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The White House has released a new guide to help rural communities combat drug addiction. The Office of National Drug Control Policy launched the Rural Community Action Guide on Friday. Anne Hazlett is the White House Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs.    “This tool is really designed to help educate local leaders to better understand some of the issues and topics they might need to address if addiction is in their community and then some of the recommended action steps around each of those topics,” she says. Continue reading White House action guide to address rural drug addiction at Brownfield Ag News.
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An MIT robotics researcher says science is only beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to understanding the interaction between humans, animals, and robots.  Dr. Kate Darling has found that humans tend to treat certain robots with empathy, especially if the machine has a name and is interactive, but she says a lot more research is needed to find out how humans and animals interact with artificial intelligence, such as the dairy industry, where the popularity robotic milking is growing. Continue reading More research needed on the interaction between humans, animals, and robots at Brownfield Ag News.
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President Trump has indicated farmers could be receiving more trade aid in 2020. In a tweet today, Trump said “If formally targeted farmers need additional aid until such time as the trade deals with China, Mexico, Canada and others fully kick in, that aid will be provided by the federal government.” Trump says the payments would come from the massive tariff money coming into the U.S., although analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York suggests the cost of the trade war is falling on the backs of U.S. Continue reading Trump opens door for 2020 trade aid at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA says export numbers during the week ending February 13th were mixed. China didn’t buy any U.S. soybeans or pork, but 15,000 tons of U.S. pork were shipped to Chinese ports, and they did purchase sorghum. Corn exports were larger than expected, but wheat and beans fell short of pre-report estimates. Soybean meal sales were also lower than anticipated and bean oil fell within the projected range. Beef exports were up on the week, mainly heading to Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. Continue reading China passes on U.S. pork, soybeans at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA’s chief economist is projecting an increase in most cropland acres for the 2020 growing season. Rob Johansson told attendees at the USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum that last year’s weather challenges resulted in more than 13 million fewer acres planted to soybeans.  “That reduction supports an increase in soybean acreage to roughly 85 million acres – up 12 percent,” he says.  “Corn area is expected to rise 4.3 million acres to 94 million following last year’s prevent plant.  That’s supported by new-crop prices that are relatively favorable to corn.” Wheat and cotton acres are projected to remain steady or decline with more acres expected to be planted to rice. Continue reading...
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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has unveiled the USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda.  He says the department-wide initiative will align resources, programs, and research to better position America’s farmers and ranchers to meet future global demands.  “Here’s what we’re going to do,” he says.  “Stimulate our innovation so that American agriculture can work toward the shared goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint by half in US agriculture by 2050.” Perdue told attendees at the USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum the department has set benchmark goals to stay accountable and the targets will help measure progress toward meeting the food, fiber, fuel, feed, and climate...
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