The Agribusiness Update
USDA freezes $2.3-billion in CFAP payments temporarily, and China continues record purchases of U.S. corn.
Farm of the Future
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has named Jennifer Moore Kucera as the West Regional Soil Health Team Leader with the newly-established NRCS Soil Health Division.
Close to 9-billion dollars in much-advertised food stamp savings in the recently enacted farm bill may never happen - as key states find ways to skirt limits. New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are triggering extra federal food stamp spending by adding state money to a home-heating subsidy tied to more food stamp aid.