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Day 11, Kansas Wheat Harvest Report

According to USDA, winter wheat harvest is in full swing across the state. Winter wheat condition rated 8 percent very poor, 15 poor, 31 fair, 40 good, and 6 excellent. Harvested was 48 percent, behind 53 last year, but near 47 for the five-year average.

Roberts Co-sponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Help Farmers Purchase New Equipment and Replace Worn-Out Machinery

Agriculture Equipment and Machinery Depreciation Act has been introduced, to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery by amending the U.S. tax code to permanently set a five-year depreciation schedule for certain ag equipment.

Syngenta Ordered to Pay Kansas Farmers Over $200 Million

A federal jury has ordered Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers after a verdict was announced at a trial in Kansas City. The class action lawsuit was brought because of the Viptera line of corn seed Syngenta began selling to farmers in 2011.

Day 10, Kansas Wheat Harvest Report

Frank York, a farmer from Ashland, said that everyone was "pleasantly surprised with yields." He reported that most of his ground averaged about 50 bushels per acre, a yield well above average for the area.

KARL program begins transition, announces J.J. Jones interim president

The Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership board of directors announced J.J. Jones as the new interim president of the KARL program, effective July 1, 2017. Jones will succeed Alvin Davis, who resigned from the position.

Senator Roberts to USTR Lighthizer: Improved Ag Economy Needs Determined Effort on Trade

At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said the agriculture economy would not improve without a determined effort on trade.

United States Cattle on Feed Up 3 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on June 1, 2017. The inventory was 3 percent above June 1, 2016.

USDA Halting Import of Fresh Brazilian Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday evening announced that it would halt imports of fresh Brazilian beef. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action.

Day 9, Kansas Wheat Harvest Report

Farmers near Radium, in Stafford County, are taking their combine passes in the fields slowly as they cut through dense, tough and abundant straw. Yields in the area are expected to be higher than average, but some fields did see freeze damage.

Ag Secretary, Lawmakers Discuss Crop Insurance

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recognized crop insurance as an important part of the farm safety net and said the program is critical to the country's food security during recent Senate testimony about the proposed USDA budget. Poll

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