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Ag Policy

Trade Promotion Authority bill advancing in Congress

A bill many deem necessary to finalizing the two major trade agreements passed significant hurdles in Washington this week. The Trade Priorities and Accountability Act that would renew Trade Promotion Authority received the stamp of approval by the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

Pasture and Rangeland

Noxious weed control

Noxious Weed Control in pastures is becoming more of a challenge. Many commercial spray businesses are no longer spraying pastures, and if they are, there may be restrictions on the time and products they will spray, or they may only work with you if they also have the rest of your spraying business. However, it is still the law to control noxious weeds. Not being able to find a commercial applicator is not a valid reason to not control noxious weeds.


No-till and cover crops from a farmer’s point of view

Jamie Scott participated in a roundtable on climate change and agriculture with USDA Secretary Vilsack in East Lansing, Michigan on April 23rd, 2015. Mr. Scott is the Chairman of the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.


Trade bill key to Pacific pact clears Senate panel

Legislation to give the White House "fast track" authority to nail down a Pacific trade pact cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as a committee backed the bill and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 20 to 6 vote, the legislation would prohibit Congress from amending trade deals, instead allowing for just up-or-down votes.


Ag sustainability improvements advance through shared vision and commitment

Though they seldom get credit for it, U.S. farmers are, in fact, decreasing their environmental footprint. Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, is helping farmers measure the environmental impact of farming, track and promote their improvement efforts, and share their progress with others in food and fiber supply chains.


In The Cattle Markets: Cow prices remain strong

All market classes of beef cattle are at record high levels for this time of the year, but are lower than the all-time record highs established in the last half of 2014. Slaughter cow prices basis the Southern Plains, 85-90% lean peaked in August 2014 at an all-time record high of over $131/cwt. Cow prices then declined seasonally to average about $115 in the fourth quarter 2014. First quarter 2015 cow prices have generally ranged above last year from $103-115.


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