Agribusiness Update for Tuesday 2/26/13

Agribusiness Update for Tuesday 2/26/13

This is the Agribusiness Update...I’m Greg Martin...

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades that time is running out in the filing period closing March 25, 2013. Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices in the past from the USDA have about 45 days left to file a claim in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness.

The Interagency Trade Enforcement Center has begun a sweeping investigation into whether other countries are providing farm subsidies that violate World Trade Organization rules, according to U.S. trade officials. Many believe the probe is long overdue, given the obvious escalation of farm subsidies in developing countries and their apparent indifference to their WTO commitments.

The Employment Security Department is starting to get questions from federally funded workers who want to know if they qualify for unemployment benefits if they are furloughed due to federal sequestration. If you do have questions, call your local Employment Security office.

That’s today’s Agribusiness Update from the Ag Information Network. 

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