On Aug. 5, Missouri residents voted on the state’s Right-to-Farm, Amendment 1, a new addition to the state’s bill of rights. The results were extremely close: 498,751 voted in favor of the new amendment, while 496,223 opposed it. With a difference of less than half a percent, a recount is almost certain.
USDA Risk Management Agency announces a new wheat crop insurance option under the 2014 Farm Bill that will help farmers add on to their multi-peril crop insurance policy. The Supplemental Coverage Option is a tool available to farmers...Show More Summary
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced an additional $20 million in grants to increase access for hunters and anglers, protecting wildlife, and enhancing business opportunities for rural economies. The funding comes as a part of the US De...
Farm Bill DTN Executive Editor Marcia Zarley Taylor reported yesterday at the Minding Ag’s Business blog that, “Great Plains wheat growers were howling over USDA’s decision to postpone a big promise in the 2014 farm bill, as DTN’s Chris Clayton and Jerry Hagstrom reported last week (see ‘Vilsack Resists APH Update’). “Growers victimized by years of […]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is much in the news these days, as it implements the massive and always-controversial farm bill, works to improve access to national forests, strives to enhance the U.S. position in international agriculture markets, and wrestles to contain this season’s extensive wildfire activity. What is less obvious to many is […]
Choices Magazine -- the outreach magazine of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) -- this spring and early summer published a special series summarizing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as the Farm Bill).Jody...Show More Summary
Trade Issues Paul Sonne and Anton Troianovski reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “Russia banned imports of a wide range of U.S. and European foods on Thursday in response to Western sanctions, confronting Russians with a type of economic isolation largely unseen since the Soviet era. “Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev outlined the products subject to […]
Bill Brock, team leader of Destination America's new show Monsters Underground, premiering August 22, shares his thoughts on baiting Bigfoot. Why would Bigfoot want some processed crap when he has the best Organic farm ever? Just wondering I guess... Show More Summary
Mike Illum has succeeded Bill Levisay as chief customer officer at Bolthouse Farms.
Trade Issues Gregory L. White and Laurence Norman reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “Russian President Vladimir Putin fired back at Western sanctions on Wednesday, ordering bans on imports of food and other products from the nations that imposed the restrictions, in the latest sign of Kremlin defiance of efforts to force an end to […]
Nee wireless productivity on your farm? Ayrstone is here to help. Bill Moffitt, Founder/President, was on hand at the Ag Media Summit to talk about their new products. The one that caught my eye right off the bat is the one he’s holding. It’s the new AyrMesh Cab Hub. BRING YOUR AYRMESH WIFI NETWORK INTO THE CAB OF YOUR VEHICLES... Read More
Farm Bill- Policy Issues The “Washington Insider” section of DTN reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., continues to complain that USDA is not implementing a provision in the 2014 farm bill that would give drought-stricken Southern Plains farmers a break on their crop insurance. This is important for winter […]
Agricultural Economy Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt indicated yesterday at the farmdoc daily blog (“Where Will Beef Cows Expand?”) that, “It is getting to be a well repeated story. Beef cow numbers are at their lowest level since 1962. Cattle and feeder cattle prices are at record highs and feed prices have dropped. Beef consumers […]
Agricultural Economy A news release on Friday from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) indicated that, “U.S. farmers spent $367.3 billion on agricultural production in 2013, a 2.0 percent increase from 2012, according to the Farm Production Expenditures report, published today by [NASS]. Show More Summary
By Matt McDonough: For years I have billed myself as an amusement park veteran: Disneyland... check, Universal... been there, Six Flags, Knott?s Berry Farm, Busch Gardens... all conquered. Yet the roller coaster haven of Cedar Point always had eluded me. Show More Summary
Agricultural Economy Joseph Serna reported yesterday at the Los Angeles Times Online that, “More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday. “According to the U.S. Drought Monitor […]
In November of last year we learned that DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL director Chris Sun was set to helm the Aussie slasher CHARLIE'S FARM and that he had enlisted horror heavyweights Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley to co-star alongside SHARKNADO's Tara Reid and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD's Nathan Miller. Show More Summary
Farm Bill A news release yesterday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that, “[USDA] today announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers. Show More Summary
Regulatory Issues A news release yesterday from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) indicated that, “United States Senators [Gillibrand], Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter today to Food and Drug...Show More Summary
In February, following a bitter fight that lasted four years, Congress passed a nearly $1 trillion farm bill that was designed to eliminate more than $8.6 billion from the federal food stamp program over the next decade. Republicans eager to spend less to feed the poor saw it as a win because it did just that. Show More Summary