USFRA Consumer Media Tour decodes food terms

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) continues its outreach efforts on Friday this week with a Consumer Media Tour. FULL STORY »

Will crop insurance be changed as you are enrolling this year?

Less than eight months left now before the “extended” 2008 Farm Bill expires, and little has been accomplished in Congress other than for the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to announce their new members. FULL STORY »

Can agriculture adapt to climate change?

Rising temperatures blamed on climate change could devastate the country’s agricultural industry within the next century, forcing farmers to deal with new pests, faster-growing weeds and smaller crop yields. FULL STORY »

The Congressional Budget Office just stole USDA’s thunder

Will you be planting more corn or more soybeans in 2013, compared to 2012? While that is a personal decision, the Congressional Budget Office projects a few more corn acres and less soybean acreage. FULL STORY »

New generation farmers add 21st-century spin

Joseph and Jeremy Gonzales are doing something different with their Gonzales Land and Cattle operation in Lovington, N.M., and it’s hard not to notice. FULL STORY »

Understand cost of production to manage risk and maximize profit

Michigan State University Extension’s free crop and livestock budget tools can help you analyze your expenses, revenue and opportunities. FULL STORY »

Climate outlooks indicate moisture, but drought isn't over yet

Although much of Minnesota is still in severe to extreme drought, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist Mark Seeley says the outlook shows a different story for late winter all the way into planting season. FULL STORY »

Ohio State webinar to update producers on farm-related tax Issues

Ohio State University Extension will host a Farm Tax Webinar Feb. 6 to help farmers understand new tax laws and rules adapted after the “fiscal cliff” legislation. FULL STORY »

The farm bill and environmental sustainability

It appears to us that the farm bill is in some sort of limbo caught between a hastily constructed 12-month extension of some, but not all, of the elements the 2008 legislation and the need of Congress to address fiscal issues including the threat of sequestration if nothing is done. FULL STORY »

Mississippi River barge backup shrinks, oil cleanup continues

Mississippi River barge traffic remained congested on Friday near Vicksburg, Mississippi, where a barge accident and oil spill shuttered the major shipping artery on Sunday, but the backlog of boats was slowly declining. FULL STORY »

D.C. Watch: No clear path to avoid automatic spending cuts

Automatic spending cuts, called “the sequester,” may not be avoided. When Congress passed a bill avoiding the fiscal cliff at the beginning of this year, they postponed the billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts until the beginning of March. FULL STORY »

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