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US asparagus crop down slightly, but up in Michigan

The 2017 U.S. asparagus crop is down just 1 percent from last year, but up in Michigan according to numbers released this week by the USDA. In 2017, the national crop totaled 701,000 cwt, or... more »

Senate confirms Perdue as secretary of agriculture

Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. secretary of agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony April 25 at the Supreme Court... more »

USDA announces $12.1M for pest management, crop protection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $12.1 in funding available through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program. The CPPM program supports research... more »

ASTA welcomes USDA plant breeding policy

USDA released for pre-publication a proposed rule-making notice related to plant breeding innovation. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has been actively engaged in discussions with the agency throughout the rule-making process. The association is... more »

Update: Industry endorses Sonny Perdue for USDA

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for USDA secretary of agriculture, Bloomberg reports. The nomination is welcome news to American Farm Bureau, according to a statement from the association. "Gov.... more »

Conservation Stewardship Program application deadline approaching

The agricultural non-profit Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) is urging farmers interested in receiving compensation for existing and additional conservation efforts to apply to USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) by Feb. 3 for consideration in... more »

USDA announces $3.8M for research in support of organic farmers

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made up to $3.8 million in funding available to support research, education and Extension to support organic farmers and ranchers as well as those adopting organic... more »

USDA awards $9.4M for pest management research

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made... more »

Michigan ag department names specialty crop grant awardees

Michigan recipients of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program have been named by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “Each of these projects will help enhance of the growth of Michigan’s... more »

USDA invests in expanding US agriculture workforce

An increase in federal and private-sector support will expand and diversify the U.S. agricultural workforce by increasing opportunities in education, research and outreach, according to USDSA. The initiative is part of the White House Office... more »

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