Farmland values in parts of the U.S. are on the rise as commodity prices and government payments spur buyers in the Corn Belt while water access fuels the market in California's drought-stricken Central Valley.
The federal district court ruling that struck down the pork harvest facility line speed increase allowed under USDA’s New Swine Inspection System will lead to increased market concentration, according to the National Pork Producers Council.
Honey bee pollination services are worth between $250 million and $320 million annually, Economic Research Service said in a new report, which also valued the honey production market at about $330 million per year.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is making it increasingly clear that he’s going to make it a priority to challenge the market power of big food processors and ag input suppliers. How far he ultimately goes remains to be seen. But he’s getting plenty of encouragement from both sides of Capitol Hill.
The USDA is reversing a rule proposed during the Trump Administration that would have tightened the categorical eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and removed eligibility for up to 3 million people.