Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 8/4/2017.
“One size does not fit all.” United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Most farms (99%) are family owned and operated. However, not all of them are the same size. Farms are categorized by size and other characteristics, such as ownership and annual revenue. Below is a picture that breaks it all down for you. If you’re interested in learning more about U.S. farms and how they’re categorized, check out this document from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS): America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2016 Edition.
“Came for the politics, stayed for the cheese curds.” Agriculture Secretary Perdue
Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, recently made a visit to Wisconsin. This was the first state on a tour that he’ll be taking (via RV) through Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. There are a lot of hot topics he’ll cover like NAFTA, prices farmers are being paid for their products, immigration, and other casual things like that. Why the camping trip? Right now, Secretary Perdue is working with Congress on shaping our farm bill. He states, “My principle for the farm bill is it should follow the market, not guide the market. I don’t want people farming for the farm bill.” Wonder if he’ll host any campfires at his RV?
“Let’s do this.” GEA
GEA, a process technology provider, is making moves in Asia. The company is planning to build a skim milk powder plant in Gandhinagar, India. When production begins, this plant will be the largest of its kind in Asia. This is all still a work in progress, but the dairy plant is projected to produce 150 tons of skim milk powder and 120 tons of dairy whitener/baby food per day, with a milk processing capacity of 90,000 liters per hour. Milk is still cool, all over the world.
Picture of the week.
Just a man and his cow. Tyler snuggles up with his (almost) 2 year old cow, Patron.