Aginfo News: SNAP Recipients To Work Plan
**USDA wants input about how to push unemployed, able-bodied adults who get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits into the workforce.
According to Agri-Pulse, the department’s Food and Nutrition Service wants input “on potential policy, program, and regulatory changes that could advance its goal of addressing food insecurity by helping able-bodied SNAP recipients obtain and maintain employment.
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the administration’s goal is to encourage SNAP beneficiaries to become economically independent.
**At current prices, grain farmers are unlikely to make money if the record-high yields of 2017 retreat to average levels.
That’s according to University of Illinois economist Gary Schnitkey who says growers have faced a similar combination before and "that resulted in zero income in 2015."
Schnitkey tells Agriculture.com looking ahead, it will be "very hard to generate positive cash flow" absent higher yields or higher commodity prices.
**Syngenta announced it has acquired FarmShots, a North Carolina-based innovator of high-resolution satellite imagery that detects plant health by analyzing absorbed light from field images.
Agrimarketing.com reports, this service was developed to help farmers, agronomists and retailers quickly and accurately spot field issues caused by planter skips, emergence, insect feeding, poor plant nutrition, crop diseases, weeds, other pests and environmental damage. With this capability, FarmShots enables growers and their trusted advisers to reduce field scouting by as much as 90 percent and helps them focus on areas of need.