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New York State Farm Service Agency Offers Drought Recovery Assistance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New York State reminds farmers of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent drought. There are 15 primary natural disaster counties: Cayuga, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wyoming and Yates; and nine secondary natural disaster counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Cortland, Onondaga, Orleans, Oswego, and Wayne.

Bayer, Monsanto ‘Close’ On Price
Bayer and Monsanto are closing in on a deal and that Monsanto is “close” on the price. CBNC reports that Bayer is now willing to offer more than $65 billion to acquire Monsanto.

USDA Survey to Focus on Farm Labor
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its biannual Farm Labor Survey during the second half of October. The survey asks participants to provide information about farm labor on their operations, including total number of hired farm workers, hours worked, and wage rates paid for the weeks of October 9 to 15 and July 10 to 16, 2016. Survey participants will have the option to respond online or by mail. NASS will compile, analyze and publish survey results in the Farm Labor report, to be released on November 17, 2016.

PA Farm Bureau Asks PMMB to Increase Dairy Price
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) asked the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) to increase the Class I over-order premium price for milk by 30 cents to $1.90 per hundredweight and to maintain the current fuel adjuster for the six-month period beginning October 1, 2016.  Farm Bureau noted that the trend of declining milk prices has put a major strain on Pennsylvania dairy farmers, who are facing extremely difficult conditions on the farm.