Farm Service Agency Expands Payment Options

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is expanding its payment options to now accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments and administrative service fees, as well as to purchase aerial maps. Read more


Iowa Crop Progress And Condition Report

Statewide Iowa — Much needed rain fell across parts of Iowa during the week ending August 18, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork activities included scouting, spraying fungicides and insecticides and harvesting hay and oats.

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China Makes August U.S. Pork Purchase; More To Come?

The world’s biggest pork consumer bought just over 10,000 tons of U.S. pork sometime between August 2-8. This was the biggest purchase of American pork in almost two months. The pork purchase is due for shipment this year as African Swine Fever continues to ravage the world’s biggest pork herd.

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