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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 »

Trump Administration Plans $12 Billion Aid Package for Farmers

The Trump administration will deliver $12 billion in aid to farmers who’ve been hit by dropping prices for crops and livestock amid a burgeoning trade war in which agriculture is a main target for retaliation against U.S. tariffs. The assistance will be a mix of direct payments to farmers, commodity purchases for food-aid programs, and… Read More »

Naig Comments on Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “We continue to be well ahead of the 5-year average on both corn and bean development, with 85 percent of the… Read More »

Gov. Reynolds to Name Mike Naig as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Thursday she will name Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Deputy Secretary Mike Naig as the new Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, citing a commitment to continuity and stability. Naig will become Secretary of Agriculture upon Bill Northey’s resignation. He will serve the remainder of Northey’s term. “Mike Naig has been… Read More »

Northey Approved for USDA

The wait is over for Bill Northey. Months after he was nominated, the Spirit Lake farmer and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate as USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “It is a tremendous honor for me to be confirmed to serve as an Under Secretary of Agriculture,”… Read More »