Ag News: Gas Prices Up for 4th Straight Week and ASF Cleanup Study
**The nation's average gas price increased for the fourth straight week, climbing 1.8 cents from a week ago to $3.32 per gallon.
The national average is up 3.3 cents from a month ago and 92.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
The national average price of DISIESEL increased 5.4 cents in the last week and stands at $3.66 per gallon, the highest level since October 2014.
**The Swine Health Information Center started a coalition to study ideal methods for cleaning and disinfecting feed mills following a potential African Swine Fever Outbreak.
Executive Director Paul Sundberg says, SHIC continues to look into all the ways diseases can get into and spread throughout the country.
The project will examine the optimal methods for disinfecting feed mills, paying close attention to feed manufacturing equipment that’s not designed for disinfection.
**Ag producers and landowners can now sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program.
The USDA calls CRP a key tool to address climate change and achieve other natural resource benefits.
General CRP helps producers and landowners establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species.
Signup began January 31 and runs thru March 11, and the Grassland CRP signup runs April 4 thru May 13.
Farmers and landowners interested in CRP should contact their local USDA Service Center to learn more about the program.