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USDA: Conservation work reduces sediment, nutrient runoff

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that farmers’  and ranchers’ conservation efforts to improve water quality and quantity are working. The report is a culmination of a watershed-wide assessment of the impacts of soil and water conservation work, including methods to manage nutrients and reduce soil erosion on agricultural lands […]

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Is the USDA sparking a sustainable ag revolution?

For many years, the amount of American family farms has been in steady decline. The average age of farmers continues to rise and fewer and fewer young people are choosing farming as a career. The article below cites census data that tell us that the amount of farmers that have been farming 10 years or […]

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U.S. agricultural exports threatened by Farm Bill inaction

The following press release, distributed by the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, details the negative impact the lack of a Farm Bill is having on grain exports from the United States. This serves as an illustration of the export issue U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about during his appearance at the World Dairy Expo in […]

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Vilsack: Lack of a Farm Bill crushing agriculture’s momentum

In U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s appearance at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., he applauded the positive strides agriculture has made in production, health, exports and conservation but cautioned that the inaction on a new Farm Bill is having serious consequences for a continuation of the industry’s momentum. Secretary Vilsack, who appeared with […]

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Vilsack announces efforts to assist farmers and ranchers impacted by drought

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new flexibility and assistance in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s major conservation programs to get much-needed help to livestock producers as the most wide-spread drought in seven decades intensifies in the United States. Vilsack also announced plans to encourage crop insurance companies to provide a short grace period for […]

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Farm Bill clears the Senate

During an election year, when many doubted its chances of getting done, a new Farm Bill is one big step closer to reality as it cleared the U.S. Senate on Thursday. This version of the five year bill cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by approximately $2 billion per year. The bill cuts costs by reducing […]

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