Once again, the USDA has confirmed the determination and resiliency of our nation’s corn growers despite the worst of weather and its effects in large parts of the Corn Belt.
According to the June 30, 2011 USDA Crop Report, the corn planted area for all purposes in 2011 is estimated at 92.3 million acres, up 5 percent from last year, and the second highest planted acreage in the United States since 1944, behind only the 93.5 million acres planted in 2007.
USDA Announces Decision to Fully Deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced its decision to grant non-regulated status for alfalfa that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide commercially known as Roundup.
The 2010 U.S. corn crop is still on track to compete with previous years with both yield and production forecast to be the third-highest on record according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released on November 9. With a projected surplus of 827 million bushels, this crop demonstrates that U.S. corn farmers will continue to meet all demands for food, feed, fuel and fiber.
In this report, USDA reduced production and yield estimates slightly to 12.5 billion bushels and 154.3 bushels per acre.
By Bart Schott
Once again, ethanol opponents are using food price scares to combat the ethanol industry, forgetting that this well-worn argument has very little basis in reality. Two recent news items have brought them out of the woodwork.
On October 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced the estimated 2010 corn crop by just under 500 million bushels. And on October 13, the U.S.
Biomass Crop Assistance Program Will Help Create National Biofuels Industry; New Agreement with the FAA Will Promote Production and Demand for Biofuels; USDA Report Shows Domestic Biofuel Production Benefits the Economy
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2010 – As part of the Obama Administration's effort to promote production of fuel from renewable sources, create jobs and mitigate the effects of climate change, Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a series of measures during a speech to the National Press Club in Washington.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on August 2, 2010 and continue through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres. Jim Miller, Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, made the announcement on behalf of Secretary Vilsack during a conference