Innovation is Key for Central Arizona Farmers

September 19, 2018 |

Arizona is known for its exceptionally hot summers and mild winters. It’s also one of the few places in the country where people can farm 365 days a year.

As Harvest Marches On, Tariff Pain to Follow

September 19, 2018 |

Since our trade partners began applying retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, the industry has experienced a significant amount of uncertainty, price fluctuation and disrupted trade markets. For some already harvested commodities, like cherries, the impacts of lost sales and depressed prices are well known. For other crops, like soybeans and corn, the impacts of current trade activities have been felt acutely by those who have sold in the spot market over the summer or watched helplessly as futures contracts swung wildly, but the feeling that the worst is yet to come hangs over producers. The consensus is that the impact of lower prices and weak demand from some key foreign customers will be most widespread as the combines roll and harvest 2018 gets underway.

House Lawmakers Seek Permanent Tax Solutions for Farmers

September 19, 2018 | Newsline

A bill making its way through the House of Representatives would make the tax cuts passed last year permanent. Micheal Clements has more.
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Staying in the Game on WOTUS

September 19, 2018 |

Fall is one of my favorite seasons on the farm. From calving to harvest, it’s a time to celebrate life on the farm and the results of months of planning and tending.

Farm Bureau: Broadband is not a Luxury, it’s a Necessity

September 18, 2018 |

Farmers and ranchers must have access to fixed and mobile broadband to be more efficient, economical and environmentally responsible, the American Farm Bureau Federation said in recent comments on the Rural Utility Service’s e-Connectivity Pilot Program.

Corn Harvest Charging Ahead

September 18, 2018 |

Harvest numbers continue to roll in. USDA’s September 17 Crop Progress report indicates 9 percent of the U.S. corn crop has been harvested, up 2 percentage points from last year and up 3 percentage points from the five-year average.

USDA Launches First Stage of Trade Mitigation Purchases

September 17, 2018 |

Over the last 10 days, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has been making pre-solicitation announcements for trade mitigation purchases.

Farm Bureau Details Trade, Tariff Impacts on Agriculture

September 17, 2018 |

For the growth and renewed prosperity of agriculture, particularly with farm income on a downward slope, current trading relationships must be preserved and new opportunities for agricultural trade must be secured, the American Farm Bureau Federation said in a recent statement to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Interior’s Sue and Settle Order Exposes Secret Settlements with Activists

September 14, 2018 | News Releases

Activists have grown rich by suing the government and reaping billions of taxpayers’ dollars – and all in secret.
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Reviewing State-Level 2017 Net Farm Income

September 14, 2018 |

During 2017, U.S. net farm income was projected at $75.5 billion, up 22 percent from 2016 but well below the record high experienced in 2013. At the state level, net farm income was the highest in California at $17.7 billion, up 23 percent from prior-year levels. Following California was Texas at $4.5 billion, up 6 percent, and Iowa at $3.4 billion, up 4 percent. The top 10 states in terms of net farm income represented $43.8 billion, or 58 percent, of total U.S. farm income. Figure 1 highlights net farm income by state, with the top 10 states in terms of net farm income accented in dark green.

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