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Southern Crop

  • NCC Urges Passage of Farm Legislation

    “Without strong commodity and crop insurance policies underpinning U.S. agriculture, lenders would be reluctant to provide financing to an industry operating at the mercy of weather extremes and volatile global market prices,” says Ron Craft, chairman of the National Cotton Council.   Read more

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  • Farmland Disappearing at an Alarming Rate

    Around any large or mid-size city in America, one can find land that was previously rich, fertile farmland being bulldozed and segmented to make room for housing and/or commercial businesses. It might be a well-deserved retirement fund for farmers, but once the land is covered with buildings and residences, it[…]

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  • 10 Reasons Your Child Should Join FFA or 4-H

    It’s hard to imagine growing up on a farm without participating in 4-H or FFA. Although there was no FFA in my high school in Ann Arbor, Mich. (there were only about five farm kids in my class of 700), my siblings and I were active members of 4-H. Our woodworking[…]

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  • Ray Starling to Join USDA as Perdue’s Chief of Staff

    While President Trump has received some criticism from the farm community for his harsh words on immigration, Ray Starling, special assistant to the president on agriculture, says the president understands agriculture’s need for access to a reliable labor force and will make it a priority to help fix the issue.[…]

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Agricultural

ASA Disappointed in House Failure to Pass Farm Bill

The American Soybean Association expressed deep disappointment with the U.S. House of Representatives failure today to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. ASA calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to continue to work to seek passage of a Farm Bill this year to provide certainty[…]

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Biotechnology

Farm Sense: Biology Breakthroughs Exploding

There’s no more dire story in agriculture than the fight against citrus greening in Florida. Once the nation’s largest citrus industry, the state has seen production fall by more than 70 percent. Millions of dollars in research money has been spent looking for a solution and just last month a[…]

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USDA Puts Breeding on the Fast Track

Instead of seven to 10 long years of waiting for the next ‘big’ jump in yield or agronomic improvement, precision gene editing technology could get it on farms in as few as three years. USDA is watching this technology, too, and has actually made it easier for breeders to bring[…]

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Precision Agriculture

Feds Unveil Drone Test Sites

A who’s who of technology and aviation companies won U.S. approval to push the edge of the envelope in drone flights, from testing people’s tolerance for delivery devices hovering over their rooftops to ensuring farmers’ drones won’t hit crop dusters.   Read more

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Ag Legislation and Regulation

Worldwide Agriculture and Trade

Food Trends

Amazon Vs. Whole Foods: When Cultures Collide

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods last August was the corporate equivalent of mixing tap water with organic extra virgin olive oil. You’d be hard-pressed to find two companies with more different value propositions.   Read more

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