The State of the Agricultural Union

Strawberries Covered For Cold

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told the 94th annual Ag Outlook Forum that conditions in agriculture remain “tough,” but argues there’s reason for optimism. Perdue put the best ‘face’ he could on the current situation in farm country…

USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson says productivity is outpacing food demand…with net farm income likely to stay below its 2013 peak for a third-year in a row, at under $60-billion this year…

Soybean acres are reaching parity with corn acres this year, amid strong soybean demand by China. However, debt is increasing while income and working capital are falling. Still, Secretary Perdue argues there’s reason for optimism…

Part of the recommendations of the president’s task force on agriculture and rural prosperity call for $50-billion in federal funding for rural infrastructure, including broadband.