Slight Decrease in Corn, Increase in Beans

Cindy Zimmerman

The November crop forecast from USDA calls for a slightly lower corn crop but a slightly higher soybean crop. Corn production is now forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, just a bit lower than last month, but still three percent higher than last year, with yields now expected to average 173.4 bushels per acre. If realized, this will still be the …

AFBF, Corn, NCGA, USDA

USDA Seeks Input on New Beef Checkoff

Cindy Zimmerman

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking input on the development of a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order for beef. The new order would be in addition to the existing beef checkoff program, providing American beef producers with more resources for the marketing of their products and research to help strengthen the country’s beef industry. “Beef industry representatives …

Beef, Beef Checkoff, USDA

Listening Sessions Planned on Pollinator Strategy

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and USDA are hosting two public listening sessions this month for stakeholders to provide input to assist the Pollinator Health Task Force in development of a federal strategy to protect honey bees and other pollinators. The Task Force is asking for input on the types of activities that could be part of the strategy, including …

Bees, Farming, Government, USDA

2014 Ag Exports Officially Set Record

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its final total for fiscal year 2014 agricultural exports and they are indeed a new record. The final tally was a big $152.5 billion, an increase of $11.5 billion or eight percent from last year’s record $141 billion. “American farmers and ranchers have once again achieved another year of record exports Agricultural exports …

Exports, USDA

FFA – You are the Future

Jamie Johansen

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to FFA members in attendance for one of the opening sessions at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo this morning. He speaks at many different venues, but said this audience is the hardest because he is following young people who are very well spoken, don’t use any notes and never skip a beat. “This …

Ag Group, Agriculture Education, Audio, FFA, FMC, Government, USDA

New USDA Ag Census Maps App Puts Info in Farmers’ Hands

John Davis

A new tool offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will let producers see and analyze more data. The agency’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is now offering the Ag Census Web Maps application, a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms, and …

Agribusiness, Apps, USDA

Corn Growers Part of White House Women in Ag Event

John Davis

A Past President of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) was part of a White House ceremony last week recognizing women is agriculture. Pam Johnson joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden for the Dialogue on Women Leaders in Agriculture, along with more than thirty participants representing ag associations, businesses and higher education, including …

Corn, NCGA, USDA

USDA Seeks to Move New Products Into BioPreferred Program

John Davis

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to move some new products into a preferred procurement initiative for federal agencies. USDA is using the 2014 Farm Bill to justify making available some new, biobased forest products in the BioPreferred® program, along with some other traditional biobased products and other mature market products, which have been produced in innovative ways. “Today, …

biobased, Farm Bill, Forestry, USDA

Top 100 Ag Cooperatives

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s still National Cooperative Month, which is when USDA traditionally releases its top 100 list of agricultural cooperatives. According to USDA, Iowa has the most agricultural cooperatives of any state at 16, up from 11 a decade ago. Minnesota ranks second among the states, with 13. It is followed by Nebraska with nine, Illinois and Wisconsin with five each, then …

Cooperatives, GROWMARK, USDA

USDA Announces New Farm Bill Program

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is making plans to launch new Farm Bill program to help provide relief to farmers impacted by severe weather, including drought. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved …

Audio, USDA