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.
Nearly half of the wheat planted around the world is derived from varieties developed by CIMMYT and other members of an international research consortium.
The 2018 farm bill is just over the horizon – field hearings could start next winter, maybe earlier if commodity prices are frozen at low levels – and the farm bill coalition is linking its arms in readiness. In an exercise that doubled as a warm-up for the new farm bill, the informal alliance united to protect USDA programs from budget cuts this spring, even in programs outside its usual area of interest. As a result, the American Soybean Association (ASA) defended the food stamp program against a proposed 20% cut in funding.