Drought, low prices, supply chain disruptions have been plaguing California’s walnut farmers for years and a heat wave during last year’s harvest scorched the state’s groves, but ideal weather so far this year has the sector optimistic that growers are going to see their fortunes change.
USDA plans to send Emergency Relief Program and Emergency Livestock Relief Program pre-filled applications directly to eligible producers in early summer for those with qualifying disaster losses for the 2022 calendar year.
If current environmental trends continue through the end of the century, the world could see corn production decline by 40 percent but wheat yields gain 30-40 percent, according to a top NASA scientist.
Many cotton growers face a critical decision over the next few weeks: whether to switch some of the acreage to wheat, soybeans and other crops because of the significantly higher market prices for those commodities.
In this opinion piece, Beth Ellikidis of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization provides a blueprint for how to feed the growing planet amid climate change, increased frequency of drought and resource depletion.
Congressional negotiators are nearing agreement on a massive year-end bill that’s expected to include billions in agricultural disaster aid as well as a compromise version of the Growing Climate Solutions Act and special aid to rice growers.