Planting decisions and slow organic dairy growth

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Planting decisions and slow organic dairy growth

From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.

** With higher commodity prices across the board, the market can tell farmers to plant…AND plant more.

But, amid persistent drought, water concerns may trump market demand as California farmers decide what crops to plant and how many they can afford to plant.

Many farmers say they don’t expect surface water deliveries this year, and rising chemical and fertilizer prices will also affect planting decisions.

** Production growth on organic dairy farms is slower than on conventional farms, according to new data from the USDA Economic Research Service.

USDA studies show that between 2000 and 2016, total factor productivity increased at an annual rate of 0.66% for organic dairy farms, compared to 2.51% for conventional dairy farms.

Both organic and conventional farms have seen growth in productivity due to advances in technology, but weather-related feeding factors have reduced the productivity of organic farms.

** EPA has agreed to file a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on a proposed judicial consent decree that would require EPA to finalize Revolving Volume Obligations 2021-22.

The announcement is part of a settlement with Growth Energy, which has filed multiple notices of intent to sue and a complaint in federal district court following the agency’s extended RVO delays.

Growth Energy argues that the delays are a direct violation of deadlines established by Congress for the renewable fuels standard.

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