Industry News | 10-31-2022

Farmers say Cover Crops are on 40% of Cropland

Cover crops are more popular than previously known, according to a USDA survey. Growers reported using cover crops on 40% of their cropland in 2021, suggesting a sizable increase from the 15.4 million acres of cover crops listed in the 2017 Census of Agriculture; the two dozen “principal crops” covered 317 million acres last year. A large majority of farmers, 59%, said they employed cover crops on their farms.
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AMVAC® and NewLeaf Symbiotics® Partner to Bring Biological Solutions to North American Crop Markets

American Vanguard® Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiary AMVAC Chemical Corporation, has announced a new partnership with NewLeaf Symbiotics® of St. Louis, Missouri to bring innovative biologicals solutions to the North American crop market beginning in 2023. This collaboration will harness the complementary marketing and operational strengths of each partner to expand the application of existing products and advance the development of future products utilizing the combined technical resources of both companies. This partnership will expand and accelerate American Vanguard’s growing GreenSolutions™ biological portfolio and facilitate NewLeaf Symbiotics’ objective of securing wider market penetration.
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Biden-Harris Administration signs $50 Million Agreement with National Wild Turkey Federation for Innovative, Long-Term National Master Stewardship Agreement

The Biden-Harris Administration has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) have signed a landmark 20-year national master stewardship agreement. This first-of-its-kind agreement paves the way for these partner organizations to work together to address the wildfire crisis in the West and promote healthy forests across the U.S. It also includes an initial $50 million commitment from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as well as regular agency appropriations and other sources.
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DoorDash adds Delivery from Most Tractor Supply Stores

Most of us involved in agriculture live in the middle of nowhere. To this day, I have never used DoorDash, Uber Eats, or any of those other kinds of delivery services. Heck, the nearest pizza place is 10 miles away and doesn’t even deliver to my house. But DoorDash and Tractor Supply are banking on there being lots of people close by who want farm and ranch supplies delivered directly to them. Consumers can now purchase Tractor Supply products directly on the DoorDash app. The service is available from almost 2,000 of Tractor Supply’s 2,100+ stores.
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Report: Hurricane Ian Farm Loss Could Reach $1.56B

Agriculture losses in Florida from Hurricane Ian’s high winds and drenching rains could reach $1.56 billion, with citrus, cattle, vegetable and melon operations among the hardest hit, the University of Florida reported Tuesday in a preliminary estimate. The school’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences said there could be many impacts that are yet to emerge from flooded acreage and depend in part on whether some damaged crops can be replanted to salvage some of the winter vegetable growing season. “There’s still a lot of uncertainty,” said Christa Court, an economist and director of economic analysis for the institute. “The effects can be very different in a single location.”
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