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Farm Bill; Trade; Ag Economy; Regulations; and, Political Note- Wednesday

Farm Bill Issues DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “Corn farmers may not be looking as closely at the potential government payment for corn this year as some observers might think. “Despite estimates of $70-per-acre payments for corn farmers in as many as 16 states for this year’s corn crop, the Congressional Budget […]

WA ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Sponsor Says Supporters Were Afraid to Testify

According to the sponsor, Washington state agricultural representatives feared testifying Tuesday at a public hearing for a proposed bill to outlaw espionage by animal-welfare activists against farms and ranches. State Rep. Joe Schmick...Show More Summary

Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Imagine living in a community that doesn’t fear of having to choose between paying for your groceries or paying your electric bill. Imagine there were open-source aquaponic farms widely available throughout each local area, producing and delivering fresh,

House Bill 4012: Could Michigan Residents Regain Their ‘Basic Human Right’ To Farm Their Yards?

Could Michiganders regain full use of their right to farm thanks to Representative Tim Kelly’s House Bill 4012? Michigan’s House Bill 4012 is being referred to as the “Homestead Subsistence Farming Act” and it’s being presented as the dream come true for Michigan backyard farmers. Show More Summary

Washington's "Ag Gag" Bill Gets a Hearing Next Tuesday

Toniflap/Shutterstock Under Washington's proposed ag gag law, this photo could get you arrested. Earlier this week, I mentioned House Bill 1104, an "ag-gag" law that would criminalize whistleblowing and filming on a farm, ranch, or dairy...Show More Summary

Appropriations Bill Guts Conservation Funding, Reverses Family Farm Protections

By Traci Bruckner on January 2, 2015 - 12:30pm In December the House and Senate came to an agreement over appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2015. We are going to call this like we see it. This is a bad, anti-farmer and anti-conservation bill that is representative of crisis-driven legislation stemming from a dysfunctional Congress. Show More Summary

Policy; Immigration; Biotech; Biofuels; Ag Economy; Trade; and, Regulations- Thursday

Policy Issues Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was a guest on yesterday’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams, where the conversation focused on beef checkoff issues, COOL (Country of Origin Labeling), Farm Bill implementation, and trade with Cuba (audio replay here, MP3- 11:30). Show More Summary

Trade; Ag Economy; Policy Issues; and, Political Notes- Tuesday

Trade Issues DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees trade negotiations taking up a bigger chunk of his time in 2015, particularly now that the farm bill is deep into implementation by USDA staff. “In a year-end interview with DTN, the agriculture secretary said he believes he and other […]

Subsidized Success: Corn, Cabernet and Caterpillar

If you make it cheaper and less risky to produce corn, more people will grow corn. Farmers know that. Even though the recently signed Farm Bill eliminated direct payments to farmers, it still provides for nearly $90 billion in "crop insurance" over 10 years. Corn production continues to rise. Show More Summary

NAFB Mourns Loss of Hall of Fame Member

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) has lost another legend. Bill McReynolds, who spent 50 years on the airwaves at WOAI Radio in San Antonio, Texas has passed away. Bill was a 1997 inductee into the NAFB Hall of Fame. Bill is survived by his three sons Michael and wife Phyllis, Mark, and Don and wife Sharon, as well... Read More

Christmas Dig Targets Known Site, Hoard Found but Quickly "Dealt Wiv".

A Saxon hoard (reputedly 7000 coins of Cnut and Ethelred) was found on Sunday's Weekend Wanderers Christmas commercial rally t Manor Farm, Lenborough near Buckingham in Buckinghamshire - billed as the site of a deserted medieval village,...Show More Summary

You know what else is in the spending bill? The sage grouse, North America’s silliest creature

The debate over the sage grouse is a crucially important one for all kinds of people out West. If the federal government were to list the bird as endangered, development of ranches, mines, oil wells and wind farms would be halted on millions of acres across 11 states. Some 31,000 people would be put out of work, Reid […]

A Wrap-Up on Congress and Its Work on Animals in 2014

The U.S. Congress wrapped up its work on the Farm Bill in early 2014, and in the end we saw two very good outcomes in that package: an upgrade to the federal law against animal fighting to make it a...        Related Stories HSUS's Top Transformational Results of 2014 Science and Sentiment Say Wolf Trophy Hunting Doesn't Wash Pope Francis Says All Animals Can Go to Heaven  

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Five Sorghum Checkoff board directors were sworn in during the Dec. 10, 2014, board meeting in Lubbock, Texas. As a follow-up to its Stacked Income Protection Plan/Farm Bill workshops, the National Cotton Council is hosting four regional information webinars. Show More Summary

Baylen Linnekin: Who Can Save Us from the Farm Bill's False Savings?

2 months agoNews : Reason

When the U.S. Senate voted in favor of passage of he 2014 Farm Bill in February, the buzz on Capitol Hill was that he bill would "save" taxpayers lots of money. A giddy press release put out by the Senate Agriculture Committee, hailing the passage of the Farm Bill as it awaited Pres. Show More Summary

NRCS Official Discusses Programs at NAFB

Soils, climate change, pollinators, and the 2014 Farm Bill conservation programs were among the topics addressed at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention by James Tillman, southeast regional conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Show More Summary

Jon Stewart Ripped Chris Christie For Vetoing A Bill That Would Allow Pigs To Move Around On Pig Farms

TheNewJerseylegislaturerecentlypassedabill—withoverwhelmingbi-partisansupport—thatwouldbantheuseofrestrictivecratesthatpreventpigsfrommovingaroundatallonthestate’spigfarms.AndwhilethebillhadtheoverwhelmingsupportofthepeopleofNewJersey,GovernorChrisChristievetoedthebill...Show More Summary

Roseanne Makes Awful Joke About Being Assaulted By Bill Cosby

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Roseanne is pretty much the best. Her show was great (all her shows were) and the woman has literally lived on a nut farm! But yesterday, Roseanne posted and deleted a photo that was not just uncool, it was downright offensive, making fun of both the Bill Cosby rape allegations and domestic violence. Read more...

Ayrstone Introduces AyrMesh Bridge

How about an ethernet cable without the wires on your farm network? Yes, it’s possible. That is, with the Ayrstone Productivity AyrMesh Bridge! During the NAFB convention I spoke with company president Bill Moffitt about their newest product. The Bridge joins a growing family of products from Ayrstone like their AyrMesh Hub, Receiver and a Hub that mounts in your... Read More

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