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U.S. Exporters Join Under Secretary McKinney on Canada Trade Mission

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will lead a trade mission to Canada Sept. 3-6, accompanied by representatives from 41 U.S. agribusinesses and associations looking to expand sales to the United States’ top agricultural export market. “With the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) poised for passage, this is a great time for U.S. …

Dairy Producers Must Sign-Up Before Sept. 20 for 2019 Coverage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that producers of nearly 17,000 dairy operations have signed up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program since signup opened June 17. Producers interested in 2019 coverage must sign up before Sept. 20, 2019. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price …

Farm Service Agency Expands Payment Options

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is expanding its payment options to now accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments and administrative service fees, as well as to purchase aerial maps. “Our customers have spoken, …

California Farm Production Expenses Drop in 2018

California’s total farm production expenditures totaled $36.8 billion in 2018, down 2.7 percent from the 2017 revised estimate of $37.8 billion. At 10.4 percent, California had the largest percentage of the 2018 U.S. total expenditures. Expense items showing the largest increase from the previous year were: Feed, up $1.10 billion; Farm Services, up $800 million; and Livestock, Poultry and Related …

Stanislaus County Ag Economic Contributions & Farm Gate Value

The Stanislaus County 2018 Agricultural Report which details the farm gate value of the various commodities produced throughout the County has just been released, providing a statistical description of the commodities including acres harvested and total production values. The report only represents the gross values of commodities and does not reflect production costs or profits. Agricultural Commissioner Milton O’Haire states …

USDA Announces Details of Support Package for Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals. In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other …

US Pistachio Shipments Remain Strong Despite Increased Tariffs

Despite the recent increased tariffs slapped onto US pistachios in the midst of an international trade war, consumers worldwide just can’t get enough of them.  Watch this brief interview with Richard Matoian from American Pistachio Growers and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery and attend one of their upcoming Bennett Hickman …

NAWG Member Testifies on Importance of Grain Inspection System for U.S. Export Markets

Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture held a hearing looking at perspectives around reauthorizing the Grain Standards Act. Brian Linin, a wheat farmer from Goodland, Kansas, testified on behalf of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) on the importance of reauthorizing the Grain Standards Act. Linin also serves as a board member of the U.S. Wheat Associates and works …

New Studies Show Soil Health Practices Increase Farm Profitability

Today, American Farmland Trust (AFT), the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®, is releasing four case studies that show that healthier soil on farmland brings economic benefits to farmers and environmental benefits to society. These case studies were developed in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). AFT Water Initiative Director Dr. Michelle Perez, the lead researcher …

Economic Study Bolsters Value Of Generic Marketing Efforts By Pistachio Industry

American Pistachio Growers’ (APG) efforts to reduce or eliminate trade barriers in several key overseas markets have been a significant boon to pistachio exports and to growers’ bottom-line. A new study, “An Analysis of the Effects of the American Pistachio Growers’ Program to Reduce/Eliminate Tariffs on U.S. Pistachios,” has quantified, for the first time, the direct benefit to the U.S. …

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