September 10
Farm Bill Conference Committee starts public meetings

U.S. senators and representatives met for the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee’s first public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 5. Members of the committee spoke about the necessity of completing the Farm Bill, which technically expires at the month... more

September 6
Palmer amaranth confirmed in North Dakota

Palmer amaranth, a very aggressive weed, has been found in North Dakota for the first time according to North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension. Laboratory analysis has confirmed that a plant found in a row crop field in McIntosh County in so... more

September 6
Agri-Inject debuts new irrigation control system

Agri-Inject has released its new ReflexCONNECT to put “fluid injection at the operator’s fingertips.” Like their original system, the company said ReflexCONNECT provides fully programmable variable rate application of fertilizers and ag chemica... more

September 5
Potatoes USA appoints assistant marketing manager

Potatoes USA has hired Erena Connon as a new assistant global marketing manager supporting the ingredient, school foodservice and nutrition marketing programs. The group said Connon brings strong digital marketing knowledge to Potatoes USA and has... more

September 4
Action on ag labor measures possible this fall, AFBF says

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is holding out hope an agriculture labor package can move through Congress in the coming weeks. AFBF released the following statement on Aug. 28: “When House lawmakers return to Capitol Hill af... more

August 30
Farm bill conferees hear from Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (the Alliance), representing over 120 specialty crop organizations across the United States, sent a letter to Farm Bill conferees Aug. 29 outlining their views on key programs that are contained in the Hous... more

August 28
Trade, regulatory reform top list of issues ahead of Farm Bill Conference

The Farm Bill Conference will kick off on Sept. 5 with a formal meeting between the House and Senate. This meeting will officially begin member-level negotiations, following staff discussions that have taken place throughout July and August. The... more

August 27
Feds detail help for farmers affected by ‘unjustified retaliation’

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from "unjustified retaliation" by foreign nations. President D... more

August 27
Valley releases new variable rate irrigation program

Valley Irrigation has released its next-generation variable rate irrigation solution, VRI-iS, which is designed to give growers control of individual sprinklers for optimal control of water application. “The Valley VRI-iS solution offers field-... more

August 27
Agreement reached between US-Mexico on trade pact

President Donald Trump said Aug. 27 he would terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement and sign a new trade accord with Mexico, potentially leaving Canada out of the bloc. Trump announced the agreement with Mexico in an Oval Office e... more

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