The onset of the COVID-19 hit the livestock industry especially hard. A sudden loss of demand caused prices to plummet. But thanks to the ability to pivot quickly, livestock producers showed resilience in 2020.
As agriculture awaits confirmation Joe Biden will tap Tom Vilsack as the next Secretary of Agriculture, Washington insiders say Vilsack is a known entity, which would be a positive for U.S. farmers and ranchers.
Affordable health insurance is a pain point in rural America, an issue National Rural Health Association says is getting worse, not better. Now, agricultural groups are helping find solutions for farmers and ranchers.
The surge of COVID-19 cases across the country is hitting rural hospitals especially hard. Many aren’t equipped to handle critical patients. Now some hospitals are unable to send patients to urban hospitals for care.
As the Great Plains see plunging temperatures this week, one meteorologist thinks crops in the core of the Corn Belt escaped major damage thanks to constant cloud cover. However, livestock producers may not be so lucky.
The President made a broad statement Tuesday about cattle imports, asking USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to look into terminating bringing in cattle from other countries. However, a decision could come with consequences.