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

Kirsten Rall updates the markets as of 5/27/2020 at 2 p.m. Grains: Grain futures ended mixed Wednesday. Panting progress was mostly as expected and on...

House Lawmakers Press USDA Over Food Box Contracts

House Agriculture Committee members want questions answered regarding the Department of Agriculture’s Families Food Box Program. Led by Democrat Marcia Fudge of Ohio, the...

Online Grocery Shopping a New Reality

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways shoppers fill their grocery needs. Throughout the pandemic, the Food Marketing Institute has been tracking consumer trends...

Deere Earnings Beat Expectations

John Deere's quarterly sales and profit estimates beat expectations. Net income fell 41 percent to $665.8 million, or $2.11 per share in the quarter,...

AEM Developing Health and Safety Guidelines for Events

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers will craft guidelines for industry exhibitions and events. The association recently formed a Health and Safety Task Force to...

Farmland Prices Continue Decline, Farm Borrowing Increasing

The latest Rural Mainstreet Index from Creighton University shows farmland prices are declining while farmer borrowing is growing. Released last week, the overall index...

Futures Higher Following Friday’s Cattle on Feed Report

Cattle futures are higher following the Cattle on Feed report. Hog futures are following suit. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in...

Officials Say Cattle to Blame for E. coli Outbreak in California

Outbreaks of E. coli that sickened almost 200 people in California late last year probably came from cattle grazing close to the farms that...

Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act Introduced in the Senate

Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi introduced Senate Bill 3842, called the Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act. Wicker authored legislation that would establish a Rural Assistance...

Potato Industry Feels Left Out of CFAP

The National Potato Council and state grower organizations wrote a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue last week to talk about potatoes that have...

White House: China Deal is “On Track”

Officials in the Trump Administration are talking positively about China’s commitments in implementing the Phase One trade deal with the U.S. Politico says that’s...

EPA Plan Would Raise Biofuel Blending Targets Slightly in 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a plan that would include a small bump in their biofuel-blending targets in 2021. Three people familiar with...

NCGA Working to Find New Uses for Corn

The National Corn Growers Association is working hard to find new uses for corn and demonstrating it as the clear feedstock of choice. The...

USDA Providing $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Business and Ag Producers

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agency will make up to $1 billion in loan guarantees available to help rural businesses meet their working...

U.S. Ethanol Heading to China

According to three ethanol-industry sources and shipping data, a rare U.S. ethanol shipment will arrive in China very soon. Reuters says that may be...

USDA Accepting Applications for 2021 Export Programs

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting applications from eligible organizations for the fiscal year 2021 funding for five export market development programs. FAS...

USDA and USTR Announce Progression of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced additional progress in the implementation of the...

March Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per...

American Farmland Trust Releases Farmland Report

Millions of acres of America’s agricultural land were developed or converted to uses that threaten farming between 2001 and 2016, according to American Farmland...

Remembering Our Country

Memorial Day observations will certainly be different this year. This unofficial start to summer is when we traditionally remember those who have served and...

Ag Retailers: New EPA Transparency Rule a Positive Step for Agriculture

The Agricultural Retailers Association calls a proposed rule on transparency by the Environmental Protection Agency a positive step forward for agriculture. This week, the...

Growth Energy Lauds Introduction of Biofuels Relief Bill in Senate

Growth Energy praised the introduction of legislation that would assist biofuel producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley along with...

President Trump Ponders Termination of Trade Deals Dealing with Cattle Imports

Tuesday, USDA released details on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). During  President Donald Trump’s remarks on the program, he laid out key details...

ACE Thanks Senators Grassley, Klobuchar for Introducing the Renewable Fuel Feedstock Reimbursement Act of...

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) thanks Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for putting forth bipartisan legislation that would reimburse biofuel...

NCBA Responds to Trump Comments on Beef Imports

President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday suggested the United States should consider terminating trade deals that bring live cattle into the United...

CFAP Welcomed, But More Relief Needed

Agriculture groups welcomed the rollout of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program direct payments but say farmers will need more relief. National Corn Growers Association...

USDA Announces Details of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The Trump administration Tuesday announced the rollout of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to...

Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Sue EPA

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency this week. The Foundation plans to...

Survey Reveals COVID-19 School Meal Trends, Financial Impacts

Fresh data from the School Nutrition Association reveals significant concerns about the financial sustainability of school meal programs. The second installment of a survey...

USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in...

NPPC Gains DOJ Approval For Industry Collaboration To Address COVID-19 Crisis

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division provided guidance for collaboration among U.S. hog farmers. The guidance will help farmers effectively address...

Farm Assets Resisting Coronavirus Impact

COVID-19 may be hurting many areas of the U.S. economy, but strong demand has continued for tractors, combines and other farm assets, according to...

Senators Seek Meat Worker Protections From USDA

Senate Democrats want Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide more worker safety protection to meat processing employees. A group of 29 Senators, led by...

Eight Senators Urge USDA Assistance for Bison Ranchers

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators, led by U.S. Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Mike Rounds (R-SD), yesterday urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny...

More Ag Groups Respond Positively to SECURE Rule on Plant Breeding

Last week, USDA announced a final rule that updated and modernized the agency’s biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act. The final rule is...

R-CALF Asks Perdue to Open CRP Land to Emergency Grazing

R-CALF USA is asking Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider opening up the 24 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program...

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program Applications Open

The USDA launched an online portal to start accepting applications for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants. The agency plans to make up...

China Now Open to U.S. Blueberries, Barley Imports

China said late last week it would immediately allow imports of barley and fresh blueberries from the United States. That move came just days...

The U.S., China Relationship Deteriorating Soon After Phase One Trade Deal

Analysts already expect China to be unable to meet its obligations under the Phase One trade deal it signed with the U.S. this year....
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Trump Acknowledges Challenges with China Trade Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to admit there were likely challenges ahead for his trade deal with China. He says the magnitude of the...

Ethanol Production Shows Slight Rebound, Tighter Stocks

The Renewable Fuels Association took a look at numbers from the Energy Information Administration and found ethanol production rose during the week ending May...

NCBA Opposed Livestock Marketing Bill

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association came out in opposition to a bill that would require a minimum of 50 percent of a meat packer’s...

Transportation Department Published Final Hours of Service Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published its final rule updating the “Hours of Service” rules designed to increase safety...

Kansas City Fed says Ag Income Drops, Credit Conditions Deteriorate

Agricultural credit conditions in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s Tenth District deteriorated at a slightly faster pace as the COVID-19 outbreak ramped up...

House Democrats Heroes Act Includes Agriculture Provisions

The next round of coronavirus relief referred to as the Heroes Act, introduced by House Democrats would increase direct payments to farmers by $16...

Grassley, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency in Cattle Pricing

A group of Senators this week introduced a bipartisan bill to increase transparency in cattle pricing. Led by Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, the...

House Bill Would Offer Tax Relief to Food Supply Chain Workers

This week, House lawmakers introduced the Assistance and Gratitude for Coronavirus Heroes in Agribusiness who are Invaluable to the Nation or the AG CHAIN...

AEM Releases April 2020 Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

Unit sales of agricultural tractors and combines in April 2020 rose in the U.S., according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment...
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