On its second try and on a two-vote margin, the Republican-controlled House passed its farm bill on Thursday that tweaks the ARC and PLC programs and expands the CRP by 5 million acres. House Agriculture chairman Michael Conaway said he expects the Senate to pass its version next week, clearing the way to enact the 2018 farm bill before current law expires this fall.Read More
The EPA published the long-awaited proposed rule for defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).Read More
USDA will continue holding back on any effort to implement permanent law with expectations that Congress will move over the next few weeks to complete work on a farm bill.
USDA expects the soybean crop to be 3.258 billion bushels, 3% larger than it estimated in September. That national average soybean yield increased to 43 bushels per acre, in line with trade expectations.Read More
An FDA study confirms what the rice industry has known for years, that it is far healthier for Americans to enjoy rice and foods made with rice than it is for them to eliminate or cut back on consumption because miniscule amounts of arsenic might exist at levels far below what is considered harmful.Read More
The House of Representatives passed a bill to fund nutrition programs as part of a farm bill Thursday through a bill that revolved around cutting $39 billion over 10 years.Read More
ASFMRA’s annual Leadership Institute got underway at the Westin in Alexandria, VA on September 8.Read More