Rabo Agrifinance Offering Industry’s First Organic Transition Loan

IABRN — Farmers looking for organic certification on all or part of their operations can get some financial help from Rabo Agrifinance. The company has developed a loan product so farmers can get the capital they need upfront to help with costs associated with changing production practices. Farmers can then schedule loan repayments when they get additional revenue from selling certified organic products.

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Farm Bureau VP Remains Optimistic On USMCA Passage

IABRN – The clock is ticking, and an arbitrary deadline is coming soon. The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) is still waiting to get moving in the United States House of Representatives. Many supporters of the deal are becoming worried the bill will not be brought up before the end of the legislative year, next month. However, there are some in the agriculture arena who think we still have a good chance of finishing it up.

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Iowa Cattle on Feed

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 640,000 head on October 1, 2019, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. This was up 2 percent from September 1, 2019, but down 7 percent from October 1, 2018. Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head had 480,000 head on feed, unchanged from last month but down 8 percent from last year. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in all Iowa feedlots totaled 1,120,000 head, up 1 percent from last month but down 7 percent from last year.

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EPA Proposes Pesticide Application Exclusion Zone Requirements Update

The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding application exclusion zones, known as AEZ. The National Corn Growers Association says the proposal would make two major changes for farmers. The changes include modifying the AEZ so it is only enforceable on a farmer’s property. The proposal would replace the current regulation requiring farmers to ensure individuals are outside of the pesticide AEZ not only on their property, but off their property as well. The proposal would also exempt farm owners and their immediate family members from the requirement that they leave their home during certain pesticide applications.

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U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Calls For Truth In Labeling

IABRN — The United States Cattlemen filed a petition for rulemaking with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to address “Product of the USA” and “Made in the USA” claims on U.S. beef. The USCA says since the repeal of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) back in 2015, there is no clear definition of what constitutes a U.S. beef product.

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