farm economy

USDA Names State Directors; Birth to Burger Program
The appointment of state directors for the Farm Service Agency and for USDA's Rural Development programs have been announced. Ag lenders are recommending further adjustments as farmers prepare for another year of tight margins. A sustainability acceleration project using RFID technology tracks…
FDA to Redefine “Healthy”; Ag Lenders Expect Rise in Loan Demand
**The FDA will have to sift through hundreds of comments containing often-conflicting advice as it tries to redefine the term “healthy” for use on food products.
FDA accepted comments until April 26 and now has the unenviable task of trying to figure out how to balance the recommendations of the 2015…
South Korea Stops U.S. Poultry; Farm Bill Debate
**South Korea is a major poultry and egg importer, but has closed its market to the U.S. following the new detection of highly pathogenic bird flu at a Tennessee broiler breeding operation.
Employees at the broiler operation, a contract grower for Tyson Foods, noticed “unusual mortality&CloseCu…
U.S. Reclaims #. 1 Chilled Beef Exporter Title
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers launched the Latin America Regional Ag Statistics Program, Thursday the first three products for the Brazil market: Monthly Marketing Reports on 2WD Tractors. Combines, and Sprayers. Association members that are participating in this South American statisti…
Bumble Bee to Be Protected
The rusty patched bumble bee is one step closer to becoming the first bee in the United States to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.Its range has shrunk by 92 percent since the 1990s, a major reason that the Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list it as endangered...
Farmers Reconsider GMO Revolution
WSJ reports that farmers reconsider the GMO revolution and that behind the wave of multi-billion dollar mergers is a moment of change for the American farmer. The paper stated that farmers are finding it harder to justify the high prices for GMO or modified seed and weeds are evolving to resist herb…