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WASHINGTON — Family farms are one of the most controversial topics in modern agriculture. There's widespread disagreement on what constitutes a family farm and what doesn't. A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture won't end the debate, but does shed light on family farms nationwide. Among its conclusions: • Ninety percent of million-dollar farms, or ones with gross cash farm income of at least $1 million, are family farms.
WASHINGTON — Depending on how you cut the numbers, the U.S. farm economy could get a little weaker — or a little stronger — in 2017. U.S. net farm income in 2017 is projected to fall 8.7 percent to $62.3 billion, reaching its lowest level, adjusted for inflation, since 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service said Tuesday. Jeffrey Hopkins, chief of the farm economy branch in the resource and rural economy division of the Economic Research Service, presented the numbers online to the news media.
REGENT, N.D. — For the past eight years, Aaron Krauter has said he has "the best job in agriculture in North Dakota." After Jan. 20, he'll be saying, "I used to have the best job in agriculture in North Dakota."
Dick Schirado has spent his life farming and ranching, much of it without help, so he understands the importance of saving time and labor. That's inspired the inventive Glen Ullin, N.D., producer to develop a number of products designed to make life easier for farmers, ranchers and others. "I pretty much ran a 300-stock cow operation by myself," he says. "That helped to get me thinking outside the box on some things."
GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota agriculturalists are clashing over a proposal, known as Measure 1, that would weaken the state's longstanding ban on corporate farming Now, with a statewide vote...
GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota agriculturalists are clashing over a proposal, known as Measure 1, that would weaken the state's longstanding ban on corporate farming Now, with a statewide vote nearing, a leading farm organization that opposes the ban has filed a lawsuit to overturn it altogether. The North Dakota Farm Bureau, which generally opposes government regulations and restrictions, announced the lawsuit Thursday at press conferences in Fargo and Bismarck.
WASHINGTON -- As America's chief agricultural negotiator, Darci Vetter has a lot on her plate. But she has no doubt about her priority. "At the top of our list is (Trans-Pacific Partnership)," she said. "It's an incredibly important deal for U.S. agriculture. " Vetter spoke recently to members of North American Agricultural Journalists during the organization's annual conference in Washington.
DENVER -- Computer problems were responsible for delays in approval of temporary visas for agricultural workers, one of the groups affected says. The American Sheep Industry Association says it's been told that technical difficulties with the Department of Labor's computer system led to backlogs in certifying H-2A work visas. It's also been told the system is operating normally now.
GRAND FORKS -- Growing concentration in markets for U.S. agricultural production -- a trend viewed with concern and suspicion by some in ag -- has had a "negligible price impact" on ag producers, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture study says. "There's really little evidence that farmers are being paid lower prices," says Michael Adjemian, a research agricultural economist with USDA's Economic Research Service and one of the report's authors.
HAVANA -- U.S. farm groups and food companies have their disagreements, sometimes big ones. But a wide array of agriculturalists support increasing American ag exports to Cuba -- and now they have more tools with which to do it.