Category Archives: Agriculture News

World Ag Expo Guarding Against Coronavirus

  World Ag Expo is set to host attendees and exhibitors from across the country and around the world starting on February 11th. Expo organizers will also prepare to guard against the newest coronavirus emerging in China. World Ag Expo is working with local, state and federal officials to monitor the situation and develop a…MORE

California Part of New Hemp Insurance Program

USDA is offering Whole-Farm Revenue Protection beginning with the 2020 crop for hemp grown for fiber, flower, or seeds. USDA’s Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre says “It’s going to have a national price level. We’re going to have T yields, that’s what we are go on to start with. I guess, if produce have…MORE

Deadline Nears for CRP General Signup

  The Department of Agriculture reminds farmers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28th. The signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another ten to 15-year term. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce notes, “This is the first…MORE

USDA Continues ReConnect Funding

Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA will again accept rural broadband funding request this week. USDA will accept applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding starting January 31st. The funds will expand public-private partnerships in rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with…MORE

President Trump Expected to Sign USMCA This Week

  White House and administration officials confirmed to CNN that the president will sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on Wednesday. The new agreement was one of the president’s biggest priorities during his term and was passed out of Congress just days before the impeachment trial began. Trump is expected to tout this agreement as an…MORE

EPA Announces WOTUS Change

  The Environmental Protection Agency along with the Army Corps of Engineers, announced a new “clear definition for Waters of the United States.” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule provides “much needed regulatory certainty and predictability for American farmers.” The rule recognizes the difference between federally protected wetlands and state…MORE

Farm Bureau Establishes 2020 Priorities

  Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention this week adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2020. After a year-long process to review ways to modernize Federal Milk Marketing Orders, AFBF’s delegates voted to support creation of a flexible, farmer- and industry-led milk management system. This includes…MORE

Farmers Still Support Trump

  A new poll shows farmers are still supporting President Trump. A Market Watch Dot Com article shows survey results that say 83% of people in the agriculture business approve of his job performance. That’s the highest level of support Trump has received from the respondents in that poll from Farm Journal. The survey of…MORE

Third Round of Trade Aid Payments Expected

  Even though the first trade deal with China has been signed, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he still expects U.S. farmers to get a third-round of 2019 trade aid payments. USDA hasn’t officially announced if and when the farmers would get those payments. Perdue tells Bloomberg that the move is still waiting for approval…MORE

Crop Insurance Premiums Due by January 31st

  The Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency is reminding producers that their crop insurance premiums for the 2019 crop year are due January 31st. Policies that do not have the premium paid by January 31, 2020, will have interest attach on February 1st, calculated from the date of the premium billing notice. USDA had…MORE