Friday, February 28, 2020

News Archive

Markets updated at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Kirsten Rall updates the markets as of 2/28/2020 at 8 a.m. Grains: Grains are trading lower in overnight trade. Soybeans are taking a hit after being...
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FSA Deadlines Coming Up

Brad Thykeson, North Dakota State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency discusses upcoming deadlines, and why it's important to not miss them.

USDA Expects More Acres in 2020

The USDA says slightly lower feed prices in 2020 will benefit the livestock sector. The USDA expects corn prices to remain higher for the...

USDA Expects Higher Protein Production in 2020

There are a lot of numbers are coming out of the USDA’s Outlook Forum in Washington this week. These reports show how the USDA...

The process

Recently resurfaced comments made by Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg in 2016 about farming have created quite a stir. Some say the controversial remarks are...

Hemp Farmers on Edge Because of Law Enforcement Requirements

Hemp producers around the country feel they’re being treated like criminals. That’s because laboratories that test the crop must be certified by the Drug...

Justice Department Looking Into Dairy Merger

Dairy Farmers of America has reached an agreement with Dean Foods to purchase the bulk of Dean’s operations for $425 million. An Agri-Pulse report...

Grain Glitch Could Cost Farmers, Cooperatives Money

It’s been two years since the discovery of the “grain glitch” in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. A DTN report says...
Cotton in Arizona. Photo by Sabrina Hill

Coronavirus a “Wildcard” in the Cotton Market too?

The coronavirus in China represents a significant wildcard in the world’s cotton market. That comes from the 2020 economic outlook released at the National...

Turning Another Corner

I have covered the ethanol industry since the 1970’s when it was called gasohol. Despite one obstacle after another what this industry has achieved...

Tougher Trade “Firewall” Needed for Smaller Ag Sectors

Senators Gary Peters of Michigan and Richard Burr of North Carolina are working on bipartisan legislation to give the U.S Commerce Department a greater...

WASDE Recap

U.S Soybean ending stocks showed lower than the average guess by traders in the WASDE report that came out at 11 a.m. Feb. 11th....

Checking the Base

As we head to the November election, an often asked question is whether President Trump has done enough to keep his base support in...

Told You So

Following a recent court ruling on EPA’s granting of small refinery exemptions (SREs) to the Renewable Fuels Standard, you couldn’t blame the biofuels industry...

NPPC Heralds Signing of USMCA Agreement

President Trump today signed into law the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, which, once implemented, will provide much-needed certainty for U.S. pork producers. National Pork...

NCGA: USMCA a Win for Agriculture

National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross today declared President Trump’s signing of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) a big win for American...

Beer Company Set to Push for Organic Farming in Super Bowl Ad

Anheuser-Busch InBev is starting an initiative they say seeks to help farmers convert farmland to organic production. Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, and AB InBev...

Canada’s Freeland Urges Quick USMCA Approval

The U.S. signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Wednesday clears another hurdle towards implementation of the agreement. Following the signing ceremony, the U.S. and Mexico...

House Dems Support Lawsuit Against SNAP Cuts

House Democrats are seeking to block the Trump administration’s cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Changes to the SNAP Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults...

Justice Department Investigating Possible Dean Foods Deal

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a potential deal for Dairy Farmers of America to acquire the bankrupted Dean Foods. A Justice Department representative...

USDA: One Month Left for CRP General Signup

The Department of Agriculture reminds farmers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. The signup is...

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Preparing to Sue EPA

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. The planned lawsuit alleges the EPA is failing to...

Court Rules Against EPA Small Refinery Waivers

The Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider its small refinery exemptions, following a recent court decision. A document dated January 24 from the U.S. Court...

USDA to Accept Applications for the Second Round of ReConnect Funding

Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA will again accept rural broadband funding request this week. USDA will accept applications for the second...

Corps of Engineers Monitoring High Water on Upper Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin...

Wisconsin Special Legislative Session Focusing on Dairy Crisis

A special session of the Wisconsin legislature opening this week seeks to help the state’s struggling dairy industry. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an...

United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health

The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health to bring worldwide attention to invasive pests. The pests destroy up...

Public Lands Council Names Executive Director

The Public Lands Council Monday announced that Kaitlynn Glover joined the organization as its executive director. The Public Lands Council, known as PLC, is...

NDSU Little International Feb. 14-15

There is nothing little about Little International on the North Dakota State University campus. Students part of the largest student-led club on campus will...

President Trump Expected to Sign USMCA on Wednesday

White House and administration officials confirmed to CNN that the president will sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on Wednesday. The new agreement was one...

New WOTUS Rule Appears Headed to the Courts

Environmental groups and Democratic states are already promising to sue over the new Waters of the U.S. Rule, which the Trump administration calls the...

USDA Recruiting for a Trade Mission to the Philippines

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will lead a trade mission to the Philippines, designed to explore new business opportunities with the island nation. The...
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Queen Approves Brexit, Potential New Ag Markets for U.S.

Britain’s effort to leave the European Union was finally approved by Queen Elizabeth last week, clearing the way for the United Kingdom to make...

Legislators Send Letter to FDA on Dairy Labeling

Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, have led a bipartisan coalition that sent a letter to Stephen Hahn,...

Beef, Pork Production Hit Record Highs in December

Pork and red meat production hit a monthly record in December. The USDA says pork production totaled 2.44 billion pounds, a nine percent jump...

Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA WOTUS Rule

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for defining the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule with...

NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Replace WOTUS Rule

The National Pork Producers Council applauded this week's action by the Environmental Protection Agency to replace the unlawful 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)...

NCGA: New WOTUS Rule Good News for Agriculture

National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the new, final Waters of...

Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Definition of WOTUS

The following was released by the EPA. Today, at an event at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, EPA...

Biodiesel Heating Up

After a rough couple of years that saw plants idled and workers laid off, the biodiesel industry appears ready for a comeback. Although attendance...

Senate Sends USMCA to President Trump

The U.S. Senate Wednesday put its finishing touches on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Finance Committee and Senate President Pro...

Canada to Consider USMCA Next Week

Canada will consider the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement next week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters this week, "On Monday, we will introduce...
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Farm Bureau Establishes 2020 Priorities

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention this week adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2020....

Cattle Disease Traceability Continues Advancing

Multiple state cattlemen’s organizations from major beef producing regions have partnered together to form U.S. CattleTrace, a disease traceability initiative. The goal is to...

NBB Welcomes New Biodiesel Quality Reports

The National Biodiesel Board Wednesday welcomed new reports on Biodiesel fuel quality published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through funding and support from...

ASA Celebrates Its ‘First Soy Century’

The American Soybean Association is celebrating its “First Soy Century” as it recognizes its 100th anniversary throughout 2020. The roots of ASA were formed...

Minnesota Loses Over 800 Dairy Farms in Three Years

The number of licensed dairy farms in Minnesota continues to drop at a steady pace. New data out from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture...

Perdue Confirms Third Round of Trade Assistance for Farmers

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue confirmed that U.S. farmers will receive a third round of trade assistance this year to help producers with their 2019...

Poll Shows Farmers still in Trump’s Corner

A new poll shows farmers are still supporting President Trump. A Market Watch Dot Com article shows survey results that say 83 percent of...

Perdue Open to Changing Crop Data Collection

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue talked over the weekend about his willingness to make changes in National Ag Statistics Service methods of crop data collection....
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