Pesticides Bill Moves
05/23/2017
The House Committee on Rules may consider amendments to a bill that would eliminate a permit requirement for pesticide residues from pesticide applications, so long as such products are used according to federal law.
More Neonic Buzz
05/23/2017
The study also questions the long-held assumption that corn growers see a yield benefit from neonicotinoid seed treatments.
Trump Proposes Farm Cuts
05/23/2017
The Trump administration is proposing dramatic cuts to the farm safety net in the president's first budget plan being delivered to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The plan calls for tighter caps and means testing for crop insurance subsidies and eligibility for commodity programs.
Budget Plan Lands With a Thud
05/24/2017
The White House budget plan for USDA essentially puts down a marker for what the White House wants to see in the next farm bill.
View From the Cab
05/24/2017
Brent and Lisa Judisch of Cedar Falls, Iowa, were able to complete some custom soybean drilling last week before storms brought fieldwork to a halt. Meanwhile, wet conditions near Miami, Oklahoma, prompted Zack Rendel to pull the plug on his remaining milo planting and switch to soybeans.
Todd's Take
05/24/2017
Last Thursday's 6.5% drop in Brazil's real was a black swan event for most, but it may have been a multi-million-dollar bonanza for a few.
USDA Weekly Crop Progress
05/25/2017
Planting and emergence for both corn and soybeans were running close to the average pace last week, making USDA's weekly Crop Progress report neutral for both crops.
Kub's Den
05/25/2017
In a low-volatility grain market environment, prices on any one day can seem just as unappealing as the next, making it hard to get motivated to make timely sales. Perhaps there is a best time of day or best day of the week to serve as a trigger for those decisions.
Taxes and Export Competition
05/25/2017
Congress is debating the idea of a border adjustment tax on imported goods as an offset for lowering corporate tax rates. Proposals have suggested implementing a tax on imported goods as high as 20%. Industries have different takes on the possibilities of a BAT, depending on whether the companies rely more on exports or imports.
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