Thompson On Cotton: Strong Market Momentum Still With Us

June 12, 2018

By Jeff Thompson, Autauga Quality Cotton Association

The stars continue to align and shine on the cotton market. Strong demand in the face of tight supplies has kept this market in an uptrend for months.

After taking some time to break through the mid ‘70s, the pace quickened in its climb through the ‘80s.…

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USDA Partners with Texas A&M to Help Veterans Seeking Agriculture Loans and Careers

June 4, 2018

USDA announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to help military veterans obtain loans and pursue careers as farmers and ranchers. Secretary Perdue joined local dignitaries, members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and community leaders at the Dallas Farmers Market to unveil the new pilot program.…

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Chairman Conaway floor remarks on 2018 Farm Bill

May 21, 2018

Remarks as prepared for delivery for general debate on H.R.2 on the House floor:

Mr. Chairman/Madam Chairwoman, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018—more commonly known as the Farm Bill.

I do so proudly because I still believe that rural America and our farm and ranch families are the backbone of this country.…

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House Republicans Will Pass Farm Bill on Their Own, Says Conaway

May 14, 2018

By Chuck Abbott for Successful Farming

With Democrats solidly in opposition, House Agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway says he will canvass his Republican colleagues to make sure they will pass, as early as next week, a farm bill that toughens work requirements on SNAP recipients and loosens crop subsidy limits for farmers.…

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Conaway commends Trump for challenging India’s farm subsidies

May 14, 2018

 Washington, D.C.- House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), issued the following statement concerning the Trump administration’s actions to hold India accountable to its commitments under the World Trade Organization:

“India has been funneling illegal farm subsidies into its agriculture industry for too long, and it’s high time they are held accountable.…

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Texas grain sorghum news

April 25, 2018

Statements on Preliminary Duties from China Against U.S. Sorghum— “National Sorghum Producers is deeply disappointed in the preliminary antidumping determination issued today by China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). U.S. sorghum is not being dumped in China, and U.S. sorghum producers and exporters have not caused any injury to China’s sorghum industry.…

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Farmers make their voices heard on farm bill debate

April 23, 2018

An opinion from Farm Policy Facts

The Farm Bill debate is officially underway with the House Agricultural Committee marking up H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, this week.

The Senate Ag Committee is expected to markup its version of the 2018 Farm Bill this Spring. Following floor consideration and passage of separate bills in both houses of Congress, a conference committee will resolve the differences between the bills and send the negotiated agreement back to both chambers for final passage.…

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Resources for cotton producers

April 18, 2018

by Shelley Huguley for Southwest Farm Press

In February of 2018 cotton made history by being reinstated into the 2014 Farm Bill. To clarify the changes and the decisions needed to be made, cotton organizations are utilizing online resources, conference calls and informational sessions to update growers.

“This is pretty unprecedented.…

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First Farm Bill Markup Expected Next Week

April 16, 2018

by Gil Gulickson for Successful Farming

If you’re wondering what the 2018 farm bill might look like, you may get a chance next week on April 18. That’s if the U.S.

House of Representatives Agriculture Committee releases its markup. However, there’s a big difference between the first markup being released and the 2018 farm bill being passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.…

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ELD waiver for ag transport

March 28, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced additional steps to address the unique needs of the country’s agriculture industries and provided further guidance to assist in the effective implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule without impeding commerce or safety.

The Agency is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture related transportation.…

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