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AEM Releases July Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

July 2019 saw decreases in U.S. sales of self-propelled combines and 4-wheel-drive tractors as well as total U.S. 2-wheel-drive tractor sales compared to July of last year, according to the latest data from the...

“Fake Meat” Deserves the Same Regulations, Oversight as Beef

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Director Missy Bonds says imitation meats should be regulated with the same oversight as beef. In an editorial released Monday, Bonds says it’s essential “consumers, cattle producers, and...

EPA Waivers Anger Ethanol Industry, Lawmakers

The late-Friday announcement of 31 waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard angered ethanol groups. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the small refiner waivers, which exempt refineries from the RFS. However, ethanol and corn and...

Crop Production Report Lowers Soybean Production 19 Percent

Monday’s Crop Production report from the Department of Agriculture predicts a 19 percent drop in soybean production from 2018. Meanwhile, USDA expects corn growers to decrease their production four percent from last year, forecast...

Record 19 Million Prevented Plant Acres This Year

The Farm Service Agency reports farmers were unable to plant a record 19 million acres this year. The recent round of Department of Agriculture reports Monday details the prevented plant acres, which are 17.49...

EU: ASF is an “Urgent Challenge”

The European Union faces a serious challenge in taking on the outbreak of African Swine Fever that is threatening Bulgaria’s pig breeding industry. Reuters quotes an EU Commission spokeswoman as saying, “Fighting African Swine...

EPA Won’t Add Cancer-Causing Labels to Glyphosate

A DTN report says that the Environmental Protection Agency will no longer approve product labels that claim glyphosate causes cancer. The agency issued new guidance late last week that says, “EPA will no longer...

Six States Sue EPA Over Chlorpyrifos

An Agri-Pulse report says that six states, including both California and New York, have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. The suit alleges that the EPA’s decision to allow continued use of...

Guarded Optimism in the Minneapolis Fed’s Ag Survey

Sixty-two percent of ag lenders across the Minneapolis Fed District say that farm incomes across the district decreased through the second quarter of 2019 when compared to last year. Only eight percent say that...

China Makes Last Ag Buy Before Suspending Purchases

Is this China’s last ag purchase for now? The answer appears to be yes. Reuters notes that China actually made small purchases of U.S. soybeans, wheat, sorghum, and pork during the week of July...

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