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Over the last few decades as a reporter, I’ve learned that most farmers love to get a good price from the marketplace, rather than a good check from the federal government. But what’s a person to do when export markets are being shut down as a result of tariffs and an ongoing trade war with …

  • 0

The rural vote that was key to electing President Donald Trump in 2016 has focused a spotlight on rural America. Welcoming this new attention, academic researchers are zeroing in on identifying the best ways to revitalize the rural economy and dampen rural discontent. Presidential candidates…

  • 0

While the immediate ratification of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is widely supported by the United States ag sector as another way to expand exports, many lawmakers, union leaders, auto sector workers, machinists and others still feel stung by the previous agreement between the three countries. 

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As our summer travel season ramps up, we’ll be driving or flying to at least 10 different states, including Alaska. One of my biggest concerns is the ability to stay connected—either by finding cell phone service or connecting to my home and office via high-speed broadband.

  • 0

The United States has agreed to lift its steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, removing major obstacles for ratification of the renegotiated North American free trade pact by all three countries. But gaining congressional approval could still be a heavy lift.

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Many of you think it’s planting season, but in the world of politics, it’s presidential campaign season. That means you’re going to start hearing a lot more about how President Donald Trump and a field of over 20 Democrats plan to make life better for those of you who farm and live in rural …

  • 1

Decades ago, political pundits frequently talked about the importance of farm and rural voters in presidential elections. During the early 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt connected the economics on the farms to jobs in the cities as he tried to build political support from both.

  • 0

Farm families up and down the Missouri River have been fighting for their livelihoods as historic floodwaters killed livestock, destroyed bins, damaged homes and buildings and wiped out crucial roads and bridges. The bad news is that the devastating losses are likely to rise as the snow cont…

  • 0

President Donald Trump likes to talk about how much he “loves our farmers” but his most recent budget once again tries to slash key programs that farmers have long supported and even the president previously supported.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expects the White House to once again propose deep cuts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget—and Perdue is expressing frustration with the document that’s expected to be released in March.

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Departments and agencies critical to United States agriculture—including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency—are moving back into full swing, now that the five-week partial government shutdown has come to at least a temporary end.

  • 0

McDonald’s announced recently that it aims to lessen the use of medically important antibiotics in the cattle supplying its beef. Hurrah for that press release, but farmers and ranchers have an important response for one of their premier vendors: It’s already happening in a big way. Just ask…

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After weeks of predicting that a new farm bill might happen this year, we now have a final product that’s ready to be rolled out next year. The “Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018” was quickly passed by the U.S. Senate, 87 to 13, and the House of Representatives by a whopping 369-to-47 margin.

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Farm and trade groups expressed relief after President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met and reportedly pledged to come together and end a trade war that’s been causing billions of dollars in lost sales for United States farmers and ranchers.

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All eyes will be on the United States and Chinese presidents when they meet in a couple weeks to see if they can find a pathway out of their current trade war and bring relief for U.S. farm exports.

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Some of you may remember Wendy’s popular advertising campaign—dating back to 1984— when an elderly lady questioned the hamburger that arrived with a lot of bun and little meat, prompting her to ask, “Where’s the beef?”

  • 0

From Arkansas to North Dakota, California to New York, and many places in between, there’s a lot of interest in hosting U.S. Department of Agriculture employees who might be willing to move out of the nation’s capital region.

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Getting a nationwide group of notoriously independent and private people to voluntarily turn over information to the government can be a difficult obstacle to overcome. The U.S. Department of Agriculture made a major push to identify and track livestock in 2007, back when South Dakota native…

  • 0

When Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed moving both the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of the Washington, DC metro area and into more affordable parts of the country last month, he thought the move made a great deal of common sense.

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When most people talk about the farm bill, they look at some of the biggest portions of the legislation like the nutrition title, the commodities title or crop insurance. But within the $867 billion of funding in the farm bill “pie,” there is another much smaller slice of funding that has be…

  • 0

Farmers and ranchers have been anxiously watching the Trump administration go back and forth with our top two trading partners—Mexico and Canada—to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, while bearing the brunt of retaliatory tariffs.

  • 0

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last month that the agency planned to help farmers hard hit by trade disputes and retaliation with up to $12 billion in assistance, the news was largely welcomed in farm country as a way to provide short-term relief.

  • 0

Like many of you, I first learned about tariffs and the impacts on international trade and global economies from my history books. Now, one of the most common questions I get from farmers who see the word “tariff” in the news almost daily is “how do tariffs really work?”

  • 0

New labels to inform you about the presence of genetically modified organisms in your foods are on their way, even though there is no evidence that such products are any different from a nutrition or food safety standpoint.

  • 0

One might wonder what unites two distinctly different United States senators: One who is a GOP conservative from Utah and the other a liberal Democrat from New Jersey. But during recent debate on the farm bill, both united to restrict and reform farmer-funded commodity checkoff programs in t…

  • 0

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-KS, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, delivered on promises they’ve been making to the agricultural community for several months. They won bipartisan approval of a new farm bill on a 20 to 1 vote—despite a lot of competing interest…

  • 0

Since March, we’ve been watching a potential high-stakes trade war building between the United States and China—first over steel and aluminum and then, hundreds of other targets were added to lists that each side threatened to harm with painful tariffs or other restrictions. The lists includ…

  • 0

Shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives defeated the farm bill on June 20, 2013, Rep. Justin Amash, along with hundreds of business leaders, government officials and staff, attended a $250-a-plate dinner hosted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The libertarian group, which esp…

  • 0

The recent decision by a U.S. Appeals Court dealt another blow to the Montana beef checkoff and signaled a significant victory for the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, an organization that’s made no secret about its desire to challenge other state beef checkoff programs and more broadly…

  • 0

If you followed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, you know that he talked tough on trade—especially when it came to countries he believed were giving the United States a raw deal. He pledged to either kill or renegotiate existing trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • 0

The Republican Speaker of the House is committed to reforming welfare programs—including food assistance—to fulfill a campaign promise and reduce the federal deficit. But farm-state lawmakers are worried about holding together a fragile urban-rural coalition that has long been critical to pa…

  • 0

President Donald Trump has been talking about the need to rebuild our nation’s roads, bridges and ailing infrastructure since his early days on the campaign trail. But it wasn’t until this week that we saw his “official” proposal to spur $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment.

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When President Donald Trump signed the new tax reform package into law on Dec. 22, the first call for many farmers and ranchers was to their accountant with a multitude of questions.

  • 0

The current farm bill does not expire until fall 2018, but several members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees—wary of the almost three years it took to approve the last bill—are getting a jump start on the process.

  • 0

Recently, GOP lawmakers moved a package aimed at updating and reforming the United States tax code through the House of Representatives, 227 to 205, with no Democratic support. 

  • 0

One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to drive across the country to visit farms and families across the nation’s mid-section. In a little over a week, my husband and I crossed over parts of Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois watching…

  • 0

Over the last few decades, United States farmers have made great strides in conserving soil and enhancing water quality, but there’s a growing concern that more needs to be done. But how can you accomplish more when the amount of federal and state dollars to assist in this effort may be at a…

  • 0

The second floor of USDA’s headquarters building where the secretary of agriculture holds court is still pretty quiet. It’s been more than eight months since President Donald Trump was sworn in as president and his cabinet positions are all filled, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. 

  • 0

Do you know what your net farm income was in 2016? On average, USDA estimates 20 percent of your NFI was due to exports. So take your income minus 20 percent and see how you feel about losing export markets.

  • 0

Over the last few decades as a reporter, I’ve learned that most farmers love to get a good price from the marketplace, rather than a good check from the federal government. But what’s a person to do when export markets are being shut down as a result of tariffs and an ongoing trade war with …

  • 0

The rural vote that was key to electing President Donald Trump in 2016 has focused a spotlight on rural America. Welcoming this new attention, academic researchers are zeroing in on identifying the best ways to revitalize the rural economy and dampen rural discontent. Presidential candidates…

  • 0

While the immediate ratification of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is widely supported by the United States ag sector as another way to expand exports, many lawmakers, union leaders, auto sector workers, machinists and others still feel stung by the previous agreement between the three countries. 

  • 0

As our summer travel season ramps up, we’ll be driving or flying to at least 10 different states, including Alaska. One of my biggest concerns is the ability to stay connected—either by finding cell phone service or connecting to my home and office via high-speed broadband.

  • 0

The United States has agreed to lift its steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, removing major obstacles for ratification of the renegotiated North American free trade pact by all three countries. But gaining congressional approval could still be a heavy lift.

  • 0

Many of you think it’s planting season, but in the world of politics, it’s presidential campaign season. That means you’re going to start hearing a lot more about how President Donald Trump and a field of over 20 Democrats plan to make life better for those of you who farm and live in rural …

  • 1

Decades ago, political pundits frequently talked about the importance of farm and rural voters in presidential elections. During the early 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt connected the economics on the farms to jobs in the cities as he tried to build political support from both.

  • 0

Farm families up and down the Missouri River have been fighting for their livelihoods as historic floodwaters killed livestock, destroyed bins, damaged homes and buildings and wiped out crucial roads and bridges. The bad news is that the devastating losses are likely to rise as the snow cont…

  • 0

President Donald Trump likes to talk about how much he “loves our farmers” but his most recent budget once again tries to slash key programs that farmers have long supported and even the president previously supported.

  • 0

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expects the White House to once again propose deep cuts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget—and Perdue is expressing frustration with the document that’s expected to be released in March.

  • 0

Departments and agencies critical to United States agriculture—including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency—are moving back into full swing, now that the five-week partial government shutdown has come to at least a temporary end.

  • 0

McDonald’s announced recently that it aims to lessen the use of medically important antibiotics in the cattle supplying its beef. Hurrah for that press release, but farmers and ranchers have an important response for one of their premier vendors: It’s already happening in a big way. Just ask…

  • 0

After weeks of predicting that a new farm bill might happen this year, we now have a final product that’s ready to be rolled out next year. The “Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018” was quickly passed by the U.S. Senate, 87 to 13, and the House of Representatives by a whopping 369-to-47 margin.

  • 0

Farm and trade groups expressed relief after President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met and reportedly pledged to come together and end a trade war that’s been causing billions of dollars in lost sales for United States farmers and ranchers.

  • 0

All eyes will be on the United States and Chinese presidents when they meet in a couple weeks to see if they can find a pathway out of their current trade war and bring relief for U.S. farm exports.

  • 0

Some of you may remember Wendy’s popular advertising campaign—dating back to 1984— when an elderly lady questioned the hamburger that arrived with a lot of bun and little meat, prompting her to ask, “Where’s the beef?”

  • 0

From Arkansas to North Dakota, California to New York, and many places in between, there’s a lot of interest in hosting U.S. Department of Agriculture employees who might be willing to move out of the nation’s capital region.

  • 0

Getting a nationwide group of notoriously independent and private people to voluntarily turn over information to the government can be a difficult obstacle to overcome. The U.S. Department of Agriculture made a major push to identify and track livestock in 2007, back when South Dakota native…

  • 0

When Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed moving both the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of the Washington, DC metro area and into more affordable parts of the country last month, he thought the move made a great deal of common sense.

  • 0

When most people talk about the farm bill, they look at some of the biggest portions of the legislation like the nutrition title, the commodities title or crop insurance. But within the $867 billion of funding in the farm bill “pie,” there is another much smaller slice of funding that has be…

  • 0

Farmers and ranchers have been anxiously watching the Trump administration go back and forth with our top two trading partners—Mexico and Canada—to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, while bearing the brunt of retaliatory tariffs.

  • 0

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last month that the agency planned to help farmers hard hit by trade disputes and retaliation with up to $12 billion in assistance, the news was largely welcomed in farm country as a way to provide short-term relief.

  • 0

Like many of you, I first learned about tariffs and the impacts on international trade and global economies from my history books. Now, one of the most common questions I get from farmers who see the word “tariff” in the news almost daily is “how do tariffs really work?”

  • 0

New labels to inform you about the presence of genetically modified organisms in your foods are on their way, even though there is no evidence that such products are any different from a nutrition or food safety standpoint.

  • 0

One might wonder what unites two distinctly different United States senators: One who is a GOP conservative from Utah and the other a liberal Democrat from New Jersey. But during recent debate on the farm bill, both united to restrict and reform farmer-funded commodity checkoff programs in t…

  • 0

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-KS, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, delivered on promises they’ve been making to the agricultural community for several months. They won bipartisan approval of a new farm bill on a 20 to 1 vote—despite a lot of competing interest…

  • 0

Since March, we’ve been watching a potential high-stakes trade war building between the United States and China—first over steel and aluminum and then, hundreds of other targets were added to lists that each side threatened to harm with painful tariffs or other restrictions. The lists includ…

  • 0

Shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives defeated the farm bill on June 20, 2013, Rep. Justin Amash, along with hundreds of business leaders, government officials and staff, attended a $250-a-plate dinner hosted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The libertarian group, which esp…

  • 0

The recent decision by a U.S. Appeals Court dealt another blow to the Montana beef checkoff and signaled a significant victory for the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, an organization that’s made no secret about its desire to challenge other state beef checkoff programs and more broadly…

  • 0

If you followed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, you know that he talked tough on trade—especially when it came to countries he believed were giving the United States a raw deal. He pledged to either kill or renegotiate existing trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • 0

The Republican Speaker of the House is committed to reforming welfare programs—including food assistance—to fulfill a campaign promise and reduce the federal deficit. But farm-state lawmakers are worried about holding together a fragile urban-rural coalition that has long been critical to pa…

  • 0

President Donald Trump has been talking about the need to rebuild our nation’s roads, bridges and ailing infrastructure since his early days on the campaign trail. But it wasn’t until this week that we saw his “official” proposal to spur $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment.

  • 0

When President Donald Trump signed the new tax reform package into law on Dec. 22, the first call for many farmers and ranchers was to their accountant with a multitude of questions.

  • 0

The current farm bill does not expire until fall 2018, but several members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees—wary of the almost three years it took to approve the last bill—are getting a jump start on the process.

  • 0

Recently, GOP lawmakers moved a package aimed at updating and reforming the United States tax code through the House of Representatives, 227 to 205, with no Democratic support. 

  • 0

One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to drive across the country to visit farms and families across the nation’s mid-section. In a little over a week, my husband and I crossed over parts of Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois watching…

  • 0

Over the last few decades, United States farmers have made great strides in conserving soil and enhancing water quality, but there’s a growing concern that more needs to be done. But how can you accomplish more when the amount of federal and state dollars to assist in this effort may be at a…

  • 0

The second floor of USDA’s headquarters building where the secretary of agriculture holds court is still pretty quiet. It’s been more than eight months since President Donald Trump was sworn in as president and his cabinet positions are all filled, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. 

  • 0

Do you know what your net farm income was in 2016? On average, USDA estimates 20 percent of your NFI was due to exports. So take your income minus 20 percent and see how you feel about losing export markets.