TORONTO (AP) — Canada was back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico late Sunday after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline.

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In 2007, the United States signed its first free trade agreement with a major Asian economy — eliminating 95 percent of tariffs between America and South Korea. At the helm of this treaty — the largest since the North American Free Trade Agreement — was Chief Agriculture Negotiator Richard C…

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WASHINGTON (AP) —The Republican-led House narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill Thursday that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.

An omnibus bill, sponsored by Sen. Brian Munzlinger,R-18, passed on Thursday, May 17 with a bipartisan 125-22 vote. The legislation, SB 627, carried in the House by Rep. Jay Houghton, R-43, contains several provisions including SB 977, sponsored by Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-28, which is identic…

With strong support and input from the National Pork Producers Council, the United States and Argentina this week finalized an export certificate that allows the U.S. pork industry to ship product to the South American country.

U.S. agricultural trade is being threatened by a storm of policy challenges and political rhetoric. As the political discussions continue, it’s important to not lose sight of the basic economic principles that are the foundation for all trade.

Due to the dynamic fire weather forecast for late this afternoon through Friday, citizens are requested to postpone all outdoor burning activities for the next few days. Fire weather conditions today are expected to be very high to extreme which will allow any wildfire that starts to be very…

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers approved legislation Monday aimed at attracting large chicken-processing plants to their state, six months after opposition in one Kansas City-area town stymied a $320 million project.

Water and natural resource professionals from across the state met in Fredonia, Kansas to discuss the state of the Verdigris river area, including the four federal reservoirs at Fall River, Elk City, Big Hill and Toronto. The Kansas Water Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department…

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American farmers may have a higher rate of suicide than veterans. While comparing these numbers from two separately conducted studies from two different entities isn't conclusive, the trends that have emerged are alarming. According to the CDC, individuals in the farming, fishing and forestr…

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' ban on the use of a weed killer blamed by farmers in several states for crop damage will remain in place after a state judge dismissed a legal challenge by a maker of the herbicide.

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Candor and logic are atypical currency in an age of misinformation. However, Kansas State University professor emeritus Barry Flinchbaugh tackled tough topics facing farmers today with common sense and a little bit of humor. During the annual Kansas Commodity Classic in Manhattan, growers of…

Since the turn of the year, Congress and the Trump administration have been haggling over legislative priorities. Many issues are on the agenda, from health care to infrastructure, but there has been little mention of a key priority: The 2018 farm bill.

Across the Midwest, a lack of extreme heat helped boost the nation's corn yield to its highest level on record — slightly above 2016. The nation's soybean yield was down 6 percent from 2016, but production reached a record level due to record high acreage, according to the Crop Production 20…

U.S. corn production is on track to set another record, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released recently, with 2017/18 forecasts indicating both record production and yields. Despite the increased production and ending stocks forecasts, prices are expected to remain in t…

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The crop revenue insurance program seen as vital to farmers will likely be a source of intense wrangling in the next farm bill debate, according to speakers at this year’s annual fall crop insurance workshop hosted jointly by Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, the University…

For the week ending Oct. 29, 2017, cool, dry conditions spread across the State, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Conditions allowed row crop harvest, wheat seeding, and fall calving to progress without interruption. There were 6.5 d…

Japan says “Whoa, go slow” on imports of frozen beef from the United States. To safeguard their own beef farmers, Japan raised tariffs on U.S. beef from 38.5 to 50 percent.

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Today’s cattle rustlers look incredibly similar to the outlaws of old, with a few key distinctions— their targets are worth more and easier to catch, transport and sell. Rustlers plague Plains ranchers now more than ever, with often devastating results.

TOKYO (AP) —In unwelcome news for American farmers, Japan said that it was imposing emergency tariffs of 50 percent on imports of frozen beef, mainly from the U.S.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor gave initial approval Friday, June 30 to temporarily banning the use and sale of an herbicide that's prompted hundreds of complaints and a federal lawsuit claiming it's caused widespread damage.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - ABC News has reached a settlement with a South Dakota meat producer that filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on the company's lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime," the TV network said Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market.  The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry o…

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s timing on his restrictive policy toward relations with Cuba could not have been worse for Kevin Paap, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau. .

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Beijing will open its borders to U.S. beef, while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to landing on American supermarket shelves under a U.S.-China trade agreement.

Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 89.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017, up 7 percent from last year and a record high, according to the Prospective Plantings report released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statis…

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As he walks through a pasture on his farm near Bolivar, Missouri, Mike Parson looks like your regular cattleman — dressed in boots, jeans and a favorite cap, he counts cows, puts out hay, and feeds his weaned calves.

Imagine being 16 years old and you just bought 160 acres with your younger brother. Half of the property is badly eroded, the water for livestock is marginal, and your dad co-signed a note which you have to somehow pay off. Where do you go for help? In 1958, 16-year-old Maurice Erickson stro…

Rural residents in southwest Missouri need to be alert as law enforcement agencies have released information on livestock and equipment thefts taking place around the area.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service annual crop production report showed significant revisions to the hay acres harvested in 2016. Changes from the October crop report indicated a 7  percent (1.2 million) reduction in the number of alfalfa acres harv…

On Jan. 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a set of reports with major implications for corn and soybean prices in 2017. The National Agricultural Statistics Service released the final estimates of the 2016 U.S. corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks of corn and soyb…

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Like most government service organizations, the Farm Service Agency is continually trying to achieve human interaction and efficiency using a blend of new and old school approaches. For U.S. Department of Agriculture FSA Administrator Val Dolcini, the perfect blend came in speaking face-to-f…

Rural veterinarians get called out to the ranch for any number of oddities throughout the day — a breech calf, a serious case of foot rot, a downer cow. Now, vets will be taking a whole new range of phone calls every time a rancher makes a trip to the feed store.

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Female farmers control 7 percent of U.S. farmland, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture. Female principal operators run approximately 14 percent of the nation’s farms.

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