USDA announces food distribution program, but will it help farmers?

May 11, 2020
The Farmers to Families Food Box Program will begin distributing $1.2 billion in surplus food to communities across the country.
A food bank worker distributes goods. A Marketplace-Edison poll found that 44% of Americans over 18 fear being unable to afford food.
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Anti-hunger advocates eye latest food insecurity data

Sep 4, 2019
The USDA's report on "Household Food Security in the U.S." uses a variety of measures to gauge whether households are food insecure, such as whether people have had to skip a meal or reduce the size of a meal for…
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Who's planting? Who's not? Who wants to know?

Aug 12, 2019
Getting a grasp on acreage planted by farmers was harder this year because of bad weather.
A farmer walks through his soy fields in 2018, in Harvard, Illinois.
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USDA report to show the impact of wet weather and trade tensions on farmers

Jun 11, 2019
An Ag report to be released on Tuesday is expected to show the effects of weather and trade tensions on farm supply and demand.
Floodwater from the Mississippi River covers a farmer's field on May 30, 2019 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
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The USDA is buying milk and giving it to food banks

Aug 17, 2018
The program is hoping to help the needy – including America's dairy farmers.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Canada

Jun 14, 2018
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will be in Canada today  to meet with his counterpart, Lawrence MacAulay. Last weekend’s G-7 summit in Canada ended in a tweet storm with President Donald Trump insulting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s trade…

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Meat consumption expected to hit a new record this year in the U.S.

Mar 28, 2018
Demand for “clean” protein, a “pork craze” and cheap prices are fueling high meat consumption in 2018.

An animal welfare rule aimed at organic egg production is on the chopping block

Jan 11, 2018
The Trump administration has proposed doing away with a rule that mandated that organic egg laying chickens spend time outdoors.
Chickens congregate on a New Hampshire farm.
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Trump speaks to farmers, highlighting taxes and trade

Jan 8, 2018
The president announced a new initiative to expand access to rural broadband in a speech to the Farm Bureau convention.
President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federations 99th Annual Convention at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, today.