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Farm Policy: Financial Pressure on Farms Likely to Continue

Farm Policy: Financial Pressure on Farms Likely to Continue

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Mar 20, 2017

A news release last week from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri indicated that, “The latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from the University of Missouri indicates continued financial pressure on United

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Farm Bill History: Budgets, Boll Weevils, and the 1981 Farm Bill

Farm Bill History: Budgets, Boll Weevils, and the 1981 Farm Bill

👤By Jonathan Coppess, Univeristy of Illinois 🕔Mar 17, 2017

The second in this series reviewing farm bill history looks for lessons in the 1981 Farm Bill debate. It took place in the early stages of what became the second great farm economic crisis which consumed much of the 1980s.

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Ag Groups Concerned Over Trump Proposal to Cut 21% of USDA Local Staff

Ag Groups Concerned Over Trump Proposal to Cut 21% of USDA Local Staff

👤By William Mencer, USA Rice 🕔Mar 16, 2017

USA Rice joined 16 other agriculture groups in a letter to Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Committees on Budget and Appropriations yesterday to express their concerns over budget cuts to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the need

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Farm Policy: Senate Finance Committee Debates Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Secretary

Farm Policy: Senate Finance Committee Debates Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Secretary

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Mar 15, 2017

Yesterday (Tuesday, March 14), the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to consider the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be United States Trade Representative.  With respect to agricultural trade issues, China, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and Japan were

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North Dakota: Grower Farm Bill Conference, Fargo, April 12

North Dakota: Grower Farm Bill Conference, Fargo, April 12

👤By Ellen Crawford, North Dakota State University 🕔Mar 14, 2017

North Dakota producers will have an opportunity to learn about farm policy and issues related to the anticipated 2018 U.S. farm bill during a daylong conference April 12 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. Producers will be able to

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Farm Policy: Farm Bill Hearings Move to Specialty Crops

Farm Policy: Farm Bill Hearings Move to Specialty Crops

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Mar 13, 2017

A news release from the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday indicated that, “[T]he Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production.” The meeting was

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Farmland Taxes: Rates and Policies Vary by State

Farmland Taxes: Rates and Policies Vary by State

👤By Jennifer Ifft, Cornell University; and Todd Kuethe, University of Illinois 🕔Mar 13, 2017

All 50 U.S. states provide some form of preferential tax treatment for agricultural land. These tax policies were adopted state-by-state in response to the rapid loss of farmland associated with the rapid expansion of urban land use activities, following World

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Farm Policy: House Ag Subcommittee Hears About Rural, Energy Issues

Farm Policy: House Ag Subcommittee Hears About Rural, Energy Issues

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Mar 10, 2017

As part of its ongoing preparation for the 2018 Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee held a Subcommittee hearing yesterday delving into rural development issues and energy programs. In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman Austin Scott (R., Ga.) noted that, “Every

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Farm Policy: House Ag Subcommittee Examines Conservation Issues

Farm Policy: House Ag Subcommittee Examines Conservation Issues

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Mar 6, 2017

Last week, the House Agriculture Committee continued laying groundwork for the next Farm Bill by holding a Subcommittee hearing covering conservation issues. On Tuesday morning, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held the first hearing “in a series designed

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Farm Policy: Trump Takes Aim at Waters of the U.S. Rule

Farm Policy: Trump Takes Aim at Waters of the U.S. Rule

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Mar 3, 2017

Evan Halper reported in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times that, “President Trump stepped up his attack on federal environmental protections Tuesday, issuing an order directing his administration to begin the long process of rolling back sweeping clean water rules that were

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