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Tuesday 1st May 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

Some good news this week in the US - we finally have a Farm Bill to work with.

With the elimination of direct payments, creation of ARC, and updates to crop insurance, the new Farm Bill mark-up clearly moves agriculture's safety net towards risk management.

A new farm bill that saves over $23 billion over 10 years means there were some major cuts. It appears conservation programs took a big hit, consolidating 23 programs down to 13 programs.

The bill was passed by a 16-5 vote and four of the five "No" votes came from southern republican senators who did not vote to send the bill to the full Senate because of the negative repercussions for the cotton, rice and peanut programs.

Texas Representative Mike Conaway made his view clear - that the Farm Bill is "so lopsided and discriminatory against certain producers, regions and crops" that it will be difficult to pass.

"Especially ill-served are producers of wheat, cotton, rice, peanuts, and even corn and soybeans where they farm areas with any production risk. This bill was specially designed for a crop or two grown in one region of the country and it will not become law. Today was a big step backward in completing a Farm Bill this year," he said.

There is one thing that the industry and politicians seems to agree on - agriculture has stepped up and made a more than proportionate contribution to the US deficit reduction. Now we'll see if others follow their lead.

Also, don't forget that this is a draft Farm Bill (or what's called a mark-up). It must now be considered by the full Senate, then reconciled with a House version of the bill, which must be passed by the House Agriculture Committee and the full House and signed by the President. So... the US has got a long way to go to get to the finish line. To read more about the 2012 Farm Bill, click here.

Have a great week!




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   Thailand

Thailand's Sugar Production Likely to Increase

   Indonesia

Indonesia's Palm Oil Production Set to Increase

   China

China Cut Subsidies for Ethanol From Grain

   South Africa

Higher South African Sugar Production Expected from Good Rains

   Turkey

Turkey Sugar Production to Remain Unchanged

   European Union

Call for EU-wide Fair Play in Grocery Chain
Crop Model Simulations Predict Europe Forecasts

   General

Vietnam's Middle Class Lifts Food, Feed Demand
How Does Global Grain Production Affect Feed Costs, Supply?
Canadian Government Expand Ag Trade with Morocco
Canada-EU Trade Agreement Expected to Boost Canada's GDP

   United States

US Organic Cotton Production Dips 35 Per Cent
CME: Corn Futures Higher as China Purchases Corn
CME: Grain Futures Closed Higher Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Thursday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Friday
NFU: Farm Bill Mark-up Recommendations
Is it Time to Plant Soybeans?
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Corn Researchers Develop In-field Aflatoxin Approach
Senate Ag Committee Approves Farm Bill
Soybean Row Spacing: Wide or Narrow?
Does the US Farm Bill Give Farmers What They Want?
US Farm Bill: Who Won and Who Lost?
Obama Administration Pulls On-Farm Youth Labor Rule
Study: Modern Hybrid Corn Makes Better Use of Nitrogen
Barcoding Insects as a Way to Track and Control Them

   Nigeria

Government Privatises to Improve Sugar SubSector

   Australia

The Secrets to Australian Sorghum Success
Australia to be Declared Drought Free
Drought Support Casualty of Fed Budget Blowout
Australia's Bioeconomy Blossoms with Supercharged Safflower
Faba Bean Rust Alert for Australia's Crops This Season
Bank Cuts Rates: Will Farmers See the Benefits?

   United Kingdom

Crop Plots Showcase Arable Innovations at Cereals 2012
Union Leaders Concerned at Possible Payment Cuts
NFU Seeks Emergency Approval for Unique Grain Pest Product
International Conference Focuses on ‘Greening’ CAP
Varieties for all at Cereals 2012
CAP Reform Must Work for Tenanted Sector

   Kenya

Kenya to Import 250,000 tons of Refined Sugar in 2012

   Nicaragua

Nicaragua's Sugar Production Expected to Increase 18 Per Cent

   Colombia

Colombian Sugar Production to Remain Steady, Exports to Rise

   India

Normal Rains Expected in India, Boosts Harvest Prospects
Indian Government Allows Further Cotton Exports

   El Salvador

El Salvador Sugar Production Set to Decrease

   Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Sugar Production Set to Increase

   Fiji

Fiji's Agriculture Industry Strives for Self-Sufficiency

   Papua New Guinea

Food Security Project Enhances Pig, Poultry Industries

   Canada

New Fusarium Resistant Winter Wheat on the Horizon

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