U.S. Department of Agriculture

Regional Drought Response, Hindered By Lack Of Farm Bill
Agricultural producers at a regional USDA meeting on drought complained to U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack that lack of a farm bill is complicating response to the ongoing disaster. Vilsack was at the first regional drought response meeting held in Omaha on Tuesday, “There is a uniform agreemen…
Drought Effect On Food Prices Yet To Come
The latest consumer price index shows a tiny hike in overall food prices last month. U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Price Economist, Ricky Volpe says the drought won’t effect prices for another two to three months. Right now he says, “All food is up 2 percent. Food at home is up 1…
Beekeeper Survey Shows Drop In Colony Loss Last Winter
Bee keepers noticed a slow down in bee colony loss this last winter. Losses were around 20 percent as compared to 30 percent over the last few winters. Agriculture officials say that’s an improvement, but it’s too soon to say if it’s a trend toward bee colony health. USDA Resear…
Steer Price Forecast, This Year And Next
Beef cattle prices are high right now, but not quite as high as had been expected. U. S. Department of Agriculture  Outlook Chairman, Gerry Bange says beef processors are complaining of negative processing margins, so they aren’t bidding as high for cattle. As a result, Bange says, the p…
Agricultural Child Labor Law Open For Comment
Proposed changes to U.S. agricultural child labor laws are open for comment by the U.S. Department of Labor. Comments are being taken on a reinterpretation of the parental exemption. Michael Hancock with the labor department says the changes identify areas in agriculture where children should not be…
Chinese Demand For U.S. Meats Expected To Impact Market
China’s growing middle class seems to have a growing taste for U.S. beef, pork and poultry. William Westman, of the American Meat Institute suggests when China officially opens its market to the United States it will have a big impact on world markets. “In 2011 exports of beef, pork an…
USDA Investigates Fake Letters
Fraudulent letters to agricultural producers have been circulating lately. They purport to be from the U. S. Department of Agriculture and ask for personal information, including social security number. First thing that the USDA  wants you to know is they would never ask you for your social sec…