August 28, 2020
Missed some ag news this week? Here are 7 stories you might have missed.
1. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said another round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program could be announced “shortly after Labor Day.” Perdue said USDA was looking at offering "CFAP 2" with the additional $14 billion in funds Congress allocated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act to replenish the Commodity Credit Corp. account after July 1, 2020. As of Aug. 24, more than $9.2 billion has been paid to 557,592 producers. – Farm Futures
2. The average value of non-irrigated cropland in South Dakota decreased 2.9% from 2019 to 2020, according to data from the South Dakota State University Extension Services’ annual Farm Real Estate Survey. The average value declined from $3,747 per acre to $3,638 per acre. The state’s average survey value for pasture and rangeland was down 3.4%, compared to 2019. – Dakota Farmer
3. Did you know on-farm bins account for 53% of the nation's storage capacity? However, using that storage shouldn't be automatic, Bryce Knorr writes. Read his storage analysis here. – Farm Futures
4. Fertilizer and pesticide applications have replaced coal-fired plants as the largest source of reactive sulfur in the atmosphere. Reactive sulfur is a component of acid rain. Sulfur is a naturally occurring element that exists primarily in stable, geologic forms and is an important plant nutrient. – SciTechDaily
5. A $500,000 grant will help Kansas State University researcher Megan Niederwerder look for ways to control Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus. The three-year grant is from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Kansas Farmer
6. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is among the lawmakers requesting USDA delay the implementation of the agency's current industrial hemp farming regulations, saying the policy "threatens the industrial hemp industry's potential for Colorado's farmers and seriously undermines this burgeoning industry." – Westword
7. Beyond Meat's price per pound continues to fall and was down to $5.69 in quarter two. Lowering its price per pound is central to Beyond Meat's strategy of attracting carnivorous consumers. Only 5% of Americans call themselves vegetarian and another 3% call themselves vega, so Beyond Meat is aiming for a larger market. – The Motley Fool
And your bonus.
Brystoll Ament, 9, of Acme, Pennsylvania, is the 2020 National Petite Miss Agriculture USA. Ament is a fourth grader. Founded in 2018, Miss Agriculture USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes agriculture through queen competitions that stress education and service. The competitions are held in age divisions ranging from 2 to adult. – Tribune-Review
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