Bayer Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities program is once again teaming up with farmers across the country to find and fund the organizations and institutions that keep their communities thriving. Eligible farmers can enroll for the chance to direct a $5,000 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization, school or youth agriculture program. Applications are being accepted until Nov. 1.
When it comes to agriculture, the ever-changing market is a fierce-enough industry to compete in, let alone if you are a beginning farmer just starting out. Entering the industry looks different for each producer, but there are several industry-wide challenges that are common obstacles for beginning farmers.
Senate Republicans and Democrats are inching closer to a deal on an immigration bill that farmers say if passed could help reduce food prices in part by helping them hire more workers. This measure, known as the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, is focused mainly on updating the food production workforce, a system some call outdated and that has led to higher food prices especially for dairy, meat and vegetables.
In partnership with ADM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced $2.6 million in grant awards to help farmers plant cover crops across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and Minnesota. Awarded under NFWF’s Midwest Cover Crop Initiative, these five grants will support implementation of this beneficial agricultural practice on 500,000 acres.
The challenges undermining global food security call for a complex approach embracing investment, policy reforms and better use of resources, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) told a key meeting of the G20 today.
An estate and succession planning expert says not developing a farm transition plan is often difficult for survivors and the farm operation. John Shoup with the Indiana Ag Law Foundation tells Brownfield families have been fractured after the death of a family member. “The relationships are fractured because of either maybe there was no plan or maybe people didn’t feel like they were included in the plan, and that’s an awfully difficult situation.”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023.
Local entrepreneur Terra Osman leveraged her self-taught development skills to create a mobile app that connects buyers and sellers of local produce and garden supplies. After launching Farmish in mid-March, the app now has more than 100,000 downloads and 86,000 current users as Osman mulls how to grow the business further.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and ranking member U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) officially kicked off the first hearing on the 2023 Farm Bill at Michigan State University. Noting strong bipartisan approval of the current farm bill, Stabenow said she and Boozman intend to continue the tradition as the committee seeks input from producers on needed improvements, in light of the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
John Deere has introduced See & Spray™ Ultimate, a factory-installed system available for model year 2023 John Deere 410R, 412R, and 612R Sprayers that enables targeted spraying of non-residual herbicide on weeds among corn, soybean, and cotton plants.