October 18, 2006

Farm Reports

The U.S. growing season is over for much of the country after a freeze swept from the central Plains to the Northeast, though the standing crops were largely mature enough to take it or had already been harvested. Also, rain in some of those regions has helped alleviate drought conditions, while dry weather to the south is helping move the harvest along.

High prices and cereal shortages point to a likelihood of increased wheat and corn acreage next year and higher production during the winter wheat season.

U.S. representatives offer to further cut domestic agriculture subsidies in order to keep policy negotiations alive with the World Trade Organization.

Election year politics prod Rep. Sue Kelly (R NY-19) to shore up a tough re-election battle by bringing Bush's agriculture secretary in to promise local farmers low-interest loans following storm damage to their crops this year.

Missouri Governor Roy Blunt (R) is asking for the administration to declare agricultural disaster areas in nine counties hit by tornadoes and other inclement weather patterns.

The argument over the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's proposed National Animal ID System (NAIS) pits privacy concerns against food safety worries, and also raises the specter of a new avenue for security theater that substitutes for sound policy.

A brief on the upcoming 2007 Farm Bill forum.

The Organic Trade Association is lobbying for greater policy-level promotion of organic farming, like technical support for the transition from conventional to organic land management, to be included in that 2007 Farm Bill.

The FBI says that U.S. agriculture is still vulnerable to terrorism.

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