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Agriculture Chief Rolls Out State Directors for USDA, Farm Service Agency
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of state directors for the Farm Service Agency and for USDA's Rural Development programs.
Hydroponics Ban Rejected; NemaStrike Pulled From Shelves
A rejected proposal to prohibit hydroponics in organic production, disappointed growers who want organic certification restricted to crops grown in soil. Tax policy specialist says new business rates in the House Ways & Means tax bill will have the greatest impact on farmers’ taxes. Monsa…
Clovis Withdraws Name and EPA Accused of ‘Sue and Settle’
Large grain trading firms are cutting spending as a result of low commodity prices. Industry groups federal agencies give in too easily and ‘settle’ when sued by environmental groups. Sam Clovis is no longer under consideration for a USDA undersecretary position
Rural Broadband Now; Nat’l Pork Board To Improve Eating Experience
How is your pork eating experience? the National Pork Board is interested. Brazil’s second crop soybean plantings are trailing last year by about 10 percent. The rural broadband industry will be important because of the possibility of better access.
NAFTA Doubts; FDA to Revoke Soy Protein Heart Disease Claim
With the possible withdraw from NAFTA, but Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s confident of a positive outcome. Farm groups continue to express concern about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. FDA lays out the case for why the health claim should be removed from food labeling.
Bayer’s Monsanto Takeover Devalued; Perdue on Crop Insurance
Bayer has reduced the value of its pending Monsanto takeover by $2.5 billion. Crop insurance remains a top priority for farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill.
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.