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Benchmark milk price at 5-year high

November 7, 2019

The October Federal order Class III benchmark milk price hit a five-year high at $18.72 per hundredweight, up 41 cents from September, $3.19 above October 2018, and the highest Class III since November 2014. It...


EPA seeks nominations for Farm, Ranch, Rural advisory committee

November 7, 2019

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today that the EPA is soliciting applications for 20 to 30 nominees to serve on its Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. “Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides...



Perdue hopes no need for 2020 trade aid payments

November 7, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said today that he hopes negotiations with China will lead to export sales that will “supplant” any need for trade aid payments in 2020. Farmers “would rather have trade than aid,”...


Wyomingites on The American Rancher television show

November 7, 2019

BOULDER and RIVERSTON, Wyo.- Wyoming seedstock producer, Lucky 7 Angus, will be featured on an upcoming episode of The American Rancher on Nov. 11, 2019. Show episode premieres Monday night at 9 ET on RFD-TV...


House Ag Committee election 2020 forecast

November 7, 2019

Editor’s note: This article on the 2020 House elections is the first of two stories about congressional elections affecting rural America and agriculture. A second article on the Senate will be published Friday. One year...





U.N. agencies warn of hunger in southern Africa

November 7, 2019

United Nations agencies have warned that more than 45 million people across southern Africa are at risk of falling into a hunger crisis over the course of the next six months, with 11 million already...


Senate passes PACT Act

November 7, 2019

The Senate passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act on Tuesday by unanimous consent. The measure says a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals and sexually exploiting...


Neal finishes Canada USMCA trip amidst talk of China delay

November 7, 2019

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and his delegation of members who had traveled to Canada for discussions about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade concluded their trip today while Washington Trade Daily...



Grassley to file EPA comments, doesn’t expect shutdown

November 6, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told rural reporters today that he will file comments with the Environmental Protection Agency to urge changes in the rule the agency has proposed to manage small refinery...


Food Safety News issues warning about FDA, CDC

November 6, 2019

Food Safety News, the newsletter published by Bill Marler, the prominent Seattle-based food safety lawyer, will, for the next six weeks, attach a note to every story posted on the Food and Drug Administration saying...


Bennet, Axne introduce bill for new USDA research agency

November 6, 2019

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on Monday introduced legislation to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Terra (ARPA–Terra), a new agency at the Agriculture Department that would invest in agricultural technologies to...




Colorado’s iconic agricultural products benefit from grant funds

November 6, 2019

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado’s famous peaches, sweet corn, chiles and melons, and an abundance of other specialty crops will benefit from grants totaling more than $745,000 through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Specialty Crops...