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USDA Announces 2nd MFP Checks

USDA announced Monday afternoon that "at the direction of President Donald J. Trump," the second "and final round" of trade aid payments under the Market Facilitation Program will be issued.

Pandora's Pill Bottle - 1

Between 1999 and 2016, 351,602 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses. Rural America is a key battlefront where the crisis is growing.

Farm Bill May Spur Hemp Gold Rush

Legal hemp may be all the rage in the new farm bill, but farmers in some states that have created cultivation and production plans are way ahead of farmers in other states right now that will have to wait for state officials to greenlight rules for farming the new legal commodity crop.

Todd's Take

What helps one survive bearish times in grain markets? A healthy dose of old-fashioned values.

USDA Cites JBS With P&S Violation

JBS Swift wasn't tracking carcass weights, grades or carcasses for cattle delivered to its Grand Island, Nebraska, plant from Dec. 14 last year until March 31, 2018, according to USDA. This affected the sale payments for producers who sold to JBS based on carcass weight.

Farm Bill Heads to President's Desk

The 2018 farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2018, passed the U.S. House 369 to 47 on Wednesday afternoon with 182 Republicans joining 187 Democrats in supporting the bill. The House vote follows an 87-13 Senate vote for the bill on Tuesday, reflecting strong support for the bill in both chambers of Congress.

USDA-OMB Argue Over Trade Aid

USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky spoke to members of the Iowa Soybean Association Thursday morning about trade-aid payments and the farm bill. The status of the trade-aid payments was among the first questions from farmers when Censky wrapped up his talk.

DTN Fertilizer Outlook

Domestic wholesale prices for most fertilizers are expected to be lower in the short term due to seasonally slow demand and, in some cases, a larger-than-expected inventory carryover resulting from a poor fall application season.

Dicamba Rules Vary by State

State rules on dicamba can override federal labels and some states are creating additional requirements.