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Some Brazil Soybeans Very Muddy

muddy soybean harvestBrazil’s top soybean producing state, Mato Grosso (Mah’-toe Grah’-soh), has soybean fields ready for harvest but are so muddy it’s difficult to walk through, let alone drive a combine through. A Bloomberg report says a week of persistent rainfall has caused some soybeans to begin fermenting. The beans have become engorged their pods, which have started to open as the oilseeds begin to germinate. Read the rest of this entry »

Effective Dairy Safety Net Requires Federal Spending

Friesian (Holstein) dairy cows grazing on lush green pasture
The first 2018 Farm Bill development meeting took place this week. Legislators have been encouraging the nation’s producers to speak up about what worked in the last Farm Bill and what didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

Dow / DuPont Deal on Track in E.U.; Chem China / Syngenta Extended

dow dupont-mergerA Dow Jones report says the Dow and DuPont merger deal looks good for regulatory approval from European Union regulators. People familiar with the deal tell Dow Jones that the deal looks to be on track because the companies offered to sell some of their businesses to ease antitrust concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Largest Ag Producers Changing Crop Protection Plans

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A new study from Millenium Research shows that the nation’s largest farmers are still uncommitted or making changes to their crop protection plans. The “Farmer Speaks” study shows producers being more aggressive in cutting costs after a tough year in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

$1 Trillion Free-Trade Agreement Now In Force

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Despite strong anti-trade comments from President Trump, a $1 trillion free trade agreement went into effect on Wednesday of this week, called the Trade Facilitation Agreement. A CNN Money report says the agreement is designed to cut through red tape and help solve problems like border delays and transportation bottlenecks. The World Trade Organization says it will cut a day and a half off the time needed to import goods and cut two days off the time need to export products. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag Groups Ask for Infrastructure Help

groups Farm Equipment on Rural Roads
Over 200 groups with a stake in agriculture and rural areas sent a letter to President Trump asking for rural needs to be part of any plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says a few of the groups that signed on to the letter included Farm Credit Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the American Soybean Association, among many others. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Told Action Needed to Address Dairy Safety Net

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Dairy farmers need Congress to make improvements in the dairy title of the farm bill this year, and not wait until 2018 when the current bill expires, according to testimony delivered here today by Kansas dairy farmer Lynda Foster.

In a field hearing Thursday on the campus of Kansas State University, Foster told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that “dairy farmers deserve better” than the current Margin Protection Program (MPP), created in 2014 by Congress. “We need Congress to act swiftly this year and make the necessary changes in order for our industry to be able to protect ourselves from the bad year that could arrive at any time, even in years where experts are predicting higher margins.” Read the rest of this entry »

Repellant Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away From Avocado Trees

By: Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS

avocadoUsing some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say.

When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees – a close cousin to the avocado — emit methyl salicylate to repel redbay ambrosia beetles, the very beetles that gave the trees the fungus in the first place, scientists say in a newly published study. Read the rest of this entry »

Sticker Shock: Examining the Economic Impacts of Land Acquisition in the EAA

Published with permission of the James Madison Institute

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Dr. J. Antonio Villamil

by Dr. J. Antonio Villamil
Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group, Inc.

Over the past several years, a policy debate has emerged surrounding the most efficient and effective course of action to address a complex series of challenges regarding the Everglades – its protection, its restoration, and its future. There isn’t a reasonable scientist, economist, or policymaker who would dispute that the issue is complex, complicated, and ultimately involves sensitivities to all stakeholders. Read the rest of this entry »

House Cool to Negron Water Plan

by Jim Turner
The News Service of Florida

water florida rubio Apalachicola bayIt appears doubtful the House will take up, as written, a $2.4 billion proposal by Senate President Joe Negron to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee to ease the impacts of polluted water releases into estuaries on the east and west coasts. Read the rest of this entry »

Animal Health Market Forecasted to Reach $58 Billion by 2025

animal health market
A new report projects the animal health market will be worth $58.5 billion by 2025. Grand View Research reports the market is driven by technological advancements in veterinary care, which are anticipated to serve future growth opportunities to the market. The research agency says the advanced work of identifying emerging animal health issues in developing economies provides a high growth potential in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Bird Flu Strain Becoming More Severe in China

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China reported this week the nation is assessing a new strain of avian influenza, H7N9, which officials report has evolved into a more severe form in birds. Read the rest of this entry »

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