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High Plains Drought the Worst Some Farmers Have Ever Seen

Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops and searing pastures that typically would be home to multitudes of grazing cattle. Some longtime farmers and ranchers say it’s the worst conditions they’ve …

Texas Peach Crops Affected by Mild Winter

Experts say the mild Texas winter hampered this year’s peach crop in parts of the state. The North Texas harvest appears to be bountiful, but growers in some other areas of the state faced challenges, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. …

Louisiana Farmers Could be Helped by $10M Program for Flood Recovery

Farmers and ranchers in 51 Louisiana parishes could be eligible for grants from a $10 million program aimed to help with recovery from last year’s flooding. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain’s office says the grants come from federal flood recovery dollars …

More New York Malt Barley Farmers Eligible for Crop Insurance

Malt barley farmers in 44 upstate New York counties are now eligible for crop insurance from the federal government. Malt barley is a necessary ingredient in beer and spirits, and the lack of crop insurance had hindered expansion of the …

Agricultural Flood Damage in Arkansas Estimated at $175M

Officials say the estimated impact of agricultural flood damage in Arkansas due to recent severe weather is about $175 million. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says the April flooding affected more than 970,000 acres of farmland. University …

Eastern Wisconsin Farmers Experience Significant Alfalfa Losses

Unusual seasonal weather variations have made it tough on alfalfa crops in some parts of Wisconsin. A warmer-than-usual winter and a cold wet spring have caused a significant portion of the alfalfa crop to fail in Manitowoc County. University of …

Arkansas Crop Damage from Floods Pegged at $64.5M

Preliminary estimates show that flooding and severe weather have affected more than 900,000 acres of farmland in Arkansas. A report released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture puts preliminary crop flood damage at $64.5 million. With an …

Sen. Schumer Pushes for Malt Barley Crop Insurance in New York

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make crop insurance for malt barley available to more New York farmers to help the craft brewing industry in the state. Schumer was at the 1886 Malt House …

Late Planting, August Floods Hurt Louisiana Sweet Potato Crop

The LSU AgCenter says late planting and August floods hurt Louisiana’s sweet potato harvest, cutting the yield from 450 bushels an acre in 2015 to 290 bushels per acre last year. Extension Associate Myrl Systrunk told the Louisiana Sweet Potato …

Emerging Risks/Markets Offer New Opportunities: 2017 Predictions, Part 3

Insurers and reinsurers continue to look for organic growth where they can find it – sometimes from emerging risks and sometimes from emerging markets. As always, the keys to success are market knowledge and patience. Providing a heads-up for such …