Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Property Owners Face Potential Public Auction Sale of Property




Nampa--Owners of 58 Ada and Canyon county properties have been warned that they now face the possibility that their properties might be sold at public auction because the owners have failed to pay a total of $27,830 in irrigation taxes for the past three years, officials with the Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District advised today.

“There are delinquent taxes of $9,293 on 17 Canyon county properties and $18,537 on 41 properties in Ada County that have not been paid since 2015. As required by state law the District has started tax deed action against the properties which potentially could mean the properties would be sold at public auction to recover the unpaid taxes,” said Rachelle Duvall, NMID Senior Collection Clerk.

NMID mailed certified letters in August to the last known address of all the delinquent property owners officially notifying them that unless they pay at least their 2015 taxes by December 31 their properties will be put up for sale at public auction.

However, 26 property owners did not accept the certified letters nor have they paid any of their delinquent tax bills. To warn them about the tax deed action, the District is publishing legal notices containing their names and the properties involved once each week for four weeks in local newspapers. A final warning regarding the delinquent taxes went out by mail late last week.

“We strongly urge people who may have received delinquent tax notices or who may have questions about their NMID irrigation taxes to call the District office at (208) 466-7861 without delay,” Duvall added.

The State requires irrigation districts to initiate the tax deed action if the property owners have failed to pay their irrigation taxes for the past three years. In this instance, the unpaid taxes are for 2015.

“Tax deed action is the most distressing action we are required to take against land owned by our patrons. It represents a last-ditch measure the District goes to great length to prevent but which state law demands if the taxes are not paid,” according to Daren Coon, NMID Secretary-Treasurer. “Fortunately these properties represent just a tiny percentage of the 41,000 property owners in the District.”

If the property owners do not pay at least their delinquent 2015 tax bill, their property may be sold at auction next August for the dollar amount of taxes owing, plus additional legal and administrative fees. Most property owners pay up prior to that but each year some properties are eventually sold at auction, Coon added. One property was sold at auction this year.

With so many newcomers to the area, Coon noted the problem sometimes happens because property owners think they do not need to pay the annual assessment because they do not receive or use irrigation water. In other cases, property owners assume the irrigation tax payment is part of their escrow tax payment being made by the mortgage company but it is not.

The taxes pay for operation and maintenance of the canals, laterals, drains, and dams that make up the District's water delivery system. Levies also are assessed against individual subdivision parcels using pressurized irrigation systems in subdivisions around the valley.

The Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District is a water storage, conveyance and distribution system founded in 1904. NMID supplies irrigation water to than 17,000 individual parcels of land, including 479 subdivisions in Ada and Canyon counties.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tensions with China take a bite out of US soybean acreage



Washington--USDA recently released several tables previewing the annual long-term Agricultural Projections to 2028 (the complete projections will be released in February 2019). These early-release tables provide USDA’s estimates on the supply and demand for agricultural commodities for the next 10 years and take into consideration macroeconomic conditions, gross domestic product growth, population growth and farm policy, among other factors.

Given the current U.S.-China trade environment -- U.S. Soybean Exports to China Fall Sharply-- a key takeaway from these projections was the impact on soybean and other field crop acreage, soybean exports, soybean ending stocks and, finally, prices.

For the 2019 crop year, USDA projects soybean planted acreage will decline by 6.6 million acres, dropping from a record 89.1 million acres planted in 2018 to 82.5 million acres. If realized, this would be the third-largest acreage decline of all time and the largest year-over-year decline in soybean plantings since the beginning of the Renewable Fuels era in 2007. The decline in soybean acreage is anticipated given the slow pace of soybean exports, the dramatic decline in Chinese purchases, expectations for a nearly billion-bushel-carryout and projections for decade-low soybean marketing year average prices.

With acreage moving out of soybeans, growers are expected to plant 92 million acres of corn in 2019, up 2.9 million acres, and 51 million acres of wheat, up 3.2 million acres. Barley and oats are expected to see 100,00 additional acres planted in 2019. Upland cotton planted area is expected to decline 300,000 acres to 13.5 million acres, and rice acreage is expected to decline 200,000 acres to 2.7 million acres. Sorghum acres are also expected to decline by 200,000 acres, landing at 5.6 million acres. For the eight major crops and Conservation Reserve Program acreage, planted acreage plus CRP acreage is expected to decline 1.3 million acres to 275.1 million acres.

Notable in USDA’s long-term projections: soybean acreage is expected to remain below 2018’s record-high for the next decade – remaining at or below 86 million acres planted each year, Figure 1. The main beneficiaries of the pullback in soybean acres are expected to be corn and wheat in the short-run and corn in the long-run, with corn acres remaining near 92 million to 93 million acres planted over the next decade, Figure 1.






In October, USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates projected U.S. soybean exports at 2.06 billion bushels for the 2018/19 crop year. Going forward, USDA projects soybean exports to increase 1 percent annually, reaching 2.26 billion bushels by 2028 – a lofty goal if better trade relations are not restored with China.

Expecting a combination of lower acreage and continued growth in total use, USDA projects soybean ending stocks to fall from the record-high 955 million bushels expected for the 2018/19 marketing year. Soybean prices are expected to remain flat over the next decade, averaging $9.50 per bushel:



 

Summary

The outlook for U.S. soybeans is increasingly uncertain due to trade tensions with China, the – largest buyer of the commodity. The pace of exports this year remains well below the level needed to meet USDA’s projection of 1.9 billion bushels. Currently, the top buyers of U.S. soybeans include Mexico, Spain, Argentina, the Netherlands and Egypt, Figure 3.

In reducing soybean planted area USDA recognized the headwinds U.S. growers are facing, but the department continues to project growing soybean exports, declining ending stocks and stability in soybean prices. For this scenario to unfold, U.S. soy must find new markets and backfill markets previously supplied by our South American competitors – or quickly restore access to the Chinese 
market.

Monday, November 12, 2018

NRCS Idaho issues call for Special Project


BOISE– Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist for Idaho, Curtis Elke, has announced a call for Special Project pre-proposals. These Idaho projects where NRCS and its partner(s) for the project can make a bigger impact on a larger scale by targeting a specific set of resource concerns or conservation area within an identified geographical area.

“Special Projects are a way for producers, partners and NRCS to work collaboratively in addressing local priorities,” Elke said. “Our local, state and federal partners and the numerous agricultural organizations out there should talk to their local NRCS District Conservationist about their idea or ideas for a special project proposal. Past special projects have focused on conservation measures like soil health, water conservation and habitat enhancement among other things.”

What sets Special Projects apart from other NRCS state programs is that selected projects will be locally led and demonstrate partnership alliance. Funding may be requested for one to two years.

To be considered for funding, agricultural producers should submit pre-proposals through their local NRCS field office. The pre-proposal should be no longer than 2 pages and must include:
  1. A brief overview of the project,
  2. Anticipated practices that are being offered,
  3. Resource concern(s) that are being addressed,
  4. Partner involvement and their monetary and/or in-kind contribution
  5. Total cost estimate if this project was to be fully funded,
  6. Map of the proposed project area, and
  7. Other information you feel pertinent in justifying the funding of this project
The deadline to submit pre-proposals is Feb. 1, 2019.

“Special projects have been a great way for us to do a lot of good in a set time frame, by addressing the issues that are important to our customers, partners and other stakeholders in their specific part of Idaho,” Elke said.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Idaho Water Board approves $4.3M loan for Phase 3 of Marysville pipeline



BOISE – The Idaho Water Resource Board approved a 20-year, $4.3 million loan on Tuesday to the North Fremont Canal System for Phase 3 of the Marysville gravity-pressurized irrigation pipeline project, which will include a new diversion structure and about 16 miles of gravity-pressurized irrigation pipeline for farmers in the north Fremont County area.

The board held a special meeting by conference call on Tuesday to expedite the construction of the project.

The total cost of the project is slightly more than $11 million. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently provided a $6.8 million grant for Phase 3 of the pipeline project, and the Idaho Water Resource Board is financing the balance of $4.3 million, or 39 percent of the total project costs. Construction is slated to begin this fall and is expected to be completed by spring 2019 in time for the next crop season.

The purpose of the project is to conserve 2,400 acre-feet of irrigation water that is lost due to canal seepage and evaporation, increase public safety by removing open canals in communities, and reduce power costs by 1,200 kilowatt-hours by removing existing pumping facilities. In Phase 3, about 17.8 miles of open canal will be converted to 16 miles of gravity-pressurized irrigation pipeline to serve participating irrigators across approximately 2,784 acres of farmland in Fremont County.

“To convert from an open ditch to a pipeline in a gravity-fed system will create a huge power savings tothe participating farmers in our area,” said Sean Maupin, President of the North Fremont Canal System. He noted that about 40 large water pumps will be phased out that had been sending water to nearby pivot sprinklers. “You can spend $7,000-8,000 just to start up those pumps,” he said.

Each farmer who is participating in Phase 3 of the system will pay an increased per-acre assessment tocover the loan cost, Maupin said, “but one of the beautiful things about the project is you can almostmake your increased payment based on what you save in power costs.”

“We appreciate all that you do for the state and your community,” said Roger Chase, Chairman of the Idaho Water Resource Board.

The efficiency of the pipeline project will “improve delivery of water to shareholders so they can receive their full allocation of water during the peak period of the irrigation season,” said board staff RickCollingwood.

The project will cause no losses to the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer, Maupin said. “The aquifer up there is holding steady.”

In terms of other project benefits, a portion of the open canal posed a safety hazard where a canal ran through the community of Ashton and borders a portion of the Ashton Elementary School, officials said. The new pipeline will eliminate that hazard, Collingwood noted.

Other benefits include improving water quality by eliminating irrigation return flows to the Henrys Fork of the Snake River, reducing a source of noxious weeds in the open canals and improving seasonal air quality by eliminating the need for burning vegetation along the canal and ditch systems, officials said.

The Idaho Water Resource Board has made multiple loans to the North Fremont Canal System since 2007 for Phases 1, 2 and 4 of the multi-phase project. North Fremont Canal System farmers are current in their loan payments, and at times, have accelerated payments to reduce accrued interest on the loans, Collingwood said.

There is still one more phase of the project expected to be built in the future. It is anticipated that Phase 5, the final phase of the project, will be constructed within 3-5 years.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Farm Bureau looks forward to working with new Congress



WASHINGTON– The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“We look forward to working with the new Congress to strengthen agriculture by fixing the ag labor problems we face, boosting our farm economy via export growth and reducing the burden and cost of federal regulations. Supporting the use of farm-grown fuels, fixing our nation’s broken infrastructure, supporting agricultural research, and bridging the broadband gap that hurts rural America are also important for a strong agriculture. We hope that the newly elected leaders across the nation will join us in unifying behind these goals.

“It is clear that rural voters turned out for this election and we are proud of them. We stand ready to work with this wave of elected leaders who will stand up for farmers and ranchers and our ability to feed our nation.”

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

US Harvest climbs north



Washington--The harvest continues to climb north as USDA’s October 29 Crop Progress report revealed the U.S. corn harvest is 63 percent complete. Slowing slightly from its expeditious start, the corn harvest pace remains up from the previous year, representing an 11-percentage point increase. The current pace is right on track for the five-year average of 63 percent complete and down slightly from analysts’ estimates of 64 percent complete. U.S. corn growers have harvested 9.3 billion bushels so far this year. Iowa and Illinois growers are leading the charge, harvesting 2 billion and 1.3 billion, respectively. Figure 1 shows the state-by-state outlook for percent of corn acres harvested on the left and the number of corn bushels harvested for the week ending Oct. 28.




The Crop Progress report also indicates that the U.S. soybean crop is steadily moving, with 72 percent of harvest complete. In contrast to the U.S. corn crop, the U.S. soybean crop had a sluggish start due to rain delays and is currently down 9 percentage points from last year’s rate and below the five-year average of 81 percent complete. The current harvest rate is slightly outpacing analysts’ estimations of 70 percent complete for this week. Figure 2 outlines the state-by-state outlook for percent of soybean acres harvested on the left and the number of soybean bushels harvested for the week ending Oct. 28.




For the week ending Oct. 28, USDA reports that 32.5 million acres of winter wheat has been planted so far, with 22 percent of the U.S. winter wheat crop yet to be planted. The current planting rate is slightly lagging from last year’s planting pace of 83 percent planted. The bread basket of the U.S., Kansas, has planted 7.7 million acres of winter wheat so far. Oklahoma and Texas follow with 4.4 million acres and 4.5 million acres, respectively. Figure 3 illustrates the state-by-state look at the number of winter wheat acres planted as of the week ending Oct. 28.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Near record crowd turns out for Ada County Annual Banquet


Boise--A good parking spot was hard to find at the Red Lion Riverside hotel in Boise.  

More than 100 Farm Bureau members attended the Ada County Farm Bureau's annual banquet including keynote speaker, Rep. Mike Moyle, District 14-A Eagle.

Moyle gave a thoughtful and well-received speech on taxes and transportation.  Ada County members listened intently to the well-crafted speech and asked nearly a dozen questions before giving the veteran lawmaker a round of warm applause.

"I hate taxes and Idaho is the 4th highest taxed state in the Union, we need tax cuts," said Moyle. The popular lawmaker then framed up reasons for future tax cuts. "We're taxed almost as much as California and the burden on individual taxpayers is unfair," added Moyle who had no visible opposition in the crowd.

Ada County Farm Bureau is one of the largest county organizations in the state and members turned out after a busy and successful summer.

"We had a good year," said Ada County Farm Bureau President Richard Durrant. "Our members are just wrapping up harvest and it's been a good year. Members are turning out and things are good in our county." Durrant says he's thrilled that Ada County financials are strong, strong enough that the county is funding a record 8 scholarships. "We'll renew them as long as they continue on with school. We're more than happy to extend our good fortune and we're thrilled to help out."




Jobs Report Indicates Both a Strong Economy and Potential Future Inflation


Washington--There was very little not to like in the jobs report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics pegged job growth at a cool 250,000 new slots. With labor force participation up by 0.2 percent to 62.9 percent, this left the unemployment rate at 3.7 percent. Never forget that changes in labor force participation can have as much of an impact on the unemployment rate as job growth does.

Beyond the headline numbers, there were several essentially unchanged figures in the household survey data. Long-term unemployed numbers – those out of a job for 27 weeks or more – stayed at 1.4 million, or 22.5 percent of the total unemployed. Similarly, there are still 4.6 million people who are involuntarily in part-time positions. People who are marginally linked to the job market, but who did not look for work in the four-week period prior to the survey continue to sit at 1.5 million, almost identical to the figures reported a year earlier. A little deeper dive into this figure shows 506,000 people who are not looking for work because they simply believe there are no jobs that fit their needs/qualifications. Fully two-thirds of the 1.5 million individuals who did not look for work in the four-week period before the survey (984,000 people) did so because of school attendance or other                    
family responsibilities.


 


Taking the establishment survey apart, a closer look at the leisure and hospitality sector is warranted after the hurricanes of the last couple of months. Leisure and hospitality employment were essentially unchanged in September, probably driven by the after-effects of Hurricane Florence. Employment numbers for leisure and hospitality were up 42,000 in October, which sounds like a pretty significant bump. Looking at September and October together, however, an average of 21,000 new jobs is right in line with the previous 12 months’ values for the sector.

Why didn’t Hurricane Michael’s Oct. 10 arrival in Florida cause leisure and hospitality employment growth to stall, like Florence did? The answer is due in part to when the survey is actually taken. The data are collected based on payrolls for the calendar week that includes the 12th of the month. So, with Hurricane Michael making landfall on the 10th, survey data may not reflect the job losses Michael caused, but it is possible recovery-related jobs will show up in the December report.

Beyond leisure and hospitality, healthcare continued to add numbers, with 36,000 new slots. Hospitals and ambulatory health care services made up the bulk of those figures at 13,000 and 14,000 jobs, respectively. Manufacturing came in with 32,000 additions--transportation equipment-related jobs were 10,000 of that total. Construction added 30,000 jobs, including 14,000 in residential specialty trade contractors.

The shift in how consumers buy things continues to be a large part of the changing job picture. Transportation and warehousing added 25,000 jobs – read that as Amazon and other online shopping, with wholesale and retail trade – read that as the Sears and other department stores of the world - essentially unchanged.

Along with the wholesale and retail trade sector, the information and financial activities sectors and overall government employment were essentially flat compared to last month.

The average hourly earnings for all employees are up 3.1 percent over the year, an indicator of both a strong economy and future inflationary pressures. With the prospect of rising inflation comes the expectation of the Federal Reserve considering more tightening. This is certainly one reason the equities markets are as skittish as they have been over the last few weeks.

Friday, November 2, 2018

USDA Offers Farm Loans for Underserved and Beginning Farmer



Boise–US Department of Agriculture  Idaho Farm Service Agency Acting State Executive Director Brian Dansel reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for FSA direct or guaranteed loans.


USDA defines underserved applicants as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For farm loan program purposes, underserved groups are American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and women.

In order to qualify as a beginning farmer, the individual or entity must meet the eligibility requirements outlined for direct or guaranteed loans. Additionally, individuals and all entity members must have operated a farm for less than 10 years. Applicants must materially or substantially participate in the operation. For farm ownership purposes, the applicant must not own a farm greater than 30 percent of the average size farm in the county at the time of application. All direct farm ownership applicants must have participated in the business operations of a farm for at least three years out of the last 10 years prior to the date the application is submitted. A substitution for one year of experience may include a year of postsecondary education in agriculture-related fields, business management experience, or leadership or management experience while serving in any branch of the military.

If the applicant is an entity, all members must be related by blood or marriage and all entity members must be eligible beginning farmers. At least one of the members must have three years or more experience in the business operations of a farm prior to the date the application is submitted. 

Direct loans are made to applicants by FSA. Guaranteed loans are made by lending institutions who arrange for FSA to guarantee the loan. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. The FSA guarantee allows lenders to make agricultural credit available to producers who do not meet the lender’s normal underwriting criteria.

The direct and guaranteed loan program offers two types of loans: farm ownership loans and farm operating loans.

Farm ownership loan funds may be used to purchase or enlarge a farm or ranch; purchase easements or rights of way needed in the farm’s operation; build or improve buildings such as a dwelling or barn; promote soil and water conservation and development; and pay closing costs.

Farm operating loan funds may be used to purchase livestock, poultry, farm equipment, fertilizer and other materials necessary to operate a farm. Operating loan funds can also be used for family living expenses; refinancing debts under certain conditions; paying salaries for hired farm laborers; installing or improving water systems for home, livestock or irrigation use; and other similar improvements.

Repayment terms for direct operating loans are scheduled from one to seven years. Financing for direct farm ownership loans cannot exceed 40 years. Interest rates for direct loans are set periodically according to the government’s cost of borrowing. Guaranteed loan terms and interest rates are set by the lender.

For more information on FSA’s farm loan programs and underserved and beginning farmer guidelines, please contact your local FSA office or visit https://www.farmers.gov.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Reviewing 2018 Crop Insurance Prices



Washington--During 2018, nearly 80 percent of corn and soybean acres planted were covered by a crop insurance revenue protection policy at 70.5 million and 71.2 million acres, respectively. More than 80 percent of cotton acres were covered by revenue protection at 10.9 million acres. For these three crops combined, farmers paid more than $2 billion in crop insurance premiums and had weighted average coverage levels of 77 percent for corn, 70 percent for soybeans and 76 percent for cotton. These revenue protection policies include a harvest price option that establishes the rate of crop loss reimbursement at the higher of the spring planting price or the price during harvest.

Spring prices for corn and soybeans are determined by averaging the new-crop futures contract settlement prices (December for corn and cotton, November for soybeans) during the month-long February price discovery period. Harvest prices are determined by averaging the same new-crop futures during the month-long October price discovery period. The spring prices announced in March 2018 were $3.96 per bushel for corn, 76 cents per pound for cotton and $10.16 per bushel for soybeans.

At the beginning of November, USDA’s Risk Management Agency announced the harvest prices for corn at $3.68 per bushel, cotton at 77 cents per pound and soybeans at $8.60 per bushel. For corn, the harvest price was 28 cents per bushel below the spring price, marking the sixth consecutive year that harvest prices have been below the spring prices established in February. For cotton, the harvest price was 1 cent per pound above the spring price and the highest harvest price since 2013. For soybeans, the harvest price was down $1.56 per bushel---the largest drop in harvest price since 2014. Spring and harvest prices are presented in Figure 1. For corn and soybeans, the decline in harvest prices was anticipated given projections for the second-largest corn crop, a record soybean crop, and the headwinds agriculture is facing in export markets.

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The harvest price option provides protection on crop losses at the higher of the spring or harvest price and may assist growers by indemnifying at the replacement value of the crop. For farmers delivering under the terms of a forward contract with physical delivery or for livestock producers using the crops as livestock feed, the replacement value of lost production is a critical risk management tool and justifies the harvest price option. Without the harvest price option, in the event of a large systemic crop loss farmers would need to replace lost production at a time when market prices are likely the highest.

Breakeven Crop Yields

For 2018 corn and soybean policyholders the crop insurance guarantee will be based on the higher spring prices of $3.96 per bushel and $10.16 per bushel, respectively. For cotton, the insurance guarantee will be based on the harvest price of 77 cents per pound.

When the harvest price is below the spring price, yield declines do not need to be as large to trigger indemnities due to implied coverage level multipliers. Coverage level multipliers, defined as the maximum of the spring price and the harvest price divided by the harvest price, boost yield coverage when the spring price is greater than the harvest price. When the harvest price is greater than the spring price, coverage level multipliers equal zero. See below for a detailed description of coverage level multipliers.

For 2018 corn policies the coverage level multiplier is equal to 108 percent, i.e., 1.08 = 3.96 3.68. For 2018 cotton policies the coverage level multiplier is equal to 100 percent, i.e., 1.00 = 0.77 0.77. For 2018 soybean policies the coverage level multiplier is equal to 118 percent, i.e., 1.18 = 10.16 8.60. Coverage level multipliers for corn, cotton and soybeans policies are presented in Figure 2. 




The coverage level multipliers can then by multiplied by the declared coverage level to determine how far actual yields need to fall below the actual production history yield to trigger indemnities. For example, using the 2018 coverage level multipliers, a corn crop insurance policy with an 80 percent coverage level will trigger an indemnity when the actual yield is less than 86 percent of the APH yield, i.e., 0.86 = 1.08 X 0.80. Similarly, a soybean crop insurance policy at 80 percent coverage will trigger an indemnity when the actual yield is less than 94 percent of the APH yield, i.e., 0.94 = 1.18 X 0.80. For cotton there is no coverage level multiplier because the harvest price was above the spring price.

The price declines experienced in corn and soybeans this growing season have boosted the coverage levels under crop insurance. However, the expectation for record crop yields above the APH yields are likely to substantially reduce or eliminate crop insurance indemnities for many growers – despite experiencing very large price declines in both the cash and futures markets.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ag Groups Emphasize Dire Need for Farm Bill Completion



Washington--Warning that the financial security of America’s farmers and ranchers is in jeopardy, 16 agriculture organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, are urging House and Senate agriculture leaders to complete the farm bill by the end of this year.

The 2014 farm bill expired on Sept. 30. Both the House and Senate have passed separate versions of the legislation. Lawmakers are now working to draft a single bill for Congress to approve and send to President Donald Trump for his signature.

“As you well know, conditions for producers across the country are daunting. Low prices, uncertain market opportunities, and the current weather challenges are all weighing heavily on the minds of our respective members,” the groups said in a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

The farm bill provides policies that support food safety, production agriculture, environmental quality, crop insurance, animal disease prevention, conservation, research, renewable energy, and new foreign market access. In addition, without a farm bill in place, it’s very difficult for farmers to secure the credit they need to plant crops, buy fuel, and repair and invest in equipment in 2019.

“We appreciate each of your efforts to move this bill forward. It is our sincere hope, however, that you will be able to resolve any remaining differences so that this bill can be finalized and sent to the president for his signature before the close of the year,” the groups wrote.

Property Owners Face Potential Public Auction Sale of Property

Nampa--Owners of 58 Ada and Canyon county properties have been warned that they now face the possibility that their properties might b...