News & Updates

27
Aug
FDA’s Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption

Katelyn Parsons

With the excessive amount of rain we’ve received so far this season, and the projection of an active hurricane season this fall, flooding is an issue for many farms this year, particularly in the Western end of the state. If your farm is susceptible to flooding, please read the FDA’s Guidance…

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27
Aug
Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course

Katelyn Parsons

Tuesday evenings, January 11 to March 8, 2022 – Location to be determined MDAR offers a hands-on course to help established farmers develop a business plan and financial projections for their farm business. This course covers topics including resource assessment, marketing strategy, financial…

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27
Aug
USDA establishes Dairy Donation Program

Katelyn Parsons

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh announced the establishment of a $400 million Dairy Donation Program (DDP) on a call with Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow. The DDP, established by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in accordance…

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24
Aug
First Steps Made In $2B+ Package Of Assistance For Dairy Farmers

Katelyn Parsons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the details of the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program as part of meetings with farmers and a tour of farms with Senator Leahy. In June, Secretary Vilsack committed to providing additional pandemic assistance for dairy farmers in an exchange…

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24
Aug
UMass Offers Invasive Insect Certification Program

Katelyn Parsons

This six-day webinar series looks at the characteristics, impacts and costs of invasive insects, highlighting the biology, ecology, and identification of some of the most destructive insects. Also covered will be state and federal regulations pertaining to invasive insect management, invasive forest…

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24
Aug
Can You Get Salmonella From Your Backyard Chickens?

Katelyn Parsons

For those with backyard poultry, like chickens or ducks, a Texas A&M AgriLife expert encourages taking precautions against salmonella exposure as cases spike across the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an uptick in salmonella cases, 672, with 157 hospitalizations…

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