By the Kansas Office of the Governor TOPEKA, Kan. — Governor Laura Kelly on Friday announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded $200,000 to the Kansas Department of Commerce to expand the state’s robust export sector, which hit an all-time... Read More.
The USDA says Wisconsin had a mostly dry week, allowing for hay and small grain harvesting. A few areas in northeastern and east central Wisconsin did receive some welcome rain. Eighty-three percent of the corn is now silking, which is a couple of days ahead... Read More.
A declining population and workforce in rural communities is one of several challenges facing small businesses in those areas. Kendell Culp, vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau, recently testified about this issue before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business. “The 2020 Census showed that... Read More.
Legislation has been introduced to help small farms access federal conservation programs through the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, introduced the Small Farm Conservation Act with Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado and Ben Ray Luján... Read More.
Photo courtesy of USDA livestream feed Xochitl Torres Small is officially USDA’s next deputy ag secretary. The former Under Secretary for Rural Development was sworn into office by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Monday afternoon. “My mission is to serve the people of USDA every single day,”... Read More.
Stock photo: Steve Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association The CEO of the American Soybean Association says the new deputy ag secretary at USDA could be helpful for trade relations. Xochitl Torres Small was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and ASA’s Steve... Read More.
Xochitl Torres Small has been confirmed as the next deputy ag secretary for USDA. The U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination by a vote of 79-8 on Monday, and Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley tells Brownfield, “I’m just looking at her overall qualifications and I think... Read More.
Crop condition ratings are declining for the small grain crops in South Dakota. USDA says winter wheat conditions are mostly split between fair to very poor and the spring wheat conditions are rated 42% fair with more than half of the crop headed. South Dakota State... Read More.