Coronavirus Relief Bill: A Resource Guide for U.S. Farmers and Agricultural Producers

Emergency Relief Brings Funding to Critical Infrastructures

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—phase three of the coronavirus stimulus package—was passed last week, resulting in a $2.3 trillion bill. This historic relief bill was approved unanimously by the Senate (96-0) to alleviate the economic pressures businesses and individuals are experiencing as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Celebrating National Ag Day

Find ways to support the American Farmer this National Ag Day.

March 24th is National Ag Day, and according to the Agriculture Council of America, it’s a time “to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.” Recognizing the importance of our nation’s farmers is critical now more than ever, especially during this time of uncertainty and anxiety as we face the global spread of the novel coronavirus. While the ongoing pandemic has flooded most media platforms, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the continued dedication of our farmers and ranchers who continue to sacrifice their own safety to provide food for our nation.Read More

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Impacts of Natural Disasters on California Farming

Meet Jamie Johnson

West Coast surfer and California avocado rancher, Jamie Johnson, has spent the greater part of his adult years cultivating his love for the land. As a fourth-generation farmer, it was Jamie’s grandfather and great-grandfather who first shared this honorable way of life. As seen in our documentary Jamie Johnson: An American Farmer, Jamie’s first memories of farming began out in the avocado fields as a boy, watching his grandfather touch and closely examine each tree. “Do you have to touch every tree, Grandpa?” He would ask.

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How the U.S.-China Trade Deal Impacts American Agriculture

The U.S. and China trade deal marks the beginning of a major shift in the global market of agriculture.

Phase one of the U.S.-China trade deal was officially signed last week by President Trump and China’s Vice Premier Liu He. While some view this signing as a small step for U.S. and China’s trade relations, it’s a step nonetheless towards resolving an 18-month long economic conflict between these two global economic powerhouses. In this article we will discuss the following: 

  • How and why a trade war between the U.S. and China occurred; 
  • What significant changes happened in the signing of phase one;
  • How it affects U.S. agriculture and commodities; and
  • Predictions on what to expect next. 

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How Wildfires Impact the Agriculture Industry

What farmers and ranchers can do to mitigate the risk of fire damage.

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of wildfires across the nation, especially in California. These blazing flames can develop quickly and without warning, lasting for days, weeks, or even months. Rising temperatures and changing weather patterns are mostly to blame for this, and it seems likely that the frequent outbreak of wildfires in certain areas will continue to increase. While farmers and ranchers cannot necessarily prevent these fires from starting, there are certain steps they can take to mitigate the risk of damage to their own property.

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Top 10 Articles of 2019

In celebration of the past decade, we’re looking back at our top ten blogs from this past year.

This decade has been a formative one for agriculture. The industry has witnessed major changes including the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, as well as two presidential elections. This year, we received the highly anticipated 2017 Census of Agriculture which introduced new data and better representation of farm workers, including the hardworking women in ag.

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Youth in Ag: Upcoming FFA and Youth Livestock Shows

See which youth livestock shows are coming up in 2020.

Our youth are the future of agriculture, and participation in the Future Farmers of America, or FFA, and other youth ag organizations is an important part of agriculture. These programs encourage our young people to get involved in agriculture and to learn the ins and outs of the industry. Youth livestock shows provide the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of different livestock. Explore youth livestock shows that are coming up in the Southeast below.
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How Farmers are Using Solar Farming to Grow Their Bottom Line

Investing in solar panels can lead to increased revenue.

In recent years, there has been a shifting focus on renewable energy and reduction of carbon production in the attempt to slow climate change. While solar energy has been one of the most effective solutions to carbon reduction, the agriculture industry has taken it a step further, giving way to solar farms. Today, many solar farms are being used by farmers as a cash crop, especially in the instances where panels have been installed on dormant agricultural land.

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