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News
May 6, 2016
Yet Glanz has already been told his corn crop will face a quality control audit this growing season by Des Moines-based Rain and Hail LLC after Glanz informed his insurance agent that he plans to interseed a cover-crop mix into his standing corn crop this year.


News
Mar 14, 2016
“We need to make sure we have a candidate that supports ethanol and a candidate that supports trade and a candidate that knows rural America is a vital part of this country,” said Chip Bowling, outgoing president of NCGA. “We’re beating the bush for those candidates.


News
Feb 29, 2016
The Senate agriculture committee was scheduled to hold a meeting last Thursday on a bill drafted by Chairman Pat Roberts (R- KS) that would block states from creating their own mandatory biotech food labeling laws. Roberts introduced his bill Feb. 19 and set the Thursday date for the committee to vote on the bill.


News
Feb 12, 2016
A caveat to the 2014 farm bill is that it requires the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to calculate yearly county yields for ARC-County payments. Therein lies the problem. At least a couple of law firms and others are holding meetings with farmers in parts of the Plains and Midwest to argue that FSA did not accurately calculate county yields.
News
Nov 30, 2015
The budget deal approved at the end of October includes plans to cut the rate of return for crop insurance companies from 14.5 percent to 8.9 percent, a cut of roughly 38 percent on the rate of return that translates into $300 million a year or $3 billion over 10 years.


Markets
Nov 6, 2015
While FSA announced more than $3.9 billion in commodity payments started to go out recently to roughly 800,000 farmers, FSA staff are concerned at least some farmers don’t understand the nuances of the ARC-County program. It isn’t like the old Direct Payments program because not everyone is going to receive a check.


News
Oct 23, 2015
Michael Stern, President and Chief Operating Officer at Climate Corporation, said he believes agriculture globally is on the cusp of an information age that will further digitize data for farmers and their suppliers. Stern noted there are more cellular phones on the planet than people.


News
Oct 16, 2015
In a potential win for grain exporting countries, a European Parliament committee voted last Tuesday to block a proposal that would have allowed each of the 28 EU countries to decide on their own whether to allow the import or use of biotech food or feed.


News
Sep 4, 2015
Despite the challenges of a prolonged drought, data reported last week from USDA shows California farmers had just under $54 billion in cash receipts for crops and livestock in 2014. Of those totals, $38.7 billion came from crops, of which fruits and nuts accounted for $21.


News
Aug 21, 2015
Wells Fargo sent a signal during the week of Aug. 10 that it is looking to sell its crop insurance arm, Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS). The banker wants to continue offering crop insurance by holding on to its agency, but also increase “cross-selling” by seeking to offer a broader range of insurance and banking products to its customers.


News
Jun 5, 2015
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman announced last week that the WTO’s appellate body has ruled India is discriminating against U.S. poultry, eggs and live pigs to protect its own domestic products. India had argued an outright ban on U.S. poultry meat, eggs and swine was needed to protect the country from avian influenza.


News
Jun 5, 2015
The vaccines currently available aren’t effective enough, the department stated. The one vaccine currently tested offers 60 percent effectiveness in chickens, leaving four in 10 birds unprotected. That would translate into having to euthanize a flock regardless of the vaccine usage.


News
May 29, 2015
State officials see a crown jewel of research that will draw world-class scientists to Kansas State University (K-State), while federal officials say the new diagnostic lab under construction in Manhattan will provide a first line of defense against foreign animal diseases globally.


News
May 1, 2015
That technology on a tractor deals with safety, performance and standards such as meeting emission requirements. “We do try to make sure through our dealers and customers to read diagnostics and do anything they need to do for repairs that need to happen,” Nelson said.