Nat'l Soil Dynamic Lab at Auburn University and Christmas Tree Imports
**The USDA's Agricultural Research Service broke ground last week on a new research facility housing the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.
The facility at Auburn University's College of Agriculture will include two new buildings at the University's Research Park.
The National Soil Dynamics Laboratory and Auburn University scientists are considered national leaders in developing economical and environmentally sound crop management systems for production agriculture in the Southeast.
**Christmas trees are iconic symbols of the holiday season, and while a vast majority are grown in the U.S., a small share are imported from Canada.
The USDA’s Economic Research Service reports, from 2000–15, live Christmas tree imports averaged around two million trees per year at an inflation-adjusted annual value of $36.1 million.
But, by 2022, live tree imports reached nearly 2.8 million trees at a value of $68 million.
**USDA's Economic Research Service forecasts inflation-adjusted U.S. net cash farm income to increase $30.1 billion, to $187.9 billion in 2022, a 19.1% increase.
This total would be the highest on record.
U.S. net farm income is forecast to increase by $10.7 billion, 7.2%, to $160.5 billion in 2022, its highest level since 1973 after adjusting for inflation.