Jeff Pope

Executive Director

Ways to Connect

Saving Money By Cutting Fertilizer Costs

May 15, 2017
Gary Kramer / NRCS

Alan Newport's article, "You Could Get Off the Fertilizer Wagon, in a recent Beef Producer post, provides some tips for cutting input costs for livestock producers, which also have applications for crop producers.  He suggests that good grazing management helps to improve soil health that in turn, allows the soil to mine nutrients for forage growth.  Key practices include keeping the soil covered, minimize soil disturbance, maintaining a diverse mix of forage plants throughout the growing season, and harves

Main Stream Ag Publications Shifting Focus

May 15, 2017

Mainstream agricultural publications are including more articles about small farms and alternative crops, which is a shift from what readers would see a decade ago. 

Is Urban Agriculture A Fad or A Trend?

May 9, 2017
Joe Larson / Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS

Plenty United, a two year old firm, plans to increase production of lettuce, arugula and herbs to over three million pounds annually in their 51,000 square foot converted factory building located by San Francisco Bay.  They also plan to set up growing operations near 60 cities in the U.S.

U.S.D.A. Economic Research Service

As companies that supply crop inputs to farmers continue to consolidate, some farmers are becoming concerned that input costs will rise, because there is less competition for their business.  Concentration in the seed industry is an example of this trend.

2018 Farm Bill Listening Session

Apr 18, 2017
Ron Nichols / NRCS

The Farm Bill is renewed about every five years, and it's complexity creates a lot of political wrangling during the negotiation leading up to passage.  The 2014 Farm Bill expenditures will amount to almost 490 billion dollars, with 80% of that spent on nutrition programs.