Missed some agricultural news this week? Here are seven stories to catch you up.
1. USDA released the details on how it will distribute $16 billion in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program aid. Payments will go directly to farmers who have suffered a 5% or greater price loss and who are facing significant marketing costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible commodities include cattle, hogs, dairy, specialty crops and row crops. – Farm Futures
2. Russian President Vladimir Putin is directing Russia's domestic agriculture sector to increase global competitiveness. He wants the country to develop its own seed production and use advanced scientific developments. "Russian companies have achieved impressive results in production of poultry, meat, primarily pork, vegetable oils and sugar, granulated sugar," Putin told the Russian News Agency. "Of course, now we should go further and develop such areas as gardening, wine-growing, the production of beef, milk." – TASS
3. The 2020 Iowa cash rental rate survey was conducted this spring by Iowa State University. It shows cash rental rates for Iowa farmland have increased, on average, from $219 per acre last year to $222 in 2020, or 1.4%. This is the fourth year of relatively stable rates. – Wallaces Farmer
4. So far, 16 of the 108 fairs across Pennsylvania have been called off during to coronavirus pandemic concerns. The Big Butler County Fair, which draws families from New York, Ohio and West Virginia, was canceled for the first time since the Civil War. This is the fair's 165th year. – TriLive.com
5. Borgic Farms made plans for mass depopulation of its hogs in the case African swine fever made it to the U.S. It is readying those plans for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. – Prairie Farmer
6. Sound Agriculture, an agriculture tech company, envisions a future where its technology can create seedless tomatoes, nonbruising potatoes or lettuce that doesn't wilt. – San Francisco Business Times
7. The AGCO Agriculture Foundation launched its COVID-19 Aid Program with a $100,000 grant to the World Food Program USA in support of the United Nations World Food Programme's COVID-19 emergency response. – Yahoo Finance
And your bonus.
A slideshow of products from the Indiana Soybean Association Student Soybean Innovation Competition at Purdue University. – Indiana Prairie Farmer