The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) and 29 other grain and agricultural associations signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s notice of proposed rulemaking that would create new standards and operating controls for trains and tank cars transporting class 3 flammable liquids. The signees are concerned the new regulations will increase rail congestion, strain the capacity of rail tank car builders and repair shops, and impose severe economic harm to U.S. agriculture, which depends on freight rail service.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced key dates for risk management programs, including Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Until Feb. 27, 2015, farmland owners can visit their FSA office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres. From Nov. 17 to March 31, 2015, producers can make a one-time election of either ARC or PLC for 2014-18 crop years. From mid-April through summer 2015, producers need to sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years. Payments for the 2014 crop year, if necessary, will be in October 2015.
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