Fri Sep 12, 2014 06:16 AM CDT Much like the diversity and changing scenery across every state, farmers had mixed views on the relationship between tourism and agriculture along the fabled ribbon of concrete and asphalt. Some farmers had no contact or interest in either the tourism or the history of Route 66 while others were fairly engaged.
Tue Sep 9, 2014 08:56 PM CDT The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block EPA's proposed rule defining waters of the United States, siding with farmers and business groups who have argued for months that the EPA rule amounts to regulatory overreach.
Mon Sep 8, 2014 04:27 PM CDT Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack rolled out some enrollment details Monday of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), a program in the 2014 farm bill that combined several earlier easement programs into a single program.
Mon Sep 8, 2014 09:54 AM CDT An update from a farm-bill conference in Kansas City last week: Farmers and landlords likely are still going through decisions on base acres. One word of advice from an economist to farmers: Base-acre reallocation and yield update decisions reside with the landowner. If you haven't heard from your landlords on base-acre decisions, you should give them a call. Your landlords might not have any idea what exactly those letters from the Farmer Service Agency were about. You may need to walk them through some of those decisions if you haven't already.
Fri Sep 5, 2014 03:43 PM CDT It is increasingly likely that the House will take up legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing a "waters of the United States"rule to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act, a step that could give EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers greater regulatory reach over a greater number of acres.
Fri Sep 5, 2014 09:53 AM CDT Following my article on Thursday about some policy discussions regarding ARC, PLC and SCO, I got an email from the Risk Management Agency informing me some items needed clarification.
Tue Sep 2, 2014 07:37 PM CDT Thirteen senators have written the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee asking that they eliminate policy riders on the funding bill for USDA over livestock and poultry marketing rules.
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.