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Ag to EPA: Farmers need chlorpyrifos

In comments provided to your predecessors at the EPA during multiple comment periods since 2011, organizations representing thousands of American farmers and users of chlorpyrifos have repeatedly provided input to the EPA on the critical need for this insecticide. We have given EPA a simple,…

March 25, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Governors to Trump: Increase biofuels

Our states are the home to over 200 biorefineries that are producing tens of thousands of jobs, sequestering tons of carbon, saving millions of barrels of foreign oil, and making enormous financial contributions to our states’ and the nation’s economies. As governors, we agree that one of th…

March 18, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Witnesses praise crop insurance

Editor’s note: The Senate Agriculture Committee heard from farmers, lenders and others during its field hearing last month in Manhattan, Kan. These are among comments they heard about crop insurance. Full texts are available at

March 18, 2017 8:00 am(0)

USDA programs boost exports

Agricultural exports are one of the brightest lights in the U.S. economy, with a strong multiplier effect that is especially pronounced in rural communities. According to USDA’s Economic Research Service:

March 11, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Ag groups to Trump: Rebuild infrastructure

On behalf of our respective organizations, which collectively represent U.S. agricultural producers, rural businesses, rural communities and rural families, we are writing to ask your support for rebuilding infrastructure in rural America. ...

March 11, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Farm income ‘headed sideways’

I want to begin by looking at several recent survey indices regarding sentiment about economic well-being over the next six to 12 months: the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy farmer survey, the University of Michigan index of consumers, the NAHB housing index, the Federal Reserve survey of banker…

March 04, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Mend current safety net in the next farm bill

Farmers and ranchers have endured a 45 percent drop in net farm income over the last three years, the largest three-year drop since the start of the Great Depression. …

March 04, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Groups urge Sessions to stop mergers

On behalf of our millions of members and supporters around the country, the undersigned organizations oppose the impending mergers of the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies.

February 25, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Finance survey shows farmers need strong safety net

Currently we maintain the information to describe and simulate around 100 representative crop and livestock operations in 29 states. …

February 25, 2017 8:00 am(0)