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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
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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
 

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 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

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
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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
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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
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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
 
USDA Names Research Foundation Board Members
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has selected the 15-member board for the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research that will be tasked with leveraging funds to better expand research on agricultural priorities both nationally and internationally.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:59AM CDT 07/23/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 07/21/14

Life is a Highway Full of Bumps and Detours
Route 66, for all its tourism and historic lore, is a battered, forgotten road in many areas in every state I have toured thus far. There doesn't seem to be a quick remedy for that anytime soon. Members of Congress are a bit more concerned about simply making the Highway Trust Fund cash flow through the current election cycle rather than look at any kind of road or infrastructure program that would create a lasting fix to protect some of the country's roads from crumbling further.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:53PM CDT 07/21/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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There is a mandatory set aside of 10% of the fed funding from the fuel tax to go to painting bike paths, hiking paths and such. If you notice none of this funding goes to rural areas but is used by the cities. Then the state governments allocate the lions share to the high usage areas and that is why , even when they do come up with the billions, do you really think they are going to spend it on county roads? And how much does Jay pay every year to drive his electric car all over the roads other people are paying for?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:38AM CDT 07/22/14
 

Thursday 07/17/14

AFBF not Impressed by EPA Reaction to Ag Concerns
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said in a statement Thursday that the industry's attempts to reach out to EPA officials have been unsuccessful on many of the issues of concern for agriculture in the proposed Clean Water Act rule.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:41AM CDT 07/17/14 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
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This is really serious. I hope farmers are writing their representatives and commenting during the comment period.
Posted by Unknown at 1:44PM CDT 07/17/14
I've already sent my comment. Farmers should consider how onerous permitting would be. Mother Nature doesn't take a two or three day vacation every week like the permitting office would. Worst of all, imagine that you need to apply additional nitrogen fertilizer (wet weather caused too much loss) and the government permitting office closes down indefinitely due to lack of budget appropriations.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:22AM CDT 07/18/14
Where was AFB when the EPA was promoting the SPCC rules to get fuel containment dikes built on farms? The language supporting that rule was essentially what they are now promoting. Oh, yeah -- AFB developed a consultants package to charge farmers to develop SPCC plans! I asked my NDFB to oppose expansion of SPCC but they didn't. AFB and several states made money promoting SPCC. And just NOW they are finally getting around to opposing what they were once complicit in promoting?!
Posted by LeeFarms at 7:36AM CDT 07/18/14
I just finished reading Jerry's article about Conservation Groups ideas of the new CWA rules. When these groups view private land as there land (our wetlands) there are big problems. I would like to use others property as I wish but that would be unconstitutional and against other various laws. Clearly they want to make rules they don't have to live by them. The waterfowl numbers are at all time highs yet these groups say wetlands are being lost, the facts just don't add up. In South Dakota alone the goose population is so high there is a call to shoot a 50 bird daily limit. Surely this doesn't sound like conservation to me. Habit control should be one of the first things to look at instead of a massacre. Obviously there are too many wetlands. The waterfowl numbers state the facts, wetlands have actually become bigger and more plentiful than ever the data backs it up. The CWA was implemented to reduce harmful high concentrations of contaminants in navigable waters. Many cities are directly discharging untreated storm sewer drainage currently with permits. The rural farmers are now the minority and are falsely being accused of all of the water problems yet not much public outcry for the linear foot pollution rate of cities. If wetlands are truly more valuable than cropland, which these groups and now the EPA are stating, then the landowners with these wetlands need to be compensated fairly, that means at values higher than that of the most valuable cropland around. That is not happening. This is a takings. This is a violation of the 5th amendment. Farmers and farm groups have always worked to do the best we can and have worked with conservation groups, but clearly these groups are over stepping the line. They are beginning to help pass policy that is leading to condemnation of private cropland. This will lead this nation to higher food costs and threatened our food independence as a country.
Posted by Unknown at 5:07PM CDT 07/18/14
I will also add that this has been all been put together by these groups starting with adding wetland compliance to crop insurance in the farm bill. Now you add in the EPA ruling and you stop all new drainage and give people in not only the EPA but also NRCS extreme regulatory power. The fines and pay backs of crop insurance subsides will break any farm. You could be drowning with a torrential rain and be forced to drown, YOU WILL BE IN VIOLATION TO SAVE YOURSELF! Don't believe me, ask producers in northeast South Dakota. There is no justice or liberty with rules like this limiting private property rights. When the public has more rights on your property than the land owner has we have lost what it means to be the United States and what all of the soldiers of this country have fought for.
Posted by Unknown at 10:28PM CDT 07/18/14
I will also add that this has been all been put together by these groups starting with adding wetland compliance to crop insurance in the farm bill. Now you add in the EPA ruling and you stop all new drainage and give people in not only the EPA but also NRCS extreme regulatory power. The fines and pay backs of crop insurance subsides will break any farm. You could be drowning with a torrential rain and be forced to drown, YOU WILL BE IN VIOLATION TO SAVE YOURSELF! Don't believe me, ask producers in northeast South Dakota. There is no justice or liberty with rules like this limiting private property rights. When the public has more rights on your property than the land owner has we have lost what it means to be the United States and what all of the soldiers of this country have fought for.
Posted by Unknown at 10:28PM CDT 07/18/14
Around here the bigger the farmer the more they disk the waterways and soil erosion is rampant .No regs . no crop ins. subsidies.
Posted by melvin meister at 10:07AM CDT 07/21/14
Melvin sounds to me that your addressing HEL issues not wetland issues. I stick to my words.
Posted by Unknown at 7:36PM CDT 07/21/14
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