Dow, DuPont pick Indiana, Michigan, Iowa for new hubs
The DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical Co. are expected to announce in coming months their plans for two new Global Business Centers they will build in Indiana and Iowa late next year, following the merger of the two chemical giants when the $130 billion deal is finalized by the end of October.
Derivatives deal exempts U.S. agricultural industry
American farmers may breathe a sigh of relief following a recent announcement that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) struck a long overdue derivatives deal with the European Commission
U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy found herself defending her agency from members of the House Agriculture Committee last week as they questioned the EPA’s actions and the impact on rural communities.
Proposed USDA budget features cuts to federal crop insurance
Farm groups had mixed reviews of President Barack Obama’s proposed 2017 USDA budget, released last week. While cutting $18 billion from crop insurance, the proposal almost doubles funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to $700 million and fully funds conservation for ag lands and conservation practices.
Initially designed for high school-aged farm boys in rural America, the FFA has progressed to embrace the changing demographics and scope that define agriculture. Today, FFA membership statistics closely mirror the demographics of the U.S. ag population.