Stabenow on COOL and WOTUS

Retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico could be detrimental to agricultural commodities. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Ag Committee, says Congress needs to ensure Canada does not retaliate. “Hopefully we can get agreement on those as soon as possible so that we don’t see negative consequences because that would be very… Read more »

Peterson points to CRP in buffer debate

Congressman Collin Peterson’s solution to the buffer bill proposed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton lies in the federal Farm Bill. Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, says a widely used provision exists that provides federal funding for voluntary buffer strips. “The continuous CRP.  It is available year round.  There’s acres available under… Read more »

Hearing: Farm Bill for the down times

The theme of a hearing on Capitol Hill this week centered on the Farm Bill’s importance during down times. Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz, the ranking member of the subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, said lawmakers “write the farm bill for the bad times, not for the good”, adding that “when commodity prices… Read more »

Michigan Corn reminds farmers of FSA deadlines

Conservation Compliance forms need to filed for farmers using crop insurance this year.  Angel Jenio, Communications Specialist for Michigan Corn, reminds farmers to apply by June 1 to meet the deadline.  She says farmers can contact the local Farm Service Agency for more details. AUDIO: Interview with Angel Jenio (1:59 mp3):

USDA addresses climate change

USDA announced new incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and increase renewable energy. USDA will utilize existing programs and initiatives to focus on soil health, nutrient management and forest conservation. The department will also improve efforts to develop renewable energy, increase energy efficiency and build agricultural and forestry systems. “In order to… Read more »

4-H members testify at House Ag Committee

A group of 4-H members testified at a House Ag Committee hearing this week to address how they’re working to bridge the gap between urban and rural communities. Shelby Nierman, a 4-H delegate from Brownstown, Indiana spoke about the importance of connecting urban and rural consumers through 4-H.  “Programs such as 4-H are essential in… Read more »

USDA extends deadline for ARC/PLC again

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The USDA has extended the deadline for farmers to choose a Farm Bill safety net program. The first extension was through March 31st, but now sign-up has been extended through Tuesday, April 7th. The deadline for updating yield history and/or reallocation of base acres has also been extended through April 7th along with the choice… Read more »

Minnesota Farm Bureau delegates in DC discuss key issues

Minnesota Farm Bureau delegates are in Washington DC this week to discuss issues important to the state. Fourteen members, including Loren Molenaar of Raymond, spent time with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken while also meeting with six of the eight representative offices. Molenaar says certainty with the new Farm Bill is needed, “We just went… Read more »

The rising cost of the Farm Bill

The downturn in commodity prices is adding to the cost of the Farm Bill.  Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the Senator Agriculture Committee says while he’s concerned with the way it looks, he’s also been around long enough to know that over the course of the Farm Bill it will save taxpayers money. … Read more »

USDA implementing ‘non-farmer’ revisions

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The USDA has begun implementation of a key provision in the farm bill.  It’s a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, as instructed by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Service Agency says it’s closing the loophole allowing “actively engaged farmers” by the old definition to meet the new definition. Under the… Read more »