The bomb throwers are already trying to blow up the farm program, over a year before a new bill is needed. It’s hardly an early start. In Washington, the clock is ticking toward the 2018 farm bill.
Location is everything when it comes to exporting on the cheap.
Farmers and ranchers slashed production expenditures by 9% last year.
Similar to the strain of wheat found in Washington recently, the USDA never found how an experimental GMO variety by Monsanto ended up on a farm in eastern Oregon in April 2013.
Oklahomans will decide as part of the November general election whether to add a right-to-farm amendment to their state constitution. It’s the third time since 2012 the idea has been tested at the state level. North Dakota approved a right-to-farm amendment in a 2-to-1 landslide in 2012, and Missouri approved its amendment by a razor-thin margin in 2014.
Landowners are knocking on USDA’s door, trying to enroll land into the increasingly exclusive CRP. The government saw the strongest competition for entry in the 30-year history of CRP when it held the first general sign-up in three years. The acceptance rate announced in May was the lowest ever, a scant 22%.
Candidates running for President tend to oppose trade policy, then favor once elected.
After months of speculation that action would be delayed until 2017, food and agriculture groups are pushing for a vote this year.
The eight major crops account for the bulk of plantings, but farmers are saying they'll plant 2.5% less acres than they did in 2014.