USDA Reminding Producers To Complete Crop Acreage Reports

IARN — Producers who haven’t completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the applicable deadline. July 15th is the major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county and by crop. Read more

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Now In Effect

IARN — American farmers and ranchers received another reason to celebrate, ahead of Independence Day.

The revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now referred to as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), took effect today (Wednesday). The updated accord contains key provisions to: Biotechnology, geographical indications, sanitary/phytosanitary measures, dairy, poultry and eggs, wheat, wines and spirits, and fruit. Read more

No House-Senate Negotiations On COVID-19 Aid Till July 20

IARN — Discussions are taking place behind the scenes on the next coronavirus aid package to come out of Washington, D.C. That, however, is the good news. Formal negotiations between House and Senate leaders will not take place until July 20th. That note comes from Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley. Read more