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The Business of Growth: Spotlight on Seeds

Business / Crops

The seeds of human civilization were, in fact, seeds. Some 12,000 years ago, a member of what had, for tens of thousands of years, been a nomadic hunter-gatherer species realized discarded seeds from previous meal preparations had taken root and were growing. Deliberately repeating that process enabled humans to settle in one place, build permanent homes, and, with less demand on everyone to find food, diversify their individual and collective activities. From that first planting, ... read more

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USDA and Agriculture Update

Business / Policy / Technology

The omnibus five-year 2014 Agriculture Act (Farm Bill) will continue to govern federal agriculture policy through 2018, but American farms and industry remain uncertain about what the new Trump administration’s trade policies will mean to agriculture exports or what the change in government will mean to the continuing rapid technological reformation of farming. The current farm bill brought significant changes in farm supports, especially dairy (see page 18). At the same time, advancing research on ... read more

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What Changing Structure, Government Policies, Trade, and Tech Mean for U.S. Dairy Farming

Business / Policy / Technology

Dairy farming and dairy product creation and distribution have undergone massive changes in the last 25 years, including a wide-swinging public perception pendulum on the nutritional value and safety of milk and milk products. Every such change, whether technological or economic, has an impact on dairy industry investment in new equipment, livestock, land use, expanded or contracted acreage, research and development, hiring, training, etc. The future of dairy farming is a national issue, with dairy ... read more

new farmer program web

USDA and Agriculture Update

Business / Policy / Technology

The omnibus five-year 2014 Agriculture Act (Farm Bill) will continue to govern federal agriculture policy through 2018, but American farms and industry remain uncertain about what the new Trump administration’s ... read more

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