A major equipment manufacturer underscored the need for broadband connectivity in some of America’s most rural places by featuring “see and spray” technology at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Trade remains the top concern for American agriculture heading into 2020, with looming uncertainty about whether the Chinese will make promised increases in commodity purchases, and whether President Donald Trump will provide another round of trade assistance to U.S. producers.
Federal rules for disclosing biotech food ingredients officially start taking effect Wednesday, but manufacturers and retailers don’t have enough information yet from USDA on how to comply with the regulations, say industry officials.
In 2019, the attention of farm country was keenly focused on international trade developments, and the Trump administration’s efforts to lessen their blow on producers, according to an analysis of Agri-Pulse's website traffic throughout the year.
A congressional agreement to fund the government for fiscal 2020 includes an additional $1.5 billion in disaster relief for farmers and would revive the biodiesel tax credit and extend it through 2022.
Senior political leaders at USDA, which has been accused of downplaying the climate issue, say helping farmers address climate change is a priority for the department, asserting that sustainably increasing food production to feed a growing global population is a matter of “world security.”