Truck drivers hauling livestock and poultry received a reprieve last week with the Department of Transportation (DOT) announcement that they would be exempt for one year from a government regulation requiring drivers to take a half-hour break for every eight hours of service.
Along with the potential of putting a number of people out of work, the announcement follows a long line of proposals and changes that threaten U.S. agriculture, according to Ashley McDonald, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA).
Historically high prices in the hay markets are expected to continue for the fourth year in a row, with tight supplies and continued drought in parts of the U.S. But there is some hope that the expected El Niņo weather pattern may offer some relief on the production end, and may return hay prices closer to a normal range.
CRP is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally-sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.
Voters in Oregon’s Josephine County passed Measure 17-58 by a slightly narrower margin, 58 percent to 42 percent. This one is expected to end up with a court date because the state passed a law in October 2013 limiting counties’ rights to ban GMOs.
Despite farming and ranching numbers declining, thousands of ag-based jobs open up each year and the curriculum being offered prepares students for careers in a variety of ag-based areas, including genetic engineering, forestry, renewable resources and more.
USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng said beef exports were up 11 percent in volume and 9 percent in value during the first quarter. “One of the key markets we’re enjoying at the moment is the Mexican market. The Japanese market is also performing quite well for us—we’re up about 20 percent in the first quarter,” he said.
Last week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (412 to 4) approved a water resources reform legislation package that supporters say cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the infrastructure project delivery process, fosters...