Ag News: Soil Moisture Technology
**Which technology is overlooked by many farmers, yet consistently saves money on fuel, labor, mileage, time, and thousands of gallons of water? Soil moisture sensors.
Despite the concrete dollar returns, many growers still rely on the foot scrapes or shovel-and-eyeball methods.
University of Arkansas professor Chris Henry tells the Farm Journal, growers with doubts and worries should begin with inexpensive Watermark sensors but find something that makes sure your water use is meeting crop demand.
**A new Environmental Working Group report shows almost 28,000 U.S. farmers received taxpayer-funded federal farm subsidies or disaster relief payments for 32 straight years.
The new analysis uses USDA data that reportedly shows payments totaling roughly $19.2 billion dollars.
According to agriculture.com, farmers remain eligible for subsidies as long as their average annual adjusted gross income is less than $900,000, or $1.8 million for couples, and they have more than $1,000 in farm sales.
**In retaliation to U.S. duties on steel and aluminum imports, Mexico has imposed a 10 percent duty on chilled and frozen U.S. pork cuts along with a 15 percent duty on sausages and 20 percent on some hams.
Mexico’s Ministry of Economy also opened a 350,000 metric ton duty-free quota that is aimed at attracting pork cuts from other sources, including the European Union.
U.S. Meat Export Federation President Dan Halstrom says the U.S. pork industry will vigorously defend its share of Mexico's growing pork market.