More than 30 years ago, we began producing daily radio newscasts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
H-2C Program Clears Judiciary; Off-label Dicamba in Arkansas
The use of generic or off-label dicamba products may have been widespread in Arkansas this year. Agricultural Guestworker Act would replace the existing H-2A program with an H-2C system that allow imported workers to work year-round, but at potentially lower wage rates than now required.
Productivity Message and Duval on Trade Agreements
“Feeding the World” helps motivate farmers. But, isn’t a major concern for most consumers. Ag Risk coverage to be a viable option in the farm bill, needs to be fixed. President of American Farm Bureau would like to see a new bilateral trade agreement.
NFU Talks Ag Slump and Mexican Grain Imports
Market prices are down steeply from the commodity boom that ended in 2013. Buying U.S. farm commodities, making countries like Brazil and Argentina much more attractive to Mexican importers if the NAFTA talks fail, which would see higher cost. Fraudulent labeling continues to be a problem with orga…
Farm Foreclosures Feared; Monsanto Dicamba Complaint
Bankers are expecting an increase in farm loan foreclosures. Arkansas Ag officials are being sued due to a proposed ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage. an increase in farm loan foreclosures is expected by some bankers. Cargill is expanding, signed an agreement to buy Diamond V.
US Wheat Association Closing Cairo Office, Dairy In NAFTA Talks
U.S. Wheat Associates will close its office in Cairo, Egypt December 1. But will continue trade service to wheat buyers in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region on a targeted basis. Canadian dairy policies were brought up during the recently concluded 4th round of NAFTA renego…
Pruitt’s Reassurance on RFS; Monsanto-Arkansas Dicamba Fued
Monsanto’s petition to stop Arkansas’ ban on the company’s XtendiMax dicamba herbicide for 2018. USDA states cattle total numbers were up 13% from a year ago. Seven farm state Senate Republicans are concerned about the implement of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Ag Productivity by 2050 and Budget Without Farm Bill Cuts
The expanding Agriculture productivity is not expanding fast enough to sustainably feed the world by 2050. Fiscal 2018 budget blueprint approved by the House earlier this month included instructions to reduce agriculture spending by $10 billion. EPA abandoning proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel…
GIPSA Pulls Fair Practice Rule; EPA’s RFS Reductions
The USDA announced last week it plans to pull an interim Final Farmer Fair Practice Rule. Anne Dawson, with the USDA Foreign Ag Service, has been named recipient of the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Four GOP governors have written to President Trump with conc…
Bayer to BASF $7-billion Deal; Irma Crushes Florida’s Orange Crop
Bayer has agreed to sell significant parts of its seed and non-selective herbicide businesses. Hurricane Irma pounded Florida who was looking at the first increase in orange production in five years.
Farm Bill Requests and Dicamba Restricted in 2018
Ag committees are sorting through dozens of requests for increased Farm Bill funding. USDA reports corn and soybean export sales were above most pre-report estimates, while wheat sales were below expectations.
AFB on Foreign Trade and Organic Fraud
Organic farming is taking steps to reduce organic fraud. U.S. senator defending the biodiesel industry.
Bilateral Trade Agreements; Farm Bill Completion
U.S. Wheat Groups wants the President to negotiate new bilateral trade agreements in place of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Large processing plant are in the works outside Great Falls, Montana.