Illinois' state ag agency takes another budget hit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Already hit by a two-year budget stalemate, officials with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) are financially adjusting once again because of cuts announced late last month by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office.
Major farm groups support changes to ag risk program
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is among several national farm groups backing legislation they say would improve the USDA-Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program.
Adesina pledges $250,000 to aid Africa's agripreneurs
Akinwumi Adesina, the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate and president of African Development Bank (AfDB) in Nigeria, has pledged to devote his prize money for a fund in global support of Africa’s young farmers and “agripreneurs.”
Four months ago, the World Food Prize – often called “the Nobel Peace Prize for food” – was awarded to Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank group. Amazingly, Adesina learned the skills he needed to reach his new title in Indiana.
Clovis withdraws from USDA nomination in wake of Mueller probe
Iowan Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the USDA’s chief scientist, has withdrawn his name from consideration after being linked to a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who pled guilty to lying to the FBI over his contacts with Russia.