Monthly Archives: April 2019

USMCA to Increase Exports by $2.2 Billion

Agricultural exports are expected to increase by $2.2 billion under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement once it’s implemented, according to a report by the International Trade Commission. Dave Salmonsen, senior director of congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation, says

NCDA&CS Market Highlights for Monday April 29

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SOUTHERN FARM NETWORK   The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for April 26, 2019 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of

Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair Max Baucus’s Statement on the Passing of Richard Lugar

(Belgrade, Montana) – Former Senator and Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair Max Baucus released the following statement on the passing of his former Senate colleague and Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair Richard Lugar. “Dick Lugar leaves behind an unmatched legacy

Court Upholds Indiana Right to Farm Law

A farm in Hendricks County, Indiana has been acquitted in a lawsuit brought by neighbors claiming “noxious odors that are so extreme as to greatly diminish the Plaintiffs’ quality of life, reduce their property values, and alter their daily activities,”

Farm Bureau Wants Congress to Quickly Pass Rural Electric Co-op Bill

The American Farm Bureau is asking Congress to quickly pass the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act. The recently-introduced legislation will ensure that electric cooperatives won’t put their tax-exempt status in jeopardy when they accept government grants for

More States Working on Hemp Production

A Florida bill unanimously passed by its Senate means hemp could be joining oranges, strawberries, and tomatoes as top Florida crops. The bill passed last week with the goal of helping an industry that’s been hard to get off the

Nebraska Nuisance Lawsuit Bill Set for Final Vote

Nebraska state senators are working on a revised bill that would expand agricultural producers’ protections under the state’s 1982 Right to Farm Act. The North Platte Telegraph says Legislative Bill 227 deals with nuisance lawsuits against farms. Senators set a

Agriculture Consensus on Labor Fixes

Ag industry lobbyists are saying that the industry appears to have come together to reach consensus on a potential fix to the shortage in farm labor. The lobbyists tell Politico that the potential fix would give workers a path to

USGC Focusing on Saudi Arabia Opportunities

U.S. Grains Council staff members have returned from a long trip to Saudi Arabia with the goal of promoting sorghum and other products to buyers and other end-users in the country. As the Saudi government continues to revise its subsidy

Peterson Leading Trade Mission to Central & South America

House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson is leading a trade mission to Central and South America and will make stops in Brazil, Argentina, and Honduras, where they’ll meet with agriculture leaders from the public and private sectors of each country.