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Arkansas Plant Board Reviewing EPA Decision on Dicamba Herbicide

The Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB), a division of the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD), announced it has begun the process of reviewing the announced EPA label changes for the herbicide dicamba and will be considering the appropriate framework for the …

Possible Mold in Grain Harvest May Threaten Wisconsin Farmers’ Profits

Wet weather this year has delayed Wisconsin’s grain harvest and caused widespread mold problems in farm fields, according to agriculture experts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects Wisconsin farmers to harvest a record amount of soybeans this year, but farmers …

Lingering Texas Drought Has Ranchers Reducing Herds

A growing number of Texas ranchers and farmers are trimming their livestock, or selling them altogether, as the persistent drought has eliminated water supplies and forage for the animals. Some landowners describe a boom-and-bust cycle playing out with increasing frequency …

Jury Orders Pork Producer to Pay $473.5M in North Carolina Nuisance Lawsuit

A federal jury decided Friday that the world’s largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks. The jury found that Smithfield …

Pork Giant Smithfield Foods Ordered to Pay $25M in Nuisance Lawsuit

A federal jury in North Carolina has punished the world’s largest pork producer, deciding Smithfield Foods should pay two neighbors more than $25 million for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks after an industrial-scale hog grower …

Arkansas Rejects Farmers’ Request to Lift Dicamba Ban

Arkansas officials have denied a request by some farmers to lift the state’s ban on in-crop dicamba use. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state Plant Board rejected the farmers’ request on Tuesday. Board members say the farmers provided no …

Wildfire Damage to Oklahoma Farms, Ranches Estimated at $26M

A report from Oklahoma State University says wildfires that scorched western and northwestern parts of the state and killed two in April caused an estimated $26 million in damage to livestock, pastures, fences and buildings. A news release says the …

Louisiana Farmers, Ranchers Awarded Disaster Recovery Grants

More than 900 Louisiana farmers and ranchers will receive disaster grants to help them recover from the March and August 2016 floods. Louisiana’s agriculture department says the average grant is $9,905, and the maximum award is $12,185. Of more than …

Wisconsin Tweaks Pricing for Dairy Insurance Program

Wisconsin lawmakers have tweaked a federal price insurance program following criticism from dairy farmers. The Margin Protection Program for Dairy allows farmers to buy insurance that pays out when the cost to produce milk becomes too close to milk’s selling …

Lowdown: Agribusiness Insurance Costs on the Rise?

This week’s Lowdown focuses on the rise in frequency, complexity and severity of vehicular accidents within the agribusiness industry. Scenarios highlighted and steps outlined to reduce risk within What’s Inflating Agribusiness Insurance Costs, are worth sharing with your agribusiness clients, …