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DO FARMERS NEED TO COMPLY WITH TRUCK LOG REQUIREMENT?

Beginning Dec. 18, many truck drivers will be required to have an electronic logging device, but with many farmers making only shorter trips, the law provides a variety of agricultural and other exemptions. A trucking association official says it’s best to read the rule carefully and know for sure whether you qualify for one of… read more

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U.S. EXPORTS TO #MEXICO FALL

Tensions about #NAFTA are starting to cut into sales for farmers while they continue to struggle with low commodity prices and excess global supply. Over the first four months of 2017, Mexican imports of U.S. soybean meal dropped 15% – the first decrease for the period in four years, according to the USDA. Shipments for… read more

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NATIONAL AG DAY

Tuesday, March 15 – recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. Every spring, farmers and ranchers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across the country join together in recognition – and appreciation – of agriculture in our country.  Look for #agday2016 on Twitter.

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FARMER CONFIDENCE LOWER

Farmers are feeling glum about current conditions and don’t see much room for improvement in the year ahead, according to the DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index. The latest reading of the index came in at 92.7, compared to 99.4 in August and 103.4 in December 2014. USDA is forecasting 2015 farm incomes will be… read more

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WTO PROGRESS

Some U.S. farmers used to refer to the World Trade Organization’s predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), as “the general agreement to talk and talk.” WTO-member countries wrapped up its first-ever ministerial conference in Africa yesterday with a commitment to abolish export subsidies for farm exports. You can find more information on… read more

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UAV REGISTRATION

Now, farmers will have to make a new pilgrimage to the Farm Service Agency Office and sign up at a website of the Federal Aviation Administration if they own an unmanned aerial vehicle. Columnist Stu Ellis says farmers are quite used to signing up at the FSA, because they, and their dad, and their granddad have… read more

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USFRA SURVEY

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers unveiled the results of a consumer attitude survey at the Farm Progress Show on Tuesday.  Approximately 56% of those responding  to the survey say ”farmers and ranchers use new technologies and innovations to protect the environment.”   USFRA SURVEY

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SMARTPHONE SURVEY

69% of farmers today own smartphones. Based on plans to purchase, 87% of farmers will use smartphones by 2016,  according to a February 2015 Farm Journal Media survey,

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AGING FARMERS

Many industry observers often express concern related to the “aging farmer problem,” but a closer look at the data reveals that the “aging farmer problem” may be overstated by some. Check out the story at FarmWeekNow.com.

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ORGANIC FARMERS

Organic farmers and ranchers tend to be younger, more recent entrants to agriculture and far more likely to sell directly to consumers than the average U.S. farmer. USDA says 26% of the group are under 45 years old.

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