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Border Ag Inspector Bill Headed to President Trump

The House of Representatives passed a bill that authorizes funding for more agriculture inspectors to work with U.S. Customs. The Hagstrom Report says the House passed the legislation, known as the Protecting America’s Food...

Trump Budget Proposal Cuts Ag Spending

The president rolled out the final budget request for his first term in office. Like all of the previous budget ideas, Politico says the bulk of Trump’s fiscal 2021 spending plans are heading straight...

NCBA Researches Confusion about Plant-Based Fake Meat

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released survey results that show widespread consumer confusion about plant-based fake meat products and the ingredients they contain. Less than half of the 1,800 respondents understood the labeling term...

2020 Farm Income Forecast Looks “Average”

U.S. net cash farm income, the total income after expenses, is forecast to decrease $13.1 billion to $109.6 billion in 2020. When adjusted for inflation, the drop is almost 11 percent compared to the...

CoBank Examines Impact of Wal Mart entering Beef Business

Walmart officially entered the beef business in January when it opened a case-ready beef plant in Georgia after establishing its own Angus supply chain. The facility is the latest step by Walmart in its...

AFBF, INTL FCStone Partner on Risk Management Tools for Farm Bureau Members

The American Farm Bureau Federation is partnering with INTL FCStone to offer Farm Bureau members exclusive discounts on FCStone’s catalog of agricultural risk management tools. Announced Wednesday, the partnership includes access to a range...

Crop Insurance Flooding Bill Totals $6.4 Billion

Politico says flooding added a lot of money to federal crop insurance payouts last year during the growing season. The bill is $6.4 billion so far, the costliest payout on record. Most of the...

USDA Announces Third Round of Trade Aid Payments

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments for farmers. The payments will begin to show up in farmers’ bank accounts by the end of...

Bird Flu Outbreak Reported near Coronavirus Origin

China over the weekend reported the development of H5N1 bird flu near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs says the infected farm has 7,800 chickens, and 4,500...

EPA Once Again Affirms Safety of Glyphosate

Late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency once again found that the weed killer glyphosate does not cause cancer. Glyphosate is the most widely used weed killer in the U.S. The Daily Mail reports...

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