Category Archives: Agriculture News

Cal Livestock Antibiotics Study

  A $3.1 million grant will fund research studying the impacts of California’s new legislation limiting the use of antibiotic drugs given to livestock raised in the state. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the grant from the Wellcome Trust will fund research at George Washington University’s Milliken Institute School of Public Health. The California law…MORE

House Faces Friday Deadline to Pass Current Farm Bill

The U.S. House faces a Friday deadline to revote on the current farm bill proposal. As of Monday, the farm bill, passed out of committee with Republican support only, was not on the schedule to be considered on the house floor. However, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, who publishes the weekly schedule, did…MORE

Senate Farm Bill Would Legalize Hemp Production

  An amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that recently passed out of the Ag Committee contains an amendment that would remove hemp from the federal definition of marijuana. The amendment, sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, would free up hemp farmers to receive federal crop insurance under the 2018 farm bill. “I…MORE

Judge Rules Against California’s Glyphosate Labeling

The national agriculture coalition fighting against California’s Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate picked up another win in court. U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb upheld the preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing the requirement until the court issues a final ruling on the matter. The California Attorney General had filed a motion to…MORE

Study Links Allergic Reaction to Red Meat to Heart Disease

Study Links Allergic Reaction to Red Meat to Heart Disease

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — An allergic reaction to red meat could be to blame for some cases of heart disease. That’s according to a new study published in a peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers say while high levels of saturated fat in red meat have been long associated with heart disease, some be…MORE

Tractor & Combine Sales Up

  U.S. tractor and combine sales increased last month, according to the latest monthly measure by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The association’s monthly report shows sales of all tractors in the U.S. during May increased 17% compared to the same month last year. For the five months in 2018, a total of 96,700 tractors…MORE

California Federal Milk Marketing Order Approved

California dairy producers have approved a Federal Milk Marketing Order for the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the new California marketing order will be implemented October 17th, 2018, with publication of the Announcement of Advanced Prices and Pricing Factors, and affected parties must comply with all provisions beginning November 1st, 2018. USDA  says…MORE

More Than 20,000 Farms Have Signed up for Dairy Program

  The Department of Agriculture this week said more than 20,000 dairy farmers have enrolled in the Dairy Margin Protection Program, which enrollment for closes Friday. USDA undersecretary Bill Northey told Politico he expects more producers to enroll in the program, compared to last year. In 2017, roughly 20,300 dairy farmers enrolled in the program,…MORE

USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program

  Dairy producers have a few more days to enroll in the Dairy Margin Protection Program. The Department of Agriculture extended the enrollment period by a week, meaning producers have now until this Friday, June 8th, to enroll. The National Milk Producers Federation and several lawmakers asked USDA to consider the enrollment extension to allow…MORE

Monsanto Name Will Fade Away

  Bayer announced it will complete its acquisition of Monsanto on Wednesday, June 7th. The closure of the acquisition will follow the receipt of all required approvals from regulatory authorities, according to a company news release. The closure comes two years after Bayer announced the intention to acquire Monsanto. As part of the $63 billion…MORE