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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

USDA Trade Retaliation Program

This Announcement came direct from USDA



USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

USDA is taking action to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations.  As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.
These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets:
  • USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting Sept. 4, 2018.  An announcement about further payments will be made in the coming months, if warranted.
  • USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.
  • Through the Foreign Agricultural Service’s (FAS) Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), $200 million will be made available to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products. The program will help U.S. agricultural exporters identify and access new markets and help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’ restrictions.
The Market Facilitation Program is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and administered by FSA.  For each commodity covered, the payment rate will be dependent upon the severity of the trade disruption and the period of adjustment to new trade patterns, based on each producer’s actual production.
Interested producers can apply after harvest is 100 percent complete and they can report their total 2018 production.  Beginning Sept. 4 of this year, Market Facilitation Program applications will be available online at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Producers will also be able to submit their applications in person, by email, fax or by mail.
For detailed information, including initial payment rates and to view U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s video message on the Market Facilitation Program read the full USDA press release.  

Questions?
Please contact your local County FSA Office.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Corn Harvest in Brazil

By Eduardo Paim

Here in Mato Grosso we are finishing the harvest of second harvest corn this year. There were in some regions lack of rainfall at the end of the grain filling. Even with the lack of rainfall we will have a large production of corn, I believe that we will have on average 110 (bags of 60kg) bags per hectare.
We are already preparing the 2019 soybean crop, the weather is cooler than normal for this time of year. I believe that this fresh climate helped in the production of corn that did not suffer much from rainfall, maintaining soil moisture.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Headed For Drought?

Showers have been hit and miss for the last month, but some places are a bit short.  Below shows rainfall for the last 30 days.  Areas in green have had less than 2 inches.  Areas in yellow less than 4 inches.  Short term, we have rain in the forecast for Saturday.  A good rain would certainly help the corn crop toward tasseling and pollination.  Some forecasters are saying that long term weather is expected to be dry.  As in many years, we are two timely rains from a bumper crop. 


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Soybean Harvest in Brazil

By Eduardo Paim

I was waiting to approach the end of the soybean harvest to send you information. Here in Brazil in the main states harvest is ending and for sure Brazil will produce a lot of soybeans, it rained perfect and the rain forecasts that could disrupt the crops will not happen. Argentina seems to have productivity problems. Let's wait. On average Brazil will plant 35% of the second corn crop outside the ideal time. Last year, that's how it happened and we produce a lot of corn in 2017, so if Jesus sends rains we will not have any problems. The rains here are very good and the climate expected to be cooler this year, which should favor planted corn.

Today the government of Brazil has informed that it will sell corn from private stocks in Brazil to lower prices in the domestic market, this should pressure future prices here as well.
Hugs and have a nice weekend.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Using Dicamba this Growing Season

Last year we gained more experience than we wanted to have on evaluating dicamba damage in soybeans that were not traited for dicamba.  While I do not think that the new label requirements adequately address the volatilization issue, I think they will halp to deal with some of the issues people had with their dicamba applications. 

Dr. Aaron Hagar issued a new bulletin today on dicamba use that is worth a read, especially if yo uare using dicamba. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Tunnels in Vietnam

Many of us know that the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong hid in tunnels during the War for safety.  The Tunnels were extensive and were used to store supplies and even get around.  My friend, Dr. Ken Olson explored the tunnels last year.  His knowledge of soils undoubtedly gives new insight.  Check out his news release.  Here is the the full article

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Levee Break is a Big Problem.

Len Small Levee District is at the southern tip of Illinois along the Mississippi River.  I am sure the Corps of Engineers has a reason for not fixing it, but it is surprising that Congress has not overridden them with an appropriation.  If the levee is allowed to continue to be open, there is a good chance that the Mississippi River will cut a new channel taking out roads, highways, and farm land.  It will be like trying to put the genie back in the bottle if it decides on a new route.  This is an outrageous decision on the part of the Corps of Engineers.

This spring's flood is creating problems for many because of the open break.  One farmer is selling out to get away while he can.  Read more here .  I wrote on the same subject in 2016 and included a picture of our group standing on the sand washed out of the break