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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor

Thursday 08/28/14

EPA Water Rule Starts in the Ephemeral Streams
What does it mean to have land next to a water body of the United States compared to not being adjacent to those waters? That's a big question considering how EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers classify and treat water "tributaries" if this proposed rule goes into effect.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:27PM CDT 08/28/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Does the definition also include, "Hydric soils"?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:28PM CDT 08/28/14
In its broadest sense, the EPA truly wants to regulate every inch of drainage in the country. Where I live, in water-rich Ohio, virtually every farm has a drainage ditch, creek, wash, or similar tributary. This would enable their long and onerous arm to reach into the farm operations of virtually every farm in my state. I hope Secretary Vilsack has some say in this. If not, virtually all of the drainage in the country will be regulated by the EPA. How glorious would that be? Secretary Vilsack, are you watching this debacle unfold?
Posted by tom vogel at 10:46AM CDT 08/31/14
Tying crop insurance to wetland compliance, new rules from EPA, just coincidence? I think not! The days of property rights, freedom and liberty on our own property are gone along with TRUE private property ownership. Govt agencies and employees running things without oversight or accountability. No trial by a jury of your peers but instead judgement by an activist/govt employee that don't even have to answer to congress. Not much freedom or liberty left. Some day they will combine Memorial Day and Independence Day so we morn the end of our independence. They can't even give us a credible map to say what they have jurisdiction over, that's because they want to protect their right to have jurisdiction over everything.
Posted by Unknown at 10:56AM CDT 08/31/14
 

Friday 08/22/14

Looking at Base Acre Decisions Facing Farmers
Farmers and others who were on the DTN webinar Thursday had a lot of questions about base acres. Here are some details from the webinar and USDA's Farm Service Agency website.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:23PM CDT 08/22/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
You may want to correct the years that will be used to update base acre yields. I believe that it is 2008-2012.
Posted by Mr. Brandy at 8:38AM CDT 08/26/14
I can put wheat and oats in soybeans , can I put it in Corn . I'm on continues Corn for the past 5 years , can I put all my Base acres in Corn . Thankyou Bob Slicker
Posted by Unknown at 9:41AM CDT 08/26/14
Mr. Brandy, the article is accurate with regard to the years used for updating base acres. You are thinking of updating CC yields. (B) REALLOCATION FORMULA.â?”The reallocation of base acres among covered commodities on a farm shall be in proportion to the ratio ofâ?” (i) the 4-year average ofâ?” (I) the acreage planted on the farm to each covered commodity for harvest, grazing, haying, silage, or other similar purposes for the 2009 through 2012 crop years; and (II) any acreage on the farm that the producers were prevented from planting during the 2009 through 2012 crop years to that covered commodity because of drought, flood, or other natural disaster, or other condition beyond the control of the producers, as determined by the Secretary; to (ii) the 4-year average ofâ?” (I) the acreage planted on the farm to all covered commodities for harvest, grazing, haying, silage, or other similar purposes for such crop years; and (II) any acreage on the farm that the producers were prevented from planting during such crop years to covered commodities because of drought, flood, or other natural disaster, or other condition beyond the control of the producers, as determined by the Secretary.
Posted by G. Sean O'neill at 12:31AM CDT 09/02/14
 

Thursday 08/21/14

Report: U.S. Lost WTO Ruling
A report came out Thursday claiming that the U.S. lost the Country of Origin ruling in the World Trade Organization. The U.S. Trade Representative's office and U.S. Department of Agriculture declined to confirm or deny the report.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:13PM CDT 08/21/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Chris: Iâ?™ve been following this story as you have for some time now. Iâ?™m still looking for someone to explain to me why itâ?™s not okay for consumers in the USA to know where the things they buy in the grocery store come from? And why are there livestock organizations that donâ?™t want COOL in effect? Can you help me understand this a little more clearly?
Posted by Chad Smith at 4:20PM CDT 08/24/14
 

Tuesday 08/19/14

NFU Leaders Want to Walk Away from Beef Talks
The beef industry working group has largely been a quiet affair until the past few weeks. First, leaders of R-CALF complained about the process because R-CALF has been excluded from the talks. Now, NFU is willing to abandon the discussions.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:40PM CDT 08/19/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
If all producer check-offs were, "refundable", accountability would police itself. When groups become entitled, due to mandates, problems arise from with-in. Even if the intent is pure and well intentioned.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:34AM CDT 08/20/14
Until you take the American Meat Institute out of the NCBA there will not be any reform. NCBA wants the money and AMI wants to make the policy.
Posted by melvin meister at 11:04AM CDT 08/21/14
 

Sunday 08/17/14

RMA Readying Details on Spring Crops and SCO
USDA's Risk Management Agency could announce details for the spring-crop offering for the Supplemental Coverage Option as early as this week.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:18PM CDT 08/17/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 08/12/14

USDA Readies STAX for 2015
USDA announced Tuesday that the Stacked Income Protection Plan, or STAX, will be available for upland cotton farmers from crop insurers for the 2015 crop year.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:23PM CDT 08/12/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Great article. 2014 CTAP signup going on now at FSA.
Posted by G. Sean O'neill at 12:33AM CDT 09/02/14
 

Monday 08/11/14

2014 Corn Crop Could Gut Farm Bill Savings
The 2014 corn crop right looks to blow the projected budget savings from the Agricultural Act of 2014 out of the water. As Marcia Taylor indicated in her article on Friday, the price collapse we're seeing in corn shouldn't panic farmers who will be buoyed somewhat by the Agricultural Risk Coverage program they will get a chance to enroll in later this year.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:44AM CDT 08/11/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Just goes to show the quality of work done by the CBO.
Posted by Michael Martin at 12:02PM CDT 08/11/14
 

Friday 08/08/14

House Ag Leaders Push Vilsack on Grain Inspectors
Key leaders of the House Agriculture Committee question Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's assertion that there could be security concerns sending grain inspectors to the Port of Vancouver in Washington State.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:43AM CDT 08/08/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Ever notice how if any fed employees are threatened all types of enforcement are all over it like flies on a cow pie? Except if it is unions doing the threatening and this administration need ALL those voters.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:39AM CDT 08/11/14
 

Wednesday 08/06/14

Roberts Wins in Kansas; Right to Farm Appears to Win in Missouri
Sen. Pat Roberts won his primary in Kansas. In Missouri, it looks like the constitution will include a "right to farm" provision.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:40AM CDT 08/06/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 08/04/14

Conservation Program, Cover-Crop Research Advance
Conservation efforts in a new USDA program has drawn the interest of more than 5,000 groups through some 600 proposals in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, ahead of a July deadline to qualify for federal funding, according to a news release from USDA Monday.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:02PM CDT 08/04/14 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 08/01/14

Farmers Urged to Give Lawmakers Earful on CWA, Immigration
The American Farm Bureau is urging its members to discuss with lawmakers how the EPA Clean Water Act rule and lack of immigration reform will affect life on the farm. In addition, the AFBF Friday expressed disappointment at the failure of World Trade Organization trade talks in Geneva this week.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:09PM CDT 08/01/14 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Depends on what one defines reform to be! Creating a path of illegal immigrants does nothing to solve the labor issues. Putting a stop to entitlement abuse will. " Eventually"
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 10:27PM CDT 08/02/14
Why does everyone think when they get legal status they are going to stay hid out in the farms and meat packing plants when they then can go into town and take jobs away from lazy whites and blacks. Anyone remember what happened about 30 years ago?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 9:38AM CDT 08/04/14
 

Thursday 07/31/14

USDA Releases Greenhouse Gas Report
USDA released a technical document Thursday that provides guidelines for measuring greenhouse-gas emissions from various agricultural practices as well as standards for sequestering carbon through farm and forestry activities.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:18PM CDT 07/31/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 07/29/14

USDA Says SCO Insurance is Ready for 2015 Crops
USDA announced on Tuesday where farmers growing winter wheat would be eligible to buy the new Supplemental Coverage Option crop insurance.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:14PM CDT 07/29/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
U.S. Sugar Growers Make Case Against Mexican Imports
US sugar producers have filed new subsidy allegations in their countervailing duty case against Mexico's sugar industry, including "evidence that export subsidies are fueling a flood of Mexican sugar shipments and injuring US sugar farmers and processors."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:34AM CDT 07/29/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 07/23/14

CoBank to Lead New Rural Investment Fund
The Obama administration and a top executive in the farm credit system will announce an investment fund on Thursday set up to generate $10 billion in market loans meant mainly for infrastructure and other economic-development efforts led by communities in rural America.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:05PM CDT 07/23/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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  • RMA Readying Details on Spring Crops and SCO
  • USDA Readies STAX for 2015
  • 2014 Corn Crop Could Gut Farm Bill Savings
  • House Ag Leaders Push Vilsack on Grain Inspectors
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