skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, April 12, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Uncovering America's methamphetamine history; PA Early Intervention programs vital for child development; measuring long-term impact of the O.J. Simpson trial on media literacy.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

President Biden's name could be left off the ballot in Alabama and Ohio, the Justice Dept. mandates background checks for gun show purchases, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds moves to allow state police to arrest undocumented migrants.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Housing advocates fear rural low-income folks who live in aging USDA housing could be forced out, small towns are eligible for grants to enhance civic participation, and North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues.

Ag census reveals major boost in New England farm-production value

play audio
Play

Tuesday, March 5, 2024   

New agricultural census data show a significant increase in production value for New England farms over the past five years. There are nearly 31,000 farms and ranches operating in the region - a 5% decline from 2017. But those remaining farms grew their production value by nearly 32% to more than $3.5 billion.

Pam Hird, USDA state statistician, said the growth stems from more than just consolidation or an increase in food prices.

"We're using new technologies and new methods and learning things from our universities and our extension services. We're becoming more efficient at farming," she explained.

Hird added the census finds New England farms ranging in size from one to nine acres suffered the greatest losses and are part of the more than 20 million acres of American farmland lost to development and other factors over the past five years.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the decline in operational farmland "a wakeup call" for America and noted that a majority of America's farmers still rely on second incomes unrelated to farming to make ends meet. Hird said the census reveals an increasing number of young farmers with less than 10 years of experience are helping sustain the region's farm sector.

"What we do is very important," Hird contended. "We're high on the list for organics. We produce hay and hay forage. We have cattle. We have cut flowers. We have honey and bees. Maple, of course, is very critical."

While the number of organic farm numbers declined by nine-percent from 2017, the value of organic sales increased slightly. Hird says more than 67% of regional farmers responded to the census, providing critical data that determines farm programs and services, disaster assistance and technology development.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Kentucky certified lactation consultant and birth doula Bonnie Logsdon has been vocal in her support for House Bill 10. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

In the final days of the legislative session, Kentucky Senate lawmakers could consider the "Momnibus" bill, which would increase access to critical …


play sound

Until recently, many Americans of Middle Eastern or North African descent were categorized as "white" in government surveys, making it challenging to …

play sound

Conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion are on the rise as lawmakers propose bills to restrict or ban DEI in state-funded institutions…


Enbridge owns and operates Line 5, a controversial oil pipeline that crosses tribal lands and runs under a portion of the Great Lakes. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Next week, Native American leaders from the Midwest will go before a United Nations panel with their concerns over a controversial oil pipeline they …

Social Issues

play sound

O.J. Simpson's death has the nation looking back on the infamous murder trial that resulted in his acquittal. Experts say one of the lasting impacts …

IRS Direct File is a new tax tool to file federal income tax returns for free, directly with the IRS. It comes with access to live customer service representatives who can answer tax questions. (stevepb/Pixabay)

Social Issues

play sound

Florida residents can now file their simple income-tax forms for free and save time through the Internal Revenue Service's Direct File pilot program…

Social Issues

play sound

New York restaurant workers need to know their rights to better navigate their workplaces. A new report finds high rates of what it calls …

Environment

play sound

People working for environmental justice are rallying today at the downtown Pittsburgh headquarters of U.S. Steel, voicing their concerns to company …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021