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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has resumed their weekly Crop & Weather Reports.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending April 1st, there were 0.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 9 percent very short, 34 short, 53 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short, 37 short, 49 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 10 poor, 54 fair, 30 good, and 2 excellent.

    Livestock Report

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 71 good, and 5 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 5 percent heavy, 58 average, and 37 light. Calving progress was 39 percent complete, near 40 last year and 35 for the five-year average.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 69 good, and 9 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 2 percent heavy, 51 average, and 47 light. Lambing progress was 62 percent complete, near 59 last year, and ahead of 49 average.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 9 percent very short, 30 short, 60 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 4 percent very short, 23 short, 72 adequate, and 1 surplus.


    BISMARCK, N.D. (NDDA) - President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package Friday, which will fund the government through September 30 and includes provisions to address recent agricultural issues.

    "The spending package includes several wins for agriculture," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "It provides farmers and ranchers with some relief from burdensome regulations, creates a fix for other issues and includes funding for beneficial programs."

    The omnibus provisions included:

     - An exemption for agricultural operations from reporting animal waste emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

     - An extension to the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) waiver for livestock and insect haulers through September 30, which gives the industry more time to work on solutions. The June 18 date is still in effect for haulers of other agriculture commodities.

     - An extension to the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act through September 30, which creates a more predictable and effective evaluation scheme for pesticide decisions.
State mediation grants of $3.9 million.

     - A fix to the Section 199A tax provision, which equalizes tax treatment for cooperatives and independent companies.

     - A fiscal year 2018 pilot program for the 2017 crop year for county-level Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) payments that will allow state Farm Service Agency offices to provide agricultural producers a supplemental payment based on an alternate calculation method when National Agriculture Statistics Service data is insufficient.

    "I thank our congressional delegation for their assistance in getting these important provisions passed," Goehring said. "The language addresses many of the priorities we've been working on."


   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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