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The initial results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture revealed the continued growth in the number of Hispanic and Latino farmers and the continued aging of American farmers, who averaged 58.3 years of age at the time the Census was conducted. The documentary Farmland, which highlights the work and lives of five young farmers,was also released in May, to mixed but primarily favorable reviews. The ongoing drought also took center stage once again, with approximately half of the country in drought, in some areas considered worse than the 1940s Dust Bowl. Read More
Organic foods are going mainstream, with Wal-Mart allying with Wild Oats to offer organic foods at lower prices to its customers. The Wild Oats-labeled organics have raised some concerns for farmers, who wonder about sourcing for the giant corporation’s organic line. Pork was also in the news in April as the industry continues to respond to the spreading PEDV swine virus. Read More
Academy Award-winner James Moll has put his talent to work for American agriculture, creating a new documentary film titled Farmland that features the stories of six young farmers and ranchers told in their own words. Read More
The Farm Credit System’s commitment to young, beginning and small farmers in all types of agriculture was on full display at last week’s National Good Food Network (NGFN) conference in Raleigh, NC. The event brought farmers, investors, buyers and community leaders together around the growing business of regional food hubs. These aggregators of products from small farms -- more than 250 hubs across the country -- bridge the wholesale gap between local food producers and larger buyers. Read More
January 2014 saw an important milestone: after two years of effort, the House of Representatives approved a Farm Bill. The bill now rests with the Senate, which is expected to vote in early February. Offsetting that good news for the agriculture industry were severe weather challenges: a polar vortex crippled large portions of the country, impacting agricultural production, and a drought in California, called by some the worst in 500 years, has forced both farmers and ranchers to modify their operations and California’s governor to declare a state of emergency. Read More