Archive for April 2019

USDA Releases Report on Rural Broadband and Benefits of Next Generation Precision Agriculture

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Reliable, High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity is Essential to Enhanced Agricultural Production WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a groundbreaking report, A Case for Rural Broadband: Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies (PDF, 2.5 MB). The report finds that deployment of both broadband e-Connectivity and Next Generation…

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USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

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WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool – developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. The 2018 Farm Bill authorized DMC, a voluntary…

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Opening of the 2019 USDA Farmers Market Season

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Washington, D.C., April 29, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Market kicks off its 24th season on May 3 with an opening performance by local band “Granny and the Boys.” The farmers market is located next to the USDA Headquarters at 12th and Independence Ave., S.W., and runs every Friday from May…

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USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for Market Facilitation Program Payments

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WASHINGTON, April 29, 2019 – USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended…

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Energy Options Skews: Beyond Supply Shocks

Our related articles: These related articles coming soon: Ag Options Skews Metals Options Skews The persistent downside skewness (also known as “risk reversal”) of energy options during the past decade may have something to do with the unique circumstance of soaring U.S. energy production since 2008 (Figure 3).  Had it not been for the 130%…

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USDA Reaffirms Science-Based Decision Making at G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists Meeting

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TOKYO, Japan, April 26, 2019 – Two of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top scientists today reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to science-based decision-making at the G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) meeting held this week in Tokyo. Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA’s Acting Chief Scientist and Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service and Dr. Scott Hutchins,…

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USDA Opens Application Portal for New ReConnect Rural Broadband Infrastructure Program

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WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. These funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in…

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USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

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WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Food waste is a problem everyone can tackle, including our nation’s youth. As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching Ace the Waste! A student competition for food waste reduction ideas. This first-ever competition calls on students to come up with…

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Fed's Five Critical Issues

About the Presenter Bluford “Blu” Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and concentrations in central banking, investment research, and portfolio management, Blu serves as CME Group’s spokesperson on global economic conditions. View more reports…

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