation’s farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record income and revenue in 2014, previewing a USDA report to be released later this month that shows cooperatives earned $6.5 billion in net income and …

Agribusiness, Cooperatives, USDA

Push for TPP Approval is On

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

President Obama met with agriculture and business leaders on Tuesday as the push to get Congress to approve the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) begins. “History of free trade agreements with reference to agriculture will tell us that agriculture is a winner every time,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a press conference about the agreement. “TPP is going to be …

Audio, Exports, Government, International, USDA

#WomenInAg Infographic

Kelly Marshall Leave a Comment

Women are increasingly making their mark on agriculture, preparing for a better future and educating the next generation of women for the challenges of the future.  To celebrate these contributions the USDA has crated an infographic to showcase the impact women are having state-by-state.  The graphics are available to share on social media to help tell the story of women …

Twitter, USDA, Website

USDA Looks to Expand Export Opportunities in Africa

John Davis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to expand this country’s agriculture export opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. This agency news release says a trade mission will go to Accra, Ghana, Nov. 17-20. “Two years ago, I led a mission to southern Africa to launch USDA’s Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Initiative, which aims to expand U.S. agricultural and commercial ties in …

Trade, USDA

AGree Report Looks at Local Foods

Kelly Marshall

The demand for local foods continues.  In an attempt to support the farmers, ranchers, retailers, hospitals and schools who are working to meet those demands, AGree has examined local food systems and released six recommendations. The Local Food: Revitalizing Community-based Food Systems report shares the views of stakeholders, provides information about common myths and gives an overall viewpoint of nationwide …

Agribusiness, Local, Research, USDA

USDA Helps Returning Heroes find Opportunities in Ag

Jamie Johansen

This morning Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, U.S. Department of Agriculture, sat down with a panel of veteran farmers and veteran training organizations for a live Google+ Hangout to discuss opportunities available through USDA for returning service members who are looking for long-term careers in farming, ranching and agriculture. Joining Deputy Sec. Harden for the discussion was Dave Paulk, owner of …

Ag Group, Audio, Farming, Government, USDA

Farm Income Forecast Lower

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm sector profitability is forecast to decline for the second straight year, according to the latest report from USDA. Net cash income is forecast at $100.3 billion, down about 21 percent from 2014 levels. Lower crop and livestock receipts are the main drivers of the change in 2015 net cash farm income from 2014, while cash production expenses are projected …

Farming, USDA

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Robert Johansson of USDA

John Davis

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. In this wide-ranging interview, you’ll hear his perspective on any relationship between the drop in equity markets and commodity prices, thoughts on China, Brazil and other countries lowering their currency values, and the implications of the EPA’s upcoming decision on RFS volume standards for US farm income. Click here …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, International, USDA

More Internet on the Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

A new USDA-NASS report shows that internet access on the farm continues to grow. According to the Computer Usage and Ownership report, 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to internet, up three percent from 2013. DSL remains the most popular method for accessing internet, accounting for 30 percent of all farms and ranches with internet access. …

Farming, Internet, USDA

New Website for USDA AMS

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has launched a redesigned website ( to make it more user-friendly for stakeholders. “Whether you are looking for information about our services, want to comment on proposed regulations, or are interested in selling food to USDA, our new website makes it easier to find the right information and tools,” said AMS Administrator Anne L. Alonzo. …

Government, USDA, Website