Fertilizer prices were already soaring due to weather and supply chain shocks exacerbated by the COVID pandemic before Russia invaded Ukraine in February, leading USDA to announce a $250 million investment in new U.S. production capacity. The question is how much impact that funding can have.
The 117th Congress is officially underway with the swearing in of new members Sunday. The House includes a number of new members who could play a role in shaping food and agriculture policy, considering its importance to their districts.
The Environmental Protection Agency and USDA have launched a competition that seeks to determine how effective and efficient certain fertilizers are at delivering nutrients to corn with reduced environmental impact.
CropLife America President and CEO Chris Novak says the nation's crop protection sector is battered, but not broken after enduring a growing season that took place in the midst of a pandemic that stalled many other facets of the economy.
In a major overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act, a new rule released by the White House Wednesday would establish deadlines for completion of NEPA reviews and reduce the scope of actions needing such review.
The Trump administration has labeled agriculture as a critical industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, allowing businesses to continue operating as usual amid current and potential restrictions created to stem the spread of the virus.
Ag and environmental organizations are split in their assessment of new EPA regulations requiring production and retail establishments handling certain hazardous chemicals — such as anhydrous ammonia — to prepare risk management plans.