The Paris Accord and Agriculture

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Unlike everyone else, agriculture interests had very little to say about President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. “President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “The Earth’s …

AgWired Precision, Climate Change, environment, Government, NFU, USDA

New Report on Specialty Crop Insurance

Kelly Marshall

The USDA’s Economic Research Service has released a new report entitled “Changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Under the Agricultural Act of 2014: Their Potential Risk Reduction Impacts.” The report looks at the impact of the Buy-Up coverage addition to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The study found that Buy-Up coverage can better mitigate a farmer’s …

Crop Insurance, Specialty Crops, USDA

Trump’s Proposed Budget Meets Mixed Reviews

Kelly Marshall

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue offered a positive perspective, but farm groups are reacting to Trump’s proposed 2018 budget in the opposite way.   American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Conservation Districts, and whole list of Crop Insurance organizations oppose the $4 billion in cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “I don’t …

Ag Group, Crop Insurance, Farm Bill, Government, USDA

Trade Gets A Boost

Kelly Marshall

Senate approval of Ambassador Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative gives President Trump a full cabinet.  Trade will be getting an additional boost, as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced that the USDA will soon have an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs to help with the administration’s international trade goals. “Food is a noble thing to trade. This nation has a …

Government, trade, USDA

Secretary Perdue Visits Iowa

Kelly Marshall

It was a sunny day in Iowa Friday for the visit of new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at Couser Cattle Company. The Secretary was welcomed by Bill, Nancy and Tim Couser, as well as Iowa Senators Joni Erst and Chuck Grassley, and Rep. Steve King. Looking comfortable in worn jeans, the new secretary bragged about the value of American …

Government, USDA

Perdue Answers Questions From NAFTA to Wildfires

Kelly Marshall

Yesterday newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent his third day on the job visiting the USDA office in Kansas City, Missouri. He also addressed members of the press, answering questions on topics from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to wildfires. “I was a grain trader, and President Trump is a trader,” Perdue said when asked about …

Audio, Government, USDA, Video

Ag Groups Host Field Day for Government Officials

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) hosted a field day for officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs. Participants got to observe seed treatments, planting practices, equipment innovations and product demonstrations– all using the most cutting-edge technology available. …

AEM, Ag Group, ASTA, EPA, NCGA, USDA

Perdue Officially Confirmed as Secretary of Ag

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Senate has formally confirmed the nomination of George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III to serve as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture with a final vote of 87 to 11. Perdue is an agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and former governor of Georgia.  He grew up working on his family farm in central Georgia, making him the fourth agriculture secretary who …

Audio, Government, USDA

Wet Weather Sends Planters to the Shed

Kelly Marshall

It’s discouraging when the writer in the family is busier than the farmer, but if your planter was in the shed this week take solace– so was ours.  And since misery loves company, here’s the latest USDA report showing national corn planting progress falling behind last year and the five year average. Texans are doing well, with more than 60 percent planted and …

Corn, Cotton, Planting, Sorghum, Soybeans, USDA

#Plant17 is Well Underway

Kelly Marshall

And so it begins. The USDA report says #Plant17 is officially underway with three percent of corn planted nationwide as of April 9.  That’s one point down from last year, but right on trend with the five year average. Texas, where National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president Wesley Spurlock farms, is well ahead of both last year and the five year …

Planting, USDA