March 30, 2020

USDA Seeks Public Comment On More Revised Conservation Practice Standards

Washington, D.C., March 27, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to 49 national conservation practice standards through a posting in the Federal Register. The proposed revisions posted this week with the public comment period closing April 23, 2020. The 49 updated national conservation practice standards      include: 12…


March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Coverage: Government Says Ag Is Critical

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance outlining "critical" industries in the COVID-19 pandemic response. Agriculture was included in the list, recognizing the need for the industry to be exempt from some restrictions designed to minimize spread of the virus. Meanwhile, farm groups continue to press the White House and Congress for assistance on ag labor. Track all of…


March 9, 2020

Creating Production Transparency In A Farm-To-Fork Business, One Pig At A Time

The idea of owning a farm-to-fork operation is one many pork producers may have thought about but quickly discarded as being too financially risky and tough to navigate, especially with regard to finding buyers, creating a dependable distribution channel, and navigating government regulations. It certainly involves all of those things and more, says David Newman. But in the late 1990s…


March 3, 2020

Is Specialty Produce Headed For The Mid-Mississippi Delta?

California produces more than one-third of the vegetables and two-thirds of fruits and nuts that are grown in the United States today. However, as the global climate changes, California will likely suffer from more chronic weather (e.g. increased droughts) as well as severe weather (e.g. heavy rains, flooding, fires and freezes) in the years to come, making farming there less…


March 2, 2020

New Research Reveals Next-Gen Consumers And Farmers Share Concerns And Hopes For The Food System

Corteva Agriscience has announced the results of a global study of Gen Z/millennial farmers and consumers. This first-of-its-kind research, commissioned by Corteva Agriscience, examined views on the future of food and farming by next-gen farmers and consumers in the United States, Brazil, China, France and Russia. Notably, the study reveals surveyed participants in different global markets are highly aligned in…


February 25, 2020

Farmers Join Forces For Sustainability And Responsible Climate Policy

Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. The coalition will share with elected officials, media and the public U.S. agriculture's commitment to…


February 18, 2020

California’s Dairy Carbon Footprint Down 45% Since 1964

The amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) per gallon of milk produced by California dairy farmers is down more than 45% over the past 50 years, according to a new study published by the Journal of Dairy Science. “The study documents the productivity, efficiency and overall sustainability of milk production in California and the critical role dairy cows play in…


February 10, 2020 cattle in field

Sustainability Goes Mainstream

Under intense pressure to meet demand for products that measure up to consumers’ personal values, U.S. food companies are feverishly working to rejuvenate their brands with green initiatives. Last year’s IFIC Foundation’s Food and Health Survey found over half of consumers (54%) say it’s at least somewhat important that the products they buy be produced in an environmentally sustainable way.…


February 5, 2020

Wisconsin Crop Adviser Wins NRCS Conservationist Of The Year

Certified Crop Adviser Nick Guilette views helping farmers adopt conservation practices to improve soil, water and air quality as a journey, with progress as the goal year-to-year. The use of no-till and cover crops are two of his go-to practices when helping farmers—who he describes as the “ultimate problem solvers and solution finders”—take their initial steps. The impact from weather…


January 23, 2020

America’s Conservation Ag Movement Names Board and Releases Special Annual Reports

Farm Journal’s Trust In Food initiative announced the Board of Advisers for America’s Conservation Ag Movement, a broad national effort to help farmers, ranchers and growers continue their journey to conserve our shared natural resources and promote sustainable food production. Additionally, special annual reports on the state of conservation in agriculture and food production were mailed to nearly 600,000 farmers,…