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USDA Invests to Improve Rural Health Care for Nearly 2 Million Rural Americans

The Department of Agriculture is investing $501 million to improve rural health care infrastructure. USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the funding Thursday that will help 60 projects across...

Animal Welfare Institute Sues USDA over Label Claims

The Animal Welfare Institute is suing the Department of Agriculture for what it calls “unreasonable delay in responding” to a 2014 petition. AWI asked the agency in 2014 to require independent certification of certain...

Lower Income Continues to Pressure Farm Finances

Farm income and credit conditions continued to deteriorate in the third quarter of 2018, according to a Federal Reserve Bank survey. The Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions shows more than half of...

CHS Foundation Donates$1.5 Million to South Dakota State University Precision Ag Program

The CHS Foundation announced a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University precision agriculture program. The funding will support the construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus. A...

U.S., Brazil Soybean Price Gap Narrowing

The price gap between U.S. and Brazilian soybeans is narrowing, a signal some suggest that trade progress could be made between the U.S. and China. CNBC reports narrowing U.S.-Brazil soybean price differentials imply greater...

60 Groups Urge Congress to Protect USDA Agencies from Reorganization

60 farm and food groups, along with others, are urging Congress to block a proposed move of Department of Agriculture agencies out of the Washington, D.C. area. The group penned a letter to leaders...

Incoming House Majority Demanding USMCA Changes

With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, key party leaders in the chamber are demanding changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The USMCA, an updated version of the North American Free Trade...

Turkey Prices at Ten Year Low

Ahead of Thanksgiving, turkey prices have hit a ten-year low. A report by Purdue University estimates turkey prices this year for Thanksgiving will average $1.45 per pound. Jayson Lusk, a professor and department head...

Senate Ag Committee Announces Consideration of USDA Nominations

The Senate Agriculture Committee will consider three Department of Agriculture nominations later this month. The Committee will consider the nominations of Mindy Brashears, Naomi Earp, and Scott Hutchins. The hearing was announced by Chairman...

Biodiesel Industry Elects New Board Leadership

National Biodiesel Board members voted today to elect their trade association leadership. The board reflects the wide range of member companies in the biodiesel industry from feedstock operations to producers. “The National Biodiesel Board is...

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