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Trump Administration proposes $40,000 crop insurance limit by county

By Art Barnaby Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics The Trump Administration is proposing crop insurance cuts, similar to the ones proposed earlier by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Both proposals include the elimination of the Harvest Price Option, a limit on AGI and a $40,000 limit on the government’s share of ... Read More »

NAWG CEO Chandler Goule talks about his farm bill experience

From Agri-Pulse On one of his first days in Washington, Chandler Goule hung up on the president of the United States. Twice. Now, he’s in charge of an organization tasked with advocating for America’s wheat producers. Hear his thoughts on his journey through Washington in this video. Read More »

Conservation subject of recent Senate farm bill hearing

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This week’s Farm Policy News update highlights issues associated with the Conservation Reserve Program, a subject that was also discussed in with last week’s Senate ag committee farm bill hearing focused on conservation and forestry issues. Read the update here. Read More »

NAFTA renegotiation: What has happened and what are the next steps

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The first meeting between U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, Canadian Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary Calzada took place June 19-20, in Savannah, Ga. The group released a joint statement following the meetings stressing the importance and the mutual benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As released in the statement, “We share a ... Read More »

Farm state senators to USTR: On NAFTA, do no harm

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From Farm Policy News The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the administration’s approach to trade policy and heard testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Farm state lawmakers expressed concern regarding agriculture and NAFTA renegotiation, admonishing the executive branch to “do no harm” with respect to gains in agricultural trade that have resulted from the agreement. Timelines for ... Read More »

NAWG responds to Senate finance hearing examining the Administration’s top trade priorities

From NAWG Today, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing to discuss the Administration’s trade agenda and its FY18 budget request for the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Members heard testimony from USTR Robert Lighthizer who spoke on the Administration’s top trade priorities and defended the Administration’s FY18 budget request. National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) ... Read More »

Debating crop insurance and commodity programs

From DTN A panel of two farm organization advocates and two analysts of the farm program discussed crop insurance and commodity title provisions in the 2014 farm bill and prospects for the next bill on earlier this week at a Capitol Hill seminar entitled “U.S. Agricultural Risk Policy: Debating the Status Quo,” sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute. The panel discussion ... Read More »

U.S. Wheat expresses concerns about import investigations

From the Capital Press A U.S. Department of Commerce investigation into steel imports could open the door for other countries to retaliate by imposing restrictions on their purchases of commodities such as wheat, U.S. Wheat Associates officials say. Read the story here. Read More »

Farmers, ranchers have ‘unprecedented’ meeting with Ag, Interior secretaries

From the Capital Press Farmers and ranchers described a private meeting with two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet members June 2 as unprecedented and historic. Instead of addressing the group, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke listened and took notes, according to those who were there. “They just didn’t have an agenda. They truly wanted to ... Read More »

USW strong opposes budget proposal eliminating market development funding

From USW’s 6/1 Wheat Letter Last week, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) expressed dismay that the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2018 budget calls for eliminating funding for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program and would severely cut funding for food aid programs. These cuts and other proposed cuts to the farm safety net ... Read More »