Department of Agriculture USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to ensure that specialty crop producers receive financial assistance from losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Illinois is the number one producer of two specialty crops: pumpkins and horseradish. Illinois is also in the top ten producers for asparagus, cauliflower, peas, herbs, and lima beans. Producers are also facing increased costs in order to meet social distancing requirements and adequately protect their workers from coronavirus, on top of existing challenges with trade.
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As the director of the state's Division of Regulatory services for the Department of Agriculture, Uncles has talked with enough farmers to know all about the "farming drought" now stifling crop growth statewide. That's roughly 1 inch less than in years past, according to data provided by the National Weather Service. In fact, just 4 inches have fallen in the last 60 days. That's half the total rainfall that fell on average during the same period in years past, according to the weather service. The same dry upper soil causing problems for farmers will cause issues with plants grown in home gardens — at least those that aren't set up for irrigation. Irrigation — or just watering for small-scale home gardeners — is a cost not often seen in bills for May.
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Florida is typically hailed for its juicy citrus and tropical flavors, but a humble, versatile root vegetable is also proudly produced in the state — the potato. In fact, Hastings , located in the northeastern corner of Florida near St. According to statistics from the U.
While Kellie Brook Farms' Tim Rocha has been selling chicken meat since at the city market, this May the city's Health Department clipped the wings on his poultry offerings, though Rocha said he follows state health guidelines for safety. And that has Portsmouth resident Joseph Carringer's feathers flying. He has started a petition to get chicken back into the market. I bought chicken from Tim, our Thanksgiving turkey.