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Secretary Perdue Statement on Administrative Actions to Streamline H-2A Process

(Washington, D.C., September 20, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement highlighting actions announced by the Department of Labor (DOL) which will modernize the burdensome H2A visa process. First, DOL published a common-sense rule that eliminates the requirement to advertise a job opening in print newspapers instead shifting to advertising… Read More »

Volume of Prevented Plant Acres Could Hit Ag Equipment Sales

There’s little doubt that the volume of prevented plant acres will impact the sale of farm machinery for the remainder of 2019 and possibly into 2020. The effects of the poor planting weather that resulted in very late planting or prevented planting of corn and soybeans earlier this year throughout much of the Midwest is… Read More »

Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as Location for ERS and NIFA

Move puts ERS, NIFA closer to customers, expected to save nearly $300 million nominally (Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region. “Following… Read More »

2017 Census of Agriculture

The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land – whether rural or urban – growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold,… Read More »

Perdue Announces Top Sites for ERS and NIFA Relocations

(Washington, D.C., May 3, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the finalists of 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become the new homes of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). “This short list of locations took… Read More »