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Farm Policy & Programs

Calendar of key events and reports: Week of September 11-17, 2017

The remnants of Hurricane Irma will be one focus as the week resumes, with Washington having at least kicked some of their must-do agenda down the road with the hurricane aid/continuing resolution and suspension of the debt limit package now signed into law.

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Farmdoc Daily: Comparison of 2016 ARC-CO and PLC payments

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily comparing 2016 Agricultural Risk Coverage - County Coverage (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, authored by Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf:
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USDA Radio Newsline: October 12, 2017

USDA radio items on the latest crop production estimates, record combined corn and soybean acreage, hurricane impacts on cotton and citrus crops, global wheat production, walnut and almond production and NAFTA talks.
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Only incremental acreage rise in October FSA data

US producers reported planting 87.301 million acres of corn, 88.712 million acres of soybeans, 43.189 million acres of wheat and 12.155 million acres of upland cotton for harvest in 2017, according to data released by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

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USDA Radio Newsline: October 11, 2017

USDA radio items on Perdue on ag trade issues, the potential for rain to delay Midwestern corn and soy harvests, the weather forecast, peach production and poor Plains pasture conditions.
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Farmdoc Daily: Outlook for 2017 ARC-CO payments

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about the outlook for 2017 Agricultural Risk Coverage - County Coverage (ARC-CO) payments, authored by Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf:
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USDA Radio Newsline: October 10, 2017

USDA radio items on California wildfires, the swearing in of two more USDA officials sworn in, the fourth round of NAFTA talks, corn maturity, peanut harvest progress, rice harvest progress, winter wheat planting and the soybean crop condition.

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USDA Radio Newsline: October 16, 2017

USDA radio items on record global wheat usage, corn production and stocks, the potential for freezing temperatures in the Midwest, the legislative timeline for the next farm bill, retail food prices, the rice harvest, winter wheat planting progress, peanut crop condition and cotton crop progress.

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Calendar of key events and reports: October 16-22, 2017

The latest round of NAFTA 2.0 talks continue early this week with the Senate back in Washington while the House is out until the week of October 23. US-Japan economic discussions take place this week in Washington with the Commerce Department set to issue their preliminary take on antidumping duty investigations regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia.

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USDA again temporarily suspends continuous CRP signup

Approval of new offers made under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup has again been temporarily suspended until sometime later in Fiscal 2018, according to USDA, and the processing of pending offers made before September 30 is currently underway.

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Crop Insurance

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Farmdoc Daily: Combining Margin Protection and Revenue Protection

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about an example of Combining Margin Protection and Revenue Protection, authored by Gary Schnitkey and Carl Zulauf:

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Report defends US agriculture policy from calls to make deep cuts

US agriculture interests continue to be buffeted by a report from the Heritage Foundation on US farm policy that included recommendations to eliminate the farm bill's safety net, deeply cut and phase out crop insurance, make unilateral concessions in the context of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and repeal US domestic trade laws.

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USDA announces more provisions to help hurricane-impacted farmers

Special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, including additional flexibility for farm loan borrowers, have been set in place by USDA.

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Food companies are getting “too big” and farmers are paying the price, says report

Mergers that create giant food companies allow the new entities to shape policies that fit their needs rather those of food producers or consumers, the European Commission has been warned in a report today.

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Podcast: Post-quotas, what does the future hold for the EU’s sugar sector?

EU sugar production quotas, which have limited output in the bloc since 1968, were finally abolished at the start of October 2017. So does this mean the EU will now re-establish itself as a major global exporter of the sweetener?

European Agricultural Policy CAP

USDA starts making safety net, CRP payments

USDA is in the process of making some $9.6 billion in payments to eligible producers participating in the 2014 Farm Bill safety net programs for commodities and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

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Rural Development

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Little drama in Censky, McKinney confirmation hearing for USDA posts

The nomination hearing for Steve Censky to be USDA deputy secretary and Ted McKinney to be undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs revealed no major issues or tension points between the nominees and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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Some US Fed banks signal farmland value pressure continues

Farmland values still were reported to have declined in the second quarter of 2017 in two Federal Reserve Districts but a third reported a land-value increase for the period while all three banks – Kansas City, St Louis and Chicago –reported continued pressure on farm incomes and increased concern by bankers about the potential for additional stress for the US agricultural sector.

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USDA's Perdue Addresses Rural Development, Budget and More With Lawmakers

USDA's Perdue Addresses Rural Development, Budget and More With Lawmakers

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Animal Health & Welfare

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Perdue discusses WTO quota issue, future agri-food trade with UK MPs

US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has met with British MPs to discuss post-Brexit UK-US agri-food trade and reaching an agreement on Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

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'Mutual agreement' ends long-running EU-Canada beef hormone dispute

Canada has agreed to drop all complaints over the EU’s ban on hormone-treated beef after securing enhanced market access as part of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

European Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

China suspends application of new health certificates on food imports

China has agreed to delay the implementation of controversial new food import rules by two years, following criticisms by its major trading partners that the rules were unfair and would disrupt trade.

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Farm Incomes

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Farmdoc Daily: US farm sector capital expenditures

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about US farm sector capital expenditures, authored by Michael Langemeier:
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Farmdoc Daily: US farm sector balance sheet

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about the balance sheet for the US farm sector, authored by Michael Langemeier:

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Farmdoc Daily: Trends in income by farm type 2012-2016

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about trends in income by farm type between 2012 and 2016, authored by Brandy Krapf, Dwight Raab and Bradley Zwilling:

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