USDA

Shows Harvest Mostly Behind
9:34 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

USDA Issues Harvest Reports Again

Credit SSS

This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.

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Hard to get Info During Shutdown.
7:14 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Late Planting Means Late Harvest

The harvest across the Tri-States is behind schedule, though numbers are hard to come by because of the partial federal shutdown.
Credit Iowa Harvesting by vanhookc - Flickr

A wet spring put some farmers in the behind schedule and even forced some to replant their crops. Data on how the harvest is progressing in each of the Tri-States is harder to come by than usual.

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3 of 4 Agencies Shut Down
2:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Drought Monitor Sill Active Amid Shutdown

The Drought Monitor is still active even if all the agencies responsible for it are not. (Illustrations added by Tri-States Public Radio)
Credit http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map is still online, and being updated.

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Farm Bill Expired Sept. 30th
1:36 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Hard To Get Farm Bill Info During Shutdown

All USDA websites direct users to USA.gov.
Credit SSS- USDA.Gov

The partial shutdown of the Federal Government is hitting at the same time that the current farm bill expires. What does that expiration mean for farm programs, including conservation?

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Drainage Water Management
2:10 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

USDA Recommends New Practice to Combat Drought

Installing drainage water management device in Indiana. The NRCS is recommending Illinois farmers use the devices.
Credit Purdue University

The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields.

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