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Thursday 02/26/15

ASA Seeks to Change Dialogue on GMO Labeling Debate
The American Soybean Association wants to see the GMO labeling debate move towards a certification model that has worked in areas such as organic food.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:15PM CST 02/26/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
Farmers and Battles Over State Taxes
Farm states are looking at a variety of options to generate revenue. Here are a couple of recent examples as Iowa and Kansas seek to address infrastructure or budget holes.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:05AM CST 02/26/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Here in Ohio farmland taxes have gone up by an average of 62 percent. This increase is surfacing due to changes in the so-called CAUV formula for discounting farmland taxes as well as huge increases in farmland prices over the last decade. This is really squeezing farmers and landowners who lease out farmland. On the one hand lower commodity prices are hitting both of these people, and on top of that, the higher taxes are either being swallowed by the landowners or passed on to farmers in the form of higher rents. The winner is of course the state and local governments. I recently asked one of the county treasurers of a major agricultural county what she was going to do with the gushing of revenue flowing into her coffers. She couldn't tell me. Oh Lord, I am sure it will be spent on something that they have been eyeballing for years!
Posted by tom vogel at 8:41PM CST 02/26/15
 

Wednesday 02/25/15

Former Congressman Looks at Ag Policy Challenges Ahead
Former Rep. Tom Latham, a Republican from Iowa, told a room of journalists, bloggers and public-relations staff late Tuesday afternoon that it would be a bad idea to reopen any aspect of the farm bill.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:58AM CST 02/25/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 02/24/15

One More ARC-PLC Analysis as Base Acre Deadline Looms
Gary Schnitkey at the University of Illinois updated estimated ARC-County and PLC payments for the 2014 crop with an analysis posted Tuesday.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:20PM CST 02/24/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 02/23/15

Ag Contracts Transitioning to Ag Consolidation
Omaha agricultural attorney David Domina gave his own perspective on the impacts of consolidation on farming in Nebraska during a speech Friday at the state's flagship university in Lincoln.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:32PM CST 02/23/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Great article on a great lawyer.
Posted by melvin meister at 7:46PM CST 02/23/15
 

Friday 02/20/15

Tentative Deal Reached in West Coast Ports Labor Dispute
In a statement emailed out just after 7 p.m. Pacific (9 p.m. Central) on Friday, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced they had reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:05PM CST 02/20/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 02/19/15

Senator Turns Crop Insurance into a Pork Parody
Sen. Jeff Flake released a parody of a BBQ sign on Wednesday as a way to keep the spotlight on a bill he helped introduce earlier this month. Flake and a few of his colleagues have embraced the proposal by President Barack Obama's FY 2016 budget to get rid of the premium subsidy for the Harvest Price Option on crop insurance.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:09AM CST 02/19/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Exactly what the program is! Wasted FAT.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 4:32PM CST 02/20/15
 

Wednesday 02/18/15

All About That Base
We're basically at fewer than eight working days left before landowners need to have their paperwork wrapped up for base acre reallocation and yield updates.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:46AM CST 02/18/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 02/12/15

Dueling Biotech Labeling Efforts in Congress
Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas, lashed out Thursday at three Democrats in Congress for introducing a bill that would require labeling foods that have ingredients from biotech crops. The congressmen said lawmakers should "stop listening to celebrity chefs and well-heeled 'activists,' and start really caring about those less fortunate."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:07PM CST 02/12/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Nothing like working for the big food companies and just ignoring people
Posted by melvin meister at 9:50PM CST 02/17/15
Nothing like thinking with emotion not backed up by scientific facts.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 10:29AM CST 02/18/15
 

Tuesday 02/10/15

Crop Insurance Cuts and the Chronic Budget Problem
It shouldn't surprise anyone that the crop-insurance industry came out of its annual convention over the weekend committed to fending off potential federal budget cuts. Crop insurers see themselves as under fire because of proposals in both Congress and the Obama administration that would cut spending on crop insurance anywhere from $220 million to $1.6 billion a year.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:12AM CST 02/10/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Chris, My two cents worth on crop insurance. First I think it is a great tool and has it's place,but it is also a big waste.Why should the federal gov. be keeping some of these guys in business?There are farmers here and everywhere that can't farm in a exellent year.The only way they survive is insurance and I am talking big farms,not your average farm.It's like the goverment bailing out the car companies, let them die somone take their place.Crop insurance should only cover direct cost and not make these poor producers richer every year.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 10:13AM CST 02/11/15
 

Monday 02/09/15

Great, Another COOL Blog
Supporters of country-of-origin labeling declared victory Monday that they had beaten back a federal lawsuit filed by the nation's meatpackers and other critics of the legislation. A bigger question was just how relevant the litigation is in the grand scheme of things because the World Trade Organization is going to tell everyone what is going to happen with COOL.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:07PM CST 02/09/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
While shopping last week I looked at a bag of candy. "Product of Canada", I placed it in my cart.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:26AM CST 02/10/15
 

Wednesday 02/04/15

Ag Groups Seek to Avoid Cuts in Crop Insurance
A collection of 31 agricultural, insurance and banking associations have come together to formally oppose President Barack Obama's proposal to cut crop insurance.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:56PM CST 02/04/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Dump the ARC/PLC program. I do not think that the farmers/producers asked for it. These are dreamed up pet projects. They want a strong crop insurance program...
Posted by Mr. Brandy at 3:58PM CST 02/05/15
It will come back to land. Wider margins will be required when mechanisms are removed that stabilize gross revenue â?“ increasing risk. This is especially true when balance sheets turn poor. Yeah inputs: equipment, fertilizer, seed and chemicals will be cut. But large corporation will sell their agriculture divisions when it appears maintaining market share doesnâ?™t meet finance objects. Prices tend to rise when financials trump market share in a marketing plan. Farmers, in the longer run, will eek out profits they are collectively willing to accept. So in the large haul it will be land that takes the hardest squeezed. Our landlords may want to join the bankers, insurance agents and farmer groups if they like something similar to status quo. Freeport, IL
Posted by Freeport IL at 8:45AM CST 02/06/15
 

Tuesday 02/03/15

Senators Renew Effort to Cap Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies
A day after the chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees scoffed at President Barack Obama's proposal to cut crop insurance, a pair of senators introduced a bill that would translate into significant cuts to crop insurance for the nation's largest farmers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:19PM CST 02/03/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
Congressman Presses EPA on maps Leading to CWA Hearing
Ahead of a scheduled joint hearing Wednesday of the Senate Environment and Public Works and House Transportation and Infrastructure committees on the waters of the U.S. rule to be finalized this spring, one congressman is pressing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fully respond to a request for information about the agency's efforts to map potential waters of the U.S. that could become jurisdictional with the new rule.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:19PM CST 02/03/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 02/02/15

The Conflicting Signals Around Agriculture and Climate Change
Agriculture faces various studies and mixed signals when it comes to climate change. Farmers need to adapt yet many argue that agriculture also does more harm than good trying to mitigating greenhouse gases through biofuels.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:29AM CST 02/02/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
Good article Chris. It sure tells us who our friends are. The fossil fuel and cheap corn crowd have access to money and media .When will farmers embrace biofuels?
Posted by melvin meister at 10:30AM CST 02/02/15
Doesn't matter the source, a BTU. is a BTU. A calorie is a calorie, wasted or consumed. As with many. if not most, food producers, we eliminated recreational tillage (and other practices) long before Algore made his fortune wasting energy. Elimination of food and energy waste, enough time might be realized to address the secular humanoid contribution to the problem.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:41PM CST 02/02/15
Bonie Can we just do something right for farmers .Buying E-85 is not going to hurt your little car.being politcally right is not always right.Screw around until you have $1,50 corn .good luck.
Posted by melvin meister at 10:10PM CST 02/02/15
How do you assume we do not use e85? I have nothing against any energy source which is used responsibly. I just think, the USA in particular, there is way too much wasted in all aspects of this nation. Winter heating, summer air conditioning, flying around the world trying to mandate energy savings, excessive mileage wasting speeds, huge SUVs for work commute, to name a few. Excessive suburbia not only wastes open space, it wastes massive amounts of energy as it creates transportation situations and creates run-off issues. This nation needs to adjust our waste full living habits, doesn't matter the source as renewable is also limited.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:12AM CST 02/03/15
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