Category Archives: Agriculture Law

Topics that are of interest to the agribusiness and farm community.

Treasury Rule Could Affect “Grain Glitch” Fix

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported today that, “Two years after discovering the ‘grain glitch’ in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, leaders at farmer cooperatives are still trying to get Treasury officials to reinstate provisions of Section 199A to the way the tax deduction worked before the 2017 tax law passed…. Continue Reading

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Bill to Protect Against African Swine Fever Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

A news release yesterday from Rep. Cindy Axne (D., Iowa) stated that, “Today, the House unanimously passed legislation led by [Rep. Axne] to protect our nation’s pork supply and the Iowa pork industry from the threat of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) through expanded agricultural inspections. “The Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act authorizes U.S…. Continue Reading

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Climate Change Contributed to Drastic Declines in the Bumblebee Population

Doyle Rice reported in today’s USAToday that, “Climate change contributed to drastic declines in the population and diversity of bumblebees across North America and Europe, according to a long-term study of more than 60 bee species published [on Feb. 6th] in the journal Science. “Researchers discovered bumblebees are disappearing at rates ‘consistent with a mass extinction.’… Continue Reading

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USDA Announces Details of Risk Management Programs for Hemp Producers

A news release today from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “The [USDA] today announced the availability of two programs that protect hemp producers’ crops from natural disasters.  A pilot hemp insurance program through Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) provides coverage against loss of yield because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown… Continue Reading

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EPA Finalizes Interim Registration Decision on Glyphosate

Last week, DTN writer Emily Unglesbee reported that, “EPA has finalized its interim registration decision on glyphosate, once again stating the herbicide poses no risk to human health and can be used safely with certain drift mitigation requirements. “The agency first proposed this interim decision in April of 2019 and accepted public comments until the… Continue Reading

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USDA Issues Third Tranche of 2019 MFP Payments

A news release yesterday from USDA stated that, “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin… Continue Reading

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Reps. Johnson, Soto Introduce Bill to Ensure Clear Meat Processing and Labeling

A news release yesterday from U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Darren Soto (D-FL) stated that, “[Reps. Johnson and Darren Soto] today introduced the Food Safety Modernization for Innovative Technologies Act, a bill which would formalize a regulatory framework for food derived from cell-cultured technology. “Earlier this year, the Trump Administration established an agreement between the… Continue Reading

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USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 28 Deadline for Conservation Reserve Program General Signup

An update yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “The [USDA] reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to… Continue Reading

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Bayer’s Latest Roundup Weedkiller Trial Postponed

Wall Street Journal writers Laura Kusisto and Ruth Bender reported on Friday that, “The latest trial over allegations that Bayer AG’s  popular Roundup weedkiller causes cancer was postponed indefinitely at the last minute on Friday to allow room for escalating settlement talks to continue. “Bayer was hours away from facing another jury on the issue,… Continue Reading

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USDA Reminds Producers Who Received ‘Top-up Payments’ about Premium Payment Deadlines

A news release Friday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[RMA] is reminding producers who received a prevented planting ‘top-up’ payment last fall that they are required to purchase Federal crop insurance for the next two crop years. The deadlines (Sales Closing Dates) to purchase these crop insurance policies are January 31, February… Continue Reading

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