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National, state groups make last-ditch appeal for farm bill action
More than 500 national, state and local organizations are urging congressional leaders to find a way to pass a farm bill yet this year, despite the lack of legislative time left in this Congress.
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67% of U.S. corn, 68% of soybeans good to excellent
The U.S. corn condition rating dipped a little over the past week, while soybeans held steady.
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300+ agriculture groups call on EPA to reform Endangered Species Act processes
More than 300 agricultural groups, including the American Soybean Association and American Sugarbeet Growers Association, have called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work with stakeholders to reform its Endangered Species Act processes for pesticides.
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Tightening the corn belt: How US farmers adjust input spending when commodity prices fall
History repeats itself, not least in agricultural cycles. As the US farm economy transitions from a period of historically strong balance sheets to a period of negative margins, the 2012/13 commodity market downturn offers useful lessons in how row crop growers will navigate lower agri commodity prices today.
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Question 3 in Massachusetts survives legal challenge by food companies
Massachusetts' animal welfare law was allowed to stand on Monday after a federal court ruled the Federal Meat Inspection Act does not preempt the Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act created as a result of a ballot initiative passed by voters.
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U.S. production capacity for sustainable aviation fuel to grow
Production capacity of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the United States could increase from around 2,000 barrels per day (b/d) to nearly 30,000 b/d in 2024 if all announced capacity additions come on line.
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Cotton export sales notch marketing year low
The USDA says old crop cotton export sales hit a marketing year low during the week ending July 11th.
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53 projects selected for Conservation Innovation Grant Program
The Agriculture Department will be awarding $90 million for 53 projects aimed at developing new technologies and approaches for conservation efforts, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday.
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Moisture causes challenges for baling hay properly
Excess moisture in the Midwest and across the country has made it difficult to get hay made properly.
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Farmland values stabilizing in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming
Farmland values have stabilized in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, the five states served by Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) and Frontier Farm Credit.
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Grassroots coalition forms to advocate for continued use of essential ag tech
In response to proposed legislation aimed at banning drones manufactured by Chinese companies, a coalition of agricultural spray drone distributors is banding together to form a grassroots industry group. This coalition, consisting of Agri Spray Drones, Bestway Ag, Drone Nerds, HSE-UAV, Pegasus Robotics, and Rantizo intends to represent, protect, and advocate for the interests of the agricultural industry in the use of spray drone technology.
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Senate Ag Republican: We'd be better off punting farm bill to next year
Senate Agriculture Committee Republican Roger Marshall said Wednesday farmers would be better off if work on a new farm bill is punted into next year, when Republicans could be in control of the White House and both houses of Congress.
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Poet, CF Industries to use low-CO2 ammonia to reduce farm, ethanol emissions
The nation's largest ethanol producer and one of the largest ammonia fertilizer companies are developing a pilot project to reduce the carbon intensity of ethanol and corn production using low-carbon ammonia as a fertilizer.
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Midwest picking up after derecho
A senior science fellow with Nutrien Ag Solutions says the Midwest is officially recovering from a derecho.
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Clean fuel tax credits out of reach for many farmers
Four groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and National Farmers Union, recently sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young, asking them to ensure the Clean Fuel Production Credit (45Z) works for U.S. farmers.
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Wyffels Hybrids opens Iowa site
After years of planning and 15 months of construction, Wyffels Hybrids officially opened their new Iowa Site on July 10, 2024. More than 200 fulltime employees gathered in Ames, Iowa, for the official ribbon cutting ceremony led by company president John Wyffels.
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Derecho tears through heart of Corn Belt
Hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter and wind gusts near 100 miles per hour accompanied some of the storms that hit Iowa on Monday.
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Clean Fuels notifies EPA of intent to sue over 2026 RFS rule delay
Today, Clean Fuels Alliance America delivered a formal notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to issue timely 2026 Renewable Fuel Standards. By statute, EPA is required to finalize volumes 14 months before the start of the compliance year; for 2026, that deadline would come at the end of October this year.
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Grassley on ag manufacturing layoffs amid economic downturn
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s too soon to predict the impacts of an anticipated multi-year downturn in the ag economy.
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Tyson, Smithfield shift business strategies
Tyson Foods downsizes operations in Georgia while Smithfield Foods advanced plans for public stock trading in the United States.
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USDA makes record-breaking $14.3 million investment in Farm to School Grants
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA is awarding a record-breaking $14.3 million in Patrick Leahy Farm to School Grants to 154 projects in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. These investments will help 1.9 million children eat more tasty, nutritious foods in school, while supporting farmers and producers in their local and regional communities.
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68% of U.S. corn, soybeans in good to excellent condition
The USDA’s national corn and soybean condition ratings held steady over the past week. While there are areas of concern, overall, crop development weather is mostly favorable in much of the Midwest and Plains.
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NCGA, joined by other ag groups, warns Commerce on herbicide tariffs
The National Corn Growers Association, joined by five other commodity groups, sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo asking her to consider the impacts on farmers as she reviews a petition by the agricultural chemical company Corteva that would place duties on imports of the herbicide 2,4-D.
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EPA announces new, earlier protections for people from pesticide spray drift
On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is putting protections in place sooner for farmworkers, their families, and the general public near where pesticides are applied. EPA will now assess the potential for people to be exposed to a pesticide when it drifts away from where it is applied earlier in the agency’s review process.
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Vance, populist ally of Trump, joins GOP ticket
Donald Trump picked as his running mate Ohio Sen. JD Vance, a populist firebrand whose views align with Trump's protectionist "America First" trade and economic policies, and delegates to the Republican National Convention quickly ratified the choice by acclamation on Monday.
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Missouri officials champion poultry growers' lawsuit against Tyson, Cal-Maine
A pair of Missouri's top political leaders are going after Tyson Foods, alleging the meatpacking giant deceived Missouri farmers when Tyson closed a poultry-processing plant in Dexter, Missouri, last year.
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Vilsack says the U.S. needs to expand trade opportunities
The USDA has faced increased scrutiny about the ag trade deficit.
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Farm crops face hot, dry and uncertain summer
Quint Pottinger's farmstead has a bird's-eye view of the rolling hills of central Kentucky.
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