Houses Passes Farm Bill, Will Senate Follow Next Week?

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.

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USDA Boosts Bean Crop 3%

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.

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Arsenic in Rice – Levels Too Low to Worry

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.

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