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Flinchbaugh on 2018 Farm Bill and a New U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Deliberations are underway on the 2018 Farm Bill. Will there be big changes, or just some tweeks? K-State's Barry Flinchbaugh shares his outlook on the future of farm policy and a new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Farmland Cash Rents Fall 16 Percent from Last Year

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index remained weak with a reading below growth neutral for the 19th straight month, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy.

NCGA Study Shows Crop Insurance Returns Have Decreased

Private crop insurance company returns have decreased significantly since the 2010 renegotiation of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement between the insurance companies and the federal government, according to a new study released by NCGA.

Trump Budget Would Cut USDA Funding by 21 Percent

President Donald Trump's budget plan includes a $4.7 billion, or 21 percent budget cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The cuts would leave USDA with a $17.9 billion budget after cutting statistical and rural business services.

Senate Homeland Security Committee Passes Agro-Terrorism Bill

The Senate Homeland Security Committee has passed an agroterrorism bill to the full Senate for debate. The Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, It was introduced by Kansas Republican Pat Roberts and Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Moran Introduces Legislation to Restore Trade with Cuba

Senator Jerry Moran recently introduced The Cuba Trade Act of 2017 (S. 472), which would restore trade with Cuba and grant the private sector the freedom to export U.S. goods and services to Cuba while protecting U.S. taxpayers.

Study Shows Crop Insurance Firms Returns Have Decreased

A new study has found private crop insurance company returns have declined significantly since the 2010 renegotiation of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement. The agreement is between the insurance companies and the federal government.

Agriculture Secretary Nominee Perdue Divesting Business Interests

Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue plans on divesting his business interests. He plans to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts, should the Senate confirm his appointment.

As Kansas wildfires burn, experts urge caution, awareness

Officials say its a record they never wanted to see: So far, nearly 660,000 acres have burned in Kansas wildfires this week. More than three-quarters of that number occurred in two counties, Clark and Comanche

Marshall meets with USDA regarding wildfires

Kansas First District Congressman Roger Marshall met with senior staff of the US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency on Friday morning regarding the wildfires throughout Kansas and the plains region.



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