More than half of American consumers would like to talk to a farmer even though the vast majority - 94 percent - indicated in a recent survey sponsored by Bayer CropScience that they have no connection with agriculture or farming.
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) commended Congress for enacting legislation that will increase the user fee assessed on barge diesel fuel to help finance much-needed improvements to the nation's outdated and deteriorating locks on the inland waterways system.
Renewed economic optimism is boosting most markets. Concern about the global economic & political situation and underlying demand has weighed on corn futures lately. However, yellow grain prices rallied in early trading as the energy and equity sectors led markets higher. Surging wheat futures likely contributed to the corn gains. March corn futures rallied 5.25 cents at $4.135/bushel Wednesday night, while July added 5.25 to $4.285.
Earlier this week, the Senate passed a one-year extension of multiple tax incentives and credits, including several that have direct impacts on soybean farmers. The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed passage of the bill.
iConcept is excited to unveil its Remote Sensing application, a tailor-made solution especially for agribusiness enterprises. The solution helps enterprises capture, analyze and share crop acreage and crop production data.
On Dec. 11, the U.S. Senate Committees on Environment and Public Works and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing to receive an update on President Obama's Executive Order (EO) 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security to enhance the safety and security of chemical facilities and to reduce the risks associated with hazardous chemicals to workers and communities.
The normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is an "important opportunity" for U.S. agriculture that will make exports of U.S. farm goods cheaper, easier and less time consuming for shippers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, Va. farmer to announce an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.