Trade Commission Says U.S. Harmed By Cheap Imported Fertilizer

IARN — The United States International Trade Commission last week determined cheap fertilizer imports may harm U.S. fertilizer producers. The commission says cheap phosphate fertilizers imported from Morocco and Russia are allegedly subsidized by their governments. As a result, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its countervailing duty investigations. The investigation could lead to import duties on the fertilizers. Read more

Ag Groups Say Farmers Need More Time To Access Aid

IARN — A total of 28 agricultural organizations are asking the USDA to extend the application deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The groups sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that the deadline be pushed past August 28, 2020. The funding, approved through the CARES Act, is providing much-needed financial support to livestock, dairy, non-specialty, and specialty crop producers. The letter says the current deadline “may exclude producers from participating in the program, including producers of commodities that were recently added to the list of eligible commodities, as well as those commodities likely to become eligible through the Notice of Funding Availability process.” Read more