BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it plans to review its estimates of this year’s spring wheat, durum wheat, barley and oats crops this month, though any adjustments are not likely to influence prices for farmers or consumers.
OMAHA, Neb. — A survey of rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states released Thursday showed signs of a rebounding economy.
The overall index for the Rural Mainstreet economic report jumped to 54.3 in May from 44.2 the previous month. The May 2009 index was 36.2.
The decline of honeybee colonies has slowed slightly since last fall, but a mysterious combination of ailments is still decimating the insect’s population, federal researchers say.
U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers found that honeybee colonies declined by 29 percent between September 2008 and early April. That’s an improvement over the last two years, when researchers found that 32 percent and 36 percent of all beekeepers surveyed lost hives.
By Garance Burke, The Associated Press
May 20, 2009
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is urging organic farmers in the state to respond to the first organic production survey to be conducted by the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS).
Information is a powerful ally. Producers can provide information about what they do and need done through a nationwide survey which evaluates and informs those in the agricultural industry and government on how best to institute change across the state and nation.
February 16, 2008
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