Friday, February 28, 2020

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EPA Set to Back Down on Ethanol Waivers

The Environmental Protection Agency is backing down on its extensive use of blending exemptions for smaller oil refiners. A Reuters report says the decision comes after last month’s 10th ​Circuit Court of Appeals ruling...

Committee Hearing Highlights Differences over Trade Policies and Aid

At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, the split between farmers and lawmakers over the trade policies of President Trump was a big topic of conversation. Another big topic of discussion included the...

Hemp Growers Get Good News

The Drug Enforcement Agency says it won’t require all labs testing the THC levels of U.S. hemp to be certified by the agency during the 2020 crop year. Politico says that offers producers a...

Consumers will Stop Buying Pork if AFS Hits the U.S.

Bill Even, CEO of the National Pork Board, says the results of consumer research have amplified the need to promote safety in the event of a large foreign animal disease outbreak. Swine Web Dot...

Fertilizer Price Volatility Began in 2002

Fertilizers are important for the nutrients they provide in the production of crops. However, their prices have been more volatile in the last six years than ever before. From 1960 through 2002, both fertilizer...

Maine Representative Introduces the Ag Resilience Act

Maine Representative Chellie Pingree introduced what she calls the “Ag Resilience Act,” which she says would promote “farmer-driven climate solutions.” The bill envisions reaching a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. agriculture by the...

Wheat Exports Set to Rise

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue had good news for U.S. wheat farmers. Effective immediately, U.S. wheat can now be shipped to Kenya regardless of the state of origin or which port of export it comes...
EU

With Leaving the EU, UK Farmers Union Wants High Food Standards in Trade Negotiations

The United Kingdom shouldn’t allow imports of food that fall short of the country’s own standards when it draws up trade agreements. That thought comes directly from the head of the UK’s National Farmers...

U.S. Facing a Sugar Shortage and Higher Prices

Last year was a rough one for American sugar farmers. The Hagstrom Report says America is facing a sugar shortage after last year’s bad weather in the Midwest, a freeze in Louisiana, and drought...

More Farmers Converting to Organic

U.S. farmers harvested almost 3.3 million acres of certified organic field crops in 2019, with that number driven by 14 percent more organic operations. Those numbers come from Mercaris, the market data service and...

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