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USDA could be flexible in FMMO reform

The chief economist of the International Dairy Foods Association says USDA has the potential to combine proposals presented during the Federal Milk Marketing Order hearing. Mike Brown tells Brownfield the entire dairy industry agrees the current Class I formula isn’t working. “They can look at... Read More.

USDA price indices fractionally lower in December

The USDA’s indices of prices received and paid by farmers were both down in December. The USDA says the index of prices received was 0.4% lower than in November as losses in cattle, hogs, milk, and turkeys canceled out gains in corn, broilers, eggs,... Read More.

AFBF asks USDA for emergency dairy formula change

The American Farm Bureau Federation asked the USDA to make an emergency milk price formula change to prevent further financial losses for producers. Economist Danny Munch tells Brownfield Farm Bureau generally opposes legislative overrides, but with the fallbacks of the “average of” Class I... Read More.

USDA says dairy markets impacted by weather

The USDA says winter weather impacted some dairy markets during the past week. The Agricultural Marketing Service’s latest report says the winter weather affected dairy operations in eastern states, and some milk intended for Class III cheese processing were redirected into bottling for grocery... Read More.

USDA awards $207 million to energy and fertilizer projects

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing new investments to support renewable energy production and domestic fertilizer expansion. During Monday’s American Farm Bureau Federation Convention, Vilsack said $157 million will support 675 Rural Energy for America Program projects in 42 states. “It’s going to help lower... Read More.

GAO report: USDA can improve on foreign ag land data

A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office says USDA needs to do a better job collecting, tracking and sharing data on foreign-owned agricultural land. The latest information from USDA says in 2022, more than 43 million acres of U.S. agricultural land is... Read More.