Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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USDA Extends Deadlines, Defers Interest Accrual Due to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will authorize Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to extend deadlines for premium and administrative fee payments, defer the resulting interest accrual and...

Trump Signs Great American Outdoor Act

President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act Tuesday. In a signing ceremony, Trump says the legislation "builds on my administration's unwavering commitment to conserving, and the grander, the splendor, of god's creation." The...

Trump Signs Rural Telemedicine Executive Order

President Donald Trump signed an executive order earlier this week that his administration says will provide millions of citizens with healthcare services during a global pandemic. The executive order seeks to expand access to telehealth...

Barchart Releases August U.S. Yield Forecasts for Corn and Soybeans

Barchart, a commodity data, and technology service provider updated its cmdty Yield Forecast this week. The August end of season yield prediction sits at 174.8 bushels per acre for corn and 49.2 for soybeans....

August Ag Economy Barometer Results

Farmer sentiment in July was virtually unchanged from a month earlier, according to the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index rose just one point to a reading of 118. The small change...

Careful What You Wish For

In what now seems a much simpler time, people used to complain that rules and laws were decided in small, smoke filled rooms in secret by a handful of politicians.  Transparency we thought was...

ASTA Promotes Safe Handling of Treated Seed During Harvest

As harvest begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association is reminding farmers about the importance of taking precautions to ensure treated seed does not enter the grain supply. An ASTA says proper...

Dredging Project Readies Mississippi River for Efficient Transportation

Soybean Checkoff-funded research, planning, analysis and design led by the United Soybean Board, has informed the launch of a dredging project to provide upgrades to the lower Mississippi River. The Army Corps of Engineers announced...

COVID-19 Disruptions in the U.S. Meat Supply Chain

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says COVID-19 has created substantial challenges for all segments of the meat supply chain, but especially for producers and consumers. Beginning in April 2020, outbreaks of COVID-19 at meatpacking...

USDA Announces Water and Wastewater Funding

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced $462 million in funding to modernize drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural America. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand says the upgrades “will improve...

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