1026 Deadline & TPA Filibuster.
Twelve Democrats joined 50 Republicans to end a Senate filibuster of President Obama's top domestic priority - trade promotion authority. The vote greased the skids for final Senate passage of TPA - needed to secure a Trans Pacific trade deal among the U.S. and 11 Pacific nations - which could dramatically boost U.S. farm exports to Asia.
The Democrats' filibuster was broken by a deal to vote on a measure to renew the controversial export import bank. Top Finance Democrat Ron Wyden.
WYDEN: You have trade agreements but it's also important to have financing tools, which is what the export-import bank is all about. so we have been working throughout the night to try to address both of those issues.
USDA is reminding farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form AD-1026 with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support. Many farmers already have a certification form on file since it's required for participation in most USDA programs. However, farmers who only participate in the federal crop insurance program must now file a certification form to receive crop insurance premium support.
That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.