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

‘Fairness for Farmers’ campaign targets market power of big companies – September 23, 2021

‘Fairness for Farmers’ campaign targets market power of big companies Buoyed by a Biden administration pledge to vigorously police agricultural mergers, the National Farmers Union launched the nationwide “Fairness for Farmers” campaign on Wednesday to restore competition in the marketplace. “This endeavor has clear goals: to curtail consolidation in agriculture… Continue reading