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Drought reappears in some growing states

A climatologist says some moderate drought conditions have reappeared in parts of the Midwest. Brian Fuchs with the National Drought Mitigation Center says northeast Missouri had the biggest expansion in the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. “We’ve really been watching that area of southeast Iowa,... Read More.

Indiana Grain Indemnity Program supports the state’s farmers

An ag lawyer says a ruling earlier this year reinforces the benefit of the Indiana Grain Indemnity Program for the state’s farmers.   Brianna Schroeder, from Janzen Schroeder Ag Law says the fund is supported by voluntary farmer payments.  “The grain indemnity program reimburses losses incurred by farmers... Read More.

Small grains cost share available in 5 Midwest states

Farmers in five Midwest states are eligible to earn up to $20 an acre for raising a small grain this year. Lydia English with Practical Farmers of Iowa says the cost share program is for growers of barley, oats, cereal rye, triticale, and wheat... Read More.

Weaned calf insurance program pilots in 4 states

The USDA has launched a pilot program that will allow cow-calf producers to insure weaned calves. Risk Management Agency Administrator Marcia Bunger details the Weaned Calf Risk Protection program. “The product is going to mitigate loss of weight to those calves when they’re weaned due... Read More.

A closer look at foreign ag land ownership in United States

A recent USDA report says foreign-owned ag land in the United States increased slightly in 2022. Danny Munch, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, says the biggest increases happened in forestland across Alabama, Michigan and portions of Colorado. “In Colorado, that was mainly... Read More.