North America

Post image for Farm Bill Proposal Would Save $40 Billion

Lugar-Stutzman bill would eliminate several farm programs. Senator Dick Lugar, R-Ind., and Representative Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., have introduced the Rural Economic Farm and Ranch Sustainability and Hunger Act or REFRESH. The bill targets $40 billion in USDA cuts to help meet federal deficit reduction goals. Roughly two-thirds of the savings would come from farm and [...]

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Post image for Taiwanese reps sign deals to buy US corn, soybeans

INDIANAPOLIS Two Taiwanese trade groups have agreed to buy as much as $5 billion worth of corn and soybeans from Indiana and states in 2012 and 2013. Representatives of Taiwan’s Feed Industry Association and its Vegetable Oil Manufacturers Association signed letters of intent for the purchases Monday in Indianapolis with Indiana Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay. [...]

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Post image for State agriculture director touts Michigan farm products on Snyder trade trip to Asia

SAGINAW — Michigan cherries, blueberries, cranberries and other “high-value” agriculture products could be headed to Asia by the crate or in concentrate if Gov. Rick Snyder’s trade trip overseas has the desired effect, a top state agricultural official said. The Michigan fruits were the homegrown products most in demand in conversations about expanding farm trade [...]

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Post image for Brownback pushing animal ag expansion

Gov. Sam Brownback stepped into the livestock arena Wednesday to explore options for expanding by hundreds of millions of dollars investment in beef, dairy and pork industries in Kansas. The subject struck at the heart of the administration’s seventh economic development summit in Garden City. The objective was to define strategy for broadening Kansas’ share [...]

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Post image for Wildfires cost Texas agriculture nearly $200 million

Agricultural losses from wildfires in Texas this year are approaching $200 million, increasing the toll for the state’s worst year of drought and fires, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University said Monday. The service reported that losses topped $150 million but updated that figure later in the day after new data on [...]

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Post image for Davis Breeder to Talk Changing Bee Industry in Argentina

Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey will deliver the keynote address at the beekeeping technology symposium on Production of Live Material at the 42nd Annual Apimondia International Beekeeping Congress, set Sept. 21-25 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cobey, who has a dual appointment at UC Davis, and Washington State University, will speak Friday, Sept. 23 on “Changes and [...]

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Post image for Will there be enough corn?

Will there be enough corn? Agricultural economists across the country are pondering this question. “With the 2011 corn crop not likely big enough to meet demand and as prices continue to rise, livestock producers soon might be facing a critical decision: whether they should reduce their use of corn for feed,” said Chris Hurt, a [...]

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Post image for Virginia’s Apple Harvest Looks Good

The weather in 2011 has been hard on many of Virginia’s agricultural crops, but the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the outlook for the 2011 apple crop is very good. In early September, staff from VDACS’ Office of Sales and Market Development contacted growers representing the state’s major apple-growing areas and the [...]

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Post image for Drought stress blankets Indiana, likely continues into harvest

The abnormally dry and drought conditions that most of Indiana is experiencing don’t appear to change as farmers statewide prepare for harvest, according to the associate state climatologist. Indiana is at the eastern end of a Midwest drought region, which has been classified as severe and covers much of central Illinois and part of southeast [...]

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Post image for Michigan apple growers expecting a great crop this year

Not only will there be way more Michigan apples this year, they’ll probably be bigger and better looking too. According to estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture, Michigan apple growers are likely to produce 26.1 million bushels this season. The 5 year average is 19.5 million bushels. Only Washington and New York state [...]

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Post image for Bill eases growers’ creation of ponds

A move by two North Coast legislators to speed up the approval process for small farm irrigation ponds has earned the support of rival factions in the region’s water wars and is now one step away from becoming law. The legislation by Democratic Assemblymen Jared Huffman of San Rafael and Wes Chesbro of Arcata would [...]

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Post image for TO THE LAST DROP: Ogallala Aquifer low in Gaines County

TCEQ classifies water conservation for Loop, Texas at stage 3 The consequences of diminishing water supplies are many and relentless. The Ogallala Aquifer, a vast underground chamber of water that spans 174,000 squre miles and barely lies beneath Gaines County, [Texas] presents the predominantly farming city of Loop with such a case. On Aug. 22, [...]

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Post image for Bayer CropScience Launches New Technology and Showcases Innovations in the Museum of Modern Agriculture

DECATUR, IL — A corporate greenhouse devoted to innovation and research, century farms, and new products are conversation topics as Bayer CropScience debuts the Museum of Modern Agriculture at the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. The museum is an opportunity to engage growers in the stories behind the agricultural innovations they enjoy today and [...]

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Post image for EU Pits Alberta Beef Against Quebec Dairy Products in Canada Trade Talks

The European Union may refuse to open its market to more Canadian beef, pork and sweet corn unless Canada provides better access to its heavily protected dairy sector, a senior European diplomat said. The EU is “disappointed” Canada hasn’t offered any concessions for products shielded by its supply-management system, under which domestic farmers receive production [...]

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