WASHINGTON — The USDA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan program has been amended to allow producers to build cold storage facilities to store their fresh fruits and vegetables.
Farmers around the world have responded to growing demand by producing record crops recently. As a result, USDA forecasts that global ending stocks for 2009/10 (June-May) will be 196.8 million metric tons, up 60 percent from a recent low of 123.3 million metric tons in 2007/08.
WASHINGTON — The United States and China have reached an agreement to reopen the Chinese market to U.S. pork and pork products.
COLUMBUS — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack has designated 10 counties in Ohio as primary agricultural natural disaster areas, due to multiple disasters including excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, hail, freeze, and frost that occurred April 1, 2009 through July 1, 2009. Twenty-two counties were designated as contiguous counties. In addition two […]
MANHATTAN, Kan. — To feed a world population projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, technology that can enhance food production will be a significant asset.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Blending biomass into the coal stream that feeds electricity-generation plants offers the opportunity to reduce harmful emissions and create a market for renewable fuel, according to a biomass-energy expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. And Pennsylvania power-plant operators have a big incentive for co-firing coal with biomass they buy […]
WASHINGTON — The livestock sector can lead the agricultural economy to higher net farm income, assuming the farm economy benefits from a recovering general U.S. economy. That analysis tops a 2010 baseline report prepared by the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute delivered to the U.S. Congress March 9. Possibilities, if… The […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — It looks like farm tractors will be exempt from the new motor carrier regulations being revised in Pennsylvania.
WASHINGTON — Ohio farmers enjoyed a significant increase in disaster recovery funding as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). SURE. The ARRA modified provisions of the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) that was part of the 2008 farm bill. As a result, many farmers eligible for SURE received increased disaster […]
MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — Several hundred dairy farmers in Ohio and Pennsylvania are determined to make a difference in policy that affects milk pricing and their bottom line.