USDA Raises Production Estimates for Corn, Soybeans & Cotton

Here’s a quick look at Tuesday’s round of USDA crop reports with Gary Crawford.
How did the September crop production and yield numbers from USDA compare to what industry analysts were forecasting?  Rod Bain and Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

The Animal Issues of the Harvey Disaster

While first responders in the Houston area have been working to help people, others have been working on animal issues from Harvey.  Gary Crawford, Anne McCann with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

Flexibilities In Latest MPP Enrollment Period

Dairy producers have options when it comes to enrollment for coverage next year under USDA’s dairy safety net program. Enrollment period is underway through December 15th.  Rod Bain, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm.

Rural Manufacturing At A Glance

USDA researchers recently studied the impacts manufacturing industries and jobs have on rural economies.  Rod Bain and economist Sarah A. Low.
Some  findings in the 2017 Rural Manufacturing at a Glance:
Despite declining rural manufacturing employment between 2001 and 2015, the manufacturing sector is relatively more important as a source of employment and earnings to the rural economy than it is to the urban economy. The sector was still responsible for 21 percent of rural private nonfarm earnings and 14 percent of rural private nonfarm jobs in 2015. Rural manufacturing jobs were nearly equal to rural retail jobs, almost two times rural construction jobs, and almost five times rural mining jobs in 2015. Food manufacturing is the largest subsector of rural manufacturing, accounting for over 18 percent of rural manufacturing employment in 2015. By comparison, food manufacturing represents 11 percent of urban county manufacturing employment (third largest).  While employment has declined in most manufacturing subsectors, employment in the largest rural subsectors declined less, rebounding after the recession.

The “I-FAST” Track To Entrepreneurial Success

USDA and the National Science Foundation are part of the Innovation in Food and Science Technology (I-FAST”) competition that encourages land grant university scientists to become entrepreneurs for their food and ag based innovations. Part of USDA’s small business innovation and research program, “I-FAST” is a “boot camp” for scientists.  Rod Bain and National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Sonny Ramaswamy.

Flood Preparation Reminders

If you live in an area that could end up being flooded from Harvey, and the area could be very large, here are some things you might consider doing ahead of the flood waters.

If flood waters from Harvey are forecast to be heading for your farm, what should you think about doing to prepare? Farm flood preparation reminders. Gary Crawford and Ken Hellevang.