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Many Applaud as EPA Proposes Rule To Repeal ‘WOTUS’

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2017 – Several agricultural groups and others are happy over today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it will propose a rule to rescind a controversial Clean Water Act regulation that gave t... Read More

Dry heads on green stems in wheat: A source-sink issue

Some producers have reported that the grain is dry in their wheat crop, but green stems are keeping them from being able to harvest smoothly (Fig. 1). A few different factors may be playing a role in maintaining green stems on a dry wheat head, and t... Read More

International Dairy Groups Join U.S. in Calling for Action Against Canadian Trade Policies

(Washington, D.C. – June 27, 2017) An international coalition of 10 dairy industry organizations, including three U.S. dairy groups, is asking their governments’ trade ministers to intercede in the increasingly acrimonious dispute over Canada’... Read More

USGC: NAFTA Modernization Efforts Should Seek to Ease Uncertainty For Customers, U.S. Farmers

Concerns about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have disrupted relationships with longstanding customers of U.S. grains and caused significant concern in farm country, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chairman Chip Councell tes... Read More

Brazil meat inspection flaws flagged in new blow to sector

Brazil's meat industry lacks enough inspectors to ensure the product is safe, a health inspectors union said on Monday, blaming government cutbacks for what the United States has called system-wide sanitary issues. The ANFFA union renewed its long... Read More

NAFTA Renegotiations Must Prioritize Ag

A modernized North American Free Trade Agreement must build upon market gains for U.S. agriculture and settle remaining challenges for our nation’s farmers and ranchers in our neighboring markets, Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president, stat... Read More

Chinese-owned Syngenta eyes Bayer assets to bolster seeds

Switzerland's Syngenta (SYNN.S), the crop protection company acquired by ChemChina, has vowed to bulk up its seeds business and join the chase for assets rival Bayer (BAYGn.DE) must sell to gain regulatory approval for its takeover of Monsanto(MON.N)... Read More

California to List Glyphosate as Cancer-Causing

Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)... Read More

Monsanto Statement on Arkansas Plant Board Decision on Dicamba

Helping farmers protect their crops from troublesome weeds is a big focus for many modern agriculture companies, including Monsanto. Make no mistake about it: on the farm, weeds are much more than just an eye sore. They grow big and spread fast. They... Read More

Winter Wheat Harvest Now In Full Swing Across Kansas

According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, for the week ending June 25, 2017, winter wheat harvest was in full swing across the state. Winter wheat condition rated 8 percent very poor, 15 poor, 31 fair, 40 good, and 6 excellent. Wi... Read More

Secretary Perdue to Travel to China to Mark Return of U.S. Beef

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will travel to China this week, joining with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, to formally mark the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year hiatus.  In events ... Read More

President Donald J. Trump Approves Nebraska Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Nebraska and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm and straight-line wi... Read More

New Leaders Program Launches Fourth Year with Great Success

The 2017 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, now entering its fourth year of helping farming couples and individuals become better communicators, leaders and advocates for agriculture, held its first session last week in Johnston, Iowa. ... Read More

Precision Agriculture Adoption and Profitability

Agricultural producers have increasingly adopted precision agriculture (PA) technologies over the past two decades. Agriculture Risk Management Survey (ARMS) data collected and analyzed by USDA (Schimmelpfennig) showed substantial adoption of various... Read More