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USDA Farm Service Agency Hails Two Environmental Milestones in One Year: The 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program, and 1 Million Acres Enrolled in its Wildlife Protection Offshoot.

North Dakota farmer, Harry Schlenker, enrolled the 1 millionth acre in the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) when he enrolled 312 acres in LaMoure County.   By: Dan Janes, Communications Coordinator and GIS Management Analyst, North Dakota Farm Service … Continue reading

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USDA Conservation Program Expands Pollinator Habitat in Michigan

By:  Brian Buehler, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Public Affairs Specialist Paul and Becky Rogers enjoy much more than flowers on their land in Kent County after converting 14 acres to native pollinator habitat eight years ago through the USDA Farm … Continue reading

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Farm Family Doing their Part to Help Protect Top Trout Stream in Connecticut

Windham County farmers, William III and Sally Ireland, know they are fortunate to live so close to one of the state’s top trout streams that runs nearly 18 miles through northeastern Connecticut. The Natchaug River is a trophy trout stream, … Continue reading

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Corn, Soybeans Expected to Reach Record-High Yields

Corn production is expected to reach 14.4 billion bushels this year, up 3 percent from 2013, according to the Crop Production report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. Soybean production is forecast at 3.96 billion bushels … Continue reading

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Agricultural Exports Hit Record Levels in 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final total for U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2014, which hit a record high of $152.5 billion, up from $141 billion from last year. “American farmers and ranchers have once again achieved … Continue reading

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FSA Says Online Tools Offer Help to Farmers

USDA is working to educate farmers about the new safety net programs available as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. Recently appointed USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini made a stop this week in Indiana to visit one on … Continue reading

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Agriculture Census Provides Look Into Organic Farms, Producers

New data released from the 2012 Census of Agriculture shows that certified organic agriculture producers are younger, beginning farmers who sell directly to consumers and produce on-farm renewable energy.  Earlier this year, the Census reported that total organic product sales … Continue reading

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Kudzu Spreads North

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Citrus Trees: Move It AND Lose It

Soon, citrus producing states across America, including Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana and Texas, will be full of fresh citrus. But gone are the days of sharing the fruit trees or seeds with friends and family out of state or even … Continue reading

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USDA Invests $25 Million for Agricultural Entrepreneurs to Turn Commodities into Value-Added Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $25 million to help 247 businesses nationwide expand their operations and bring new products to market. The funding is provided through USDA’s Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program that helps agricultural producers grow … Continue reading

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