By Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson, University of Illinois & Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University
Differences in expected payments between Agricultural Risk Coverage - County Coverage (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) will be an important factor when making the program choice decisions offered under the 2014 Farm Bill.
In a study reported this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University report detecting antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes in particulate matter downwind from cattle feedyards.
Cropland prices in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming declined some in the final six months of 2014, while demand for pastureland remained strong. The latest benchmark farm values and sales data tracked by Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) continue to point to a "soft landing" for farmland after years of price increases.
By USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service
USDA kicked off an organic survey to gather detailed data on U.S. organic agriculture production. The survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production.