Monthly Archives: February 2019

Wheeler Confirmed as Head of EPA

The Senate approved Andrew Wheeler as the Head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The former coal lobbyist was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 47. The Washington Post calls Wheeler a “veteran of Washington political and industry circles who’s

Will E15 Rule Be Ready for Summer Driving in 2019?

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue appeared before the House Ag Committee to talk about the state of farm country in rural America. Perdue said that he didn’t expect the Environmental Protection Agency to complete its E15 rulemaking process in time for

The Economic Perspective: “Home Equity and Business Starts”

I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at home equity and business starts.  Mike, one of the aspects of our economy that we celebrate is the ability of people to start their

Organic Spirits Company Announces Fund for Farmers

A Minnesota-based distillery has announced a initiative to boost sales of oragnically-sourced liquors. Prairie Organic Spirits has launched its Spirit of Change Fund that will commit one percent of sales to support the next generation of organic farmers and to

Farm Credit 2018 Income Even with 2017

The Farm Credit System this week reported combined net income of $5.3 billion for 2018, as compared with $5.2 billion for the prior year. The system also reported combined net income of $1.3 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018,

Coalition Asks Congress to Safeguard Crop Insurance

A coalition of more than 50 farm groups is asking lawmakers to safeguard crop insurance. The organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, warned in a letter to top-ranking House and Senate budget leaders this week, “An overreliance on budget

NFU Calling for Farm Safety Net Improvements

As the troubled farm economy pushes more and more American family farmers and ranchers into significant financial stress, National Farmers Union is urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to work with Congress to make significant enhancements to the farm safety

The Economic Perspective: “Disrupters of the Economy”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at disrupters of the economy.  Mike, you and I have lived long enough to know much of the world doesn’t stay the same.  There

U.S. Asks China for Lower Ethanol Tariffs

The U.S. has asked China to lower tariffs on ethanol imports as part of the ongoing talks between the two nations. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue confirmed the U.S. request on Tuesday, saying, “We would certainly love below 15 percent.” Last

USMCA Coalition Launched to Promote Trade Agreement

A group of industry and agriculture companies and associations has launched the USMCA Coalition, an effort to see the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement through ratification. The USMCA Coalition is a collection of more than 200 organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of