D.C. Watch: Farm bill discussions resume this week
Other news from Washington:
- USDA has started making payments to land owners with land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program now that the federal government is up and running again. Direct payments to 1.7 million eligible producers and payments under the 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program are also being paid. Direct payments will be reduced due to the government sequester cuts that is in effect.
- The House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act by an overwhelming margin. The bill provides guidance to the Army Corps of Engineers on projects to improve the country’s waterways. This bill sets harder dealings on costs and timing projects, which can now take up to 15 years of planning and studies before any actual physical work on the project begins. The House bill authorizes 23 new projects costing about $8 billion of federal funds and additional $5 billion of state or local matching funds. The Senate passed its version of the bill in May – so the next step is a House-Senate conference committee.
- Canada and the EU have signed a new free trade agreement that will give Canadian cattle and hog producers greater access to more than 500 million EU customers. The agreement still must be approved by the EU Parliament and by Canada’s provincial governments. This agreement puts pressure on U.S. negotiators to make progress on the U.S.-EU discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
- Toro releases guide for using micro-sprinklers for IPM
- USDA to fund $25 million in value-added producer grants
- Crop futures mostly higher, livestock prices stabilizing
- Suppress Palmer pigweed with a ryegrass cover crop
- LSU researchers look for biological controls for aflatoxin
- U.S. soft red winter wheat hit hard by head scab
- Deere to lay off more than 600 at four U.S. plants
- The four pillars of seeing opportunities in problems
- Slow pace of rail recovery stirs fear of future woes
- New DuPont Afforia herbicide introduced for soybeans
- Cooperative exits retail and automotive business
- RTK brings higher level of accuracy to farmers
- No El Niño in 2014? Drought-weary California in trouble
- Suspected Bt corn rootworm resistance in Pennsylvania
- BioNitrogen to build second fertilizer plant in Texas
- Commentary: Setting the record straight on 'Waters of the U.S.'
- Soybean aphid numbers on the rise
- Solar energy jobs increase, wind power decrease