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Biden administration issues FY25 budget

Two days after President Biden approved the fiscal year 2024 budget for USDA, the administration released their proposed budget for the next fiscal year. “It’s a very difficult budget to put together when you don’t have the 2024 budget done.” Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack... Read More.

Panama Canal shipping issues continue

An ag transportation expert says the drought situation along the Panama Canal could become the top challenge facing the U.S. grain export system in 2024. Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, says water levels remain very low. “You’re seeing more and... Read More.

Global Dairy Trade issues annual report

The Global Dairy Trading platform continues to evolve as it connects buyers and sellers.  The trading platform issued its 15th Annual Report Wednesday, showing it facilitated over 36 billion dollars in dairy trades last year. 2023 also saw the addition of three new product... Read More.

Addressing mental health care issues in rural America

From a weakening ag economy to financial instability, the stress factors that impact rural America are unique. Julie Lux with Rural Minds says the first step to addressing mental health in rural America is changing the mindset about mental illness. AUDIO: Healthy Living on mental... Read More.

EPA issues existing stocks order for dicamba

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an existing stocks order for dicamba, allowing for its limited use in 2024. Ted McKinney, CEO of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, says the organization is pleased with the EPA’s actions. “Farmers, retailers, or anybody... Read More.

ILFB President: Several issues at forefront early in 2024

The president of the Illinois Farm Bureau says there isn’t a shortage of ag issues facing farmers in 2024. Ogle County farmer Brian Duncan tells Brownfield… “There’s some topics hot on everybody’s mind,” he says, “labor, availability of labor, affordability of labor, still trying to... Read More.

Purdue issues short-stature corn license

Short-stature popcorn developed by Purdue University researchers is getting closer to commercialization. An exclusive license for the non-GMO trait, called D16, has been issued by Purdue Innovates Office of Technology Commercialization to Romney-based Ag Alumni Seed. President and CEO Jay Hulbert tells Brownfield they have... Read More.

Moran Speaks Out on Quivira NWR Water Issues

By Lucky Kidd CENTRAL KANSAS — Water issues in central Kansas continue to heat up after the US Fish and Wildlife Service filed an application with the Kansas Division of Natural Resources to enforce its senior water right... Read More.

Mastermind McPherson County Summit Reviews County Survey

By Lucky KiddMcPHERSON, Kan. — Some 100 people from across McPherson County gathered Thursday morning to discuss a variety of issues facing the county and ideas to address them. The Mastermind McPherson County Summit reviewed findings of an online... Read More.