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NRCS Offers $332 Million to Protect Farmland, Wetlands, Grasslands By: 03/31/2015 @ 11:11am

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) is offering up $332 million through the Agricultural Conservation…

USDA Extends ARC, PLC Selection Deadline By: 03/27/2015 @ 12:00pm

If you're stressing to meet next week's deadline for selecting the federal crop insurance program that's…

USDA Moves to Keep Nonfarmers From Program Payments By: 03/24/2015 @ 12:32pm

The federal government is taking steps to make sure a larger share of the overall amount of money devoted to farm…

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Are the Farm Bill Computer Models Always Right? By: 03/23/2015 @ 10:44am

What if federal farm program payment calculators aren't accurate? Here are a few reasons a farmer may not want to follow model results precisely.A. If the 2014 ARC-CO wheat payment is at a maximum for…

A Budget Dream Deferred? By: 03/17/2015 @ 4:50pm

Agriculture appears to have dodged a big spending cut in the 2016 federal spending goals released Tuesday by the House Agriculture Committee, but larger cuts would take place next year, and a proposal to…

Will Ag Go Under Budget Ax? By: 03/16/2015 @ 7:06pm

What do the American Federation of Teachers, Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake, Ducks Unlimited, the National Corn Growers Association, the New York Hunger Council, and Salvation Army have in common?…

Des Moines Water Works Will Go to Court By: 03/10/2015 @ 8:58pm

Two months ago, the Des Moines Water Works gave 60 days' notice to 10 drainage districts in three northern Iowa counties that it intended to go to court over high levels of nitrates entering the city’s…

Farm Bureau Seeks Fast Action from Congress By: 03/09/2015 @ 3:20pm

After its low-key convention in San Diego in January and the president’s mixed State of the Union message for agriculture, the American Farm Bureau Federation is urging members of Congress to act on EPA…

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