agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting farm income will increase significantly this year, but that’s only because of unprecedented government payments that could top $40 billion.

The latest Farm Income Report from the USDA shows net income will total $102 billion, a 23% increase over last year. But 36% of that money is coming from federal subsidies intended to make up for coronavirus losses.

Without that aid, net farm income would be down more than $10 billion this year.

Abby Wendle, Harvest Public Media

 

Farmers have faced challenges the past couple of years, from the trade war to the current pandemic putting a strain on the industry.

Barry Bean is a board member of the Missouri Farm Bureau and a cotton farmer. He’s president of Bean and Bean Cotton Company. KRCU’s Clayton Hester spoke with Bean about the economic pressures facing the industry today.

 

Missouri Department of Agriculture

 

A cancellation order has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for three dicamba herbicides, and the Missouri Department of Agriculture is following the EPA guidelines.

 

The order was made on June 8, and applies to Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax. This follows a verdict from the 9th US circuit court outlawing dicamba nationwide on June 3rd. 

 

The Missouri State Fair will go on this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

A message on the fair’s website states that the event, August 13-23 in Sedalia, will look different this year.  Livestock shows will continue, but details for vendors, sponsors and other partners are still being determined, according to the statement.

Farmers in Missouri are facing increased challenges as the result of climate change, especially heavy rainfall events.  Last year, flooding on the Missouri River left cropland underwater and idle for most of the summer. 

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