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September Crop Report Shows Slight Yield Declines

September 19, 2019 | Newsline

The latest forecast from USDA shows slight yield declines for corn and soybeans. Micheal Clements has more.
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Proposed H-2A Changes Tries But Fails to Contain Considerable Wage Variability

September 19, 2019 |

On July 26, the Department of Labor published a proposed rule that would amend its regulations regarding certain provisions of the H-2A program. Among the many changes in the proposed rule are revisions to the methodologies used to determine the Adverse Effect Wage Rate. Rather than a single AEWR for all H-2A workers within a region, DOL has proposed AEWRs by agricultural occupation. The proposal reflects the department's concern that the current AEWR methodology for field and livestock workers (combined) may have an adverse effect on the wages of workers in higher-paid agricultural occupations, such as farmworker supervisors and construction laborers on farms. Following the data supplied by DOL in the proposed rule, this Market Intel will look at what the proposal means for farms utilizing the H-2A program.

With Fewer Hands in the Field, More Food Goes to Waste

September 18, 2019 |

Timing is everything. As a parent, that means grabbing a non-washable magic marker from your toddler’s hands right before the tip touches the living room wall.

USDA Must End NRCS Abuses

September 18, 2019 | News Releases

Farmers and ranchers are being denied due process as part of an abuse of discretion by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, according to a scathing ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
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Forest Service Proposal Simplifies Decision-Making

September 17, 2019 |

Proposed regulatory changes by the U.S. Forest Service would streamline the way the agency handles environmental analysis and decision-making.

Farm Safety and Health Week Promoting Safe Farming Practices

September 17, 2019 | Newsline

Resources promoted this week can help improve health and safety on the farm. Micheal Clements has more.
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Farm Bureau Marks National Farm Safety and Health Week

September 17, 2019 | News Releases

– The American Farm Bureau is reminding everyone in agricultural communities about their role in staying safe on the farm and ranch during National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 15-21).
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September Crop Report Shows Slight Yield Declines

September 16, 2019 |

While on the higher side of pre-report estimates, the USDA September Crop Production report shows corn and soybeans yields are down from 2018 and lower than the projections posted in the USDA August Crop Production report.

AFBF: WOTUS Repeal a Win for Grassroots Agriculture Advocacy

September 12, 2019 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation says repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule is a victory for clean water and clear rules. Micheal Clements has more.
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Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Deadline Rapidly Approaching

How Many Producers Have Signed up So Far?

September 12, 2019 |

With a looming enrollment deadline of Friday, Sept. 20, fewer producers than anticipated have opted to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage, the 2018 farm bill’s improved replacement for the Margin Protection Program.

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