EWG Says Farm Payments Doubled Amid Subsidy Flood

In the six months since they ended their Freedom to Farm program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid twice as much in subsidies to American farmers than it did during the same period last year, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). In September, Congress passed the Freedom to Farm Act, which ended decades … Read more

Cargill Acquires Delacon to Create Plant-Based Phytogenic Feed Additives

Cargill has purchased Delacon, a Dutch company that specializes in phytogenic feed additives. Phytogenic feed additives are developed from plant extracts, and can be used as natural alternatives to antibiotics in livestock feed for poultry, swine, ruminants, and aquaculture animals. For example, plants such as fenugreek can be used as an alternative to tetracycline in … Read more

Pollinator Conservation Center to Open in the U.S.

Pesticides are the number one threat to pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and bats, according to the U.S. USDA’s short list. To help reverse this effect, President Obama signed the Pollinator Health Protection Act in May 2016 to create a pollinator conservation center in Connecticut. The next step in this initiative will be to find … Read more

The sale of U.S. farmland to Russia and China has been banned by a House committee. This will have a major impact on farmers across the country.

Farming can be one of the most lucrative career paths, but only if you’re able to remain competitive with what you produce. That’s why many farmers are now looking to expand their business beyond U.S. borders, with Russia and China as top targets, according to a recent report by Bloomberg Businessweek.   Why this decision … Read more