More farmers experiment with cover crops, a climate tool, survey shows – October 6, 2021

More farmers experiment with cover crops, a climate tool, survey shows Slightly more than half of the country’s biggest farmers say they planted cover crops this year, indicating a broadening acceptance of the crops’ benefits for soil health, even with the accompanying complication they bring to land management, said Purdue’s… Continue reading

Agriculture is ‘unpredictable sector’ in Sino-U.S. trade, says Tai – October 5, 2021

Agriculture is ‘unpredictable sector’ in Sino-U.S. trade, says Tai The United States will press China to live up to its commitments in the “phase one” agreement, said U.S. trade representative Katherine Tai on Monday in unveiling the Biden administration’s “strategic vision for re-aligning trade policies toward China.” During a speech… Continue reading

Climate mitigation is actually agricultural market development, says Vilsack – September 30, 2021

Climate mitigation is actually agricultural market development, says Vilsack The USDA will put a “significant” amount of money into large-scale pilot projects of climate-smart agricultural practices to create new markets for sustainably produced products, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday. In announcing the initiative, which would go into effect… Continue reading

‘Genius grant’ for prof. who created prairie strips to reduce farm runoff – September 29, 2021

‘Genius grant’ for prof. who created prairie strips to reduce farm runoff Iowa State University professor Lisa Schulte Moore, a creator of prairie strips in farm fields to markedly reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss, won a $625,000 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ on Tuesday. Schulte Moore, one of 25 winners… Continue reading

Equity Commission to examine USDA programs and policies for bias – September 27, 2021

Equity Commission to examine USDA programs and policies for bias Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh will co-chair a congressionally approved Equity Commission to address racial discrimination within the USDA and its programs, announced the Agriculture Department. The USDA has been called “the last plantation” because of racial bias in its… Continue reading