National FFA Organization

National FFA Organization Awards More Than $2.7 Million in Scholarships

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation has awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 1,884 recipients. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of 115 sponsors. More than 8,300 students applied online for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple awards. Approximately one in every four students who applied was awarded a …

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USDA Removes Database on Animal Mistreatment

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a database that includes information about mistreated, injured, or killed farm animals. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service cited privacy concerns in taking down the website information. A CNN Dot Com article quotes an animal activist group saying the agency bowed to pressure from groups that don’t want the information …

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Red Meat Demand Remaining Strong

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent Cold Storage Report showed record reductions of beef and pork, which means demand for the products remains high. At the other end of the spectrum, chicken stocks remain historically high. A Meating Place Dot Com article says total beef in cold storage dropped 38 million pounds in March, the biggest drop in March since …

Possible Changes in Cotton and Dairy Policies Ahead

Dan Cotton, Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson tells Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report that he’s optimistic that the fiscal 2017 government spending package will include changes to the cotton and dairy policies in the new Farm Bill. He says those potential changes would provide more financial assistance to farmers. The Minnesota Democrat says he and other committee members have been talking …

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Iowa Ag Secretary on White House Ag Roundtable

Dan Industry News Release

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey expressed his appreciation that President Trump would host the Agriculture roundtable discussion this week, especially because it’s still early in his administration. Northey says he was very encouraged by the discussion that took place. “The president clearly understands the importance of a strong agriculture sector in our nation. It’s great news that Secretary Perdue …

Former USTR Says Future NAFTA Renegotiations Unpredictable

White House Readies Order on NAFTA Withdrawal

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Two White House sources told Politico that the Trump Administration is considering an executive order withdrawing the country from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Officials say the draft order has been submitted for the final stages of review and could be unveiled soon. Politico says the order could change in the coming days but seems to indicate an intent …

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Agri View: Record of Nothing in Particular

Dan Agri View

  Everett Griner talks about Australian farmers setting a world record in today’s Agri View.       There is nothing particularly interesting about this story. I just found it unusual and I thought that you might too. A team of Australian farmers have set a new world record for agriculture. They sprayed 6,515 acres of land in a 24 …

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Farm Bureau Applauds Regulatory Accountability Act

Dan Industry News Release

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supports the bi-partisan Regulatory Accountability Act introduced today by Senators Portman and Heitkamp. This bipartisan effort is one that should be welcomed by all stakeholders – farmers, ranchers, policymakers, state officials, environmentalists, scientists – anyone who wants a system that is open, …

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Wetland Conservation Projects Receive Boost

Dan Industry News Release

$38.8 million approved for wetland conservation projects; $7.8 million to conserve 2,629 acres on national wildlife refuges and open thousands of additional acres to public hunting The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, approved $17.8 million in grants for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to conserve or restore more …

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2016 California Almond Acreage Report

Dan Industry News Release, Nuts & Grapes

California’s 2016 almond acreage is estimated at 1,240,000 acres, up 7 percent from the 2015 revised acreage of 1,160,000.  Of the total acreage for 2016, 940,000 acres were bearing and 300,000 acres were non-bearing.  Preliminary bearing acreage for 2017 was estimated at 1,000,000 acres. Nonpareil continued to be the leading variety, followed by Monterey, Butte, Carmel, and Padre. Kern, Fresno, …

Productivity Growth and the Revival of Russian Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release

by Nicholas Rada, William Liefert, and Olga Liefert, USDA Economic Research Service What Is the Issue? Russia’s agricultural output fell during the country’s transition from a planned to a market economy in the early 1990s but has rebounded strongly since the late 1990s. The production increase contributed to Russia reducing its large imports of meat and other livestock products and …

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USDA Seeks Nominees for Christmas Tree Promotion Board

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the Christmas Tree Promotion Board to fill six seats for members and an importer whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2017. The 12-member board is composed of 11 producer members from three regions and one importer. Five producer members are from the Western region, four are from the Eastern region …

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Funding to Support the Agricultural Sciences

Dan Education, Industry News Release

$1 Million to Support Agricultural Science Education for Insular Areas The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $1 million in available funding for projects to strengthen food and agricultural science education in insular areas of the United States. Funding is made through two NIFA programs, the Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher …

Dow Degree Day Report: NOW in Pistachio, April 24

Taylor Hillman Dow Degree Day Report

Dow AgroSciences and Intrepid Edge insecticide brings us the Navel Orangeworm (NOW) Degree Day Report for pistachios as of April 24. Degree days are determined using the calculator at the University of California integrated pest management website. All locations use CIMIS weather stations. NOW Degree Day reports are sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Intrepid Edge insecticide.