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Perdue to travel to North Dakota

April 19, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to Fargo, N.D., on April 27 to meet with farmers about farm bill implementation, trade negotiations and commodity purchases, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Monday. “Our farmers and ranchers...


Trump agencies, NASDA announce food waste strategies

April 11, 2019

The Agriculture Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration this week announced a federal interagency strategy to address food waste, while the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture signed a...






Trump declares Nebraska emergency as flooding continues

March 22, 2019

President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in Nebraska on Thursday as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that Midwest flooding is expected to continue through May. “Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that...



USDA sets dietary guidelines meeting

March 21, 2019

The Agriculture Department and the Health and Human Services Department announced Tuesday that the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will be held in the USDA Jefferson Auditorium on March 28 from...


USDA sets Dietary Guidelines meeting, leadership

March 21, 2019

The Agriculture Department and the Health and Human Services Department announced Tuesday that the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will be held in the USDA Jefferson Auditorium on March 28 from...


Trump, Bolsonaro talk potential wheat, pork, beef trade

March 21, 2019

After President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Tuesday that Brazil has agreed to implement a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat...


Trump talks tough on China, EU trade

March 21, 2019

President Donald Trump took a hard line on tariffs on Chinese goods today, which BBC News noted caused the Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P to fall. Speaking to reporters before he left on a trip...


USDA announces rural development community facilities funding

March 19, 2019

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $91 million to build or improve community facilities and essential services for nearly 300,000...



USDA establishes youth website

March 15, 2019

The Agriculture Department celebrated National Agriculture Day by launching a new Youth and Agriculture website to connect young people and youth-serving organizations with USDA resources “that engage, empower, and educate the next generation of agricultural...


Trump proclaims March 14 National Ag Day

March 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2019 – President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed today as National Ag Day. This year marks the third year that the administration has publicly recognized National Ag Day as a salute...


USDA announces Dairy Margin Coverage payment triggered

March 7, 2019

The Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced Wednesday that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level...


Pompeo tells Iowans Trump would walk from China deal

March 5, 2019

President Trump is willing to walk away from a trade agreement with China if it is not good for U.S. farmers, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Washington Trade Daily reported late Tuesday. Pompeo spent...


Trump serves fast food to North Dakota State team

March 5, 2019

President Donald Trump served a buffet of fast food again in the White House on Monday, this time to the championship North Dakota State University Bison football team. Trump served a similar meal to the...