Addressing Mental Health Challenges In Farm Country

Numerous factors are weighing on United States farmers and ranchers, including market volatility, trade talks and historic flooding. Uncertainty and volatility are contributing to the highest suicide rates in the nation.

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USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced a final rule to modernize swine slaughter inspection. For the first time in more than five decades, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is modernizing inspection at market hog slaughter establishments with a goal of protecting public health while allowing for food safety innovations, according to USDA.

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NCGA: Farmers Must Play A Role In Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Efforts throughout society, and virtually every industry, to cut greenhouse gases are underway and agriculture is no exception, according to the National Corn Growers Association. NCGA’s Stewardship and Sustainability Director Rachel Orf says, “we are working in the right direction.” Throughout the Ag supply chain, from conservation groups to the largest retailers, Orf says there is solid agreement that the effort needs to be driven by science, adding “if it doesn’t work for farmer’s it doesn’t work at all.”

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Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report

Heavy rains fell across much of Iowa with just 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending September 15, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included harvesting hay and seed
corn, chopping silage, and seeding cover crops.
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Dairy Seeing Highest Milk Prices In Five Years

Dairy producers are the go-to example of how the agriculture industry has been hurt. We have seen the decline of producers. We watched the ugly downturn in the markets. We watched as Congress debated new ways to help them stay afloat. Now, they have a slight glimmer of hope.

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