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The U.S. ethanol industry has overcome tremendous odds to become a modern success story.  However, it is now facing its biggest threat yet.  A trade war followed by a global oil war followed by...

USMCA: Mexico Objection Won’t Stop House Vote

An objection by Mexico won’t stop the U.S. House from approving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Mexico had promised reciprocal measures regarding labor enforcement inspections. However, Agri-Pulse reported late Monday that Mexico was going to withdraw...

Trump Signs Family Farmer Relief Act

President Trump last week signed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019. The law raises the Chapter 12 debt limit from $4.1 million to $10 million. The bipartisan bill “will help family farmers reorganize...

Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as Location for ERS and NIFA

 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region. “Following...

USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for...

As we first reported, USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The program helps producers...

Secretary Purdue to Extend MFP Deadline to May 17th

Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited North Dakota this past weekend to meet with and hear direct concerns from North Dakota Producers. Senators John Hoeven, Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum also...

It’s National Pollinator Week; Take a Bee to Lunch

No seriously, if you care about pollinators like honey bees and Monarch Butterflies a great way to help them prosper, and help our food production system in the process, is to plant things they...

House Expects Farm Bill Vote on Friday

The House of Representatives continues its debate on the 2018 Farm Bill through Thursday evening, with the final vote on passage coming up on Friday. The Hagstrom Report says House Republican leadership and House...

Senate Farm Bill Markup Expected Soon

As the House of Representatives debates its version of the farm bill this week, the Senate is expected to hold a markup session on its version soon. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts recently told...

Lawmakers Renew Call for Completing NAFTA This Week

The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is echoing comments from House Speaker Paul Ryan, calling on the North American Free Trade Agreement talks to conclude in an agreement this week. That...

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