Government http://southwestfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6031/more en Proposed bill could provide loan forgiveness for young farmers http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/proposed-bill-could-provide-loan-forgiveness-young-farmers <div class="node-body article-body">As the annual Future Farmers of America Texas State Convention got underway last week, delegates and officials were riding high on news from Washington that a new bill introduced recently may give young farmers hope for the future as they plan their education in preparation for entry into the farming and ranching industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/proposed-bill-could-provide-loan-forgiveness-young-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/proposed-bill-could-provide-loan-forgiveness-young-farmers#comments Government Management Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:33:00 +0000 93561 at http://southwestfarmpress.com New Mexico fruit and vegetable farmers get boost from FINI program http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-mexico-fruit-and-vegetable-farmers-get-boost-fini-program <div class="node-body article-body">USDA grant promotes more fruit and vegetable consumption for low-income families in New Mexico.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-mexico-fruit-and-vegetable-farmers-get-boost-fini-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-mexico-fruit-and-vegetable-farmers-get-boost-fini-program#comments Government Vegetables Vegetables Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:28:00 +0000 93381 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Trade Mission seeks improved relationship with Cuban importers http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/trade-mission-seeks-improved-relationship-cuban-importers <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. has competitive advantage for ag trade to Cuba.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/trade-mission-seeks-improved-relationship-cuban-importers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/trade-mission-seeks-improved-relationship-cuban-importers#comments Government Import and Export Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:15:00 +0000 93371 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Farmers&#39; markets give Cuban farmers opportunities to sell on the private market.</p> Ben Scholz Cuba and a new economic era http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/cuba-and-new-economic-era <div class="node-body article-body">Former Secretaries of Agriculture say new opportunities for growth and expansion of U.S. agriculture will get a major boost when U.S.-Cuban trade relationships are normalized. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/cuba-and-new-economic-era" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/cuba-and-new-economic-era#comments Government Import and Export Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:58:00 +0000 93201 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Wheat could be a key product for export with Cuba.</p> Grain stocks all up significantly compared to June 2014 http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/grain-stocks-all-significantly-compared-june-2014 <div class="node-body article-body">Grain crop stocks up compared to last June.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/grain-stocks-all-significantly-compared-june-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/grain-stocks-all-significantly-compared-june-2014#comments Government Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:06:00 +0000 93161 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>USDA-NASS estimates a 15 percent increase in corn stocks for June 1, 2015, compared to the previous year.</p> Cotton, corn, wheat acreage down; soybeans up to record high http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/cotton-corn-wheat-acreage-down-soybeans-record-high <div class="node-body article-body">Corn, cotton, wheat acreage estimates lower; soybeans up to record level.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/cotton-corn-wheat-acreage-down-soybeans-record-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/cotton-corn-wheat-acreage-down-soybeans-record-high#comments Government USDA Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:50:00 +0000 93151 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>USDA estimates cotton acreage across the Cotton Belt will be 18 percent down from 2014.</p> Farmers urged to sign up as soon as possible for farm bill coverage http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/farmers-urged-sign-soon-possible-farm-bill-coverage <div class="node-body article-body">Not too early to enroll in farm bill programs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/farmers-urged-sign-soon-possible-farm-bill-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/farmers-urged-sign-soon-possible-farm-bill-coverage#comments Government Farm Bill 2012 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:18:00 +0000 93131 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Research shows annual forage insurance is advantageous to producers as sign-up deadline nears http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/research-shows-annual-forage-insurance-advantageous-producers-sign-deadline-nears <div class="field-byline"> Joshua G. Maples, B. Wade Brorsen, and Jon T. Biermacher </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Forage insurance makes sense for eligible producers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/research-shows-annual-forage-insurance-advantageous-producers-sign-deadline-nears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/research-shows-annual-forage-insurance-advantageous-producers-sign-deadline-nears#comments Government Farm Bill 2012 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:06:00 +0000 93081 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Loss of forage may be covered by a Rainfall Index Annual Forage pilot insurance program (RIAFP).</p> House passes COOL Reform http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/house-passes-cool-reform <div class="node-body article-body">COOL Reform Act was widely supported by a large number of food and agricultural industries.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/house-passes-cool-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/house-passes-cool-reform#comments Government Livestock Livestock Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:17:00 +0000 92891 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Beef and other ag and food industry organizations support the COOL Reform Act.</p> In spite of rains, USDA says fire risks will increase http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/spite-rains-usda-says-fire-risks-will-increase <div class="node-body article-body">The buildup of fuel, a changing climate, and insect and disease pressure, heavy forested areas, especially in the West, could tax federal fire suppression efforts in 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/spite-rains-usda-says-fire-risks-will-increase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/spite-rains-usda-says-fire-risks-will-increase#comments Government Precipitation Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:47:00 +0000 92871 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Wildfire may be more likely this summer across the Southwest, in spite of recent heavy rainfall.&nbsp; Ample moisture means more fuel for wildfires..</p> NRCS photo