Policy Development

New U.S. Farm Bill

ISSUES STILL TO BE RESOLVED

AS THE U.S. Congress went into recess for the month of August, the Senate and the House of Representatives had each passed a 2018 farm bill, but the versions differed on key provisions and will [Read more]

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RURAL AMERICA'S STRUGGLE TO INSTALL BROADBAND

A 2016 FEDERAL Communications Commission (FCC) report found that while 10 per cent of all Americans lacked broadband service, 39 per cent of rural residents were without access. Almost 40 per cent of rural Americans [Read more]

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U.S. clean fuel news

INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT CHANGES

THERE HAVE BEEN several developments within the American clean fuels industry in recent months which have the potential to impact its future viability. THE GOOD Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have determined that a [Read more]

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Managing nutrient loss

THE IOWA EXPERIENCE

THE U.S. AGRICULTURAL sector is under pressure to reduce nitrate-nitrogen (N) losses by 40%. In Iowa, efforts to improve drainage water quality through nutrient management have focused on the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: Right Source [Read more]

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Split nitrogen application on corn

U.S. STUDIES QUESTION BENEFITS

SEVERAL FACTORS — INCLUDING the drive to improve yields, pressures to use less nitrogen (N) or use it more effectively, the availability of high clearance equipment — are prompting more U.S. grain producers to try [Read more]

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Uncertainty

U.S. AGRICULTURE IN 2018

A NEW PRESIDENTIAL administration always means adjustments for U.S. agriculture, but the first year of the Trump presidency has been uniquely unsettling. The resulting uncertainty may produce exceptional challenges in 2018 affecting infrastructure, trade, and [Read more]

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Damaging impact

THE 2017 HURRICANE SEASON

THE 2017 HURRICANE season — Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate — savaged a wide range of U.S. agricultural sectors, producing immediate crop losses and longer term damage that is still hard to quantify. TEXAS In [Read more]

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Dicamba damage on U.S. fields

ESTIMATES TOP THREE MILLION ACRES

HEADING INTO THE soybean harvest, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extension experts put instances of dicamba damage to the crop at 3.1 million acres, approximately 3.5% of U.S. soybean plantings this year. That figure could [Read more]

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World wheat outlook

SURPLUS AND SHORTAGE

WORLD WHEAT PRODUCTION topped 754 million metric tons and the world wheat supply neared 980 million tons in August estimates. Economists had raised their projections for the former Soviet Union by 8.6 million tons. With [Read more]

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U.S. exports to Cuba

U.S. EXPORTS TO CUBA

CUBA’S 12 MILLION people represent an untapped potential market for corn, soybean, and wheat exports, but the ongoing U.S. embargo against Cuba makes it unlikely that U.S. farmers will make major inroads into that market [Read more]