AG Rural News

Jim and Lora O’Rourke are the recipients of the 2018 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. The O’Rourkes own and operate RuJoDen Ranch in Chadron, Nebraska. In an interview with Brownfield, Jim O’Rourke said they’re proud to represent “smaller acreages”. “It’s important, I think, through this award that smaller acreages are being considered,” he says. “I think we all need to think about, in our own counties, how many of those operations exist. Continue reading Nebraska ‘small acreage’ rancher is committed to conservation at Brownfield Ag News.
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Frank Chen, a journalist with the Asia Times, was one of 12 international journalists who participated in last week’s Canada Ag Innovations Tour. Chen is a native of China who now lives in Hong Kong. In an interview with Brownfield, Chen gave us his perspective on the trade war between the U.S. and China and the upcoming G20 meeting between President Trump and Chinese president Xi, and shared his thoughts on overall relations between the two countries. Continue reading Hong Kong journalist’s take on U.S.-China relations at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Board of Directors of the National Farmers Union is calling for an immediate reopening of the government. “It is having such a ripple effect all throughout the economy and out in rural America,” says Rob Larew, NFU’s senior vice president for policy and communications. He says the board has adopted a resolution (Friday) calling on both Congress and the President to come to an agreement to end the partial government shutdown which is affecting trade mitigation payments from going out to farmers, loan services and important data. Continue reading NFU calls for immediate reopening of government at Brownfield Ag News.
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Brenda Boetel takes questions during the 2019 Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic A market analyst says a lengthy government shutdown might lead to bigger commodity market corrections after federal agencies return to work. Brenda Boetel with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls says, “The longer this goes on, the longer we’re operating on old data, the greater the market volatility is going to be.” Boetel says without USDA’s usual reports, the market will be making decisions from old data and data from private industry, which might have to be adjusted when USDA reports resume. Continue reading Expect market corrections after a long government shutdown at...
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A state FSA director is advising farmers to ONLY contact their FSA office for farm loan purposes. Joe Martin in Minnesota says the limited opening is primarily focused on loan activity involving unfinished payments that need to be processed to ensure 1099 tax statements are generated in a timely manner. “(We’re) not going to be working on the Market Facilitation Program or taking any new applications, any new loans, so really no need to contact the office or stop in because we’re not going to be able to provide service in any of those programs outside of if you’re an existing farm...
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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA will reopen Farm Service Agency offices for limited services as the government shutdown continues. In a statement, Perdue said his agency is doing its best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers and will be bringing back part of the FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans.  Perdue says USDA is also examining its legal authority to ensure they are providing services to their customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown. Continue reading USDA to temporarily reopen FSA offices at Brownfield Ag News.
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