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CFAP 2 and Final USDA Changes to Farm Operator Rules

U.S. producers have $13 billion in new coronavirus aid headed their way using funds added to the Commodity Credit Corp. under the CARES Act last Spring. The second round of aid falls under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, dubbed CFAP 2. Congress had authorized additional borrowing authority for the USDA for the purpose in coronavirus-relief …

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How Some Food Startups are Helping Fill Supply Chain Gaps

How Some Food Startups are Helping Fill Supply Chain Gaps Farmers across the country have watched helplessly as untold tons of food has literally been thrown out, left to rot, and worse for livestock producers. The domino effect of upended supply chains due to the Covid-19 pandemic has delivered a financially and emotionally devastating blow …

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What You Need to know…Carbon Sequestration Gaining Momentum Across the Ag Industry

Carbon sequestration seems to be getting more attention lately with the U.S. Senate Ag Committee even holding a hearing on the subject. The lawmakers are exploring how to create a carbon capture program for interested farmers and landowners as part of the Growing Climate Solutions Act. It focuses on removing technical barriers and assisting with …

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The Future of Meat Processing May Include More Automation

Meatpacking facilities in the U.S. emerged as hotbeds for coronavirus outbreaks. Thousands of workers became ill and +50 have died. In some cases, the communities where the operations are located have seen infections surge as well. Dozens of plants were forced to scale back operations or close down completely, leading to supply chain bottlenecks that …

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Explosion in Backyard Chicken Farming Raising Disease Alarms

As the coronavirus has spread across the country, weak links in the food supply chain that have created temporary shortages have led to real worries about food insecurity. Google searches for things like gardening and food preservation have exploded, much to the delight of many health advocates. However, the recent surge in backyard chicken farming …

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Interesting Longer-Term Trends Impacting the Dairy Industry… Think About Changes That Will Be Hitting Your Industry As Well!

The dairy sector has struggled with low milk prices and rapid consolidation in the industry that continues to force producers out of business. There has been even greater complications in the wake of COVID-19. Farm bankruptcies jumped by nearly +20% in 2019, and Wisconsin, a top dairy-producing state, had the most. I suspect the bankruptcy …

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What You Need to Know… Significant Changes to the USDA’s Rules for GE Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently finalized a major overhaul of biotech regulations that will exempt many genetic modifications from the lengthy regulatory approval process. This is the first significant change to the agency’s rules for GE crops since it was put in place over thirty years ago. USDA claims the “Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, …

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Dairy Farmer Decides to Bottle His Own Milk Rather than Dump It. Sells Out in Hours.

The American spirit lives on at a 300-year-old, cream-line dairy farm, where a farmer is working around the clock to bottle his own milk after his processor told him to dump it. Locals are lining up to support him. Brown’s Whoa Nellie Dairy farm has been providing high-quality, cream-line milk since the 1700s. He sells …

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What You Need to Know… Big Money Leasing Farmland to Solar Operators

Solar is being installed at an increasing clip across the United States with large-scale projects looking to farms for the massive tracts of land needed for their development. In fact, I’ve personally spoken with and talked to several landowners who have recently inked longterm leases (10 to 30 years) on +800 acre tracts for between …

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