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USDA Helped 7 Million Rural Residents with $1.5 Billion in 2017

From the January 29, 2018 “Morning Ag Clips” The Morning Ag Clips article presents a summary of the USDA Rural Development report to President Trump from Secretary Perdue for 2017. The USDA carries the report on its website, but news articles are, at best, hard to find on the site. We think you may want […]

NAFTA – Implications of Termination

While the United States Government negotiators prepare to enter into the seventh of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) discussions in Mexico City, a new report has been published by the Business Roundtable and Trade Partnership Worldwide, LLC, entitled ‘Terminating NAFTA: The National and State by State Impact on Jobs, Exports and Output. The […]

Dairy Safety Net Discussions

Margin Protection Program fixes, or a Replacement Program?             Morning Ag Clips on January 25 contained an article that started with a quote from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). “NMPF President states current Farm Bill’s dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) is inadequate”. The article goes on to say that the USDA has recently published […]

USDA Services During Shutdown

The following press release was issued by the USDA on January 21, 2018 regarding the government shutdown.   WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue outlined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) services available during a government shutdown. “USDA is committed to safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide – and should […]

Important Decisions in Organic Certification

Two recent developments coming out of the USDA in Washington have angered some in the Organics community, while making some poultry producers and soil-less growers happy. Hydroponics and Aquaponics to Be Considered Organic  As reported in the Seattle Times last week, the National Organics Board The National Organic Standards Board, by a one vote margin, […]

The Status and Statistics of Rural Broadband

It has been reported for years that high speed broadband is lacking in the rural areas of our country compared to urban and suburban areas.  People living in rural America do not have to be told they need broadband – they are well aware of the disadvantages they face living with lack of high speed […]

2017 Census on Agriculture

According to a December 4 press release, the National Agricultural Statistic Service division of the USDA has this week begun to mail the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the national’s farmers.  The census is a critical tool in determining the number of farms there are in the country, and their economic health.  All farms which […]

Ag Organizations Send Letter to Governors on NAFTA

Last week, 22 agricultural associations submitted a letter to the governors of each state expressing concern about the potential of a withdrawal from the important trade agreement.  Among these organizations are ones very familiar to our region:  Agrimark, American Farm Bureau Federation, Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT), IDFA, National Council of Farmer […]

Puerto Rico’s Agriculture Sector devastated by Hurricane Maria

If you have been following the utter devastation from hurricanes this year in both Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, you have heard little about agriculture on the islands and how it was impacted. Most of the media attention has gone to the human tragedy, and rightfully so. There are a lot of reports […]