agriculture News

Bonura Joins Leavitt Central Coast in California

Leavitt Central Coast Insurance Services has hired Joe Bonura in its Central California operation. Bonura specializes in commercial insurance for trucking and agriculture. Prior to the Leavitt Group, Bonura sold individual health plans. He also worked as a media consultant selling …

California Agency Won’t Allot Water Amid Drought

Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced they won’t send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 …

Blizzard-Lost Plains Cattle Will Hurt Area Economy

An early October blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota will have a staggering impact on the regional economy, the head of the state Stockgrower’s Association said. The direct economic impact of the cattle loses …

Early Snow Kills Thousands of Cattle in South Dakota

A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds, as they assess how many of their cattle died during …

All Risks Launches Workers Comp Product for Agriculture Risks

The recently formed Workers’ Compensation Specialty division of All Risks, Ltd., has launched its second specialty class, WC for agriculture exposures. This unit will offer workers’ compensation through two carriers for a variety of agriculture risks, focusing on cotton gin …

New Mexico Floods Damaging But Also Brought Drought Relief

Recent flooding brought widespread damage to New Mexico, but the rain also provided significant relief for the state’s drought. Some places, like Albuquerque, are still well short of their 36-month rainfall average, but the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico …

Colorado Flooding: The Silver Lining

Surging waters in Colorado swept away barns, silos and fences and left houses covered in mud in this northern agricultural town. The flood waters were so powerful they uprooted irrigation pipes and spread them around the fields here, leaving lakes …

USDA Issues Drought Disaster For East Idaho Counties

Federal agriculture officials have issued a disaster declaration for Clark County in eastern Idaho due to a lack of rain for the last two months. The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week also put four other nearby counties up for …

Louisiana’s Ag Economy Hits Record $11.4B in 2012

The LSU AgCenter says high prices and record yields for corn and soybeans drove Louisiana’s agricultural economy to a record high of $11.4 billion last year. That’s about 6.5 percent more than the 2011 total of $10.7 billion and $500 …

Drought Costs Wyoming County its No. 1 Hay Spot

Fremont County has lost its spot as Wyoming’s No. 1 alfalfa-producing county, growing only two-thirds of the hay in 2012 than it did in 2011. The Riverton Ranger reported local farmers produced 157,000 tons of the crop, topped only by …