Thu Aug 28, 2014 05:27 PM CDT 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.
Fri Aug 22, 2014 02:23 PM CDT 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.
Thu Aug 21, 2014 08:13 PM CDT 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.
Tue Aug 19, 2014 09:40 PM CDT 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.
Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:44 AM CDT 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.
Fri Aug 8, 2014 12:43 AM CDT 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.
Mon Aug 4, 2014 02:02 PM CDT 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.
Fri Aug 1, 2014 01:09 PM CDT 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.
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:18 PM CDT 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.
Tue Jul 29, 2014 06:34 AM CDT 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."
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:05 PM CDT 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.
Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:59 AM CDT 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.
Mon Jul 21, 2014 04:53 PM CDT 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.
Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:41 AM CDT 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.
Wed Jul 16, 2014 08:42 AM CDT Gary Schnitkey at the University of Illinois wrote Tuesday at farmdocdaily that right now corn is looking at a 2014 market year average somewhere in the range of $3.65 to $4.35 a bushel. Under the new farm programs that will be rolled out later this fall, Schnitkey calculated that such price levels could mean ARC payments for Illinois farmers anywhere in the range of $77 per acre to $10 per acre at those price levels. A 200-bushel county average at $3.65 a bushel market-year average could still generate a $45 per acre payment.
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:57 PM CDT House Republicans continue to modify the Obama administration's proposed plan to define the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act via the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.