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Ag News Roundup: February 2015

By Olga Zvinyatskovskaya - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced multiple financial aid programs to support agriculture and rural America in February. Among the available funds are $160 million to support food and agriculture research, education and extension, $16 million to support food production and increase food security, and $14 million to support economic growth in rural communities. USDA also announced several programs to support under-served groups, including $18 million in grants to train beginning farmers and ranchers, and $9 million to help socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and farmer veterans. Read More »

Ag News Roundup: January 2015

By Olga Zvinyatskovskaya - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The New Year started off with a fresh look at the future of agriculture from a variety of viewpoints. The United Nations underscored the necessity for more efficient food systems to feed a growing population, suggesting that a “paradigm shift” is needed to meet the challenge. As to who will be consuming, and sometimes producing, that food, we need look no further than the Millennials, a group revealed by an industry study to be awash in contradictions, which will be key to both their success in farming and agriculture’s success in marketing to them. Read More »

Ag News Roundup: December 2014

By Olga Zvinyatskovskaya - Sunday, January 4, 2015

The end of the year is typically a time for reflection and planning, and agricultural news joined the trend. AgWeb released its “Top 20 Highlights” of 2014 events impacting farmers; farm incomes, farmland values, weather, crop prices and the passage of the Farm Bill all made the list. AgWeek meanwhile took a look ahead, predicting more of the same for 2015: weather challenges, price fluctuations, Farm Bill confusion, international and environmental controversy, and the continued hurdles for entering agricultural production. Read More »

Ag News Roundup: November 2014

By Olga Zvinyatskovskaya - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The twin issues of organic farming and GMOs returned to the news in November. One position stated that organic farming is widespread in developing countries and is better positioned to continue providing sufficient food for our growing population, with GMOs having a negative impact on the sustainability of our food system. An alternate view is that GMO crops can actually have a positive impact on the environment, and have been proven to be safe to eat. Voters had their own point of view, voting down GMO labeling initiatives in Colorado and Oregon. Read More »