The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced financial assistance to help qualified farmers who are struggling to make payments on their USDA loans keep farming. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says work has already started to bring relief to more than 13,000 farmers. “The first... Read More.
A food economist says a variety of factors are leading to the highest food prices in four decades. David Ortega with Michigan State University tells Brownfield, “The rise in food prices at the grocery store has been about 10 percent for the last five... Read More.
As preparation is underway for another season of high inputs, an agronomist says farmers need to be careful not to cut corners on fertility. Dana Harder with Burrus Seed tells Brownfield growers need to spend time in the fields this fall to maximize return... Read More.
A recently released report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service suggests freezing the minimum wage for H-2A workers could impact wages of both H-2A and domestic workers. Michael Marsh is with the National Council of Ag Employers. “Unfortunately what we’re seeing is a steady spiraling... Read More.
An ag economist says total U.S. planted acreage is more than three million acres below the average from 2015 to 2018. The University of Missouri’s Ben Brown blames the drop in USDA’s recent acreage report on high input prices outweighing strong crop markets. “Even with... Read More.
The president of Iowa Farm Bureau believes his state has laid the blueprint for an E15 standard. Brent Johnson tells Brownfield there’s no doubt other states will be looking at the Biofuels Access Bill recently signed into law and want to emulate what Iowa has... Read More.