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Ag News Roundup: November 2015

Ag News Roundup: November 2015

By Karen Macdonald - Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Industry publication AgriMarketing recently devoted an entire issue to Farm Credit’s 100-year anniversary. The Farm Credit 100 issue debuted online with the print edition hitting mailboxes soon after, and featured articles highlighting Farm Credit’s history, activities, marketing approach and outlook for the future. Also included was a special feature on Farm Credit’s support for cooperatives and rural infrastructure providers. This is the first time that Farm Credit has earned such extensive coverage in a single publication, reinforcing the importance and relevance of our 100-year record of financial support to rural communities and agriculture. Read More »

Ag News Roundup: November 2013

By Karen Macdonald - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Another month has gone by without the passage of a new Farm Bill, as Congress continues negotiations. Yet November was a month of thanks and giving for Farm Credit -- on Veterans Day we announced a significant two-year contribution to the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s “Homegrown By Heroes” program, which will help increase sales of veteran-grown agricultural products. Later in the month, a group of five Farm Credit organizations donated $175,000 to help the South Dakota ranchers devastated by the October blizzard, and we gave thanks all month long for many of the diverse producers and organizations that help make U.S. agriculture so successful. Read More »

Ag News Roundup: October 2013

By Karen Macdonald - Monday, November 4, 2013

The already slow advance of the Farm Bill was stalled in October during a 16-day federal government shutdown, which stopped USDA activities and FSA payments. Currently House and Senate negotiators are meeting to hammer out a final bill. During the shutdown, a major, unseasonable blizzard struck South Dakota, killing thousands of livestock, but the shutdown government response was delayed. Several organizations stepped in to help, including Farm Aid, the USDA, a coalition of South Dakota non-profit groups, and Farm Credit. The economic loss is estimated at $1.7 billion, and it will take years for ranchers to rebuild their herds. Read More »

Ag News Roundup: September 2013

By Karen Macdonald - Sunday, September 29, 2013

As the Farm Bill continues its way through the legislative process – the House has approved a bill that will include a $40 billion cut to SNAP – a new twist with international ramifications came to light earlier this month: without a new Farm Bill in place, the U.S. would no longer have authority to make settlement payments to Brazil that were established in 2010 in response to U.S. cotton subsidies. Brazil, in turn, said it would not rule out retaliation if these payments were to stop, and business groups have stated that the proposed Farm Bill might violate World Trade Organization rules. Read More »