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Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Signing of Appropriations Bill & Declaration of National Emergency

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s signing of legislation that funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and ... Read More

The 2019 NAWG/USW Winter Conference Concludes with Wheat Growers Leaving Their Mark on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2019) – The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates held its annual winter conference from February 11-15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Conducting meetings with Members from wheat states as well as... Read More

Farmers Take Duck Habitat Preservation to Heart

Farmers, many of whom are also sportsmen, take duck habitat preservation seriously and the results are something to quack about. First, some background information to set the stage. According to Ducks Unlimited, each spring millions of ducks and g... Read More

Japan Still Battling Classical Swine Fever

The current outbreak of Classical swine fever (CSF) in Japan is showing few signs of abating as the nation has recently reported additional infected farms. Geographically, this means five prefectures have either domestic and/or wild pigs that test po... Read More

Rural ACT Test Takers Suffer from Weak Technology

A new study finds that high school students in rural parts of the U.S. face significant challenges accessing technology that may adversely affect their learning. Specifically, the report “Rural Students: Technology, Coursework and Extracurricular A... Read More

China says trade talks to continue in Washington next week

BEIJING (AP) — With a March 2 deadline looming, U.S. and Chinese negotiators will meet in Washington next week for more talks on a tariff war over Beijing's technology ambitions, China's government announced Friday. The announcement came after U... Read More

Understanding Information on Seed Packets

Spring is just around the corner! Many gardeners and nature lovers are eagerly awaiting warmer weather, and the chance to work and enjoy the outdoors again. One of the signs that the gardening season is on its way is the appearance of garden seed dis... Read More

WOTUS Definition Hearings Scheduled

The Environmental Protection Agency has rescheduled public hearings on the updated Waters of the U.S. definition. The hearings were scheduled to take place during the government shutdown, but were postponed. The hearings will be held on February 2... Read More

Wildlife advocates push protections for prairie birds

Wildlife advocates have begun legal proceedings against U.S. officials for allegedly failing to protect a ground-dwelling bird species that's seen its habitat shrink due to farming and energy exploration. The lesser-prairie chicken roams portions ... Read More

Cattlemen's Beef Board Names New Officers at 2019 Cattle Industry Convention

Cattle producers Chuck Coffey, Jared Brackett and Hugh Sanburg are the new leaders of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB). This officer team is responsible for guiding the national Beef Checkoff Program throughout 2019. Cof... Read More

USDA Prioritizes Investments in Telemedicine to Address Opioid Crisis in Rural America

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving funding priority in a key grant program for applications to address opioid misuse in rural communities. ... Read More