HOUSE PASSES FARM BILL – The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted on and passed the 2018 farm bill with a vote of 369-47. The legislation, which comes at a time of stagnant farm income and trade uncertainty,
heads next to the president’s desk for his signature. (Pantagraph)
SOYBEAN SALE – Private exporters have sold 1.13 million tons of U.S. soybeans for delivery to China, the USDA said Thursday. This is the first significant U.S. soybean purchase for China in more than six months after a trade truce was reached Dec 1. (Reuters)
OPINION: TIME FOR MANDATORY CHANGES – A Des Moines Register editorial is calling for additional reforms to protect waterways in Iowa, saying the state’s voluntary approach to protecting water isn’t working. Iowa View contributors Laura Krouse and Robert Broulik say it’s time for lawmakers to prohibit crop farming within 30 feet of streams and require permanent buffer strips in an effort to limit nutrient runoff.
WATCH THE MAILBOX – NASS is again surveying farmers’ progress on their implementation of nutrient loss reduction strategies related to the Nutrient Loss Reduction Plan. About 1,100 randomly selected farmers across the state will receive the survey, which is set to be mailed Jan. 1 and Feb. 1, 2019. (FarmWeekNow.com)
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