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  • USDA Announces Enhancements to Livestock and Dairy Insurance Programs
    The Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency Monday announced several enhancements to the Dairy Revenue Protection, Livestock Gross Margin and Livestock Risk Protection Programs.  Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre says the changes “strengthen risk management options
  • Trade Coalition Calls for Tariff Elimination in U.S.-China Negotiations  
    Americans for Free Trade, a coalition of business organizations, is urging the Trump administration to include tariff elimination in the U.S.-China trade talks.  The coalition Monday sent a letter to Trump urging five specific outcomes from U.S.-China
  • Ag Groups Welcome USMCA ITC Report
    Agriculture groups welcomed the International Trade Commission report on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement released late last week, even though it lacks full benefits for agriculture.  National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp says the report “doesn’t fully
  • Farm Groups Request Disaster Relief
    Farm groups and agriculture lenders are urging lawmakers to pass disaster aid.  More than 135 farm groups and banks last week penned a letter urging President Trump and Congress to “put aside political differences and supply urgently
  • New Legislation Would Ease Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Rules Amid Farm Economy Slump
    A bill announced last week would ease the process of reorganizing debt through Chapter 12 bankruptcy rules, making more farms eligible.  The move comes amid a continued downturn in the farm economy.    Led by Representative Antonio
  • Culver’s #Farming Fridays on Social Media Returns
    Back for its fourth consecutive year,  Culver’s #FarmingFridays return April 26, 2019.  Created in 2016, the social media series profiles influential people who are passionate about educating others about agricultural.  The influencers will share their stories on
  • China Guilty of Violating World Trade Organization Responsibilities
      A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, corn, and rice, inconsistently with its WTO commitments.  The way China runs its TRQ administration isn’t transparent, not
  • Fed Report Shows Tough Conditions in Ag Country
    The latest outlook from the Federal Reserve regional surveys shows low prices, severe weather, and trade tensions continue to weigh heavily on large segments of the agricultural economy.  Politico says the Fed gathers information eight times a