More than 30 years ago, we began producing daily radio newscasts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
With the possible withdraw from NAFTA, but Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s confident of a positive outcome. Farm groups continue to express concern about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. FDA lays out the case for why the health claim should be removed from food labeling.
The use of generic or off-label dicamba products may have been widespread in Arkansas this year. Agricultural Guestworker Act would replace the existing H-2A program with an H-2C system that allow imported workers to work year-round, but at potentially lower wage rates than now required.
“Feeding the World” helps motivate farmers. But, isn’t a major concern for most consumers. Ag Risk coverage to be a viable option in the farm bill, needs to be fixed. President of American Farm Bureau would like to see a new bilateral trade agreement.
Market prices are down steeply from the commodity boom that ended in 2013. Buying U.S. farm commodities, making countries like Brazil and Argentina much more attractive to Mexican importers if the NAFTA talks fail, which would see higher cost. Fraudulent labeling continues to be a problem with organic imports.
Bankers are expecting an increase in farm loan foreclosures. Arkansas Ag officials are being sued due to a proposed ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage. an increase in farm loan foreclosures is expected by some bankers. Cargill is expanding, signed an agreement to buy Diamond V.
U.S. Wheat Associates will close its office in Cairo, Egypt December 1. But will continue trade service to wheat buyers in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region on a targeted basis. Canadian dairy policies were brought up during the recently concluded 4th round of NAFTA renegotiations. Meatpacker JBS reportedly has closed seven of its packing plants in Brazil.
Monsanto’s petition to stop Arkansas’ ban on the company’s XtendiMax dicamba herbicide for 2018. USDA states cattle total numbers were up 13% from a year ago. Seven farm state Senate Republicans are concerned about the implement of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The expanding Agriculture productivity is not expanding fast enough to sustainably feed the world by 2050. Fiscal 2018 budget blueprint approved by the House earlier this month included instructions to reduce agriculture spending by $10 billion. EPA abandoning proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The USDA announced last week it plans to pull an interim Final Farmer Fair Practice Rule. Anne Dawson, with the USDA Foreign Ag Service, has been named recipient of the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Four GOP governors have written to President Trump with concerns about the EPA’s recently proposed reductions to the Renewable Fuels Standard.
Ag committees are sorting through dozens of requests for increased Farm Bill funding. USDA reports corn and soybean export sales were above most pre-report estimates, while wheat sales were below expectations.
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