Industry News | 02-21-2022
It's Community Supported Agriculture Week, and Time to Sign up for CSA Boxes
It's Community Supported Agriculture Week through Feb. 26, the time of year when people start signing up in earnest to receive boxes of produce, flowers, eggs and more from local farmers during the growing season. With a CSA, consumers pay in advance for weekly shares of a farm's seasonal produce, thus helping to supply farmers with capital at the time of their biggest costs, for seeds and the like. CSAs are touted as a way to eat more healthful foods while also helping the local farm economy.
Commodity Classic 2022 / New Orleans
Commodity Classic is unlike any other event in agriculture. Because it’s created by farmers, for farmers. At Commodity Classic, you’ll get the answers, solutions and information you need to gain greater clarity—and create a vision for your farm’s success for years to come. Incredible insight through a full slate of educational sessions designed to keep your sights set on efficiency, profitability and continual improvement. Eye-opening innovation and technology showcased in the huge trade show—where you can see the latest advancements and talk directly with the people behind them. Visionary thought leaders and innovators in agriculture who will challenge the way you think about your farm. The spectacular energy of being around thousands of positive, talented farmers who share your passion for agriculture and your thirst for knowledge.
EPA Registers New Syngenta Soybean Herbicide
Syngenta’s new preemergence soybean herbicide, Tendovo, has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is set to be available next season. “We’re really excited to bring Tendovo to the market,” said Kevin Gesse, head of herbicide product marketing at Syngenta, in a news release. “From a performance standpoint, it really stands out from the pack. The biggest thing growers will notice is that Tendovo stops early-season weeds but doesn't slow down soybean growth.”
Combined Soybean Sales Top 100 Million Bushels
The USDA says export sales during the week ending February 10th were broadly mixed. That’s due to a combination of factors, including higher U.S. prices, global currency movement, uncertainties about crop production in South America, and the ongoing tensions in the Black Sea region. Corn, wheat, sorghum, soybean meal, and pork were all up on the week, but lower than average, while soybeans were down from the previous week, but higher than average. Beef and soybean oil were larger than the week before and greater than average, but rice and upland cotton fell short of those marks. The USDA’s next set of supply and demand estimates is out March 9th.
Fresh Avocado Imports from Mexico Resume
The USDA announced Feb. 18 that its avocado inspection program in Michoacan, Mexico has restarted and avocado exports to the U.S. have resumed. The USDA, working closely with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico’s Regional Security Officer, Mexico’s national plant protection organization (SENASICA) and the Association of Avocado Producers and Packers Exporters of Mexico, or APHIS, has enacted additional measures that enhance safety for APHIS inspectors working in the field, following a threat made to an employee on February 11, according to the release. "The safety of USDA employees simply doing their jobs is of paramount importance," the USDA said in the release.