NASS conducts special survey on food marketing

IARN — Most farmers are familiar with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Census of Agriculture that is taken by their National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) every couple of years. Right now, however, NASS is conducting a special survey called the 2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. This special data is collected every five years and helps expand upon the high-level data the agency collects in the basic census. Read more


U.S. raising tariffs on certain European imports

IARN — The U.S. government says it will raise tariffs on certain products coming into the country from the European Union. Those products include wines from France and Germany, as well as aircraft components. It is the latest move in a longtime battle between Washington and Brussels over aircraft subsidies. Read more


IBM to help USDA modernize conservation program

IARN — IBM says it is one of the five businesses selected by the USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area to provide support for USDA’s digital modernization efforts. Four other businesses were also selected to receive large business awards, with the combined worth of those five awards at $620 million paid out for work that will be completed over the next five years. More than 30 vendors competed for the five awards. IBM will help work with the Mission Area to help modernize legacy applications that support the conservation programs administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency. Read more