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Evening Edition | Thursday, October 6, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read about a major issue in the 2023 farm bill debate, record soybean harvest in Brazil, and water quality practices recommended to Midwest farmers.

Farm Bill Crop Subsidies Debate

Net farm income is at record levels, thanks to high commodity prices, and is expected to remain strong for two or three years. 

But farm groups are telling Congress “that existing subsidy programs should be continued, their scope expanded, and federal spending increased” in the 2023 farm bill, said an American Enterprise Institute analyst.

Find out how much the Congressional Budget Office projects crop subsidies to increase in the coming decade.

Record Soybean Crop in Brazil

The arrival of rains in September allowed for a promising start to Brazil's 2022-2023 soybean season.

Farmers are poised to reap a record of 150.62 million metric tons, despite the drought risks associated with the La Niña weather phenomenon in southern Brazil.

Learn by how many millions of tons this year's soybean production is expected to outpace last year's in the article linked below.

Water Quality Practices in the Midwest

Editor Chelsea Dinterman reports on the farming practices Chesapeake Bay farmers have implemented and the incentives they've received to address the watershed's algae problems and dead zones.

Dinterman writes, "Ultimately, what’s happened in the Chesapeake Bay may happen in the Midwest, bay officials believe. As consumers look to agriculture as a solution for environmental improvement, and food becomes more emotional, Midwestern farmers could face more scrutiny."

Click the link below to read about a Maryland farmer's experience and lessons for farmers in the Midwest.

With three years left to meet the goals of a “pollution diet,” the three major states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have greatly improved their wastewater treatment.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says that climate change — seen in extreme storms, hotter weather, and rising sea levels — has complicated the pollution cleanup.

Read on to find out what percentage reduction of nitrogen and phosphorous the states have achieved thus far.

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