Farmers are getting new options to cover differences in farming practices and crops, and many growers will be able for the first time this year to buy an endorsement to cover a portion of their deductibles.
Rural America has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and sheriffs say drug intervention centers can be the solution to lower overdose deaths that are consuming people of all ages and demographic groups.
The outgoing Trump administration is tapping unspent USDA funding to provide coronavirus relief to contract producers for the first time while providing supplemental payments to hog farms. USDA also is adjusting payments calculations for many producers who have already received Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments.
An extension of the 15% boost in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and more money for the Women, Infants and Children program are included in the $1.9 trillion stimulus package President-elect Joe Biden plans to propose to Congress.
The new year got off to a big start for U.S. soybean trade, with sales and shipments to China totaling nearly 2 million metric tons for just the first week in January, according to the latest trade data.