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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 1:30pm

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2021 — The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis is bigger than any other we’ve seen in our lifetimes — while the pandemic has forced the U.S. economy into crisis, millions of Americans are struggling with food insecurity, unemployment, and falling behind on housing payments. Hunger has increased throughout the pandemic, with as many as 30 million adults and 12 million children living in a household where they may not always get enough to eat.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00am
Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture will host a free corn and soybean outlook webinar at 12:30 p.m. ET Wednesday (March 10). Registration is available.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 9:14am

I am Brielle Wright, a facilities service technician with APHIS’ Marketing and Regulatory Programs Business Services in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both sides of my families were heavily involved in agriculture. As children we loved being in the garden planting cucumber and cantaloupe. Our great-grandmother, now 103, had persimmon trees, pear trees, pomegranate bushes, and grape vines. We raised pigs, cows, and chickens.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 12:00am
Farmers continue to report strong current economic conditions on their farms, according to the February Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. While the overall reading for the Ag Economy Barometer changed very little compared to January, down 2 points to a reading of 165 in February; the Index of Current Conditions remained near its all-time high at a reading of 200. Meanwhile, the Index of Future Expectations continued a four-month decline, down 20% from its October peak, to a reading of 148.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 12:00am
Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will offer the ASTA Management Micro-Course Series on various dates in March and April. The series features short, live, interactive online sessions for food and agribusiness professionals.
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 9:21am

Happy National Nutrition Month®! No matter what your age or life stage, Nutrition.gov has resources to help you personalize your plate with healthy choices. Build a healthy diet that meets your unique needs and preferences with these three tips:

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 9:00am

Has your insurance provider told you they won’t underwrite your on-farm processing of poultry unless you complete a training? Do you need to brush up on best practices for processing meat birds on-farm?

Our new self-paced online course offers detailed videos and lessons on food safety and humane techniques for dispatching and processing chickens and turkeys on-farm under the 1000-bird exemption.

The On-Farm Poultry Processing course will take 3-4 hours to complete, and includes quizzes in each section to test your knowledge. You’ll have 3 attempts to score 80% or better on each quiz before you can move onto the next topic, and if you pass all of the quizzes, a “Certificate of Completion” will be automatically issued to you.

This certificate may be accepted by your insurer to underwrite your poultry operation, but we cannot guarantee that it will result in coverage. Please confirm with your insurance agent before registering, if your sole intent in taking the course is to obtain farm insurance.

As with all of our online courses, pricing is tiered based on household income and this course ranges from $49 – $99. This On-Farm Poultry Processing course was authored by Cornell Cooperative Extension educator and farmer, Lynn Bliven, from Allegany County.

This new self-paced course joins our program’s offering of more than 20 online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. These courses cover a range of topics any farmer needs to succeed, such as farm businesssoil healthindoor mushroom productiongrazing management, and so much more. You can browse all of our course offerings on our website.

The post New Self-Paced On-Farm Poultry Processing Course Available appeared first on Cornell Small Farms.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 7:03pm

Contact: Eric Deeble, Policy Director,
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
edeeble@sustainableagriculture.net

Agriculture Needs Multifaceted Climate Solutions
Congress and USDA Should Prioritize Existing Conservation, Agricultural Research, and Rural Economic Development Programs

Washington, DC, February 25th, 2021 – This comment was issued on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in response to the hearing “Climate Change and the U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors” held by the House Agriculture Committee.

“We thank the House Agriculture Committee for holding a hearing on the critical issue of climate change, covering both the challenges and opportunities for farmers and ranchers. We are hopeful that this will be the first of many future hearings and opportunities to discuss this topic in upcoming months,” said Eric Deeble, Policy Director at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).

As Chairman Scott (D-GA) expressed, agriculture is a critical sector in the climate crisis – its viability is threatened by it, and simultaneously the sector has immense potential to help mitigate this crisis. Farmers and ranchers are committed to being part of the solution to the climate crisis. They have unique tools, practices, and knowledge to help mitigate the impacts of climate change on their farms and ranches and, with additional support, they can play a role in reversing the climate crisis.

“While it’s encouraging to see widespread support for agriculture’s involvement in climate change adaptation and mitigation, we urge legislators and USDA leadership to prioritize existing conservation, agricultural research, and rural economic development programs that can be rapidly expanded and improved to give farmers the tools and resources they need to take immediate action. An effective response to the climate crisis also calls for reform of commodity and crop insurance programs to bring them into alignment with net zero goals. This is essential as Congress and the Administration begin to consider and develop holistic approaches to addressing climate change, which threatens our food and national security and the future of agriculture,” said Deeble.

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About the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is a grassroots alliance that advocates for federal policy reform supporting the long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Learn more and get involved at: https://sustainableagriculture.net

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 11:56am

The story of agriculture in America cannot be told without acknowledging the contributions of Black people. Black people have been and are an integral driver in the success of U.S. agriculture. From farming and cultivation to scientific research, the agriculture narrative is fortified by the many roles played by black leaders. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the premier food research agency in the world, and it wouldn’t be nearly as successful or impactful if not for its rich, diverse history of scientists.

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