IARN — Soybeans were the big highlight in the latest U.S. Export Sales Report released Thursday morning. Read more
IARN — A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the Trump administration rewrite of the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. The Environmental Defense Fund, along with other organizations, call the rewrite an “attack” on Americans. Leading the legal challenge, an attorney at the environmental group Earth Justice, says, “They want to make it easier to silence people’s voices and give polluters a free pass to bulldoze through our neighborhoods. That’s why we’re taking them to court.” NEPA requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions before making decisions. Read more
IARN — The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture continues to update and expand its offering of free online resources for kids learning about agriculture. Read more
IARN — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed over 50 million food boxes. The Department of Agriculture program supports American farmers and families affected the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering food boxes to needy families. Perdue says the milestone is a “testament to everyone’s hard work” on the program.
The program supplies food boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat products and a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products. Distributors package the products into family-sized boxes, then transport them to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need.
The first round of purchases totaled $1.2 billion. The second round and current round aims to purchase up to $1.47 billion through August 31. The recently announced third round will use the remaining funds available to the program, up to $3 billion, and purchases will begin by September 1 and conclude at the end of October.
Story courtesy of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.
IARN — Cattle producers met in Denver, Colorado this week for the annual Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss current issues, work on programs and initiatives, as well as set the course for various projects for the betterment of the beef cattle industry. Read more
IARN — The U.S. Senate’s latest proposed coronavirus relief package includes $20 billion in farm relief. Read more