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Cathy Isom continues her series on the cost of raising a child by giving us information from the study that says where you live will determine just how much you spend raising a child. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

The new requirements for the Veterinary Feed Directive were officially in effect as of January first, but not without misconceptions. Producers must obtain authorization or a prescription to purchase medically important antibiotics for use in animal feed and drinking water. Continue reading

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. Rule, or “WOTUS,” was first introduced to the public in May of 2015, and it’s been largely unpopular since then. Ag Web Dot Com says Iowa Republican Joni Ernst and Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer have introduced a resolution that expresses a need for the Senate to vacate the rule. WOTUS expanded the authority of both the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers authority to regulate water, which is already written into the Clean Water Act. Almost 100 percent of the American agriculture industry reacted negatively to the rule, calling it a prime example of government overreach. In a statement this week, Fischer called WOTUS completely unprecedented. “This rule would hurt all Nebraska families, communities, ag producers, and businesses,” says Fischer. “This resolution signifies our intent to get to work quickly and stop WOTUS in its tracks once the new administration takes office.” Ernst calls WOTUS a power grab and wants farmers and landowners to be able to manage their lands without what she calls the “heavy hand of the EPA” determining their every move. Fischer and Ernst both were quick to acknowledge that the Clean Water Act is vital to protecting natural resources but then added that WOTUS took it a step too far.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.

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Over 100 U.S. agriculture groups are urging President-elect Donald Trump not to undo the changes that President Obama made in relation status between the U.S. and Cuba. Continue reading

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Everett Griner talks about the 15 different food assistance programs available through USDA in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing stuffed bacon wrapped honey dates with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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The USDA-NASS, Pacific Regional Office released the California crop production forecast for January. The latest survey, conducted during the last week of December 2016, and the first week of January 2017, included the commodities:

Cotton – American Pima production is estimated at 490 thousand bales for 2016, up 36 percent from 2015. Harvested acreage is estimated at 154 thousand acres. The resulting yield is 1,527 pounds per acre. Upland production is estimated at 250 thousand bales, up 52 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 65.0 thousand acres. The yield calculates to 1,846 pounds per acre. Continue reading

horses soring
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a final rule that includes changes that will help to protect horses from the cruel and inhumane practice known as soring and eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore. The practice of soring is intended to produce a high stepping gait through the use of action devices, caustic chemicals, and other practices that cause horses to suffer, or reasonably be expected to suffer physical pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness while walking or moving. Continue reading

support science workforce
The talent pipeline for the agricultural workforce begins well before college, and today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the availability of $858,500 in funding to strengthen K-14 education in the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences. Continue reading

New chemical law requires the agency to look at chemicals that were grandfathered in under old law

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017. Continue reading

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Right about the time most bleary-eyed revelers were yelling “Happy New Year,” a slew of new state laws took effect, including some with a direct impact on those engaged in the farming trade.
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Scott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant the cert petition for the industry coalition lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency on its “waters of the United States” rule: Continue reading

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of 17 members and 18 alternates to serve on The Cotton Board. The cotton producers and importers appointed by the Secretary are charged with working together to oversee the Cotton Research & Promotion Program (the Program). Continue reading

Helping Dairy, Beef and Other Producers Protect Working Grasslands in 43 States

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that USDA will accept over 300,000 acres in 43 states that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment with emphasis placed on small-scale livestock operations. Through the voluntary CRP Grasslands program, grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops are maintained as livestock grazing areas, while providing important conservation benefits. Approximately 200,000 of the accepted acres were offered by small-scale livestock operations. Continue reading

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John Laird

California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird issued the following statement in support of President Obama’s action under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to expand the California Coastal National Monument to include six individual sites across the northern, central, and southern California Coast:  Trinidad Head, Lost Coast Headlands, Waluplh-Lighthouse Ranch, Piedras Blancas, Cotoni-Coast Dairies, and Orange County Rocks and Islands:

“California has enthusiastically supported the protection of these signature sights by including them in the California Coastal National Monument, created in 2000. Continue reading

raising child
Cathy Isom continues her report on the Cost of Raising a Child by letting you know what a recent USDA report says about where most of your dollars will go when it comes to raising a child these days. That’s coming up On This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

Today’s commodity report: Direct Feeder Cattle Review, California Weekly Hay, California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, Shell Eggs: Daily National Egg Market and other commodity end of the day market numbers.

Direct Feeder Cattle Review

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Compared to last week, a few loads of Holstein steer calves for May delivery traded at steady prices. Trade and demand moderate. Check ending market prices. →

tractor sales
U.S. farmers bought more tractors in 2016, compared with 2015, according to the latest report from the Association of Equipment Manufactures. Continue reading



“Why is that the last one?” Those words from outgoing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding his post being the last yet to be filled by the incoming Donald Trump administration. Continue reading

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Everett Griner talks about how the new overtime law may hurt, not help, producers in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

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