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CRP Grasslands Signup Begins on March 16

Farmers and ranchers can start applying to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands signup on March 16. “This CRP Grasslands signup allows farmers and ranchers to protect grasslands, rangelands, and pastures, while...

R-CALF Calls Again for COOL Amid Brazil Imports

In response to the late February announcement by the Department of Agriculture that it will open the U.S. market to fresh beef from Brazil, R-CALF is calling for the restoration of mandatory Country-of-Origin meat...
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China Calling ASF Vaccine Effective in Lab Test

A research institute in China says it’s African swine fever vaccine is proving to be safe and effective. China’s Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, overseen by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, says the live...

USDA Announces Additional Disaster Assistance Signup

The Department of Agriculture will open signup for disaster assistance on March 23 for producers to apply for eligible losses of drought and excess moisture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the additional disaster assistance...

Perdue Orders USDA Fleet Vehicles to Increase Biofuels Use

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week directed Department of Agriculture employees to acquire alternative fueled vehicles when replacing conventionally fueled vehicles. USDA owns and operates one of the largest civilian fleets in the Federal...

Doing a Deep Dive into U.S. Dairy Consumption

It’s no secret that the dairy sector has been struggling with low milk prices for years. Agricultural Economic Insights took a deep dive into the U.S. dairy industry in the face of rising bankruptcies...

U.S. Launches Pilot Program for Prairie Pothole Region to Plant Cover Crops

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced a new pilot program to enable farmers in the Prairie Pothole region to receive payments for planting cover crops on their land for three to five years. The...

NFU says Goodbye to Roger Johnson; Election Coming for New President

The National Farmers Union officially saw Roger Johnson off into retirement late last week during a party that took place in the Farmers and Distillers Restaurant in northwest Washington, D.C. Johnson, the NFU President...

Grain Glitch Could Cost Farmers, Cooperatives Money

It’s been two years since the discovery of the “grain glitch” in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. A DTN report says farmer cooperatives are still asking Treasury Department officials to change...

January Ag Equipment Sales Mixed

The first month of 2020 saw mixed results in the total number of U.S. tractor and self-propelled combine sales. Total farm tractor sales grew compared to January of last year while combines fell by...

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