Currently, there is patchwork of regulation that resulted out of litigation over the 2015 rule. AgWeb is the farmer’s source for agriculture news online. The largest unanswered question probably involves FDA’s regulatory stance towards cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which is produced from some varieties of industrial hemp. Farmers cannot bank on a fourth consecutive year of above-trend crop yields to make up for low commodity prices and rising costs. Despite the Bouchers presenting evidence that no wetlands had been converted, USDA maintained its initial determination. ‘We saw a huge jump in operating loan volume from the fall of 2017 to the fall of 2018,’ Brewer said. In December the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed (385-41) USMCA. Balance Sheet & Historical Financial Statements, Biomass Crop Budget Tool – Miscanthus & Switchgrass, Illinois Soil Productivity & Yield Utilities, Farmland Leasing Facts Sheets & Pricing Information, U.S. farmers likely will have to borrow more money. However, we do expect the trade deal to pass all three nations’ legislative bodies in 2019.”, With respect to China, the CoBank report indicated that, “The outcome of the 90-day ‘cease-fire’ with China will be the most pivotal event for U.S. agriculture in 2019. To learn more about your state’s laws regarding hemp, go to “That’s one projection from a recent survey of ag lenders. One of the single-most watched, if not the most watched, issue in 2019 was agricultural trade. Another year of higher interest rates and declining farm incomes, though, will continue to pressure farmland values in regional areas if more farmers sell land to raise capital. centered around whether the Bouchers converted several acres of wetlands into cropland when nine trees were removed from the property in the 1990s. Wall Street Journal writers Ryan Dezember and Kirk Maltais reported last week that, "Dry weather, China’s push to fatten its pigs and the lockdown-induced baking bonanza are lifting prices for U.S. row crops. Importantly, the court also concluded that the removal of trees from waterlogged soil was not enough for USDA to designate an area as a converted wetland. Daily online content from various Farm Journal Media properties keeps farmers informed with the most important news and stories. There were several major developments towards the end of 2019 that have the potential of bringing certainty and a measure of progress to the overall agricultural trade picture. Redefining WOTUS: Earlier this year, the EPA altered a central component of the CWA by redefining the term “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Farm Progress is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. The survey covers Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Wyoming.”. Meanwhile, a recent update at FarmWeekNow Online reported that, “U.S. 3. The changes quickly prompted backlash, and a lawsuit was filed against the secretary of interior soon after the rules were announced. “Strong land values remain the positive for farmers and ranchers. To steady the agricultural economy, and boost revenues, the sector is dependent on substantive breakthroughs in trade policy. FrtPg Business section today's @StarTribune: "Tough Year Means Tighter Credit," - "Survey finds about half of #Midwest #bankers are seeking more collateral from #farmers." I expect farmers will need a larger operating note for the spring of 2019.’, And an update this month by Brad Lubben from University of Nebraska Extension (“Farm Programs, Payments, and Prospects“) stated that, “Barring significant market recovery or further trade assistance, producers will be managing for relatively low market prices and relatively little farm program support in 2019. Right to Farm: A recent series of cases from North Carolina on nuisance litigation against swine farms has generated a great deal of interest in right to farm statutes. 7. of Maui was argued, go to To read more about the litigation concerning sulfoxaflor, go to To read how lower courts have been handling the role of groundwater in the CWA since Cty. However, but there are also questions dealing with crop insurance, licensing plans for the 2020 growing season, approval of pesticides, production contracts and others. For more information about these types of laws, as well as their current status, go to Today’s update briefly highlights core points from the CoBank report, and also looks at the recent news items discussing important elements of the agricultural economy. A “conduit theory” case involving the Clean Water Act (CWA) titled Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. Cty. What are typically called ag-gag or “farm security” laws, depending on who you’re talking with, have become frequent topics of conversation, legislation and lawsuits in the past decade. A new farm program decision in 2019 could provide additional payments in 2020, but regardless, producers will need to manage their risk carefully, including not just farm programs, but also production, insurance, and marketing decisions that all contribute to a portfolio approach to risk management.”. In the world of agricultural law, 2019 was a year for significant developments and changes. Challenges to the laws have been filed in three states so far, while similar legislation is pending in several more states and on the federal level. 6. Beekeepers, federal and state regulators, farmers and ranchers, and academic researchers are all engaged in the effort to identify the … … Progress in negotiations is likely to be slow, which spells more pain for months to come. Despite the Bouchers presenting evidence that no wetlands had been converted, USDA maintained its initial determination. Keith Good is the social media manager for the farmdoc project at the University of Illinois. All rights reserved. EPA published a final rule in October of last year that repealed the current WOTUS definition as established in a 2015 rule.