Report Highlights Critical Rural Transportation Infrastructure Needs

Rural infrastructure has been in need of major rehabilitation for years and there are real concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could make the situation even worse. The sharp drop-off in travel alone is expected to rip a hole in state and local transportation revenues, in turn likely adding even more...

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...

What You Need to Know About The Upcoming Cicada Season

Cicadas are an annual "sound of summer" across many parts of the Midwest and East Coast but the chorus will be even louder than usual in some areas this year. Folks in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia will see far more of the bugs this summer as Brood IX...

What You Need to Know… Stiff Competition from “Fake Meats” to Increase

There was a report circulating inside the trade yesterday that "Record Sums of Money Flowed Into Alternative Meats in First Quarter." As I've been saying for the past couple of years, if millennials and other investors are going to keep throwing huge sums of money in that direction, those companies...

231 Years Ago U.S. Politics Were Insanely Different

I love history, so it should be no surprise I am fascinated with the people and the stories that shaped our great nation. George Washington was sworn in as the first U.S. President in the spring of 1789, to say things have changed would be a massive understatement! This story...

Robotic Food Delivery Seeing Massive Surge in Demand

Food delivery services during a pandemic may not have been the plan but certainly may turn out to be the opportunity robotics was looking for to shine. As the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to social distance it is also pushing some robotics companies to accelerate their long-term objectives. You...

Unraveling USDA’s Excess Food Purchase Programs

USDA recently announced details for a $470 million excess food purchase program designed to support both struggling producers and families in need. The money will be used by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to purchase a wide variety of produce, meats, and dairy that otherwise may go to waste amid...