More than 30 years ago, we began producing daily radio newscasts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
Ag News: Surplus Food Donations and Rented Farm Land Numbers
USDA is pursuing an ambitious plan to deliver household-size boxes of food around the country to deal with the surplus of meat, milk and produce on the market.
Ag News: USDA Emergency Benefits
Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2-billion per month for SNAP households to increase food security during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ag News: USDA Dollars to Feed Hunger and No COVID-19 in Meat
Besides billions of dollars in cash payments to farmers, coronavirus relief will include purchases of “as much” milk and meat as possible for hunger relief.
Ag News: Americans Preparing More Food
Americans have already been devoting more time to food preparation, even before restaurants constricted operations and people were advised to stay at home.
Ag News: Nursery Food Plants Soar and Ag Econ Barometer Plummets
The pandemic has effected sales at retail nurseries and garden centers. Sales of landscaping plants have slumped, but sales of vegetables, fruit trees have skyrocketed.
Ag News: USDA Corn Plant Estimates and Flower Sales Plummet
USDA estimates that U.S. growers will plant 97 million acres of corn this spring, an 8% increase over 2019, but sharp declines in ethanol production make it doubtful.
Ag News: Corona Beef Buys Up and USDA Encourages Safety
As people hunker down and cook more meals at home, they've been buying more beef, that’s led to surging demand, particularly for hamburger.