The livestock industry had some difficulties in 2020, mainly due to production pivoting from food service markets to retail, as well as complications with meat packing plant shutdowns throughout the year.
On April 17, the USDA unveiled details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for agriculture, which includes $16 billion in direct support to agricultural producers and $3 billion to purchase and distribute agriculture products to Americans in need. Read a summary of these two main components.
On April 17, the USDA announced $19 billion in relief programs as a step toward a remedy for supply chains and prices during the COVID-19 crisis. Find a breakdown of support and allocations in today’s blog.
Solar power is already a very clean, renewable energy source that serves an important role in reducing our carbon footprint. Yet, one forward-thinking farmer has found a way to make solar initiatives even more sustainable. This second post in our series highlighting innovation in Northeast agriculture explores the grazing of sheep on the grassy fields that lie below solar arrays.