Author Archives: Keith Good

Sales of Previously Owned U.S. Homes Picked up in July

Wall Street Journal writers Will Parker and Harriet Torry reported this week that, “Sales of previously owned U.S. homes picked up in July, a sign that lower mortgage rates may be finally starting to drive sales after a weak spring selling season. “July marked the first year-over-year uptick in 17 months and economists have been… Continue Reading

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As Dicamba Injury Complaints Rise, States’ Communication With EPA Declines

DTN writer Emily Unglesbee reported earlier this week that, “Once again, most major soybean states are dealing with a deluge of dicamba injury allegations this summer, with two states already reporting a record level of complaints. “But, unlike last year, the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is not getting routine updates from state regulators on… Continue Reading

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Farm Service Agency Expands Payment Options

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “[FSA] is expanding its payment options to now accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments and administrative service fees, as well as… Continue Reading

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After Neighbors Sued, Cattle Feedlot says it is Closing

Luke Nozicka reported on the front page of today’s Kansas City Star that, “Citing economic strains, a steak company that had been trying to add thousands of cattle to its feedlot near Powell Gardens, igniting a legal battle with residents, on Monday said it was closing. “In a statement, Valley Oaks Steak Company said it… Continue Reading

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Mastermind of Organic Food Fraud Sentenced to Prison

Associated Press writer Ryan J. Foley reported last week that, “A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn’t want. “U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said Randy Constant orchestrated a… Continue Reading

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Company in Argentina Scrutinized Over its Organic Grain Practices

Adam Belz reported in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune that, “For years, American farmers’ battle against fake organic-grain imports has centered on Eastern Europe. Now, an organic farm in South America is being scrutinized. “A lengthy complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and obtained by the Star Tribune, alleges fraud at an organic-grain company… Continue Reading

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USDA Using Flexibility to Assist Farmers, Ranchers in Flooded Areas

A news release today from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “The [RMA] today announced it will defer accrual of interest for all agricultural producers’ spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019. Specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest… Continue Reading

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U.S. Mortgage Debt Reached a Record in the Second Quarter

Harriet Torry reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “U.S. mortgage debt reached a record in the second quarter, exceeding its 2008 peak as the financial crisis unfolded. “Mortgage balances rose by $162 billion in the second quarter to $9.406 trillion, surpassing the high of $9.294 trillion in the third quarter of 2008, the Federal… Continue Reading

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Report: Farmers Prevented from Planting Crops on More than 19 Million Acres

An update yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since USDA’s Farm Service Agency… Continue Reading

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Updated Statistics on U.S Honey Bee Colonies

An update earlier this month from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) stated that, “Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on January 1, 2019 totaled 2.67 million colonies, up 1 percent from January 1, 2018. During 2018, honey bee colonies on January 1, April 1, July 1,… Continue Reading

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