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15 Percent of Cotton Crop May Still Be Sitting Vulnerable in the Field

Cotton farms across Texas have been battling Mother Nature all year. Another curve ball came last week when a winter storm barreled across the Plains, dropping 10 inches of snow in its path. The weather further delayed a harvest already 30 days behind for one farmer. “We’re getting to where these bolls are going to be very susceptible if we get moisture on them with anything kind of freezing temperatures, it’s going to pull them to the ground,” said Dahlen [...]

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UPDATE: Where are the 2nd Round of Market Facilitation Payments?

It’s on the mind of many producers right now: when will that second round of market facilitation payments be going out? Here’s the latest on what we know: United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was scheduled to meet with the White House Office of Management and Budget on Friday to discuss the matter. The payments are delayed right now. We’re told it’s due to optimism on China buying U.S. soybeans again and out of concerns about the cost [...]

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House Passes The 2018 Farm Bill In Landslide Vote

The 2018 Farm Bill crossed the second of three hurdles on Wednesday when the House approved the measure in a landslide vote of 369-47 two days after the final conference report was made public. The bill will head to the Oval Office next. President Trump has previously indicated he will sign the bill. However, timing is unclear. “It is fitting that the House today considers the farm bill because 28 years ago, another proud Texan — President George H.W. Bush — [...]

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U.S. Beef Exports Remain at Record Pace

U.S. Beef Exports Still Red-Hot; Pork Exports Slightly Below Year-Ago Level; Lamb Exports Trend Higher U.S. beef exports remained on a record-shattering value pace in October, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). October pork exports trended seasonally higher compared to recent months but were still below the results posted in October 2017. Lamb export volume in October more than doubled year-over-year, while value increased nearly 50 percent. October beef exports totaled 117,838 [...]

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Crop Insurance Deadline Extended Due To Delayed Harvest

Farmers across the country have struggled with delayed harvest. This week USDA announced the Risk Management Agency (RMA) will provide flexibility for farmers who have been unable to complete harvest prior to December 10, the end date for insurance policies covering most spring-planted crops like including corn and soybeans. Sen. John Hoeven ( X – N.D.), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee spoke with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last month and [...]

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