Partially offsetting today’s low commodity prices, there’s good news for farmers and the U.S. economy: By 2030, the U.S. could triple its use of “readily available non-food biomass resources from our nation’s farms, forests, and waste streams” to produce “transportation fuels, electricity, commercial products, and high-value chemicals.”
Rural America’s population “is shrinking for the first time on record,” USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) says in a report, with increased drug-related mortality among working-age adults contributing to the decline.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 – An expanded federal drug-court system, better access to alternatives to opioids for people in pain, and educational requirements for drug prescribers are just a few of the dozens of recommendations from the commission set up by President Trump to combat the opioid crisis.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2017 – CHS Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative that supplies energy, crop nutrients, animal feed, insurance and other services to U.S. agricultural producers, is once again the country’s top revenue producing cooperative.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2017 – Despite numerous efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition around the globe, the number of people hungry is rising for the first time in more than a decade, says a new United Nations report.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 – Western Growers is partnering with S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth) to launch AgSharks, a new initiative to identify and help fund key innovations in the fresh produce industry.
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2017 – U.S. cotton farmers are planning to sow 12.2 million acres this year, up 21 percent from last year, USDA said today. The estimate is also up from the 11.5 million planted acres the department predicted in February. Projections for most other major crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat, hewed closely to the February estimates.
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2017 – Federal agencies that regulate biotechnology may not have the staffing and expertise to handle the plethora of new products expected over the next five to 10 years, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2017 – The Trump administration today announced a trade agenda that that would make the U.S. less beholden to rulings by the World Trade Organization, stressing that U.S. sovereignty should be the primary concern when it mes to international disputes.