Author Archives: Keith Good

Sen. Grassley Notes Congress May Be Close to Section199A Tax Fix

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “Congress may be close to an agreement to replace the Section 199A language in the new tax law to curb the advantages for farmers selling products to cooperatives instead of private companies. “Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters on Tuesday he understands a possible fix would… Continue Reading

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Legislation to Improve Organic Farming Research Introduced

The Associated Press reported recently that, “A pair of U.S. senators is introducing legislation designed to improve organic farming research. “Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine say their legislation would reauthorize and incrementally increase funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. “They… Continue Reading

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Startups Have Unusual Pitch for Homeowners Strapped for Cash: Let’s Own This House Together

Peter Rudegeair and Christina Rexrode reported earlier this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Some well-funded startups have an unusual pitch for homeowners strapped for cash: Let’s own this house together. “A handful of companies, including those backed by marquee Silicon Valley names such as Andreessen Horowitz and Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic organization, are experimenting… Continue Reading

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Culver’s to Award $15,000 in Educational Funds to FFA Chapters

A news release yesterday from Culver’s stated that, “Culver’s is celebrating National FFA Week in a big way. Through its Thank You Farmers® Project, the restaurant will launch its fourth annual FFA Essay Contest on Feb. 19. The three winning essay writers will win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their FFA chapters. “The FFA… Continue Reading

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Monsanto Lawsuit Regarding Dicamba Ban in Arkansas Dismissed

Associated Press writer Andrew Demillo reported on Friday that, “Arkansas’ ban on the use of a weed killer blamed by farmers in several states for crop damage will remain in place after a state judge dismissed a legal challenge by a maker of the herbicide. “Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza dismissed the lawsuit by… Continue Reading

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ADM, Syngenta Settle Lawsuits Over Biotech Corn

Gregory Meyer reported on Friday at The Financial Times Online that, “Archer Daniels Midland and Syngenta, two giants of industrial agriculture, have settled lawsuits over the release of a new biotech corn strain that upended US grain exports to China. “ADM, an international grain dealer, had accused Swiss-based seed company Syngenta of negligence when it… Continue Reading

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Lawsuit Calls for EPA to Vacate Dicamba Registration

DTN writer Emily Unglesbee reported earlier this week that, “New details are emerging from a lawsuit calling for EPA to vacate the registration of Monsanto’s dicamba herbicide. “Originally filed in January 2017, the lawsuit’s newly released briefs claim EPA ignored key requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and violated the Endangered… Continue Reading

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Reps. Fudge and Evans Introduce Bill to Reauthorize the Healthy Food Financing Initiative

A news release on Wednesday from Rep. Marcia Fudge (D., Ohio) indicated that, “Today, [Rep. Fudge] and Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). The Healthy Food Financing Initiative Reauthorization Act of 2018 authorizes $125 million to provide loans, grants and financing opportunities for food retailers, farmers markets, cooperatives and… Continue Reading

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Some Agricultural Companies Revamping Operations to Avoid Being Stung by New U.S. Tax Law

Jacob Bunge and Richard Rubin reported today at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Some agricultural companies are revamping operations to avoid being stung by the new U.S. tax law. “Ethanol makers and family-owned grain companies are setting up new agricultural cooperatives to benefit from a provision in the law that gives farmers larger tax savings… Continue Reading

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Crop Insurance: Sales Closing Dates Near for Most Crops

A  news release earlier this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) indicated that, “Last year’s hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts, devastated parts of the South, Midwest, Northern Plains, and California, and were a stark reminder that agriculture is an inherently risky business. Federal crop insurance indemnities for these disasters totaled more… Continue Reading

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