Federal

Will the FARMER Act Get Traction in the Senate?

By Paul Neiffer FARM CPA Report Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) introduced the Federal Agricultural Risk Management Enforcement Act (FARMER) on April 9. This act tries to enhance participation in the federal crop insurance system by increasing subsidies on coverage at higher levels and making some changes to Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO). The farm sector’s consistent yield areas are usually able ... Read More »

Will We See a Hard Fall or Soft Landing? It’s the Million Dollar Question for the Farm Economy This Year

From agweb.com A reset in agriculture seems to be underway. For 10 straight months, the Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor has tracked the health of the ag economy through the lens of ag economists. The anonymous survey is a gauge of 70 economists from across the country. In March, economists’ views on the ag economy grew weaker, but it’s the erosion ... Read More »

Making Sense of the New EPA Mitigation Requirements for Pesticide Applicators

From smallgrains.wsu.edu The mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to take the necessary precautions to protect both human health and the environment. We have all been told numerous times that the “label” is the law, which remains true. However, the EPA has decided that in addition to the pesticide label on products, pesticide applicators will now ... Read More »

China cancels large wheat purchases

From the Capital Press China recently canceled several orders of wheat from various countries, including the U.S. China canceled more than 500,000 metric tons of U.S. soft red winter wheat contracts purchased this year, said Tyllor Ledford, market analyst at U.S. Wheat Associates. China also canceled more than 1 million metric tons of contracts with Australia and 500,000 metric tons ... Read More »

Analyst: Wheat prices decline amid record Russian exports

From the Capital Press Wheat prices are at their lowest level since 2020, driven down primarily by burgeoning production from the Black Sea region, a wheat market analyst says. “The question is, ‘Have we hit bottom?’” Tyllor Ledford, market analyst for U.S. Wheat Associates, said. “The answer is, ‘I don’t know.’ … The whole world is waiting with bated breath ... Read More »

NAWG Elects New Officers with Keeff Felty as President

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) elected Keeff Felty as president during their 2024 Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. Felty is a fourth-generation farmer in the Altus area of Oklahoma. He farms cotton, sesame, and pastureland along with his wheat crops. He brings experience from his time with the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association and the Oklahoma State Support Committee ... Read More »

Ukraine grain, oilseed farming uprofitable

From the Capital Press Grain and oilseed production remains unprofitable for Ukrainian farmers for the second year in a row. Low prices, limited exports and complicated logistics mean “significant” financial losses, said Antonina Broyaka, a Kansas State University Extension associate who fled Ukraine when the war broke out. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Minding Ag’s Business: CCC, Crop Insurance Backstop Farm Incomes But Could Face Challenging Future

From Progressive Farmer Lower commodity prices and falling farm incomes took center stage at USDA’s recent Agricultural Outlook Forum with the agency forecasting season-average corn and soybean prices of $4.40 and $11.20 per bushel, respectively. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Judge grants Snake River dam litigation stay through 2028

From the Capital Press U.S. District Judge Michael Simon has approved a memorandum of understanding negotiated by the Biden administration and litigants in a lawsuit over Snake River dam operations. The agreement stays the lawsuit until Dec. 13, 2028, with the possibility of another five-year extension. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NGFA supports new rail rules

Reforms supported by the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) were part of the final rules issued by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) that strengthen its power to act during rail service emergencies. Proposed by the STB in 2022, the regulations for “expedited relief in service emergencies” address deficiencies in previous emergency service order rules.  Read the rest of the ... Read More »