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House Republican infighting dooms farm bill

posted: 05/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

The House, in a striking display of Republican division, rejected an $867 billion farm bill on Friday that would have imposed strict new work requirements on beneficiaries of federal food aid while continuing farm subsidies popular with rural voters.

Farm bill addresses lab-meat oversight

posted: 05/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The proposed federal farm bill now before the House Appropriations Committee directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ride herd over food products created from animal cells.

Arkansas court halts 4th judge's order on dicamba ban

posted: 04/30/2018 4:57 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted a fourth judge's ruling exempting some farmers from the ban of an herbicide that took effect last week.

Arkansas court halts 2 rulings against state's dicamba ban

posted: 04/25/2018 5:24 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' highest court has halted orders by two judges exempting some farmers from the state's ban of an herbicide that took effect last week.

2 key dicamba-ban voters lose seats on state Plant Board

posted: 04/25/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Two members of the state Plant Board who were instrumental in this summer's ban on the in-crop use of dicamba said Tuesday that they won't be reappointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to new two-year terms.

Climbing rates add to farms' debt load

posted: 04/25/2018 2:03 a.m. Discuss

American farmers have managed to stay afloat despite years of shrinking crop values, the lowest incomes since the last recession and the threat of a trade war between the U.S. and China. Now, they're feeling a new squeeze: Borrowing money is getting more expensive as interest rates rise.

Farm bill would pare species reviews

posted: 04/18/2018 2:01 a.m. Discuss

A provision in the 2018 farm bill would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to approve pesticides without undertaking reviews now required to protect endangered species.

Ruling freezes Arkansas ban on dicamba

posted: 04/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A Crittenden County circuit judge on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against the state Plant Board for its approaching ban on dicamba, a weedkiller linked to crop damage last summer.

Cold air to again threaten orchards

posted: 04/12/2018 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas fruit growers, already dealing with damage caused by frigid air last week, are bracing for another round this weekend.

Filing: No risk if six Arkansas farmers use dicamba

posted: 04/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Allowing just six Arkansas farmers to spray dicamba this summer won't be a threat to the rest of the state, their attorney said Tuesday in a court filing.

Tyson aims to make its corn 'greener'

posted: 04/04/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Tyson Foods, Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to "improve environmental practices" on 2 million acres of corn by the end of 2020 by encouraging farmers to adopt better land practices.

Drought hitting Argentine corn, soy producers

posted: 04/04/2018 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Jorge Josifovich is silent and downcast as he walks under the pounding sun in one of Argentina's most fertile agricultural regions, staring at soybean plants parched by the country's worst drought in years.

Soybean acres to exceed corn for the first time in 35 years

posted: 03/29/2018 11:29 a.m. Discuss

DES MOINES, Iowa— Corn has been dethroned as the king of crops as farmers report they intend to plant more soybeans than corn for the first time in 35 years.

Farmers praise part of spending bill

posted: 03/27/2018 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Tucked inside the $1.3 trillion spending bill that President Donald Trump signed on Friday were provisions that reverse emission reporting requirements for livestock producers and extend the deadline for truckers to begin using electronic logging devices to record work hours.

Cotton farmers due weevil rebate

posted: 03/08/2018 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Seeing no weevil, a state panel has approved a rebate of 75 cents an acre for cotton farmers in the long-running fight against a tiny insect that was once their biggest foe.

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