CRP Suspends Land Enrollment

October 18, 2017

by Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent

The Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency announced Monday it will suspend accepting most new offers to enroll land in the Conservation Reserve Program until later in the 2018 fiscal year.

In the meantime, FSA “will process many pending eligible offers,” the agency said in a news release.…

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Our View: will anything ever satisfy farm critics? No

October 9, 2017

An opinion from Farm Policy Facts

For decades, agriculture’s adversaries have said “no” to almost any policy that helped farmers.

When farm policy was reformed to be more free-market oriented, critics said it wasn’t enough.

When the agricultural sector stood alone and volunteered funding cuts to help close America’s budget deficit, critics said it wasn’t enough.…

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Senate budget spares farm bill

October 4, 2017

By Philip Brasher

Republicans released a fiscal 2018 budget resolution that would clear the way for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts while requiring no reduction in farm bill spending.

The resolution would allow GOP leaders to use the budget reconciliation to pass a tax bill with a simple majority, not the 60 votes normally required to overcome a filibuster.…

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Southwest Plains IPM report

September 27, 2017

by Tyler Mays, Texas AgriLife Extension Agent, IPM

Harvest time is among us, as a few fields in Gaines County have been dug and harvested and multiple farmers around the area are talking about starting to defoliate their cotton crops. Pivots have run longer than normal thanks to the temperatures being in the upper 90s the last two weeks.…

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EPA considers ban on dicamba

September 11, 2017

Tom Polansek, Emily Flitter

The U.S. environmental agency is considering banning sprayings of the agricultural herbicide dicamba after a set deadline next year, according to state officials advising the agency on its response to crop damage linked to the weed killer.

Setting a cut-off date, possibly sometime in the first half of 2018, would aim to protect plants vulnerable to dicamba, after growers across the U.S.…

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Ag economy takes a hit with hurricane

September 6, 2017

Texas cotton damage reports are filtering in slowly as we go into the second week since Hurricane Harvey moved into the coastal regions as a Category 4. Many cotton fields are still underwater making it difficult to calculate acre losses and the number of modules destroyed, or at least heavily damaged, where harvest was in process or had been completed.…

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Ag commissioner Miller calls for donations to STAR Fund

September 6, 2017

Fund provides grants to farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Harvey

As residents along the Texas coast begin cleanup efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is calling on others to donate to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund (STAR Fund) and lend a helping hand to those ag producers devastated by this historic storm.…

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Farm Tour: set for September 21

August 21, 2017

On September 21 the community will come together to recognize an Outstanding Farm Family, an Outstanding Young Farmer and a person or business that has been an Outstanding Friend of Conservation for 2017.

The 62nd Annual Terry County Farm Tour will start at the American Legion Building with the doors opening at 8:15 a.m.…

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Farm Bill 2018: Issues Summary – Energy

August 21, 2017

Prepared by Scott Irwin, University of Illinois

Policy Setting: The general environment for energy policy has changed drastically since the 2014 Farm Bill was passed. Crude oil prices have fallen from over $100 per barrel to as low as $30. Gasoline prices at the pump have fallen to around $2 gallon.…

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U.S. farmers tour local crops

August 16, 2017

It was a big day for agriculture in Terry County on Monday, August 14, as representatives from several different entities were in the county at just as many locations.

The National Cotton Council’s PIE (Producer Information Exchange) program was in the area and visited a couple of different locations. The P.I.E.…

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