Action Alerts

USDA Expands Payment Options for Customers

Sunday, August 25th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts On August 20th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that it expanded payment options for USDA customers that now allows the agency to accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt […] Read more...

EPA Considers Hemp Pesticides

Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Wednesday, August 21st, that it is now in the process of considering certain pesticides for use in industrial hemp. The products all contain active ingredients that EPA has previously determined related residues would be safe under most circumstances. The goal is to provide more clarity for the 2020 […] Read more...

USDA Releases More Detail on Trade Mitigation Program

Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday, August 23rd, more detail on formulations that delivered the payment model for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and other Trade Mitigation Programs. The details provide more information on how the USDA intended to compensate affected commodities. More below: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2019/08/23/usda-details-trade-damage-estimate-calculations https://www.usda.gov/oce/trade/USDA_Trade_Methodology_Report_2019.pdf https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/12537-usda-boosted-damage-estimates-payment-rates-for-new-trade-aid Read more...

USDA Rice Stocks Report

Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts On Friday, August 23rd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released an updated Rice Stocks Report. The report indicated a significant increase in rough rice stocks in all major rice producing states compared to 2018. More below: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Arkansas/Publications/Crop_Releases/Stocks/2019/arstkaug19.pdf Read more...

China Levies New Threat of Retaliation for September 1 Tariffs

Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts On Thursday, August 22nd, China announced that it would seek retaliatory measures if the United States moves ahead with plans to increase tariffs on Chinese products on September 1. And, on Friday, August 23rd, China announced more details of reciprocal tariffs that it would place on U.S. exports to China. While President Trump has postponed […] Read more...
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