Saturday, February 22, 2020

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Don’t Forget to Complete Census of Agriculture Special Studies

The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service continues to collect responses to the 2019 Organic Survey and the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties, both of which are special studies that take place every five years....

CRP Signup Deadline Rapidly Approaching

The USDA is reminding producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program that the signup deadline is on February 28. The signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the...

Hemp Farmers on Edge Because of Law Enforcement Requirements

Hemp producers around the country feel they’re being treated like criminals. That’s because laboratories that test the crop must be certified by the Drug Enforcement Administration, something that has the country’s producers uneasy. USDA’s...

Justice Department Looking Into Dairy Merger

Dairy Farmers of America has reached an agreement with Dean Foods to purchase the bulk of Dean’s operations for $425 million. An Agri-Pulse report says that agreement will be contingent on approval from the...
Cotton in Arizona. Photo by Sabrina Hill

Coronavirus a “Wildcard” in the Cotton Market too?

The coronavirus in China represents a significant wildcard in the world’s cotton market. That comes from the 2020 economic outlook released at the National Cotton Council’s annual meeting in New Orleans. The coronavirus outbreak...

Hemp Industry Executive Blames FDA for industry Challenges

The Food and Drug Administration’s uncertainty over how to regulate the hemp industry is causing challenges that some companies can’t overcome. Warning letters to companies for selling products illegally has diminished big companies’ interest...

Midwest Bracing for More Flooding This Spring

States that border the Missouri River are forecast to experience an elevated flood risk this spring. The National Weather Service says those conditions will only be made worse by already saturated soils and a...

Stronger Farmland Values are Supporting the Farm Economy

Strength in farm real estate markets provided support to the agricultural sector amid ongoing financial challenges. The Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Condition from the Federal Reserve of Kansas City says non-irrigated cropland...

Phase One Trade Deal Does Include Deadlines for China

While much of the attention on the deal between the U.S. and China centers around concerns on China meeting its purchasing requirements under the agreement, there are some deadlines it has to meet. There...

Phase One Trade Deal Officially Takes Effect

Friday, February 14, was the first official day that the Phase One Trade Deal between China and the U.S. was in effect. Tariffs on both sides of the agreement officially began coming down. The...

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