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Rural and agricultural economic issues led the news in September, including impacts on farmers, families, communities and industries. Land values remain high, even though corn prices that drive much of this value are dropping due to record yields that are reducing prices and therefore farm income. In part due to this reduced income, the median farm income and the Rural Mainstreet Economic Index have dropped significantly, and farmers themselves are less confident. Read More
International and domestic politics targeted U.S. agriculture in August: Russia instituted sanctions restricting agricultural imports for a year, including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy products; closer to home, Missouri became the second state (after North Dakota) to define farming as a constitutional right, passing a “Right to Farm” amendment to the state constitution that is aimed to protect agricultural interests. The controversial amendment vote is undergoing a recount. Read More
Organically raised food was in the news in July, as a new U.K. study reported in the British Journal of Nutrition found evidence that organics are nutritionally superior to conventionally raised crops. Not surprisingly, the study is being challenged, with one major criticism being that it contains no original research, instead analyzing hundreds of previous studies. Regardless of any real or supposed nutritional benefits, organics are a growing food category, worth $26.7 billion in 2010. A July Washington Post article offered advice for consumers in deciding which categories of organic food are worth the typically higher price. Read More
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
From backyard chickens to rooftop gardens, city dwellers across the country are bringing food production closer to home in large population centers that have been divorced from the farm for generations. This grassroots urban agriculture movement meets economic, food supply and social needs, in some cases helping eliminate food deserts where residents find it difficult to access fresh foods. Read More