April 27, 2020

Farm Country Update To Feature Producer Perspectives On Food Supply Chain Disruption

Lenexa, Kan., (April 27, 2020) — The mounting crisis facing America’s food chain due to COVID-19 will be the focus of the next Farm Country Update from Farm Journal. “Caught in the Food Supply Gap—Why are Farmers Dumping Milk and Breaking Eggs?” is set for this Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 3 p.m. CDT. The live digital event will focus…


April 21, 2020

Stewardship Journey Pays Dividends For Minnesota Farmers

Matt Alford and Sam Peterson’s Minnesota farms may be 100 miles apart, but when it comes to conservation and stewardship, they might as well live next door. Both share a common mind regarding their desire to explore and embrace new ideas, improve their farm's environmental footprint and business profile, and network with other farmers. The conservation-minded Alford, aptly from Blue…


April 8, 2020

Field Work: ‘Getting Edgy’ To Reduce Nutrient Runoff

A number of states in the Mississippi River watershed have been trying to figure out how to reduce nutrient runoff, and edge-of-field practices are often a key part of their strategies. So what are these edge-of-field practices? And should farmers be investing time and money to install them on their land? Farmers Zach Johnson and Mitchell Hora explored those questions with…


April 2, 2020

USDA’s NRCS and the Farm Journal Foundation Announce $2 Million Agreement in Support of America’s Conservation Ag Movement, a Farm Journal/Trust In Food™ Initiative

Washington, D.C., (April 2, 2020) — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced a cooperative agreement with the Farm Journal Foundation to provide funds to support key tactics of America’s Conservation Ag Movement — a large-scale public-private partnership raising awareness and adoption across agriculture of a new generation of profitable, planet-friendly farming and ranching practices. NRCS is the leading…


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…