USDA News You Can Use: USDA Initiatives to Further Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture works hard day in and day out to further agriculture in the U.S. in all sectors. They work on developing new technologies, on finding new markets for the products and produce of the nation’s farmers and ranchers, and on ensuring food safety. Keep up-to-date with the innovations and initiatives coming out of the USDA that make agriculture better for all.

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Agritech Update: Land lenders talk recent research on increasing crop performance with biotechnology

They say farmers grow more produce with far fewer inputs than they ever did before. Essentially, today’s farmers are growing and raising more with less, a feat that will likely need to be repeated if the world’s population is to be fed. A recent study found that farmers could increase crop performance with biotechnology. In simplest terms, researchers at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences and others believe they have discovered a way to enhance a plant’s tolerance to stress.

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TechTime: The Land Lenders talk drip irrigation technology

Water has been—and always will be—a vital part of agriculture. However, in many states across the country, water poses questions and creates quandaries for farmers and ranchers alike. In the drought-stricken west, water is a precious resource. In tropical areas of the Southeast, water can come in a deluge or a trickle. In other places, water rights and access to water can be a tricky proposition, with water conservation laws adding more angles to an already complicated issue.

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What Sustainable Agriculture (and Money Saving) Lessons Can We Learn from These Award-Winning Farms?

Agriculture has always had many proud traditions. One such tradition is being stewards of the land and environment. Most ag folks have a great respect for the land and animals that sustain their livelihoods. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been honoring people in agriculture who embody this tradition with the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award since its creation in 1994.

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