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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack uses a whiteboard to demonstrate the challenges faced by small and midsized farmers from land consolidation and declining profits during a talk in San Francisco at a National Farmers Union conference on Monday, March 6, 2023. (Courtesy photo from the Farmers Union)

U.S. agriculture secretary unveils initiatives aimed at small and midsized operations

BY: - March 6, 2023

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday announced new steps the Department of Agriculture is taking to recenter U.S. agriculture and benefit small and midsized operations, including a proposed new “Product of USA” labeling rule and an $89 million expansion of the USDA intermediary lending program.  At the National Farmers Union conference in San Francisco, […]

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addresses the 99th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum at the Crystal City Gateway, Crystal City, Virginia, on Thursday, February 23, 2023. (USDA photo by Tom Witham)

Market innovation a path to economic equity in farming, Vilsack tells ag conference

BY: - February 25, 2023

WASHINGTON – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urged the private sector and government officials to address inequity and promote innovation in what he called a “pivotal moment” in the nation’s history at an industry conference Thursday. In the opening session of the 99th USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Vilsack said new income streams and markets will […]

Drought, inflation strain Arkansas farmers, who see little relief in sight

BY: - August 17, 2022

Billy Grace, a Saline County cattle farmer, sold a portion of his herd this summer for the first time in 19 years in the business. High fertilizer prices and intense drought conditions have made it difficult for Arkansas farmers like Grace to grow, buy and sell hay this year.  Grace sold 60 animals because he […]