When USDA officials announced last week that they were planning to help farmers hard hit by trade disputes with up to $12 billion in assistance, the news was largely welcomed in farm country as a way to provide short-term relief. But new concerns are emerging.
Moderate flooding in the Ohio River Valley and lower Mississippi River, and worsening drought in the southern and central Plains, Southwest and California: That's what weather forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting for the spring.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2017 - The decline in commodity prices continues to weigh on farm income and land values, but bankers see signs that the agricultural economy is stabilizing over many of the Midwest and Plains states.
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.
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.