Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - June 24

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- Wisconsin agriculture groups are applauding a U.S. Department decision to adjust some of the insurance requirements for late-planting and prevented-planting deadlines. Farmers who collected crop-insurance payments but planted cover crops on fields where normal crop-planting was prevented by heavy rain and flooding will be allowed to harvest those cover-crops or have animals graze on them as early as Sept. 1. During most years, farmers can't use crops from prevented-planting fields until after Nov. 1. However, matters such as winter-kill of alfalfa and this year's extended winter conditions have left many farmers without enough forage to feed their animals. The policy change - effective only for this year - was announced Friday by USDA Risk Management Agency officials.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, says movement is anticipated in Congress concerning action on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which is a revised version of the North American Trade Agreement. She said Congress had been waiting for Department of Commerce to finish its analysis of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Congress will develop implementation legislation after that analysis is reviewed, the senator said. She said Congress has to see that the agreement is enforceable, and then will move ahead from there. Balwin said dairy farmers have been facing "a perfect storm of challenges with prices and a wet spring, along with trade issues brought on by trade battles between the Trump Administration and the nation's trading partners. "It's compounded when you have a trade war and Mexico or China decides to put a tariff on our cheese exports to those countries." She noted that Mexico accounts for 25 percent of cheese exports.

The official toy tractor has been released for this year's Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Organizers of the event said the 1600 Oliver tractor with a 74H mounted corn picker is available for purchase prior to the show, which will be July 23-25 at Walters Grain Farm near Grellton in Jefferson County. Information about purchasing one of the toy tractors is available by contacting the Jefferson County University of Wisconsin-Extension office. While this year's Farm Technology Days is in Jefferson County, organizers here in Eau Claire County are preparing for the 2020 Farm Technology Days show at Huntsinger Farmers near Eau Claire. That Eau Claire-hosted show will be July 21-23, 2020.