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Farm Bill Negotiations Continue The Farm Bill was extended again until the end of January 2014, but the U.S. House and Senate Ag Committees have been unable to get a compromise bill that leaders believe could pass. The area of contention is in Food Stamp (SNAP) funding, which is 80 percent of the Farm Bill. Although a floor fight could ... Read More »

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2013 Crop Estimate USDA predicted in November that peanut production would be about 3.90 billion pounds or 1,950,425 tons, up five percent from the September forecast, but down 42 percent from last year’s revised production of 6.76 billion pounds. Area for harvest is expected to total 1.03 million acres, unchanged from September, but 36 percent lower than 2012. Based on ... Read More »

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New Ag Deputy Secretary From Georgia Krysta Harden of Camilla, Ga., is the new Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. A Georgia native, Harden has served as the chief of staff at USDA since 2011, where she earned high regard from a wide range of individuals for her no-nonsense approach to problem solving. She replaces Kathleen Merrigan in the second-highest post in ... Read More »

Thank You, Peanut Industry

Your generosity will help those in need. Starting with its first issue published in 1989, The Peanut Grower has been a reliable and trusted resource for growers and industry, providing readers with the latest production, research and market news. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary and in keeping with its mission of service to the industry, One Grower Publishing chose to ... Read More »

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Slow Progress On Farm Bill Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and House Ag Chairman, Frank Lucas (R-OK), have said they would like to move versions of the Farm Bill this spring. In discussions, the sticking points are the commodity and nutrition programs. Sen. Stabenow says that the ag committee is having difficulties in finding agreement on the commodity ... Read More »

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Less Savings From Same Farm Bills The possibility of getting a five-year Farm Bill passed just got harder. A new Congressional Budget Office estimate says the amount of savings has changed since last summer and it is much less. The Senate bill savings estimate now stands at $13.1 billion over 10 years, not $23.1 billion. The House bill savings figure ... Read More »

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Farm Bill Takes A Back Seat Again The Farm Bill is having a hard time getting any attention in Washington, D.C. The Obama Administration is expected to submit to Congress its FY14 budget to start this year’s budgeting and appropriations process. Over the next few months, Congress will hold hearings on the budget, and the House and Senate budget committees ... Read More »

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BASF Acquires Becker Underwood BASF has completed the acquisition of Becker Underwood from Norwest Equity Partners, a United States-based private equity investment company. With the acquisition, BASF is now a leading global provider of technologies for biological seed treatment as well as seed treatment colorants and polymers. BASF has also expanded its product portfolio in the areas of biological crop ... Read More »

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Farm Bill Kicked To Lame Duck Session The Farm Bill is one of many issues facing Congress when after the election. Some estimate the “lame duck” session could run five weeks; some predict it will be called off. There are several issues like expiring tax cuts, the sequestration mandated cuts and, of course, the Farm Bill. The sequestration measure alone ... Read More »

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Senate Ag Committee Issues Farm Bill The U.S. Senate Ag Committee voted to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, R-Minn., and Ranking Member, Sen. Pat Roberts, D-Kan. “The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 will save taxpayers billions of dollars while promising a ... Read More »