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African Swine Fever Difficult To Track

African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to spread through China, but the tallies on death tolls are misleading to some analysts. The disease hit a major livestock production province of Shandong. Even though there’s been one reported case, Arlan Suderman of

USDA Launches New Farmers.gov Features

The Department of Agriculture says changes to Farmers.gov will help producers manage their farm loans and navigate the application process for H-2A visas. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the changes Wednesday. Focused on education and smaller owner-operators, the farmers.gov H-2A

Airline Passenger Brings Product with ASF To Japan

Japan has detected African swine fever in a sausage an airline passenger from China brought to the country. Japan has in the past detected genes of the African swine fever virus in food brought from overseas, but never before has

Ag Economy Barometer Drifts Lower

Farmers are expressing more concerns regarding the future as the monthly Ag Economy Barometer drifts lower. Released this week, the March survey fell to 133 down from 136 a month earlier. Organizers say increasing concerns about future economic conditions drove

Leaders in Congress Warn Against Border Closing

Leaders of the House and Senate are warning against any border shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi agreed this week that closing the southern U.S. border to stop migrants from entering the U.S.

Keeping African Swine Fever out of the U.S.

For the U.S. swine industry, there is one overriding strategy for African Swine Fever:

National Numbers on Soil Moisture

Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, gives us a look at the national numbers for topsoil moisture conditions:

Corn-Ethanol Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lower Than Standard Gasoline

A new study released this week from the USDA shows that greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol are 39 percent lower than regular gasoline. The study also shows that when ethanol is refined at natural gas-powered refineries, the greenhouse gas

FLOODS AND HIGH WATER IMPACT WATERWAY TRANSPORT

Midwest flooding and high waters has had a major impact on the nations waterway transport routes:

RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING INCLUDED IN FARM BILL

A mixture of new and existing programs, and funding resources are found within the Rural Development title of the 2018 Farm Bill: