AG Rural News

Infrastructure, broadband, water, were among the issues outlined by six witnesses from the Rebuild Rural coalition (made up of 200 groups) who testified before the House Ag Committee this week saying big investments are needed in rural America to turn it around. Richard Calhoun with the National Grain and Feed Association says inland waterway improvements are desperately needed because they help move more than 90 percent of grain and oilseed exports to ports on the coasts. Continue reading Rural issues at House Ag hearing at Brownfield Ag News.
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The head of the national trade association representing companies that develop, produce and market crop protection products has weighed in on the dicamba situation. In a news release, CropLife America president and CEO Jay Vroom said, “Although we understand the concerns raised by growers in Missouri and Arkansas, we encourage both states to wait until they have thoroughly investigated all of the claims before they make policy decisions to temporarily prohibit the use and sale of dicamba. Continue reading CropLife America calls states’ decisions on dicamba ‘premature’ at Brownfield Ag News.
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For the first time since 1992 US pork has unfettered access to the Argentine market.  Argentina was among several countries with non-science based barriers to US pork imports.  Under the agreement, all fresh, chilled, and frozen pork and pork products from the US are eligible for export to the country. The announcement follows an August 15 meeting between Vice-President Mike Pence and Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri during Pence’s recent trip to Buenos Aires. Continue reading US pork regains access to Argentine market at Brownfield Ag News.
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The confidence of rural bankers, when it comes to the ag economy, slipped in August. Concerns about drought conditions and agricultural trade were the factors behind the continued pessimistic outlook, according to Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who compiles the monthly Rural Mainstreet Index. Goss says 58 percent of bank CEOs surveyed in a 10-state region reported drought conditions were having a negative impact on ag production in their area. Continue reading Rural bankers’ confidence level slips in August at Brownfield Ag News.
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The United States’ top trade official took a hard negotiating stance Wednesday as NAFTA renegotiation talks got underway, saying major changes are needed to slash U.S. trade deficits. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said NAFTA has “failed many, many Americans”, and despite its benefits to farmers and ranchers, “needs major improvements”. Lighthizer said President Trump was not interested in merely tweaking the 23-year-old pact and warned the U.S. would seek major changes in regards to automobile production and labor standards. Continue reading NAFTA talks are underway at Brownfield Ag News.
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Leaders of the House Ag Committee intent on getting the next Farm Bill done on time say budget limitations are the biggest obstacle. During a listening session in southwest Minnesota earlier this month, Chairman Mike Conaway (of Texas) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (of Minnesota) expressed their intentions of completing the 2018 Farm Bill by the end of next year. Peterson tells Brownfield while farm programs like crop insurance are the target of potential federal budget cuts, farmers need additional resources. Continue reading Budget limitations biggest obstacle for timely Farm Bill at Brownfield Ag News.
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