Recent years of financial stress and trade disruption in agriculture, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, produced new challenges for farmer-owned agricultural coops and have prompted many to rethink their business models.
Countless deteriorating dams on rivers and old farm ponds out in the pastures are in escalating need of rebuilding before disaster strikes again. Some federal help is available for reservoir owners ready for the task.
Contract chicken growers are struggling to cover their costs because of outbreaks that have forced poultry processors in many areas to slow operations and reduce the number of birds their farmers will produce.
California wine grape growers are out pulling up acres of grapevines this winter after years of liberal plantings and a flattening U.S. wine demand pushed growers and vintners into an economic purgatory.