AG POLICY NEWS
Washington Insider--Thursday
Thu Sep 26, 2013 06:13 AM CDT

Here's a quick monitor of Washington farm and trade policy issues from DTN's well-placed observer.

October Crop Report a Possible Victim of Any Prolonged Government Shutdown

Unlike USDA meat and poultry inspectors, the economists and statisticians who work for USDA's National Ag Statistics Service and World Agricultural Outlook Board are expected to be considered non-essential personnel. This means that they would not continue working in the event that the U.S. government is shut down next Tuesday due to a lack of an agreement on a spending plan to keep operating when the new fiscal year starts.

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Quick View
  • Is Your Burndown Working? A cool, wet spring and the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds mean farmers should take the extra...
  • Gains on Covers It took Jerry Doan several years and a lot of trials, but the North Dakota beef producer has lear...
  • Side-by-Sides and Cool Helmets Side-by-side manufactures continue to roll out new machines and machine updates. Here are two more.
  • Stress Test for Borrowers Farm finances rate an "A" now, but economists debate if that's good enough to handle a major corr...
  • Senators Question EPA A group of U.S. senators Wednesday told President Barack Obama that his administration has not fo...
  • Climate Work Ahead at USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about GOP complaints regarding the Obama administration's work wit...
  • Full-Circle Farming Bill Couser sees farming as a full circle. If it comes off the farm, it can go back into the farm.
  • Making the Grade What if corn isn't cheap the next five years? Fickle price projections can sway farm bill choices.
  • Ask the Vet What's my best bet for fly control?
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