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April Tractors Sales Up 12 Percent in 2019

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ Monthly Flash Report showed good news for April tractor sales. The sales of all tractors in April of 2019 were 12 percent higher than they were in April of...

China Announces Retaliation Against U.S. Tariff Hikes

The Chinese Finance Ministry made the expected announcement on Monday that it would respond to the most recent hike in U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports. China will raise tariff rates on $60 billion in...

Soybean Farmers Fed Up with Tariffs

The American Soybean Association says U.S. farmers are frustrated by the lack of progress between the U.S. and China in bringing the trade war to a close. The dispute threatens soybean prices and farmers’...

How Quickly Will Farmers Get More Tariff Relief?

President Donald Trump further hiked tariff rates on $200 billion on Chinese imports last Friday. Now, the administration is trying to assure farmers and ranchers that they’ll get more help to deal with Beijing’s...

USDA Investing in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 20 States

The Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, Joel Baxley, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make significant investments to improve rural water infrastructure. The investments will include 40 separate projects...

Ag Ministers Will Work to Heighten Acceptance of Biotech Crops Worldwide

Ag Ministers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. say global food demand is climbing and food production faces significant hurdles. Those obstacles include limited access to arable land and fresh water. Because of...

Minnesota Farm Income Hits Historic Low

After adjusting for inflation, Minnesota farms earned the lowest median farm income in the past 23 years of data tracked by University of Minnesota Extension and agricultural Centers of Excellence within Minnesota State. In 2018,...

Beef Checkoff Brings National Beef Advocate to South Dakota State University Students

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council brought well-known beef advocate Ryan Goodman to South Dakota State University Nov. 15-16, 2018 to discuss the importance of advocacy in today's agriculture. Goodman, Director, Grassroots Advocacy and...

Senate Approves Ag Appropriations Bill

The Senate earlier this week approved a number of appropriation bills, including the 2019 Agriculture appropriations bill, before heading off to a two-week long recess. The Senate voted 92-6 to pass a bill that...

Northey Sworn in as USDA Undersecretary

Former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey now has the title of undersecretary for the USDA. Northey stepped down earlier this week from what he called a “job of a lifetime” to join the U.S. Department...

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