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Evening Edition | Wednesday, August 17, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read input on the 2023 farm bill, a water conservation agreement for the Colorado River Basin, and a newly announced dual-auger grain cart.

Farm Bill

When Congress writes the new farm bill, it should put a moratorium on agribusiness mergers, eliminate USDA cost-share money for methane digesters on factory farms and reduce crop insurance premiums for farmers who implement soil-health practices, said the Land Stewardship Project on Tuesday.

The LSP, based in the upper Midwest and a proponent of sustainable agriculture, said the 2023 farm bill should restore competition in the marketplace and pay farmers for practices that have climate benefits.

“In this farm bill, I would like to see more support for small farmers, and I think that one of the best ways to do that is to put a stop to corporate consolidation in agriculture and food systems, across the board,” said Claudia Lenz, a Wisconsin farmer and member of LSP’s farm-bill committee.

Water Conservation

With Colorado River Basin states in disarray, the government said on Tuesday it would work with the seven states for an agreement on huge reductions in water usage from the river.

This past June, federal officials gave basin states 60 days to write a plan that would reduce water usage by 2 million to 4 million acre-feet annually — a drastic cut, considering that the state of Colorado alone annually draws around 2 million acre-feet from the river.

The states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Grain Handling

Editor Alex Gray reports on the new Brandt DXT Series dual-auger GrainCarts. The equipment boasts fast unload speeds and large carrying capacities.

The DXT GrainCart is offered in a range of models from 1,150 to 2,500 bushel capacity.

The pivoting vertical auger makes the spout height adjustable between 9 feet and 5 inches to 16 feet and 6 inches off of ground level.

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