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Farm Journal Report

  • Nixing NAFTA Isn't an Option


    11/13/2017 07:21 AM

    As lead negotiators prepare for the fifth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFA) negotiations this week, the U.S. dairy industry continues its efforts to breakthrough current barriers to exporting milk to Canada. Pushing for better access to Canada is a priority, but Mexico is the U.S. dairy industry’s top customer. It’s a market dairy leaders not only want to preserve, but see grow.

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    CA Growers, Organizations Share Ag Labor Struggles and Solutions
    11/06/2017 10:14 AM
    Produce growers are searching for long-term solutions not just a short-term fix when it comes to agricultural labor. 
     
    However, lawmakers and the farming community are mixed when it comes to those different solutions.
    The Ag Guest worker Act, introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte cleared the House Judiciary Committee in late October. It’s designed to replace the H-2A Program.
    That’s not the only piece of legislation floating around Congress. 
     
    Lawmaker Lamar Smith introduced legislation called the Legal Workforce Act, which could mandate employers to use the e-verify system to check legal status of agricultural employees.
     
    It’s a tug-of-war battle to see which piece of legislation proposed at roughly the same time will work for farmers.
     
    AgDay national reporter Betsy Jibben talked with West Coast produce growers Neil Nagata with Nagata Bros. Farms in Oceanside, Ca., and Al Stehly with Rockwood Ranch in Escondido, Ca., about their challenges and thoughts on potential legislation. Betsy also talked with Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers as well.
    Listen to the full AgDay segment above.
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    Centennial CA Dairy Lives Out Legacy Despite Env. Challenges
    10/30/2017 03:51 PM

    Scott Bros. Dairy in Southern California is an operation of 1,100 milking Holsteins on a 900 acre ranch. The operation is one of the few remaining family-owned operations which supplies its own creamery down the road in Chino. 

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    Luke Bryan Teams Up with Bayer to Toast Farmers
    10/09/2017 11:58 AM

    Each year, farm fields across the Midwest are flooded with country music fans for “Luke Bryan’s annual Farm Tour.” During the six stops in 2017, Bryan used the national stage to salute America’s farmers, with the “Here’s to the Farmer” campaign.

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    U.S. Could Export Rice to China for First Time, But Is It a Done Deal?
    09/24/2017 08:00 AM

    As U.S. rice farmers bring in a new crop, rough rice prices have rallied a dollar since June. While U.S. prices vary, farmers rely heavily on consistent consumption at home each year. However, a new deal with China could create a surge in demand for U.S. rice, but hurdles still stand in the way. 

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    EARLY EXCLUSIVE: Farmer Mac Upgrades Farm Economy Grade to B-
    09/10/2017 06:00 AM

    Farmers frustrated with the bleak financial picture are facing more of the same this year with pressured prices. However, economists say after multiple years of declining cash flow, signs are modestly pointing up.

    “It's probably better than we expected last year, but still nowhere near where we want it to be,” said Jackson Takach, an economist with Farmer Mac.

  • Video
    Dicamba Debate: Is It Drift or Volatility?
    07/24/2017 10:21 AM

    Strolling through shin-high soybeans, Ed Vitko has a refreshing view this summer. He planted 1,200 acres of dicamba-tolerant soybeans, and after spraying the new formulation of dicamba herbicide over the top of the soybeans this summer, he says the field is weed-free for the first time in years. 

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    Are We In the Decade of the Bean?
    07/06/2017 08:40 AM

    USDA sent shock waves through the commodity markets June 30, claiming U.S. farmers planted 89.5 million acres of soybean this year. While the number was unchanged from its March forecast, it’s still up 7% from last year. Despite the trade expecting USDA to move soybean acreage higher in its June report, an aerial view of farm country has revealed a major shift taking over American farm fields.  


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