agriculture News

California’s Record Heat Struck Wine Regions at Harvest Time

The record head that baked Northern California over the Labor Day weekend left wine grapes shriveling on the vines, reducing many of them to raisins before the normal harvest and turning what was looking to be a promising vintage into …

Farmers Are Eligible for Flood Loans in 14 Michigan Counties

Farmers and ranchers in 14 Michigan counties are eligible for emergency loans due to widespread damage amid severe storms and flash flooding in June. The update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture comes after President Donald Trump last week made …

Arkansas Farmers Still Optimistic Despite Ravaging from Floods

While spring floods left many rice farmers with fewer acres of rice than they originally planned, they’re hopeful a rising market can offset at least some of the lost acreage. “We had 1,400 acres, and we were able to salvage …

Louisiana Farmers Could be Helped by $10M Program for Flood Recovery

Farmers and ranchers in 51 Louisiana parishes could be eligible for grants from a $10 million program aimed to help with recovery from last year’s flooding. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain’s office says the grants come from federal flood recovery dollars …

California Farmers Get First Full Water Supply in More than a Decade

Farmers in a vast region of California will receive their fully contracted amount of irrigation water this year for the first time in more than a decade. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced the allocation this week following one of …

Report: Deportations Under Trump Could Hit 1 in 4 Idaho Ag Workers

What would happen to an industry that loses one-fourth or more of its employee base? Idaho’s agriculture industry, and particularly its farming sector, might run head-on into that hypothetical question if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on a pledge to …

Group Suing Chemical Giant Dow over Pesticide Used in California

Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in …

How Monsanto’s Climate Unit Is Changing Risk Profile of Farmers

It caught my eye when Monsanto Co. subsidiary Climate Corp. announced last week it was creating the “Industry’s First In-Field Sensor Network” and “the first Centralized Platform” digital agricultural technology development. The company said that its new sensor network will …

Losses for Washington from Drought Estimated at $336M

Washington farmers have lost at least $336 million due to the ongoing drought, a figure that is likely to climb as more information becomes available. The Capital Press reported that a state Department of Agriculture report estimated dollar losses for …

Fireman’s Fund’s Skrynecki Joins QBE North America as VP Agriculture

QBE North America has appointed Glenn Skrynecki as vice president for agriculture in its property/casualty division. In this national role, Skrynecki will be responsible for the management of QBE North America’s agriculture book of business including underwriting, strategy and relationship …