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Pacific region livestock meat
The world’s biggest packer, JBS, suspended meat production at 33 of its 36 meatpacking plants in Brazil as countries continue to ban Brazilian beef due to the corruption scandal and ongoing investigation. Continue reading

Rabo AgriFinance has announced it will increase its donation to the National FFA organization, serving as a Five Star sponsor of FFA. Continue reading

The Senate Agriculture Committee Monday announced the time for Sonny Perdue’s confirmation hearing. Perdue is the last in line for a confirmation hearing, after being the last cabinet nominee announced by then President-elect Donald Trump a day before his inauguration into office. Continue reading

St. Patrick's Day cabbage
Cathy Isom gives us the many reasons to LOVE cabbage and not just on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

hive removal and bee forageHoney bee health is top of mind this time of year. Almond Board Director of Agricultural Affairs, Bob Curtis, tells us about two important topics: hive removal timing and honey bee forage.
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milk producers
The National Milk Producers Federation has released recommended changes to the Margin Protection Program in the next farm bill. The Federation says the proposed changes will ensure an effective safety net for the nation’s dairy farmers. Continue reading

Wenger on the farm


California Farm Bureau Leaders and Young Farmers & Ranchers Make Strong Impression

By Gary Cooper, founder and president, AgNet Media, Inc.

Hats off to California Farm Bureau (CFB) President Paul Wenger and his family, and to the CFB Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) for their warm welcome and hospitality this past weekend at their annual meeting. Continue reading

Agricultural Production
New research suggests the world’s agricultural production may not need to double by 2050, but offered a wide range in what the increase in production may need to be. Continue reading

agricultural education
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 19 grants totaling $4,790,100 to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading

Evacuation of a large swath of land downstream from Oroville Dam during the weekend caused logistical headaches for farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses within the affected area, while Department of Water Resources crews worked to head off a feared failure of the emergency spillway at the dam.

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national farm machinery show
Dennis Slater, President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and Jason Rittenberry, CEO of the Kentucky State Fair, made a joint announcement at this week’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, regarding a collaboration between the groups. Continue reading

china trade
The European Union is getting set to talk trade with China in April or May. European officials told Reuters the goal is to promote free trade and international cooperation in the face of what may be a more protectionist Washington D.C. Continue reading

snap house agriculture committee
The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to explore the implications of restricting what can be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Members of the committee heard from a panel of witnesses who discussed the challenges of implementing product restrictions, the need for encouraging healthy purchasing habits, and the role that incentives and nutrition education can play in changing consumer behavior. Continue reading

high fructose corn syrup
Domestic use of high fructose corn syrup continues to fall, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Continue reading

The Dakota Pipeline protest became a popular cause for many people. But was it just a publicity stunt and business venture? It was Big Business and some people made big money from it.

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usda grant reviewers agricultural research service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from any state cattle association or state general farm organization that wants to be certified as eligible to nominate beef, dairy, or veal producers or importers to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.  Applications are due by March 16, 2017. Continue reading

The 50th anniversary World Ag Expo begins today at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. There are more than 1400 exhibits, with 26 million square feet of exhibit space. Last year more than 106,340 people visited the expo. The event is the culmination of the hard work of 25 staff members and 1200 volunteers.
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Farmland Values
Farmland values are generally declining significantly in the nation’s midsection, according to Federal Reserve Banks, but the story is a little different when you look at USDA numbers. Gary Crawford has the story.

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American Farm Bureau Federation logo
The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau raised more than $1.1 million and donated a record of more than 28.9 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans in 2016 as part of Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” program. Combined, the monetary and food donations also reached a record level of the equivalent of more than 31 million meals. Continue reading

Smaller Government Payments
One factor expected to help bring net farm income down slightly this year is projected lower direct government payments to farmers. Gary Crawford has the story.

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