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Vaccine hesitancy in rural America

A recent study finds rural residents are hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor tracks the dynamic nature of public opinion as vaccine development unfolds. The Foundation is a nonprofit orga... Read More

Stabenow leads advocates in urging USDA to prioritize protections for food workers

Senator Debbie Stabenow, the incoming Senate Agriculture Committee chair, this week urged the Department of Agriculture to implement the bipartisan worker protection provisions in the COVID-19 assistance package. The Michigan Democrat says, "In or... Read More

The Tuesday Fontanelle Final Bell with Brian Splitt of AgMarket.Net

WASDE Report How did the USDA get to those USDA numbers? What will the overnight & Wednesday trade be like? Corn/Bean/Wheat info How will livestock continue to react? ...... Read More

Audio: January WASDE report

USDA today released its January Crop Production, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), Quarterly Stocks and Winter Wheat Seedings reports. WHEAT: The outlook for 2020/21 U.S. wheat this month is for stable supplies, higher domest... Read More

Nebraska Corn Board to meet Jan. 27

The Nebraska Corn Board will hold its next meeting Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, located at 110 Second Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska. The Board will address regular board business.  The meeting is open ... Read More

Pandemic taking toll on farmers’ mental health

A majority of farmers and farm workers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health, according to a new American Farm Federation Bureau poll. The results, announced Wednesday, find more than half of respondents say they are personall... Read More

Stabenow expected to lead Senate Ag Committee

With Democrats winning the two Georgia runoff Senate elections this week and a 50-50 majority expected in the chamber, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow is poised to be the next Senate Agriculture Committee Chair. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, al... Read More

Rural group urges Biden to pick well-qualified, diverse USDA leaders

The Rural Coalition urges President-elect Joe Biden to select highly qualified leaders for Department of Agriculture politically appointed positions. The group of more than 70 food and farming organizations sent the request to the incoming adminis... Read More

Farmers to Families Food Box Program renewed

The Department of Agriculture this week announced the continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food nationwide through the fifth round of ... Read More

A snapshot of the top 100 agricultural cooperatives

Despite a drop in total gross business revenue from $149.1 billion in 2018 to $147.8 billion in 2019, the nation’s 100 largest agricultural cooperatives reported a record $5.9 billion net income, up $800 million, or 15.6 percent, from the previous ... Read More

Biden’s EPA nominee reaches out to corn growers

Michael Regan of North Carolina is Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency. It didn’t take long for Regan to begin reaching out to U.S. agriculture. In fact, it was the day before the official nomination announcement... Read More

Peters, Thune, Roberts Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Representation for Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Sectors in the development of Federal Drone Policies signed into law

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), John Thune (R-SD) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), who serves as the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition Committee, today applauded the signing into law of their bipartisan legislati... Read More

Federal checks salvage otherwise dreadful 2020 for US farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. farmers are expected to end the year with higher profits than last year and the best net farm income in seven years thanks to the government paying nearly 40% of their income. That's according to the U.S. Department ... Read More

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue issues proclamation honoring longtime broadcaster Orion Samuelson

(Washington, D.C.)– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes the achievements of longtime broadcaster Orion “Big O” Samuelson for six decades of contributions to agriculture journalism. “There’s a saying that today’s news i... Read More