ASA Seeking Participation in Farm Bill Survey

Lizzy Schultz

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is conducting a survey of producers in states represented by ASA state soybean affiliates on key issues that are likely to be considered by Congress during the process of 2018 Farm Bill negotiations. The results of the survey will be collected and summarized for discussion at ASA’s Board of Directors meeting in St. Louis on …

Ag Group, ASA, Company Announcement, Farm Bill, Soybeans

USDA Provides $9M For Mitigation Opportunities

Taylor Truckey

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program will provide $9 million to help states, local governments or other qualified partners develop wetland mitigation banks that restore, create, or enhance wetland ecosystems, broadening the conservation options available to farmers and …

Farm Bill, Government, Media Room, USDA

USDA To Invest $30mil To Protect Wetlands

Taylor Truckey

Late last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $30 million to projects in six states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a program authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Through locally led partnerships like …

Farm Bill, NRCS, USDA

Conservation Compliance Deadline June 1

John Davis

Farmers are being reminded the deadline is near to certify their conservation compliance. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the new Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015, in order to remain eligible or to …

Agribusiness, Conservation, Farm Bill, USDA

Farm Bill is One Year Old

Cindy Zimmerman

President Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law one year ago this week, calling it a “Swiss Army Knife.” “Despite its name, the farm bill is not just about helping farmers,” President Obama said at the signing. “Secretary Vilsack calls it a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a research bill, a conservation bill. It’s like a …

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Cotton Council to Hold STAX/Farm Bill Webinars

John Davis

Cotton growers will get some more information on insurance rates , county yields and information regarding farm programs, when the National Cotton Council (NCC) holds some webinars. This NCC news release says one set of webinars are set for Wednesday, December 17 – one designed for the Southeast region from 9-11 a.m. CST (10 a.m.-noon EST) and one for the …

Agribusiness, Cotton, Farm Bill, webinar

Secretary Vilsack Addresses NAFB

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed a number of topics at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention, including President Obama’s visit to China last week and his discussions about access for biotechnology traits. “The president publicly talked about this and suggested it’s in China’s best interest to take a much more open view to science and technology and …

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More New Products for USDA BioPreferred Program

John Davis

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to move some new products into a preferred procurement initiative for federal agencies. USDA is using the 2014 Farm Bill to justify making available some new, biobased forest products in the BioPreferred® program, along with some other traditional biobased products and other mature market products, which have been produced in innovative ways. “Today, …

Farm Bill, USDA

FAPRI: Corn, Soybean and Cotton Prices to Drop Even More

John Davis

A crop that’s expected to be even bigger than just previously estimated is expected to push prices down even more than previously expected. Earlier this month, we told you how the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri expected corn, soybean and cotton prices to drop from what had been some pretty impressive highs of …

Corn, Cotton, Farm Bill, Soybeans, USDA, wheat