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House Proposed Budget Cuts Ag by $10Bln – Expect a Showdown – DTN

House Proposed Budget Cuts Ag by $10Bln – Expect a Showdown – DTN

👤By Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent, and Zachary Silver, Political Correspondent Intern 🕔Jul 19, 2017

House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black, R-Tenn., on Tuesday released a fiscal year 2018 budget proposal that calls for a $10 billion cut in programs under the control of the House Agriculture Committee over 10 years. But congressional agricultural leaders

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Farmers and Health Insurance: Affordable Coverage is Out of Reach

Farmers and Health Insurance: Affordable Coverage is Out of Reach

👤From the University of Vermont 🕔Jul 19, 2017

According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study, lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most significant concerns facing American farmers, an overlooked risk factor that affects their ability to run a successful enterprise. “The

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Cotton: Trump Urged to Continue Obama’s Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program

Cotton: Trump Urged to Continue Obama’s Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program

👤By AgFax Staff 🕔Jul 18, 2017

The Trump administration was urged today (July 18, 2017) to continue the Obama administration’s Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) Program by a large, bipartisan block of 135 U.S. Senators and Representatives.    The program, established by former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in June, 2016, provided an

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Ag Funding: ARS Facilities are in Desperate Need of Upgrades – Policy Pennings

Ag Funding: ARS Facilities are in Desperate Need of Upgrades – Policy Pennings

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Jul 18, 2017

In discussing the agricultural budget, it is easy to focus in on commodity support, nutrition, and environmental programs and ignore the cost of maintaining the agricultural research facilities that are at the heart of the work of the USDA. When

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Alabama Field Reports: Rains Continue to Keep Farmers Out of Fields

Alabama Field Reports: Rains Continue to Keep Farmers Out of Fields

👤From USDA 🕔Jul 18, 2017

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 16, 2017. County Comments Beverly Noles, Dekalb County Many late soybeans are prevented from being planted due to rain. Fieldwork was hindered by the rain. Pastures are looking better than expected

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2014 Farm Bill is Spending Far Less than Originally Expected

2014 Farm Bill is Spending Far Less than Originally Expected

👤By Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, and Nick Paulson, University of Illinois Ag Economists; and Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University Ag Economist 🕔Jul 18, 2017

On June 29, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated estimates for the mandatory programs in the Agricultural Act of 2014, known as the baseline (see, USDA Mandatory Farm Programs and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Baseline). It is standard

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Trump Administration Releases NAFTA “Makeover” Plan – Specifics on Ag

Trump Administration Releases NAFTA “Makeover” Plan – Specifics on Ag

👤AgFax Staff 🕔Jul 17, 2017

The 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is about to get a makeover.  After months of saber-rattling in addition to using NAFTA as part of his campaign platform, Pres. Donald Trump’s administration released a Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation today

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AgFax Weekend: Fertilizer in Holding Pattern; May Was Hot!

AgFax Weekend: Fertilizer in Holding Pattern; May Was Hot!

👤AgFax Staff 🕔Jul 14, 2017

This week’s AgFax Weekend – Fertilizer in Holding Pattern; May Was Hot!; Dicamba is 50 years old, but there’s a new learning curve; and more.

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Farm Policy: Farm Bill – Ag Spending and Budgetary Issues

Farm Policy: Farm Bill – Ag Spending and Budgetary Issues

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Jul 14, 2017

Today’s update looks at recent spending and budgetary issues impacting agriculture and the Farm Bill.  The House Appropriations Committee this week passed the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill for USDA.   Meanwhile, recent reporting from Politico indicated that House Agriculture Committee

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Soybean Association CEO Nominated as Deputy Ag Secretary – DTN

Soybean Association CEO Nominated as Deputy Ag Secretary – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Jul 14, 2017

President Donald Trump late Thursday nominated Stephen Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association, to be deputy secretary of Agriculture.  Censky has been CEO of the soybean association in St. Louis, Missouri, since 1996. Ag lobbyists and others

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