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New Donation Program for Dairy Products

16 Apr 2021
WASHINGTON (DTN) -- USDA announced this week that it will soon implement the Dairy Donation Program (DDP) as established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted Wednesday at a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing that USDA would not continue the Families to Farmers Food Box Program st...

Pork Producers Face Prop 12 Uncertainty

16 Apr 2021
LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) -- When California voters approved Proposition 12 in November 2018, hog producers across the country were ready to adjust their operations to suit the law's pen-size requirements to ship to the state. The law takes effect in January 2022 and California regulators have yet to issue guidance rules on those requirements. The future...

Ag Groups Make Case v. Proposition 12

14 Apr 2021
LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) -- All sides in a legal challenge to California's Proposition 12 laid out their cases during oral arguments in a federal court on Wednesday. Agriculture groups have argued the state's law placing animal-welfare restrictions on hog producers who sell pork in the state violates the Commerce Clause by regulating hog producers in ot...

Vilsack Addresses Food Aid Issues

14 Apr 2021
WASHINGTON (DTN) -- In a three-hour, wide-ranging hearing, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday that USDA will end the Farmers to Families Food Box Program established by the Trump administration. However, USDA will continue to distribute the produce and dairy products that becam...

Tips on How to Help Rural 911 Find You

14 Apr 2021
Becky MillsProgressive Farmer Editor Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the April 2021 issue of Progressive Farmer magazine. For more content from the latest issue of the magazine, visit…. ** If you're in an accident in a rural area, pray someone like John Bentley takes the call. "I've grown up here. I know w...
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