June Marks Season for Farmers Markets

Laura McNamara

A cooking demonstration, live entertainment and a raffle for various prizes will kick off the summer Farmers Market season. The openning of the 12th season of the USDA Farmers Market will also feature a booth offering nutritional information and food suggestions from the USDA for the home. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner will officiate the openning Friday, June 1 …

Agribusiness, Food, USDA

5 Pork Producers Named to National Pork Board

Laura McNamara

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced five new appointees for the 15-member National Pork Board Wednesday. The new members will serve three-year terms on the board. Johanns said the appointees were chosen from among 8 nominees. “I am pleased that these individuals have agreed to provide their time and expertise,” said Johanns. The five were chosen from among eight pork …

Agribusiness, Food, Pork, USDA

USDA Under Secretary Dorr on Rural Broadband Proposal

Chuck Zimmerman

Last week I mentioned that USDA was proposing new rules for rural broadband development. That’s high speed internet access for those of you who aren’t fully AgWired yet. USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, Tom Dorr, spoke at yesterday’s CBOT Greening of Racing event and I got to ask him to explain more about that. Secretary Dorr says that research …

Audio, Internet, USDA

More Rural Broadband Support From USDA

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA is once again working to develop broadband internet services in rural areas of the country. Yesterday Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Thomas C. Dorr announced the publication of “new proposed rules designed to facilitate the further deployment of broadband services to rural communities nationwide.” It’s only a matter of time before no farmer or rural resident can complain …

Government, Internet, USDA

Sec. Johanns On National Ag Day

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s almost National Agriculture Day and in anticipation U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns held a press conference yesterday. He’s seen here at the Kick-off for National Ag Day at the National Press Club. You might be interested to see what he had to say. In his speech he spent some time talking about the farm bill and the …

Government, USDA

Show Me The Honey

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest appointments to the National Honey Board as announced by USDA. Each member and alternate — nominated by the National Honey Nominations Committee — will serve a three-year term of office beginning on April 1, 2007, and ending on March 31, 2010. Newly appointed members and alternates are: Producer – Region 2: James Daniel Rodenberg, Wolf Point, Mont., …

Ag Group, USDA

Mike Johanns Press Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

After Secretary Johanns gave his speech during this morning’s general session here at the Cattle Industry Convention he held a press conference. My recording starts while he’s talking about the issue of ethanol and high feed prices. He describes how the administration is working to promote and develop alternative sources of biomass to create ethanol. He also answers questions on …

Audio, Cattle Industry Conference, Government, USDA