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EPA, USDA Encourage Collaborative Approaches to Address Excess Nutrients

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture issued a letter this week to state and tribal co-regulators that encourages increased engagement to reduce excess nutrients in waterways. David Ross, Assistant Administrator for...

Soil Health Partnership Expanding Associate Program

The Soil Health Partnership is launching phase two of its pilot Associate Program and will invite 75 farmers to enroll in 2019. The organization says the effort will enable more farmers to join the...

CoBank: Grain Elevator Margins Outlook

Average grain elevator margins are expected to be relatively normal this year for most of the Midwest. However, according to a new report from CoBank', elevators should be cautious about the outlook, as several...

Activists Groups Target Kansas Law Protecting Livestock Owners Property Rights

A coalition filed a lawsuit this week in Kansas challenging the state’s law that protects the property rights of livestock owners. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Food Safety, Hope Sanctuary and others...

Steel and Aluminum Tariffs a USMCA Roadblock

Steel and aluminum tariffs against Canada and Mexico remain a roadblock that would limit the impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Politico says the tariffs could prove to be a huge obstacle for congressional passage...

USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States

The Department of Agriculture announced $1.2 billion of investments Tuesday to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne...

USDA Announces 2019 Trade Missions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will sponsor seven trade missions in 2019 to expand export opportunities for U.S. agriculture across the globe. The missions were announced by Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural...

China-U.S. Deal Threatens Brazil Soybean Harvest

China’s pledge to buy more U.S. ag products will likely come at the expense of Brazil. The South China Morning Post reports a deal between the U.S. and China could turn Brazil’s expected bumper...

NBB Asks Commerce for Rigorous Review of Argentina’s Biodiesel Subsidies

Today, the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition submitted comments for the record on how the U.S. Department of Commerce should conduct recently initiated changed circumstances reviews (CCRs) of U.S. duties on Argentine biodiesel...

NACD Applauds USDA’s NRCS Chief Appointment

Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue appointed Matthew Lohr to serve as Chief of the department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). As Chief, Lohr will serve America’s producers and landowners in their conservation efforts...

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