Weekly News Post for April 3, 2015

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

Field with farm in the distance (Photo by Edwin Remsberg).
Field with farm in the distance (Photo by Edwin Remsberg).

Happy Good Friday, happy Passover, or just happy Friday. Let’s take a look at some random news from the week.

Roundup Will Face New Requirements: EPA released a statement that Monsanto will be required to have a weed resistant management plan for Roundup. The plan would include consumer education, remediation plans, and weed monitoring to address concerns of weed resistance. To read more, check out the Reuters article by Carey Gillam at http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/31/us-monsanto-herbicide-weeds-idUSKBN0MR2JT20150331.

CSA Webinar Online: If you missed the CSA Contracting webinar on Tuesday night, it is now online at http://bit.ly/CSAKwebinar. We will be covering labor and risk management tools this coming Tuesday night and you can still sign up at: http://bit.ly/CSAWebinar. Finally, we have developed a CSA contracting room to house the materials we are developing (including the model contract) and you can find that at http://bit.ly/CSARoom.

ARC/PLC Signup: Do not forget the extended deadline for ARC/PLC signup is on April 7th. Contact your county FSA office to select your farm bill programs today to set up an appointment if you have not already done so.

Ten Key Trends in U.S. Agriculture: Each year, prognosticators put together trend forecasts for stakeholders in almost every industry. But one of the biggest pitfalls to such measurements is that few companies and individuals are altering their budgets and business strategies well into January. For this reason, monitoring trends in the month’s first year as they pertain to the concluding months of the previous year can provide a better expectation of the next 11 months on the calendar. Read about the 10 major trends in agriculture for 2015. The full story is available here: http://www.agprofessional.com/news/global-aginvesting-ten-key-trends-us-agriculture

Final PMT Regs: The revised PMT regs will be submitted today to the Maryland Register. To review the proposed regs, see http://mda.maryland.gov/Documents/ProposedPMTRegs4.3.15Register.pdf.