ISU CARD economist John Beghin will help the Food Security and Development Branch (FSDB) of the Economic Research Service of USDA in its annual assessment of food security in 76 low- and middle-income countries. Beghin will identify and incorporate improvements in the modeling framework used for the assessment, which currently has a strong focus on food availability, but is less robust in its ability to analyze the remaining three dimensions of food security--access, utilization, and stability. The primary objective of this agreement is to strengthen the model’s capacity to analyze food access by various income groups and improve the micro economic foundations in the FSDB modeling framework.
Beghin to work with USDA on food security
VICAM’s Afla-V AQUA Strip Test Receives USDA-GIPSA Certification for the Quantitative Analysis of Aflatoxins
Waters Corporation (WAT: NYSE) today announced VICAM®, a Waters® Business, received USDA-GIPSA (Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration) certification for itsAfla-V® AQUA™ strip test for the quantitative analysis of total aflatoxins in grains. “Aflatoxin detection is critical to global food cultivation and trade. USDA-GIPSA approval provides official verification of method performance, giving our customers even greater confidence in their aflatoxin testing data,”...
AgriTechNews Money Saving Rice Crops to a New Innovative Fertiliser Approach
Another week, another agri-tech development taking progress to the next level. From rice crops that can save farmers money and cut pollution to an innovative approach to a new fertiliser, here’s four articles that caught our eye. It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a USDA Aerial Cover Crop Seeding Helicopter “For a few years now, the USDA has been administering an aerial program that’s a little unusual. Helicopters are, surprisingly enough, not that uncommon in the agriculture...
USDA announces availability of BCAP funding for farmers, foresters and ranchers
On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) had resumed incentives for farmers and foresters producing biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. BCAP has $3 million in available funding for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The program was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and supports growers who produce energy biomass crops, or deliver forest and agriculture residues to a USDA-approved bioenergy or bioproducts...
USDA Unveils New Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location. This new process is part of the USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI). This interagency collaboration also...
USDA Convenes Public Meeting Of The Advisory Committee On Biotechnology And 21st Century Agriculture
On May 9, 2016, USDA announced a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). AC21 was created to provide the USDA Secretary with information on agriculture biotechnology issues, including the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system, and to provide guidance on immediate issues. The AC21 meeting will consider the analysis of the new AC21 charge created by the three ad hoc subgroups; discuss a draft outline for the next committee...