AG Rural News

The American Farm Bureau has joined the Farmers for Free Trade campaign and wants other ag groups and communities to do the same. Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall says the U.S. needs to look forward where trade is concerned, “To talk about how important this foreign trade is to our economies and our farmers and ranchers and keeping rural America healthy.” Former Indiana U.S. Senator Dick Lugar says Americans need to understand the importance of foreign ag trade, “We’ve had a good harvest on Lugar Farm this year. Continue reading Farmers for Free trade gets AFBF support at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Hoosier Farmers Market Association has been awarded nearly $500,000. Christina McDougall, executive director of the Hoosier Farmers Market Association says the funds will be used will improve training and outreach to increase access to local products. The funding from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program will allow the association to support farmer markets, community supported agricultural program, and direct-marketing events throughout the state. Indiana has 350 direct farmer-to-consumer entities and about half are farmers markets. Continue reading Hoosier Farmers Market Association awarded $500,000 at Brownfield Ag News.
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The EPA’s restricted use designation on the newer dicamba herbicides for 2018 is supported by the American Soybean Association, “I think that’s the right thing to do, given the issues we dealt with this past summer. We don’t know for sure exactly what happened,” says ASA president Ron Moore, an Illinois soybean farmer. He tells Brownfield it’s too important of a technology to ignore the dicamba damage issues out there. Moore says the Soybean Checkoff continues to support some of the research that land grant universities are doing to determine the root of the problem, “To find out for sure what happened. Continue...
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Bloomberg reports White House officials have directed the EPA to back off on proposals that would weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard. Citing “people familiar with the decision”, Bloomberg says the EPA has been instructed to abandon two proposed changes: a reduction in biodiesel requirements and a proposal to allow export ethanol to count toward domestic quotas. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss phone conversations she had earlier in the day with both President Trump and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Continue reading Report: EPA instructed to back off on RFS changes at Brownfield Ag News.
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Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa agrees with the CEO of R-CALF USA about the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the GIPSA rule. Grassley learned about the action Tuesday on his conference call with reporters, “They’re just pandering to big corporations. They aren’t interested in the family farmers! And, the USDA is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the U.S. Department of big business, Big Agribusiness!” Grassley says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is supposed to help the family farmer. Continue reading Grassley angry with USDA over GIPSA rule at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Trump administration has withdrawn regulations written last year by the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, GIPSA – That move is being applauded by the largest livestock groups but highly criticized by smaller ones. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the withdrawal of the “so-called” Farmer Fair Practices Rules, saying they would have restricted the buying and selling of livestock – leading to the consolidation of the livestock industry and raising prices for consumers. Continue reading Trump Administration withdraws GIPSA rule at Brownfield Ag News.
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