In this Issue:
  • Three Decades of Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture
  • Featured Video: Documentary of the History of Soil Conservation in the U.S.
  • A Salute to Rural Veterans
  • Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy
  • Highlights from the 2012 US Ag Census
  • Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the US Extension Service
  • Ag History

    Three Decades of Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture

    A report summary from the USDA Economic Research Service, James M. MacDonald, Robert A. Hoppe, and Doris Newton What Is the Issue?

    Farm production has been shifting to larger farms for many years—one element of broad-based changes in farm structure. However, the U.S. farm size distribution in agricultural production is highly skewed—there are many very …

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    Featured Video: Documentary of the History of Soil Conservation in the U.S.

    This week’s featured video is a documentary produced by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  This 20 minute documentary highlights the history of the NRCS and the father of soil conservation, Hugh Hammond Bennett, and the effort he put into developing the private lands conservation movement that is so prevalent in the …

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    A Salute to Rural Veterans

    I think we can all agree that political events in the United States over the last few weeks will be remembered in great detail in our history books.  While much of the country remains divided along political party lines, we are at the same time, strongly united by our profound and unending gratitude to America’s …

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    Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy

    The highway from Monticello to Tallahassee (US 90) is famous for its summer blooming crape myrtle trees donated by nurseryman Fred Mahan. This month, there’s another historic tree flowering along that highway, as well as in other parts of Jefferson county and North Florida. It’s the tung tree, imported from China to build a thriving …

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    Highlights from the 2012 US Ag Census

    The USDA National Agriculture Statistic Service (NASS) released the first preliminary report from the 2012 Census of Agriculture.  When the 2007 report first came out the big news was that the number of farms in the US had actually increased.  That trend did not continue and the number of farms in the …

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    Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the US Extension Service

    Truly amazing things can happen in the span of 100 years.  In this day and age, however, where everything is expected to be “bigger-better-faster,” accomplishments over a 100 year time-span are often overlooked as only a “drop in the bucket” as they say.  Let’s slow down a minute, though, and reflect on …

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