U.S. agriculture finally got some good trade news for the first time in a long time today, following an announcement by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports. This paves the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef market.
The joint-venture project between Quality Roasting and the Wisconsin-based grain supplier DeLong Co. is expected to process 2.2 million bushels of soybeans annually.
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USDA will once again begin accepting applications June 3, 2019, for certain water-quality practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous signup such as filter strip and waterways. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will also offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts, but will not hold a general CRP signup until December and that a Grasslands CRP sign up will be held still later.
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has introduced a number of new benefits contained within the 2018 farm bill for Veteran Farmer and Ranchers (VFR) for the 2019 crop year for crop policies with sales closing dates Dec. 20, 2018, or later.
If you’re a Michigan grape grower interested in learning and hearing from world-renowned researchers such as Dr. Richard Smart, Dr. Wayne Wilcox and MSU’s Dr. Paolo Sabbatini, put the 2019 Viticulture Field Day on your calendar for Thursday, June 13
An event literally 100 years in the making will take place at Michigan Farm Bureau headquarters on Friday, June 14, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Center, 7373 W. Saginaw Hwy. in Lansing. Considered a highlight of Michigan Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary, the “Centennial Celebration” is open to all regular (farmer) members of Farm Bureau.
The Michigan Agritourism Association recently released the 12th annual edition of Discover Michigan Farm Fun directory. The directory showcases the unique agricultural destinations of the state’s seven regions, a seasonal produce guide, and colorful photos from featured farms. Copies of the new directory can be picked up at local Farm Bureau Insurance offices and at Michigan Welcome Centers and many tourist offices across Michigan.
In an announcement Wednesday from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), there was a confirmed match of bovine TB in a bull in Emmett County.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) today announced a one-time funding offer of $150,000 to be awarded to a single entity to increase recycling opportunities for agricultural, greenhouse and marine film plastics.
GreenStone Farm Credit Services is contributing to the future success of today’s youth by awarding college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. As part of GreenStone’s scholarship program, the cooperative recently selected 21 students to receive either a $2,000 or $1,000 award to assist with education costs.