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USDA Section 32 Purchase Plan Will Help Dry Bean Growers and Americans in Need

The USDA has announced up to $177.4 million in purchases of American-grown products for nutrition assistance programs using a new streamlined process. The products...

Expedition Baseball League and BEEF Work Together in Building Homerun Season for Collegiate Athletes

Beef and baseball joined forces in a recent partnership between South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) and the Expedition Baseball League for multiple promotions...

Trump Raises Doubts About U.S.-Chinese Trade

President Donald Trump cast doubts on Wednesday regarding the prospects for talks between the U.S. and China that are aimed at heading off a...

Cattle Groups Applaud Introduction of Livestock Hauling Bill

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, as well as the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, were both pleased with the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America...

U.S. and Mexico Talking Cars in NAFTA 2.0 Discussions

Two sources familiar with the negotiations have told Bloomberg that the U.S. and Mexico are discussing automobiles in an attempt to break an impasse...

USDA Heavily Involved in Trade Talks

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service has been “intimately involved” with U.S. trade negotiators and will be included in an upcoming trip to China. Politico...

Trump Cabinet Members Modifying H-2A Program

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, as well as the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security are working together to streamline and simplify the H-2A...

USDA-EPA Discuss Year-Round E15

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency officials met today to discuss ways to increase ethanol usage and to address refiner concerns about...

Farm And Ethanol Plant Tours Highlight Biofuel Opportunities For Asian Buyers, Regulators

Following the Ethanol Summit of the Asia-Pacific held this week in Minneapolis, visitors from more than 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are...

After Hearing Constituents’ Concerns, Thune Introduces Legislation to Improve Accuracy of U.S. Drought Monitor

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today introduced the Improved Soil...

Japan, Russia, and Turkey Talk Potential Trade Retaliation

The World Trade Organization says Japan, Russia, and Turkey have all warned the United States about possible trade retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel...

U.S. Government to Spend $50 Million in Seed Quality

The U.S. is trailing China in federal ag research and seed-breeding investments. China has outspent the U.S. in those categories for the past ten...

U.S.-China Trade War a Win For Other Nations?

A Politico report says the real winners of a trade war with China could be some of America’s top global trade competitors. As the...

Marathon Petroleum Asks for RFS Waiver

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, one of the largest refining companies in the nation, requested a “hardship waiver” from the Environmental Protection Agency. Marathon wants one...

Administration Discord Over China Tariffs

Sources close to the White House tell Bloomberg that President Donald Trump backed off imposing billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese goods because...

Honey Bee Health Coalition Urges Collaboration, Multifactor Strategies Following Release of National Survey of...

The Honey Bee Health Coalition, a diverse group of nearly 50 organizations working to support honey bee and pollinator health, urged continued cross-sector collaboration...

FSA County Committee Nominations Launch June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local...

Organic Farmers Association Applauds Organic Checkoff Withdrawal

The Organic Farmers Association is happy the U.S. Department of Agriculture took action to terminate the rulemaking process to establish a mandatory national research...

House Members Want Thailand Ban of U.S. Pork Ended

Members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Taiwan’s Ambassador to the U.S. asking for the removal of import restrictions on American...

Farmers Union Wants Immediate Action on E15 Waiver

The Environmental Protection Agency’s delay in allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline threatens to harm markets for family farmers. National Farmers Union President Roger...

What’s Next for China-U.S. Trade?

The preliminary trade agreement between China and the U.S. announced over the weekend raises more questions than it answers, according to Politico. No one...

Tentative Next Steps for House Farm Bill

The House Farm Bill will get another vote on June 22 after a separate vote on a conservative immigration bill. House Majority Whip Steve...

Administration Focusing on Good, Not Quick, NAFTA 2.0

Bloomberg says the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are all on separate pages when it comes to a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Treasury...

China Promises to Buy More American Agricultural Goods

After two rounds of trade talks between the world’s largest economies, China has promised to buy significantly more U.S. agriculture and energy products to...

USDA Official Hopeful by Recent Trade Advancements with China

While a trade war may be on hold between the U.S. and China, a Department of Agriculture official says the Trump administration remains ready...

John Deere Raising Prices to Cover Steel Costs

Deere & Company is raising equipment prices in order to protect profits as costs rise. The farm and construction machinery manufacturer says profits were...

Organic Sector Grows 6.4 Percent in 2017

More of America’s grocery carts were filled with organic products in 2017. The Organic Trade Association’s 2018 Industry Survey shows consumers were buying everything...

House Farm Bill Dormant Amid Immigration Dispute

House Republican leadership is currently struggling with immigration issues and it’s put the House farm bill that didn’t pass on Friday right on the...

Heitkamp Announces Wimbledon Farmer Michael Clemens Appointed to Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of...

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that Michael Clemens, a farmer from Wimbledon, North Dakota, has been appointed to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation...

Finalists Named for 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Dairy princesses from across Minnesota gathered for the Dairy Promotion and Leadership Event held May 18-20 at the College of Saint Benedict in St....

Missouri Cattlemen’s Fake Meat Bill Passes

A Missouri omnibus agriculture bill contacting provisions against so-called fake meat has passed the state legislature. The language prohibits misrepresenting a product as meat...

Syngenta Settlement Details Announced

Syngenta and plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the company have announced a $1.51 billion settlement to resolve class actions and individual cases regarding Agrisure...

USTR To Investigate NPPC Thailand Complaint

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office will investigate a complaint against Thailand by the National Pork Producers Council. In a news release, NPPC President Jim...

Farm Income, Credit, Weakening

Farm income and credit conditions continued to weaken in the first quarter of 2018, but at a slower pace than in previous quarters. According...

NCGA Statement on House Failure to Pass Farm Bill

North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), made the following statement after the House failed to pass the...

House Votes Down Farm Bill; Conaway, Peterson Respond

The Friday attempt to approve the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 failed in the U.S. House, 198-213. 30 Republicans voted against the bill,...

China Drops Investigations, Top Market for Sorghum Reopens

The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China announced today it has terminated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into U.S. sorghum and...

China Looking to Russia for Soybeans

The world’s biggest importer of soybeans, China, almost tripled soybean purchases from Russia amid a growing trade dispute with the U.S. A Bloomberg report...

NAFTA 2.0 Likely Not Done This Year

At the Thursday, May 17 deadline for the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, there isn’t an agreement in place and no end in...

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...

Heitkamp: Missed NAFTA Deadline Creates Harmful Uncertainty for ND Ag Producers

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today released the following statement on the administration missing the May 17 deadline outlined by House Speaker Paul Ryan...

Farmers Cheer as House Soundly Rejects Anti-Farmer Sugar Amendment

Agriculture’s opponents were dealt a stinging defeat on the House floor today as an amendment targeting America’s sugar farmers was rejected by a whopping...

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...

Cargill Still Concerned About Likelihood of Trade War

Cargill remains concerned that the U.S. and China trade discussions will escalate into a trade war. In Comments sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert...

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...

Chairman Conaway Floor Remarks on 2018 Farm Bill

Remarks as prepared for delivery for general debate on H.R.2 on the House floor: Mr. Chairman/Madam Chairwoman, I rise today in strong support of H.R....

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and Monsanto Reach Licensing Agreement on Next-Generation Corn...

Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), and Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced today the completion of a licensing agreement for next-generation technology...

Equipment Groups Release Policy Survey Results

In April, the Equipment Dealers Association and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers surveyed their members about the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...

EPA Chief Pruitt Under Fire for “Ego Run Amok”

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt went before a Senate panel on Wednesday as he faces a growing number of federal ethics investigations over...

Soybean Growers Submit Comments on Tariff Proposal

The American Soybean Association recently submitted comments on the Section 301 tariffs to the United States Trade Representative during the 30-day open comment period....
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