AG Rural News

There is a lot of optimism in the future of rural America, according to a new study by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Survey respondents say although opioid abuse and the economy are two of the biggest challenges in rural communities, there are still a lot of positive feelings about life in rural America. More than 1,000 adults living in rural America participated in the survey. Audio: Katrina Badger, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Continue reading Americans say they enjoy values and sense of community found in rural areas at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Renewable Fuels Association held a conference call with reporters Thursday to discuss the recent decision by President Trump directing the EPA to begin rulemaking to allow for  year-round sales of E15.  The panel of participants discussed the legal authority underpinning President Trump’s decision and also addressed some of the “misinformation” being circulated about E15’s impact on engines and the environment. Participants included: Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association Janet Yanowitz, P.E., PhD, Ecoengineering, Inc – Air Quality Expert Gary Burris, Owner Sport World Boat Center – Marine Engines Expert Brian Sowers – Crappie Masters spokesman Matt Morrison, RFA Outside Counsel Gary Herwick, Auto Industry Expert   AUDIO: Excerpts from RFA’s conference call with reporters Continue reading RFA panel...
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Ag News

The 2018 Farm Bill has is now up to the House after Senators overwhelmingly supported it Tuesday.  Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts encouraged his colleagues to support the bill.  “It’s a good bill that accomplishes what we set out to do.  Provide, again, provide certainty and predictability for farmers and families and rural communities.” Before the Senate voted, Roberts commented on the compromise legislation.  “We have made tough choices, being judicious with the scarce resources we have on behalf of the taxpayer.  Continue reading Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, House next at Brownfield Ag News.
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The compromise farm bill is heading to the House and Senate for a final vote. Ag committee leaders released details of the bill last night. Key provisions include improvements to the Dairy Margin Protection Program, changes to ARC and PLC guidelines, and increased spending on several major conservation programs. It also establishes funding for a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank. As expected, two of the priorities for House Republicans and the Trump administration—tighter work requirements for SNAP and broader forest management authority for federal lands—were left out of the bill. Continue reading The farm bill is ready for a final vote at Brownfield Ag...
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The 2018 Farm Bill has been signed by Conference Committee leaders and has been sent to the full House and Senate for consideration. House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway and Pat Roberts and Ranking Members Collin Peterson and Debbie Stabenow released the text of the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill conference report Monday night.  In a joint statement, Conaway says, “America’s farmers and ranchers are weathering the fifth year of severe recession, so passing a farm bill this week that strengthens the farm safety net is vitally important.”  Roberts says, “As promised, this farm bill provides much-needed certainty and...
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The US Trade Representative’s office begins its public hearing today in preparation for upcoming trade agreement negotiations with Japan. US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president and CEO Dan Halstrom says Japan is the largest trading partner for the US for beef and pork.  “It’s not only our largest value market, it’s also one of the largest profit margin markets,” he says.  “We’re very conscious of the fact that our competitors have the CPTPP agreement and of course the EU/Japan agreement which will dramatically increase their competitiveness over the next several years.” He says getting an agreement in place is essential to keeping...
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