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Wednesday 04/01/15

White House Plans to Block Grant ARC-PLC to States
A proposal by the Obama Administration expected to be announced Wednesday will dramatically overhaul farm commodity and conservation programs by block-granting those funds to states.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:43AM CDT 04/01/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 03/31/15

Parsing Farm Bill's Costs
Earlier this month, the Environmental Working Group's farm program skeptics tried their hand at a familiar game ??? deconstructing the many variables of the new programs, including some that are not yet implemented, and estimating their likely cost. The EWG came up with some big numbers, and were hooted at by Politico reporter David Rogers, who said they were unreasonably high.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:52AM CDT 03/31/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 03/27/15

Enviros Push EPA to Take Second Look at Glyphosate
A number of environmental groups are pressing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider in its review of glyphosate the conclusion reached by an international group this past week that there is a "probable" link to cancer.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:03PM CDT 03/27/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
The Universities of Iowa and North Carolina have been observing nearly 90,000 farmers, their spouses and commercial pesticide applicators for the last quarter of a century for any connection of pesticides to disease. We are ground zero. We are not lab rats or theories. We are, however, the canaries of disease caused by pesticides. The study has revealed no connection of synthetic pesticides to any disease. NONE. As a matter of fact, the study has determined that their study group is healthier than the average American which is attributed to above average physical activity and below average smoking. There is a connection of the natural pesticide Rotenone, approved by organic farming, and Parkinson's disease. Because its 'natural' it doesn't get reviewed by EPA, its just assumed by the earth first zealots to be good for you.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:21AM CDT 03/29/15
These 'Zealots' are not going to stop persecuting agriculture until we go back to doing things like they did in the 1700's. Every person or family grow their own food. That's fine with me - I know I'd survive and I'd take much enjoyment watching these crusading idiots starve to death at their own hands.
Posted by Unknown at 2:43PM CDT 03/30/15
 

Thursday 03/26/15

Down to the Wire on ARC and PLC Decisions
Will USDA stick with the March 31 deadline for farmers serving notice on their farm-program intentions? And for those producers who were early birds and certain of their intentions, do their early projections still hold for Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payment models?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:37PM CDT 03/26/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 03/24/15

Taking the Dietary Guideline Debate With a Grain of Salt
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee met Tuesday in Bethesda, Maryland, to allow for public testimony on the committee's recommendations to USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:44PM CDT 03/24/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 03/23/15

Dairy Exporters Press for Increased Access to Canadian Market
Dairy exporters in Australia, New Zealand and the United States last week called on their respective trade and agriculture officials to make every effort to significantly increase their access to Canada's market as they continue discussions aimed at concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:24AM CDT 03/23/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 03/17/15

Ag Groups Stress Opposition to Mandatory E-Verify
More than 140 groups signed onto a letter by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition opposing a bill spurred by the House Judiciary Committee to require all employers to use E-Verify for workers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:30PM CDT 03/17/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 03/16/15

EPA Releases Reports on Chesapeake Bay Nutrients Runoff Reduction Efforts
A set of new reports from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show mixed results in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York when it comes to reducing nutrients runoff in the Chesapeake Bay.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:19PM CDT 03/16/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 03/13/15

Kansas Confirms H5N2 in a Backyard Flock
The Kansas Department of Agriculture reported Friday afternoon that samples from a backyard flock of chickens and ducks had come back with a positive result of H2N2 avian influenza.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:09PM CDT 03/13/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
I am curious as to when the AP will pay a little attention to this. I bet it will be the ducks getting it from the turkeys.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:07AM CDT 03/14/15
 
Acrimony Blocks Path for TPA and Pacific Trade Deal
At the National Farmers Union annual meeting on Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will try to tell a group of reluctant farmers that NFU should reverse its opposition to Trade Promotion Authority. But a bigger question is whether the White House can still sell TPA to a resistant Congress.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:41PM CDT 03/13/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 03/12/15

GAO Says Crop Insurance Rates Should Be Higher in Some Areas
The federal Government Accountability Office issued another report on crop insurance on Wednesday calling on USDA to increase crop-insurance premiums in counties with higher losses and insurance claims.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:41AM CDT 03/12/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 03/11/15

Farm Bureau Files Brief in California Egg Case
The American Farm Bureau issued a friend-of-the-court brief for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with Farm Bureau arguing that California's state law regulating the size of egg cages is unconstitutional.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:18PM CDT 03/11/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Can Cal. Produce enough eggs to supply themselves? If so I guess let them pay the high dollar for their eggs.But don't let them tell everyother state how to produce or what laws to enforce.California has alot of wierd ass ideas.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 11:37AM CDT 03/12/15
Cal eggs were Just Great last month in Cal.
Posted by melvin meister at 10:41AM CDT 03/13/15
I think its more of a "weird ass idea" to torture and abuse farm animals. Ive been in totally cage free egg houses and they do much better. So what if people have to pay extra for their food, the country is already too fat. Farmers need to get away from "cheaper is better" and add quality.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 12:02PM CDT 03/16/15
 

Tuesday 03/10/15

Talking Climate-Smart Agriculture in Abu Dhabi
Former California Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura on Monday explained the concept of climate-smart agriculture during a panel discussion other agricultural groups from around the world gathered at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:02PM CDT 03/10/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
A lot said in the second paragraph.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:07PM CDT 03/11/15
 

Sunday 03/08/15

GOP Candidates Explain Views on Immigration Reform
While farm organizations may favor a comprehensive immigration overhaul, Republican presidential contenders took some differing stances on how to deal with immigration, an issue that continues to divide the GOP given the battles with President Barack Obama over his executive actions.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:09AM CDT 03/08/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Saturday 03/07/15

Former Fla Gov. Jeb Bush at the Iowa Ag Summit
Jeb Bush said crop insurance was critical to Florida producers when he was governor. He pointed to various hurricanes as well as crop diseases such as citrus greening. "The crop-insurance industry creates a stability that makes it possible in very volatile kinds of situations for farmers to be able to be successful."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:58PM CST 03/07/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Funny the government needs to get out of renewable energy and reduce the RFS but nothing was said about reducing oil subsidies including our military presence in the Mideast to defend oil production. Bush said, "first you have to change the president" ???? Sounds like he wants to go back to the failed policies of his brother and Chaney. Bush III
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:46AM CDT 03/08/15
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