Vilsack, White House Not on Board with Radical Livestock Marketing Reforms

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and the White House are not on board with radical livestock marketing reforms proposed by Midwest US lawmakers, based on recent Congressional testimony. Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra reminded Vilsack of a […]

John Deere Workers Go On Strike

OMAHA (DTN) — Farmers could face challenges getting in their orders for John Deere equipment as the tractor giant’s union workers agreed at midnight Wednesday to go on strike. United Auto Workers International issued a […]

Growth in Tractor, Combine Sales Continues to Outpace 2020

Overall sales of tractors and combines continue their growth above an already-hot pace set in 2020, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. U.S. total farm tractor sales climbed 2.5 percent in September compared to […]

Lawmakers Alert USTR of Chinese Influence in Latin America

A group of 12 lawmakers recently penned a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative about the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Latin America and Caribbean trade and economic development. Arkansas Republican Representative […]

Pelosi Warns of Cuts to Build Back Better Act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week warned her party about the need to trim back the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, the budget reconciliation bill. Pelosi told reporters, “I’m very disappointed we’re not going […]

Checkoff Unveils Undeniably Dairy Campaign Evolution to Reach Gen Z

The dairy checkoff is launching a new wave of the Undeniably Dairy campaign to create deeper connections between Gen Z and dairy. “Reset Yourself with Dairy” is a youth-centric evolution of the checkoff’s consumer campaign […]

Soybean Numbers in October WASDE are “Concerning”

The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service released its Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate reports this week. Joe Vaclavik, President of Standard Grain in Tennessee, says it wasn’t a big surprise that […]

Shipping Container Rates Easing

Container shipping rates are showing signs of easing, at least temporarily. On the Shanghai-to-Los Angeles trade route, the rate for a 40-foot container fell nearly $1,000 last week to $11,173, an 8.2 percent drop from […]

USTR Tai Meets with Chinese Counterpart

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai met with a Chinese counterpart last week before meetings this week with Italy and a European Commission official. Tai held a virtual meeting with China’s Vice Premier Friday, to discuss […]

USDA Launches First Phase of Soil Carbon Monitoring Efforts through CRP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $10 million in a new initiative to sample, measure, and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program acres. The investment seeks to better quantify the climate outcomes of the program. USDA says […]

U.S. Corn and Soybean Production up From September

Corn and soybean production is up from September 2021, according to the Crop Production report issued Tuesday by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn production is up three percent from last year, forecast at 15.0 […]

NOAA Awards More Than $171 Million for Climate Science

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday $171 million to support 72 projects to improve resilience in the fight against the climate crisis. NOAA’s Climate Program Office announced the funding, the highest five-year investment […]

USDA Releases October WASDE Report

USDA released the October WASDE report at 11am CST this morning and it contained a few numbers of note, but mostly was within pre-report expectations. Below is commentary with Arlan Suderman of StoneX on the […]

AFBF Forms Partnership with MANRRS

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences announced an agreement to increase minority involvement in agriculture. The groups signed a memorandum of understanding for […]

Supply Chain Issues to Persists into 2022

A quarterly report from CoBank suggests that while the U.S. economy is still very much in the grips of the pandemic. Supply chains are arguably in the most dire condition since the start of the […]

Oil Prices Reach 7 Year High, Gas Prices Surge

Oil prices reached a seven-year high last week, pushing fuel prices higher. The national average price of gas jumped 5.2 cents to $3.25 a gallon, and the price of diesel increased 10.4 cents to $3.45 […]

USDA Commits $25 Million for Programs reaching Underserved Communities

The Department of Agriculture last week announced a trio of awards totaling nearly $25 million in grants and cooperative agreements. The funding seeks to ensure broader access and participation in USDA programs and services for […]

McDonald’s Seeks net Zero Emissions by 2050

McDonald’s Corporation recently announced a commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its global operations by 2050. The company is joining the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and signing on to the Science Based Targets initiative’s […]

Vaccine Requirement Won’t Close FSA Offices

The Biden Administration’s requirement that all federal employees, including the employees of the Farm Service Agency, be vaccinated against COVID-19 will not cause FSA offices to close or farmers to receive a less-than-usual level of […]

Ethanol Export Numbers Good Despite COVID-19

The numbers for the most recent marketing year that ended on August 31 show there is good news for U.S. ethanol exports. U.S. ethanol exports reached the fifth-highest total on record despite the market challenges […]

USDA Considering Waivers for Slower Pork Plant Processing Lines

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA is working on a proposal for a waiver system for hog plants forced by a federal court to slow down their processing lines. Waivers that would allow plants […]

Market Analyst Notes Variability in Harvest Progress

Mike Zuzolo, President of Global Commodity Analytics in Kansas, took a look into the U.S. crop harvest reports and says things are a bit unusual in 2021. The biggest thing he noticed is a lot […]

House Ag Committee Dems Want Ag Spending Preserved

House Ag Committee Chair David Scott and fellow Democrats sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking them to preserve the ag spending provisions in the Build Back Better Act. They point out that […]

USDA Awards $248 Million for International School Feeding Projects

The Department of Agriculture will invest $248 million in ten new school feeding projects expected to benefit more than a million children worldwide. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh announced the investment Thursday. USDA’s 2021 […]

Farmer-led Coalition Advancing $100/acre Climate Policy Plan

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment, known as RIPE, seeks to reward farmers for voluntary stewardship through the RIPE100 plan. The farmer-led nonprofit seeks to pay farmers $100 per acre, rewarding farmers for the total […]

August Beef Exports Top $1 Billion; Pork Exports Remain on Record Pace

U.S. beef exports soared to another new value record in August, topping the $1 billion mark for the first time. The U.S. Meat Export Federation reports pork exports posted another strong month in August as […]

Global Food Prices Up 32 Percent Since September 2020

Global food prices are 32.8 percent higher compared to September of last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports. The Monthly Food Price index average 130 points in September 2021, up […]

EPA Announces Appointment of Rod Snyder as EPA Agriculture Advisor

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday the appointment of Rod Snyder to become EPA’s Agriculture Advisor. Snyder will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agricultural community for EPA, working to advance the Biden-Harris environmental […]

Closing Market Report- 10/7/21- Small Grains Continue to Surge, Mixed to Higher Row Crops

We saw new highs in Minneapolis wheat, Paris wheat and oats were limit higher as the small grains surge continues. All but Chicago and Kansas City wheat finished firmer. Minneapolis December wheat, which scored a […]

Exports Projected to Reach New High in Fiscal Year 2022

The total value of agriculture exports may reach an all-time high in fiscal year 2022, October through September. USDA’s Economic Research Service says higher shipments of major categories of commodities, including grains and feeds, oilseeds, […]

USDA Announces Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects. The projects are aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. The […]

Report: Government Interference in Cattle Markets has Consequences

Texas A&M University has completed a comprehensive report on the U.S. cattle and beef markets in response to a bipartisan request from the House Agriculture Committee. Among its key findings is that proposals increasing government […]

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