The Dairy Forward Pricing Program, which locks in milk production prices for dairy farmers, is among several programs that will not receive funding once the current farm bill ends, concerning leaders of Wisconsin's agricultural organizations. However, members of Congress are likely to extend the bill before funding completely dissolves, said Kara O'Connor, government relations director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union.
Sprouting caused by excess moisture from rain has become a common problem for corn farmers this season. Farmers with sprouted and molded crops should speak with their crop insurance agents about filing claims.
More schools in Georgia are adopting farm-to-school programs, with schools in the state spending more than $20 million on locally produced food in the 2017-18 school year. Gary Black, state agriculture commissioner, says the programs offer a win-win for farmers and students.
Ferrero will bring its updated version of the Butterfinger to store shelves early next year, featuring a stronger peanut flavor and new packaging that eliminates the name of Nestle, the brand's former owner. Production on the revamped candy bar begins this month, and the company will produce it in traditional and fun sizes.
About 75% of Americans recognize soy and almond milk products as distinct from cow's milk, although close to 20% of shoppers expressed confusion over whether plant-based milks contain dairy milk, according to a survey from the International Food Information Council.
Six years ago, The Alkaline Water Co. used the promise of a higher rate of return on shelf space to get its gallon-size jugs of alkaline water into stores. Now Alkaline 88 has national distribution, 9,000 shareholders and $3 million in monthly sales, said CEO Ricky Wright.
Chinese distillery Luzhou Laojiao is participating in a venture named Ming River that seeks to bring baijiu liquor to the US and Europe. Baijiu is made from fermented sorghum and typically contains 50% or higher alcohol content.
Cannabis has become a presence in California vineyards, where it can serve as "a high-value commodity that could help reinvigorate a fading agricultural tradition along the state's Central Coast," writes Scott Wilson. Santa Barbara County is still dominated by vineyards, but it also has about 330 acres under cannabis cultivation.