The delay in passing and implementing the 2018 farm bill has left hemp producers and state departments of agriculture dealing with a world of uncertainty regarding everything from importing seed to providing guidance to law enforcement about how to regulate the transportation of hemp across state lines.
In a series of letters, Farm Service Agency officials at the state and federal levels have been debating whether or not a consistently rough winter should make producers eligible for livestock disaster assistance programs.
Exports of malted barley – grown and processed in the U.S. – to Mexico are on the rise and the only thing that could halt that booming trend would be the collapse of the ongoing negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement.
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today gave the go-ahead to conduct emergency haying on Conservation Reserve Program lands to help provide feed for livestock in drought-stricken areas of Montana and North and South Dakota.
MONTANA, July 5, 2017 - The Western Governors’ Association is calling for changes in the Endangered Species Act, including giving the states a bigger role in deciding when animals should be listed for protection, and – just as importantly – when they can be delisted.
WASHINGTON, July 5, 2017 - Senators from the drought-stricken states of South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana pressed for more relief for livestock operators at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on conservation programs last week.