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Secretary Perdue Visits His 50th State

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today stepped foot in Utah making it his 50th state visited since becoming Secretary just over two years ago....

Agriculture Industry Groups Call on Congress to Immediately Extend the Biodiesel Tax Credit

Thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers today wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and...

Update on USDA’s Efforts to Keep ASF out of the US

The African swine fever (ASF) has taken over China’s hog herd. Over 20% of the world's largest hog herd has been infected with the...

Economic Growth Means Higher Demand Ahead for Animal Proteins

USDA economist Mildred Haley expects pork production to increase 3.5 percent to 28.3 billion pounds in 2020. The increase comes in response to higher...

Senate Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Climate and Agriculture

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the issue of climate change and the agricultural sector. In written testimony, National Farmers Union President...

Growth Energy Applauds House Biofuels Caucus

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor had positive things to say to the 20 members of the House Biofuels Caucus. The Caucus sent a bipartisan...

China Holding Up Shipments of Soybeans, Canola, From Canada

Chinese purchases of Canadian soybeans have “slowed to a trickle,” according to the Financial Post. Those purchases have dropped 95 percent in the first...

China Says There is No Rush to Restart Trade Talks

Beijing says it’s in “no rush” to get talks going again between the U.S. and China. That’s from the South China Morning Post. The...

Rouzer, Conaway: Pest and Disease Threats Require Close Coordination Between USDA and Congress

Today, the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee held a hearing to review the nation’s animal pest and disease prevention and response capabilities....
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ACE Elevates Low Carbon White Paper to Senate Ag Committee

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings highlights the scientific and economic opportunities U.S. farmers and biofuel producers hold to support climate change...

Growth Energy Applauds House Biofuels Caucus Letter to EPA in Support of E15 Year-Round

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked 20 members of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Collin Peterson (D-MN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Dave Loebsack...

Court Denies Request to Halt EPA RFS Waivers

An Associated Press report says a federal appeals court granted oil refiners a victory by denying the Advanced Biofuels Association’s request for an injunction...

Perdue Says No “Long-Term Fallout” From Dispute with China

The U.S. trade talks with China seem to be a long way from wrapping up. However, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to assure...

Deere Slowing Production of Farm Equipment

John Deere says it will slow production output at certain facilities by as much as 20 percent year-over-year during the second half of 2019....

After Tariffs are Removed, What’s Next For USMCA?

The tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum imports are history, removing a key barrier to ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. However, Democrats...

Mexico/Canada Removing Retaliatory Duties on Red Meat

The Mexican government published an official notice that Mexico has removed its retaliatory duties on U.S. pork. Canada’s Department of Finance announced that Canada...

Ag Groups Pleased With Tariff Removal

U.S. Ag groups representing different sectors of the industry were pleased that the Trump Administration reached a deal to remove the Section 232 tariffs...
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Video Report: Dave Iverson, United Soybean Board

https://youtu.be/-cK7zZpA6NQ Rusty Halvorson talks with Dave Iverson, a South Dakota soybean grower and member of the United Soybean Board on the topic of aquaculture.

U.S. Beef Now has Full Access to Japan

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S....

Will Trade Aid Affect Planting Decisions?

An agricultural economist from the University of Illinois says the next round of trade aid coming out of Washington, D.C. could impact planting in...

Ethanol Group Wants Court to Block EPA-Issued RFS Waivers

The Advanced Biofuels Association is asking a Washington, D.C., Circuit Court to block the Environmental Protection Agency from exempting any small refiners from their...

Trump Administration Lifting Section 232 Tariffs

The United States has reached a deal to lift the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on imports from Canada and Mexico. A CNBC report...
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Rusty Halvorson talks trade, wheat with Senator Kevin Cramer

https://youtu.be/WiLWeWfcREQ Rusty Halvorson talks with North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer about the status of trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico, along with recent developments...

USDA Enhances African Swine Fever Surveillance Efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is furthering its overall African Swine Fever (ASF) preparedness efforts with the implementation of a surveillance plan. As...

NPPC Applauds USDA Enhanced Efforts on African Swine Fever Prevention

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauded additional measures announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enhance its African swine fever (ASF)...

U.S. Beef Gains Full Access to Japan

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s...

AEM Calls on White House to Permanently Remove Section 232 and Section 301 Tariffs

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it was delaying the implementation of Section...

USDA Opens Signup for New On-Farm Trials Effort

USDA is investing up to $25 million per year over the next five years to help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation...

April Tractors Sales Up 12 Percent in 2019

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ Monthly Flash Report showed good news for April tractor sales. The sales of all tractors in April of 2019...

China Announces Retaliation Against U.S. Tariff Hikes

The Chinese Finance Ministry made the expected announcement on Monday that it would respond to the most recent hike in U.S. tariffs on Chinese...

Soybean Farmers Fed Up with Tariffs

The American Soybean Association says U.S. farmers are frustrated by the lack of progress between the U.S. and China in bringing the trade war...

How Quickly Will Farmers Get More Tariff Relief?

President Donald Trump further hiked tariff rates on $200 billion on Chinese imports last Friday. Now, the administration is trying to assure farmers and...

USDA Investing in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 20 States

The Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, Joel Baxley, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make significant investments to improve...

Ag Ministers Will Work to Heighten Acceptance of Biotech Crops Worldwide

Ag Ministers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. say global food demand is climbing and food production faces significant hurdles. Those obstacles include...
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Video Report: Gene Editing

https://youtu.be/TwlcvNS-W1A Rusty Halvorson talks with Andy LaVigne of the American Seed Trade Association on gene editing.

NPPC Statement on Planned Trade Relief Package

The Trump administration today indicated it is planning a trade relief package in response to the U.S. trade dispute with China. The following statement...

House Passes Axne-Amended Disaster Supplemental Bill

Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) successfully amended the disaster supplemental bill to increase funding for crucial programs vital to Iowa recovery efforts. The...

USDA WASDE Report Released Today

The USDA released their Supply and Demand estimates today. November ’19 soybean futures traded lower immediately after the report, but have now started to...

Thompson, Conaway: USMCA, Disaster Assistance Critical to Supporting Farmers, Ranchers and Rural America

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing examining the state of the farm economy to highlight...

ASF Contributes to China’s Food Price Increase

African swine fever played a role in China’s increase in food inflation last month. Pork prices have soared 14 percent on the year and...

Equipment Manufacturers Urge End to Tariffs

U.S. equipment manufacturers are urging the White House to end tariffs that are harming U.S. farmers and businesses. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says...

Midwest Farm Credit Condition Continue Decline

Farm credit conditions continue to deteriorate across the Midwest, according to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. The bank’s Agricultural Credit Survey published Thursday...

USDA ERS Employees Vote to Unionize

Employees within The Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service voted to unionize Thursday afternoon. The vote, 138-4, is part of the employees' efforts to...

March Triggers Third 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

The Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency announced this week the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight. The level...

History Suggests late Planting Means Lower Corn Yields

Economists from the University of Illinois and Ohio State University say serious planting delays will result in reduced yields this year. Gary Schnitkey of...

Secretary Perdue to Travel to Japan and South Korea

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to Japan and South Korea next week to participate in the G-20 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting. The travel itinerary...

House Members Call on EPA to End Refiner Exemptions

A bipartisan coalition of 35 members of the House of Representatives says the Environmental Protection Agency should stop issuing small refiner exemptions to large...

USDA Announces Dual Use Insurance Coverage for Grain/Graze

Updates to the Annual Forage insurance for the 2020 crop year include a dual use option. The Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency says...

Two More Swine Fever Outbreaks Reported in South Africa

South Africa’s agriculture ministry this week confirmed two more outbreaks of African swine fever. In a news release, the South Africa Department of Agriculture,...

Trade War Getting Worse for Soy Growers

Tariff increases announced by the Trump administration on China are a “worst case” scenario for U.S. soybean growers, according to the American Soybean Association....
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