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.
Agriculture and farming officials are helping growers manage soybean cyst nematodes to prevent a major loss in yield as the crop’s production season approaches.
Farmers should think about proactively managing soybean cyst nematodes since they are the No. 1 pest in soybeans, said Jeremiah Mullock, the production manager of chemical company Baden Aniline and Soda Factory, or BASF.
The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is seeking entrepreneurs to apply online for the 2023 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Now in its ninth year, this national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies developing innovative solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
“I didn’t know I wanted to farm full- time until I went away to college at Michigan State,” Ben said. “Being away that first month was so awful. I couldn’t wait to come home and help. All through the fall harvest I drove home almost every day after class to help – I couldn’t stand not being there.”
The 2022 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference kicks off Feb. 9 for two days of special guest speakers, networking opportunities and breakout sessions that address personal, farm and family issues affecting women, families and farm businesses.
Two urban farmers are ready to bridge the communication gap with rural farmers. Quilen Blackwell with Southside Blooms in Chicago tells Brownfield urban famers have access to a massive consumer market and rural farmers have more flexibility to raise livestock and crops – which could be a win/win if put together.
President Biden held a virtual meeting with farmers and ranchers Monday to discuss the rising costs of food prices in the meat industry, and a plan for $1 billion in federal spending to expand the capacity of independent meat processors.