Farm Income Forecast Lower

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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

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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. …

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Planted Acreage Update From USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop and the second largest soybean crop on record in a new planted acreage update released today. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). That is actually a four percent decrease from last year’s production, but …

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Johansson Picked as USDA Chief Economist

John Davis

Dr. Robert Johansson has been selected as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Chief Economist. Working for USDA for nearly 15 years, Johansson has been USDA’s acting chief economist since Jan. 3, 2014, and as Deputy Chief Economist since 2012. “I am pleased that Dr. Johansson’s leadership will continue to guide informed decision making at USDA to benefit American agriculture,” said …


Farm Bureau Joins Group’s Lawsuit to Ditch ‘WOTUS’

John Davis

The American Farm Bureau Federation is part of a coalition of 14 agricultural and industry groups, including the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, that have filed a lawsuit to vacate the controversial new rule redefining the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. This news release from the group says the rule, known …

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Secretary Vilsack to Celebrate 4th at Milan Expo

Kelly Marshall

The Milan Expo, a six month’s world’s fair taking place in Milan, Italy, focuses on the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”  The USA Pavilion showcases the idea “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet, and spotlights American leadership on issues like food security and policy, technology, nutrition and health, and culinary culture. It is at this pavilion …

Events, USDA

World Food Prize Awarded for Enhanced Food Security

Kelly Marshall

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh has been awarded the 2015 World Food Prize, the most prominent award for individuals whose achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security.  The announcement was by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who made remarks at an event by the U.S. State Department. “I offer my sincerest congratulations to Sir Fazle and appreciation for the progress he …

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