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Federal Court Sends Illegal Water Rule Back to EPA

August 22, 2019

A federal court says the 2015 Waters of the United States rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act because of its “vast expansion of jurisdiction over waters and land traditionally within the states’ regulatory...



Wheat farmers angry over Trump comments on exports to Japan

August 15, 2019

President Donald Trump’s comments on wheat exports to Japan have won him rare negative press in rural America. Speaking in Pennsylvania of the U.S. trade deficit with Japan, Trump said, “They send thousands and thousands...


USDA shows land values up nationwide, Farm Bureau notes declines

August 9, 2019

The 2019 Land Values Survey released this week by the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service showed that land values nationwide have risen. But the American Farm Bureau Federation, in a Market Intel analysis, noted...


Trump presides over U.S.-EU beef trade ceremony

August 6, 2019

President Donald Trump on Friday presided over a White House ceremony at which U.S. and European Union officials signed an agreement that will guarantee the United States a specific quota for non-hormone fed beef. The...


Trump plans more China tariffs, soybean price tanks

August 2, 2019

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he intends to put a 10% tariff on another $300 billion in Chinese goods on September 1.The White House said Wednesday that China had promised to buy more agricultural...


Senate passes budget

August 1, 2019

The Senate today passed a two-year budget and debt ceiling deal that will allow the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process to move forward. The vote was 67 to 28. The House has already passed the...


USDA announces changes on Forest Service land

August 1, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced how the U.S. Forest Service proposes to change how the agency manages greater sage grouse in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming and Utah. “The Forest Service continues to promote our...




USDA announces Market Facilitation Program

July 25, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and other USDA officials today announced the 2019 Market Facilitation Program to provide aid to farmers whose incomes have been damaged by the continuing trade conflict with China and other countries....


USDA extends deadline for crop reporting in some states

July 11, 2019

The Agriculture Department today extended the deadline for reporting spring-seeded crops impacted by flooding and heavy moisture in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin until July 22....







Trump signs disaster aid bill that covers prevented planting

June 12, 2019

President Donald Trump today signed the long delayed supplemental appropriations bill that includes disaster aid for farmers who experienced hurricanes and wildfires in 2018 and flooding in 2019. H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for...


Trump touts farm record in Iowa, but ethanol issues

June 12, 2019

President Donald Trump on a visit to an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday took credit for approving the year-round sale of E15 gasoline and urged Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on...