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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will partner with the United Farm Workers of America to develop a $65 million pilot program to support the H-2A workforce and employers.
A series of April blizzards created a “long tail” of cattle illnesses, including pneumonia and scours. Losses range from zero to hundreds of calves, on top of record-setting drought and low feed and forage supplies. The numbers hide some of the effects — the loss in value when either a calf or a cow is lost, leaving orphans. 
Analysts said the latest forecasts from the government did not provide any fresh bullish news that would drive prices higher, and all eyes were focused on U.S. crop development in the hopes that a bountiful harvest this fall would provide some relief to the stressed global balance sheet.
Farmers in much of the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota bounded ahead in their tardy planting season in the past week, but crop condition and development continues to lag due to a late spring, according to a government report.

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Biel, a longtime leader for the Minnesota Farmers Union, is the new chairwoman for the Farm Service Agency state committee.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the new funding, designed to enhance competition in food processing and distribution, increase access to healthy food, and expand markets for farmers, during a speech at Georgetown University.
The Biden administration on Thursday proposed a rule requiring meatpackers to be more transparent in their dealings with contract farmers in an effort to enhance competition in the highly consolidated industry.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday, May 26, it will allow Conservation Reserve Program participants who are in the final year of their CRP contract to request voluntary termination of their contract following the end of the primary nesting season for fiscal year 2022.
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux and other officials visited Minnesota farms on May 19 to take a look at the damage from the storm that blew through a week before. High winds ripped apart grain bins and mangled irrigation and other equipment as well as damaging houses and other buildings.

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Farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021 should begin receiving emergency relief payments through the Farm Service Agency’s new Emergency Relief Program to offset crop yield and value losses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
Planting progress across the U.S. has been slow, raising the potential that many farmers will use the prevented planting provisions of their crop insurance.
Tom Vilsack, the 32nd U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was the keynote speaker at University of Minnesota Crookston's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

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