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Broadband on the Farm: The Challenges of Having Internet that Runs So….. Sl….ow

Broadband on the Farm: The Challenges of Having Internet that Runs So….. Sl….ow

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 22, 2017

Today’s update discusses rural broadband issues and federal regulatory action that was taken this month to help close the digital divide in Rural America.  The update also touches on a couple of legislative proposals regarding broadband expansion, and highlights a

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Farm Policy: Lawmakers Listen, Comment on Farm Bill on Aug. Recess

Farm Policy: Lawmakers Listen, Comment on Farm Bill on Aug. Recess

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 21, 2017

Today’s update looks at recent news articles highlighting agricultural economic variables, as well as Farm Bill observations from lawmakers, and some of the ag related activities Members have held with constituents during the August recess.   Today’s overview also includes

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NAFTA 2.0: Renegotiations Begin

NAFTA 2.0: Renegotiations Begin

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 18, 2017

Background William Mauldin and Paul Vieira reported earlier this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “The Trump administration launched the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement Wednesday by laying out a starkly different vision from that

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NAFTA Negotiations Set to Begin: Background – Pork, Corn Issues Noted

NAFTA Negotiations Set to Begin: Background – Pork, Corn Issues Noted

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

Today’s update looks at recent news items that focus on the first round of NAFTA trade negotiations that are scheduled to start this week.  Along with some general background, the articles also highlight perspective from both Canada and Mexico, and

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Midwest Ag Economy – Overview of Fed Reserve Ag Credit Surveys

Midwest Ag Economy – Overview of Fed Reserve Ag Credit Surveys

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 11, 2017

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City each released updates regarding farm income, farmland values and agricultural credit conditions from the second quarter of this year.  Today’s update provides a brief overview of yesterday’s

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USDA Updates Provide Snapshot of Farm Economy Variables

USDA Updates Provide Snapshot of Farm Economy Variables

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 8, 2017

Last week, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released three important updates that provide current insight into the state of the U.S. agricultural economy.  The releases focused on land values, cash rents, and production expenditures. Meanwhile, USDA’s Economic Research Service

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Grain Shipping: Aging River Infrastructure Creates Costly Delays

Grain Shipping: Aging River Infrastructure Creates Costly Delays

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

In an update last week at The Wall Street Journal Online (“Disaster Looms on America’s Waterways“), Shane Shifflett reported that, “For American producers who rely on the nation’s waterways to export and distribute billions of tons of grains, coal and chemicals

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Farm Bill Issues: House Ag Committee Holds “Conversations in the Field”

Farm Bill Issues: House Ag Committee Holds “Conversations in the Field”

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 2, 2017

Today’s update looks at the latest activity by the House Agriculture Committee on the Farm Bill, a listening session held earlier this week in Texas. Background The House Ag Committee of the 115th Congress has conducted full Committee and Subcommittee

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Drought Persists in the Plains – Worst Growing Season in 30 Years

Drought Persists in the Plains – Worst Growing Season in 30 Years

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Jul 31, 2017

Last week, Billings Gazette writer Tom Lutey reported that, “The life had been fading from Grant Zerbe’s stunted chickpeas for the better part of a month, and now drought’s hot breath was burning through the final green inch of every

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Farm Policy: House Ag Committee Examines NAFTA – Trade Issues

Farm Policy: House Ag Committee Examines NAFTA – Trade Issues

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Jul 27, 2017

Since President Trump took office in January, many in the agricultural sector have been leery of potential executive branch actions on trade, particularly with respect to China and our NAFTA trading partners.  As the NAFTA renegotiation process begins to unfold,

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