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USDA Announces No Actions Under Feedstock Flexibility Program

The Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation announced Monday it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which runs from October 1, 2019, to...

National Average Gas Price Drops Below $1.99

GasBuddy reports the U.S. national average for gasoline has fallen to $1.99 per gallon, the first time since March 23, 2016. The national average could even dip to $1.49 by mid-April, the lowest since...

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to April 15

The Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to April 15. Deputy undersecretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced the extension Monday, saying the move is “in light of...

House Approves Coronavirus Relief Bill

The House of Representatives approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Friday. The bill, which the Senate had already approved 96-0, now goes to President Donald Trump, who’s already promised...

USDA Accepts Over 3.4 Million Acres in General CRP Signup

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency accepted over 3.4 million acres into the general Conservation Reserve Program signup that recently wrapped up. It’s the first general signup for enrollments since 2016. County offices will...

Less than Half of U.S. Dairy Farms Signed up for DMC

Fewer dairy farmers chose to opt into the Dairy Margin Coverage Program that was authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. At the beginning of this year, the forecast was for an improving dairy economy...

Valero Closing Down Two Ethanol Plants

U.S. fuel ethanol producer and refiner Valero is shutting down two of its ethanol plants, one in Nebraska and the other in Iowa. They’re also declaring “force majeure” on shipments for dried distillers’ grains...

State Department to Accelerate H-2A Approvals

The U.S. State Department will speed up approvals of H-2A farmworkers by waiving interviews for many applicants. An Agri-Pulse report says the move is applauded by many of the country’s major ag groups, who...

House Passes Stimulus Package; Includes Ag Provisions

The House Friday afternoon passed the $2 trillion stimulus package that includes billions of dollars for U.S. agriculture. A quick analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows agriculture is set to receive $49...

Business as usual

I mowed my yard this week. Not only did it need it but I needed it. Walking behind that mower and smelling the freshly cut grass brought a feeling of normalcy I hadn’t felt...

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