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Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Regulations; and, Immigration- Friday

Agricultural Economy Gregory Meyer reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “The prospect of a colossal 1bn-tonne global corn crop has sent the price of the grain below $4 per bushel for the first time in almost four years. “Reports of near-perfect conditions in the US corn belt and favourable weather from Ukraine to China […]

Missouri Governor Vetoes Two Captive Deer Bills

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed two bills on Tuesday that would have redefined captive deer, also referred to by some as farmed deer, as livestock. Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326 would have transferred the oversight of captive whitetails from t...

Regulations; Biotech Hearing; Ag Econ; Farm Bill; and, Immigration- Thursday

Regulatory Issues Tim Devaney reported yesterday at The Hill Online that, “House Republicans clashed with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials Wednesday over the agency’s controversial plan to regulate small bodies of water, which the GOP says could hurt American farmers. Show More Summary

Regulatory Issues; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and, Farm Bill Issues- Wednesday

Regulatory Issues- EPA, Clean Water Act DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “If nothing else, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy hopes a trip to Missouri this week to talk to farmers and agribusiness representatives will help to dispel what she said are ‘myths’ about the agency’s proposed Clean Water Act rule. “During a conference call with […]

Ag Economy; Policy Issues; and, Political Notes (Rep. Collin Peterson)- Monday

Agricultural Economy Bloomberg writer Jeff Wilson reported yesterday that, “The 8-foot (2.4-meter) corn stalks on Bill Long’s farm in southern Illinois are so big, green and healthy that he wishes he’d sold more of it sooner. “Like many growers across the Midwest, Long expects a second straight record crop that will boost domestic stockpiles already at […]

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; and, Biotech- Thursday

Farm Bill AP writer Kevin Burbach reported yesterday that, “The U.S Department of Agriculture will provide up to $50 million over the next five years for conservation programs in the Red River Basin in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Democratic Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson announced Wednesday. “The funding, which […]

Ag Economy; Farm Bill (Nutrition Issues); Regulations; and, Immigration- Wednesday

Agricultural Economy Daniel Finney reported on the front page of yesterday’s Des Moines Register that, “Punishing thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail assaulted Iowa for a second straight day Monday, killing at least one man and leaving...Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Immigration; Farm Bill; Regulations; and, Calif. Fuel Law- Tuesday

Agricultural Economy A news release yesterday from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) stated that, “[NASS] estimated a record high 84.8 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2014, up 11 percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released today. Corn acres planted is estimated at 91.6 million acres, down 4 percent […]

Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Biofuels; and, Regulations- Monday

Agricultural Economy Abbie Fentress Swanson reported on Friday at National Public Radio (NPR) Online that, “If you’re bringing home the bacon, you may have noticed a price tag inching upward. “Consumers are paying nearly 13 percent more for pork at the supermarket than they were this time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. […]

Farm Bill, CFTC Issues; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and, Immigration- Friday

Farm Bill, CFTC Issues Ron Hays, of The Oklahoma Farm Report and Radio Oklahoma Network, spoke earlier this week with House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) about Farm Bill issues, as well as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reauthorization measure that recently passed the House of Representatives. An audio replay and summary […]

House bill would add muscle to fight food-borne superbug outbreaks

With the number of salmonella illnesses linked to Foster Farms chicken climbing to more than 600 cases this month, two members of Congress introduced legislation Wednesday that would require food recalls in such circumstances. The eight-month-long outbreak has spread to 27 states and Puerto Rico, with dozens of new cases emerging in recent weeks. The […]

Ag Economy; Regulations; Farm Bill; Climate; CFTC; and, Political Notes- Wednesday

Agricultural Economy University of Illinois agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey indicated yesterday at the farmdoc daily blog (“Prospects for Grain Farm Incomes in 2014”) that, “Average grain farm incomes in 2014 likely will be much lower than 2013 incomes. Corn prices near $4.20 per bushel combined with above average yields could result in average incomes on grain […]

New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Will Cover Diverse Operations

By Traci Bruckner on June 24, 2014 - 10:59am The US Department of Agriculture has announced a new revenue insurance product for diversified farming operations, Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. The 2014 Farm Bill contained the provision. Show More Summary

Farm Bill; Appropriations; CFTC; Ag Economy; Regs; and, Biofuels- Monday

Farm Bill, Executive Branch Bee Initiative, Labeling Issue Bradley Lubben and James Pease indicated recently at Choices Magazine Online (“Conservation and the Agricultural Act of 2014”) that, “While overall conservation spending is projected to decline from baseline levels under the new Act [The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Act), or commonly the 2014 Farm Bill], the […]

House Ag Hearing; Appropriations; Farm Bill; Ag Economy; CFTC; and, RFS- Friday

House Ag Subcommittee Hearing– Impact of EPA Water Rule on Agricultural Producers DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “The controversial waters of the United States rule continues to reflect a lack of clarity when it comes to agricultural exemptions and the relationship USDA will play in helping producers avoid needing permits and other […]

Appropriations; CFTC; Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Biofuels; and Estate Tax- Thursday

Appropriations Issues A news release yesterday from Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) indicated that, “Chairman Mark Pryor today spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, bipartisan legislation he crafted to help grow our agricultural industry, support our rural communities, and improve the quality of life for families. Pryor is the Chairman […]

Vacant Lots Could Become Urban Farms Under Council Bill

Under a new bill, vacant lots owned by the District could be transformed into small-scale urban farms. [ more › ]

Groups spend big to stop GMO labels

Trade organizations, farm groups and corporate giants such as Coca-Cola and Kraft have spent millions of dollars on lobbyists and campaign contributions to defeat a bill to require the labeling of genetically engineered products.

New Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist Covers Iowa’s Pottawattamie, Harrison, and Monona Counties

Pheasants Forever has named Erin Kucera as its newest Farm Bill Biologist in Iowa. Based out of the USDA Service Center in Logan, Kucera is covering Pottawattamie, Harrison and Monona Counties working with farmers and landowners in promoting the wildli...

It's Time To Terminate Temp Abuse, Pass Calif. Bill AB 1897

Cecilia Ceron has worked at the Tracy, Calif. plant of the world's biggest salad processor Taylor Farms for the past 11 years. But she doesn't work for the company. Instead, she is a long-term temporary employee trying to raise two daughters who has no health insurance. Show More Summary

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