Crop insurance improvements in the farm bill will ensure that soybean farmers who have suffered losses continue operations. "Without crop insurance, soybean farmers are going to lose money farming," said Bill Gordon, vice president of the American Soybean Association.
Soybean farmers in Arkansas lost $77 million in crop losses and equipment damages from this year's devastating storms, which brought heavy rainfall to the region, extending into Louisiana. In both states, farmers could be eligible for funding from $12 billion allocated by the Trump administration.
Farmers who are working to market their crops should concentrate on the factors they can control, said Steven Johnson of Iowa State University. Producers should utilize marketing tools to manage their crop risks in terms of new and old crop bushels, he said.
All students in a Massachusetts school district will have access to free meals under the federal Community Eligibility Provision. School Business Administrator Kevin McHugh says that universal, free meals may be helping to eliminate the stigma that can come with receiving free meals at school.
Potatoes are high in carbohydrates and affect blood sugar levels, but that can mean a boost of energy after a workout, said registered dietitian Christy Brissette. Potatoes also contain many vitamins and nutrients, so a fist-sized portion combined with a protein, healthy fat and vegetables can be part of a healthy diet, Brissette said.
To maintain the volume of content necessary to run its business, The Clorox Co. has built its own internal creative agency that now employs 120 people. Using its Electro Creative Workshop allows Clorox to get high-quality marketing creative at low cost, said Chief Marketing Officer Eric Reynolds.
Energy drink brand Liquid Lightning is returning to shelves after new owners Push Beverages revived the beverage with new branding and a fresh formulation. The products will initially be available in 40 states, followed by a potential wider release.
Brown-Forman is among distillers likely to benefit from the growing popularity of American whiskey, as premium brands enjoyed 46% revenue growth for the five-year period ended in 2017, writes Rich Duprey. Canadian distillers have also benefited, as 19% of men said they considered buying a bottle of Diageo's blended Canadian whisky, according to YouGov.
Canned wine should see a large increase in popularity and could represent 30% of the wine category in the next five years, according to WineSociety co-founder and CEO Angela Allison. "The new, modern generation is wanting to purchase wine and perceive wine with practicality, simplicity, and convenience and great quality," said Allison.
An oversupply of rose wine and an added appreciation for wines from less ballyhooed parts of Italy are among the trends that sommeliers expect in 2019. Among trends they hope lose momentum in the new year: natural wines that are celebrated just for being natural.