Author Archives: Keith Good

Delgado Leads Bipartisan Bill to Ease Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Rules Amid Farm Economy Slump

A news release last week from House Ag Committee member Antonio Delgado (D., N.Y.) stated that, “On Thursday, [Rep. Delgado] led House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and Reps. TJ Cox (D-Calif.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), in introducing the bipartisan Family Farmer Relief Act… Continue Reading

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Home Buyers, Often Millennials, Are Looking Farther Away for Affordable Housing

Wall Street Journal writer Laura Kusisto reported recently that, “The exurbs, the engine of the American housing market, are back. “A decade ago, the sight of new homes under construction in Maricopa, an enclave of tidy cul-de-sacs 35 miles from downtown Phoenix, was almost unimaginable. Four in five homeowners were underwater, with their outstanding mortgages… Continue Reading

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Legal Fees Awarded in Iowa Ag Gag Case

The Associated Press reported yesterday that, “A federal judge has awarded more than $181,000 in legal fees to seven lawyers who successfully fought a 2012 Iowa law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation. “Animal rights and civil rights organizations, including the Animal… Continue Reading

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Dicamba Complaints Persist in Hopes of Securing Tighter Regulations

In a recent article posted at The Des Moines Register Online, Molly Hunter reported that, “Normally, Story County soybean farmer Kevin Larson said he would resolve a dispute with a neighbor privately. “Instead, he went to the Iowa Pesticide Bureau in 2017 when he suspected powerful herbicides drifting from a nearby farm damaged his crop. “Other… Continue Reading

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Higher Limits Now Available on USDA Farm Loans

A news release last week from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through [FSA] and… Continue Reading

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Some States Seeking to Amend “Right-to-Farm” Laws

National Public Radio’s (NPR) Leah Douglas reported today that, “Every state has a ‘right-to-farm’ law on the books to protect farmers from being sued by their neighbors for the routine smells and noise created by farming operations. But this year, the agriculture industry has been pushing in several states to amend those laws so that… Continue Reading

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House Flipping is Back

Wall Street Journal writer Laura Kusisto reported earlier this week that, “House flipping is back to nearly the same level it was around the 2006 peak of the housing boom, when it became a symbol of the rampant speculation that soared before the bubble burst. “But a new analysis from CoreLogic Inc. suggests most of… Continue Reading

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National Corn Growers Association Releases Pollinator Protection Guide

A recent update from the National Corn Growers Association indicated that, “The National Corn Growers Association – in partnership with the Honey Bee Health Coalition – is releasing new best management practices (BMPs) to protect bees and other pollinators in and around corn fields. “At roughly 92 million acres, field corn covers more land than… Continue Reading

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Texas Seeks National Injunction on WOTUS Rule

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported last week that, “The Texas attorney general is pressing a federal court in Galveston, Texas, to issue a national injunction on the 2015 waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule after a court in Ohio denied a similar motion in recent weeks. “After a long series of court actions… Continue Reading

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Lower Rates Increase Mortgage Applications- Mixed Bag for Banks

Wall Street Journal writer Aaron Back reported earlier this week that, “For banks, slowdown fears come with a silver lining. Sharply lower lending rates typically spur a surge in profitable mortgage originations as existing or aspiring homeowners pounce. This lining loses some of its luster every time storm clouds gather, though. “Interest rates have plummeted… Continue Reading

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