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House ag panels examine farm bill, biotech

By Larry Dreiling

The 2014 Farm Act and the benefits of biotechnology came under scrutiny in the last few days by members of the House Agriculture Committee.

 

The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing July 10 to examine the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as it implements the new commodity and crop insurance titles of the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the farm bill.

 

Members of the subcommittee questioned Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Michael Scuse on the status of implementing key provisions.

 

The Agricultural Act of 2014 made sweeping reforms to the commodity title repealing several programs and providing producers with an option between Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC). Neither option triggers unless the producer suffers a significant loss. The farm bill also improved crop insurance, which now serves as the core risk management tool for producers when disaster strikes. [Read More]

 



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By Ken Root Mid-summer and hot days bring out the fisherman in me. I consider fishing “purposeful loafing” with the remote possibility of providing

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Show your #FairThanks


By Jennifer M. Latzke Ribbons and trophies and banners and premiums—oh my. Whenever we tell the story of youth programs, we tend to focus on

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Speaker provides insight for agriculture industry


By Kylene Scott Jay Lehr encouraged attendees at the Protein Producers Summit in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during mid-June to tell their stories to those

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The next-to-last place any farmer should visit is here


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Kansas auctioneers top World Championship


By Jennifer Carrico Calling out bids, finding the buyer and executing the sale are all important parts of being a good auctioneer. These professionals

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Ditch the myths, EPA administrator says


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By Libbi Loos Editor’s note: Libbi Loos, Trent’s daughter, wrote this week’s Loos Tales column after a recent visit to Australia. I hope you don’t

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