AG Rural News

A member of the Senate Ag Committee says lawmakers have a lot of work to do before a new farm bill is signed into law. U.S. Senator Roger Marshall says the House has made progress with a markup expected this week. “I think they’re a little bit ahead of what’s going on in the Senate,” he said. “I remain optimistic, but we still have to put the farm back in the farm bill.” The Kansas Republican says the Senate’s framework doesn’t provide enough attention to crop insurance. ...
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An ag meteorologist says don’t expect a weeklong stretch of dry weather for planting until the end of May or early June in the Midwest. Drew Lerner with World Weather Incorporated says a ridge of high pressure will develop over the next week, which could lower the chances of rain. Until then he says “there will be 1 to 2 inches of rain easily across the western Corn Belt, west of the Mississippi River out into part of the Plains. ...
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Ag News

A group that includes biofuel, agriculture, and transportation stakeholders is urging the Treasury Department to quickly finalize guidance on the 45Z tax credit. Kurt Kovarik with Clean Fuels Alliance America says the credit encompasses all fuels and will go into effect January 1st. “On-road, off-road, aviation, etc. So it effects all fuels that are being produced today.” He tells Brownfield biofuels like biodiesel and ethanol could gain value based on how 45Z is designed. ...
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Historic flooding in parts of Brazil is expected to have short and long-term impacts on South American crop production. Michael Cordonnier with Soybean and Corn Advisor says torrential rains are decimating the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. “The worst flooding in the state’s history came at a very inopportune time (because) there are about 20 percent of the soybeans left to harvest, and that state is the second-biggest soybean-producing state in Brazil.” He tells Brownfield an estimated 1 to 3 million tons of soybeans will be lost. ...
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Illinois corn farmers say more work is needed to ensure access to E-15 is uninterrupted.  Dave Loos, director of research and business development with the Illinois Corn Growers Association, says the recent emergency waiver granting summertime sales of E-15 in eight midwestern states was a step in the right direction. “The administration has to renew this waiver every two – 2 1/2 weeks because it is an emergency waiver, but we don’t see any hiccups there.”  He says, “We’re convinced that consumers will have access to E-15 throughout the summer months of this year.” In 2025, the eight midwestern states will have the...
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The House Ag Committee’s version of the new farm bill is getting mixed feedback ahead of next week’s markup and the chairman says he’s ready for a more robust discussion. Glenn “GT” Thompson tells Brownfield he’s taken a “do no harm approach” when figuring out how to pay for necessary improvements to the farm bill. “The pay-fors I found are necessary. We’re going to need somewhere north of $60 billion to pay for the priorities that are bipartisan I put into this bill. ...
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