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California Agriculture Faces Challenges As Drought Continues
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Wheat Growers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon Unfairly Penalized

Politico reports that Wheat growers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon say the quality discounts that local elevators are giving them for their grain will unfairly hurt their future crop insurance coverage...

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High Quality in Napa Wine Grape Harvest

Like wine? Well the first phase of the Napa Valley harvest is over and growers report average or better yields and high-quality fruit. According to Farm Press, last week growers had picked most of their 2016 chardonnay, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc grapes and were just beginning to harvest their merlot and other earlier red varieties...

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Farmers Urge Protection for Crop Insurance; Animal Products Demand Rising in China

A letter sent to the Senate and House Budget Committee’s last week urges lawmakers to protect crop insurance from further cuts. The letter, signed by 58 farm organizations, tells lawmakers an overreliance on savings from the agriculture community in the future will significantly undermine rural economies that have faced an estimated 54 percent decline in net farm income from 2013 to 2015...

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The Cost of Crop Insurance Takes a Big Bite; Value of Industrial Hemp

Farmers cannot afford to spend more on crop insurance. Michael Swanson, the chief agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, told the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau recently that if federal crop insurance premiums decrease, farmers will reduce their coverage levels...

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Budget Proposal to Cut Crop Insurance; USDA Looking to Open Office in Cuba

The Budget proposal released by the White House Tuesday includes a cut to crop insurance. The budget request to Congress calls for a ten-year, $18 billion cut to the federal crop insurance program...

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Lawmakers Supporting Highway Funding Bill; Climate Change Could Lead to Non-Producing Fields

Lawmakers are using a compromise highway bill to reverse crop insurance cuts that were part of the two-year budget agreement. The conference agreement of the House and Senate bills is expected to pass through Congress by Friday as lawmakers want to prevent programs from expiring...

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Crop Insurance Safe in Budget Agreement; Positive Train Control Delay Up to Five Years

As Promised, outgoing House Speaker John Boehner helped push a budget deal through the House that in his words, was an effort to not “leave the barn full of you know what...

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Deadlines for Federal Crop Insurance Approaching; Trouble Bubbling in the Water Rules

USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds producers in Idaho, Oregon, Colorado and Washington of the fast approaching 2016 sales closing deadlines for federal crop insurance programs...

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Get a Move On.com Launched; Farmers Seeking Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies

The American Farm Bureau launched Get a Move On dot FB dot org Wednesday - an advocacy website that gives farmers and ranchers a simple way to take action regarding GMOs...

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USDA Extending Coverage for Farmers; Senate Sends Message on U.S. Water Rules

USDA is providing farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage...

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