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President Donald Trump has signed a two-year spending bill into law, ending a brief government shutdown. The budget agreement will aid US dairy and cotton producers by boosting farm bill funding by $1.2 billion. Through the agreement, cotton is eligible for the Price Loss Coverage program and dairy producers will see a reduction in the cost of the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers and ranchers will also see an increase in disaster aid. Continue reading Congress passes budgets, aids cotton and dairy producers at Brownfield Ag News.
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At the recent Iowa Pork Congress, Swine Health Information Center executive director Dr. Paul Sundberg gave an update on efforts to protect and enhance the health of the U.S. swine herd. AUDIO: Paul Sundberg Continue reading A swine health update with Dr. Paul Sundberg at Brownfield Ag News.
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President Donald Trump is expected to discuss a $1.7 trillion infrastructure plan during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. A leaked draft of the infrastructure plan says 25 percent of the total funding would be used in rural areas. The plan defines rural areas as having less than 50,000 people. The White House is expected to release a detailed plan in the coming weeks after the speech. The federal government will reportedly only pay $200 billion out of the more than $1 trillion plan, leaving state and local governments to compete for federal funding. Continue reading Trump expected to release infrastructure plan...
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A Canadian government official says the current round of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal is “pivotal” to the future of the agreement. Paul Connors is the Canadian government’s Consul General for the Upper Midwest.  He says, despite President Trump’s threats to withdraw from NAFTA, he remains optimistic that agreement on tough issues can be reached. Brownfield interviewed Connors at Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. AUDIO: Paul Connors Continue reading Canadian official is optimistic on NAFTA at Brownfield Ag News.
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An Ohio Senator says crop insurance and nutrition must remain a top priority in the Farm Bill despite President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the programs. Sherrod Brown says he hopes lawmakers will put partisan issues aside and protect agriculture. “So farmers can be more productive and make a good living in bad economic times and so when prices are low or, because of weather conditions, yields are especially low in a county or region,  those farmers don’t go under,” he says. Continue reading Crop insurance, nutrition still necessary in Farm Bill at Brownfield Ag News.
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An Arkansas judge has tossed out Monsanto’s lawsuit against the Arkansas Plant Board Friday. Monsanto sued the state agency after it banned dicamba use between April 16th and the end of October. Sixth District Circuit Judge Chris Piazza referred to a State Supreme Court ruling that makes it harder to sue the state, and he didn’t see how the Monsanto suit could go forward when the Plant Board has immunity from lawsuits. Continue reading Judge dismisses Monsanto’s Arkansas lawsuit at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA’s 10-year projections for food and agriculture include continued growth for U.S. corn and soybean demand. It expects corn acres to fall off initially, but increased corn production is expected in the later years. The report says lower corn prices suggest higher feed use, helping to fuel increasing meat production. Ethanol production is projected to slowly rise over the next couple of years then decline to levels seen in 2016, by the end of the next decade. Continue reading USDA: Strong demand for corn/soybeans next 10 years at Brownfield Ag News.
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A new study brings to light the importance of investing in foreign ag export promotion programs. U.S. Grains Council (USGC) CEO Tom Sleight says the analysis conducted by Informa Economics shows key competitors like the European Union, Australia, and Brazil have taken significant steps to ramp up spending while the U.S. puts fewer dollars into export promotion efforts. “What it indicates is that competition continues to increase every day.  Continue reading Key competitors investing more in ag export promotion at Brownfield Ag News.
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