Fix Emissions Reporting Law For Farmers, Says NPPC

Feb. 7, 2018, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Pork Producers Council today asked Congress for a legislative fix to a federal emergency response law that now requires farmers to report emissions from the natural breakdown of manure to the U.S. Coast Guard. Testifying on behalf of NPPC, Dr. Howard Hill told members of the Senate […]

The State of the Rural Economy

Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson “Thank you Mr. Chairman and welcome, Secretary Perdue, back to the Agriculture Committee. “As those of us here today are well aware, commodity prices have dropped since the farm bill was last reauthorized and milk prices are also softening. I am very concerned that if […]

Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018

Mifflintown, PA, January 24, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. “Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of […]

USDA Announces a Near-Record Year for Farm Loans

Infusing Rural Communities with Stronger Businesses and Sounder Agricultural Economies Jan. 23, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced another year of high activity in its farm loan programs. Hard-working farm families across the country accessed nearly $6 billion in new credit, either directly or guaranteed through […]

President Donald J. Trump is Working to Rebuild Rural America

“Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interest and empowers them to do the hard work that they love to do so much.”  President Donald J. Trump LAND & AGRICULTURE – Fact Sheets Issued January 8, 2018 RURAL AMERICA HAS BEEN LEFT BEHIND: President Donald J. Trump has charged the Rural Prosperity Task Force with examining […]

Improvements to Crop Insurance continue in 2018

USDA Strengthens Crop Insurance Program to keep Rural Economy Viable Washington, D.C.– Changes to the Federal crop insurance program initiated in 2017 will continue into 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) continues to improve the program, increasing its availability and effectiveness as a risk management tool while safeguarding the integrity […]


December 20, 2017, by Larry Kopsa, Kopsa Otte, CPAs & Advisors, York, NE- Congress is enacting the biggest tax reform law in thirty years, one that will make fundamental changes in the way you, your family and your business calculate your federal income tax bill, and the amount of federal tax you will pay. Since most […]

Opening Plenary Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at the World Trade Organization’s 11th Ministerial Conference

As Delivered Ambassador Lighthizer: December 11, 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina — …In the brief time I have, I would like to make a few basic points. First, the WTO is obviously an important institution.  It does an enormous amount of good, and provides a helpful negotiating forum for Contracting Parties. But, in our opinion, serious […]

NCBA Welcomes Updates to Beef Standards

December 6, 2017, Washington DC — NCBA President Craig Uden released the following statement in response to the notice from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it is revising the United States Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef (beef standards): “Today’s update to the beef standards will benefit U.S. beef producers in every […]

CA Vineyard Region–Mounting Citizen Evidence of Man-Made Fires

December 1, 2017, Berkeley CA – Dr. Leuren Moret, geoscientist researcher, provides an update on what some suggest are man-made fires surrounding the California Wine Country and beyond. 90% of the Napa/Sonoma/Santa Rosa California fires are out, but 10% are still burning. There has been a catastrophic loss of grapes and vintage. It will take a long time to recover from […]