News Archive

Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate...

Growth Energy Calls on DOT to Provide Critical Rail Assistance During Midwest Flooding

Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to help expedite rail delivery of biofuels amid historic flooding. The recent flooding...

Pork Essentially Free of Veterinary Drug Residues

A survey by the Department of Agriculture shows no veterinary drug residues were found and none at levels that even approached U. S. regulatory...

Long Term Outlook Shows Trade Issues to Define the Next Ten Years

A long-term outlook from the Department of Agriculture predicts trade will continue to dictate the agriculture sector over the next ten years. Specifically, the...

Flood Losses Include Fields, Facilities and Stored Grains

Flood losses along the Missouri River include farm ground and farm facilities, along with stored grains and livestock. The flooding came quick for many,...

EPA Likely to Grant Partial Biofuel Waivers for 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue partial waivers to some of the 39 refiners asking for a reprieve from the Renewable Fuel...

Unchanged Interest Rates in 2019 Better for Agriculture

With the Federal Reserve hinting at leaving interest rates unchanged in 2019, the farm economy has one less chance for deterioration. Low-interest rates have...

Body Condition Score Impacts Fertility in Beef Cattle

The body condition score (BCS) in beef cattle may be a key factor in reproductive cycle success. BCS gives an indication of the nutrition...

Chinese Leaders Visit NCGA St. Louis Office

Two business leaders from the People’s Republic of China visited the National Corn Growers Association’s St. Louis office yesterday to discuss the U.S. corn...

ASF Outbreak Spreading Throughout Asia

The African Swine Fever virus is continuing to march through parts of Asia and Europe. A National Pork Board update says it’s causing increasing...

Jury Finds Roundup Caused Plaintiff’s Cancer

A second California jury found that a man likely developed cancer after being exposed to the Roundup weed killer he used in his yard....

Brazil Opens Up to More U.S. Wheat Imports

U.S. wheat growers are thrilled about a joint announcement from Washington and Brazil that says the South American country will establish a 750,000-ton quota...

Midwest Flood Damage Total Approaching $1 Billion

The federal government may have to step in with extra resources to help states like Nebraska and Iowa recover from flood damage. Floodwaters are...

DFA Sales Drop More Than $1 Billion in 2018

The largest dairy cooperative in the nation had a “challenging” 2018 and lost a lot in net sales numbers from the previous year. The...

Wheat Farmers Welcome New Export Opportunity from Trump Administration Agreement with Brazil

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome today’s announcement by President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that...

Weekly Ethanol Production

Here is the weekly ethanol supply-and-demand data for the week ended 3/15/2019, provided by the Renewable Fuels Association. According to EIA data analyzed by the...

China Could Triple U.S. Ag Purchases

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week again said China could triple its purchases of U.S. agricultural products. The U.S. and China are still hashing...

USDA Announces New Resources to Raise Awareness of African Swine Fever

The Department of Agriculture is promoting resources to help prevent the spread of African swine fever. USDA notes that USDA-trained detector dogs played a...

Additional Trump Budget Documents Show Extensive USDA ERS Cuts

New documents detailing President Trump’s budget request show significant cuts to the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. The White House released the rest...

Flooding Disrupting Midwest Rail Services

Flooding in the central-U.S. is halting rail traffic, including shipments and deliveries from agricultural facilities. Union Pacific noted the flooding has caused “significant damage”...

China Could Triple U.S. Ag Purchases

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week again said China could triple its purchases of U.S. agricultural products. The U.S. and China are still hashing...

Livestock Group Calls Beef Trade with Brazil Risky

Livestock groups warn any trade allowing Brazil to export beef to the U.S. would put the U.S. beef industry at risk. President Donald Trump...

Arysta Launches New Programs and Products in time for Commodity Classic

Arysta launched the New BATALIUM Cross-Spectrum Herbicide. Rusty Halvorson News Director for the American Ag Network visited with Todd Landsman, South Dakota Territory Service...

Live-Streaming Barn Tours Show Consumers Sustainable Pig Farming

The National Pork Board is collaborating with South Dakota State University (SDSU) to “open the barn doors” on how pigs are raised. The Pork...

Consider Pollinator Plantings as You Gear Up for Spring

If you are a Monarch butterfly supporter buckle up because here’s some good news. The yearly count of the Eastern Monarch butterfly population that...

USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced $91 million in investments to rural community facilities. The facilities included in the funding announcement provide essential services...

NMPF Backs DAIRY PRIDE Act

The National Milk Producers Federation voiced strong support for the DAIRY PRIDE Act, calling it another means toward a crucial end of the mislabeling...

Tentative Agreement Reached on China Trade Enforcement Mechanism

China and the U.S. have reached a tentative agreement on enforcement of a potential trade agreement between the two nations. White House economic adviser...
EU

U.S. Likely to Battle with EU Over Ag Before Trade Talks

U.S. Trade Representative chief agriculture negotiator Gregg Doud calls European Union protectionist measures "non-science-based" and "backward-looking." The comments signal a fight ahead between the...

Sentera Announces Real-Time Analytics for FieldAgent

Sentera FieldAgent now delivers instant plant population and weed pressure reports in the FieldAgent™ mobile app, while the drone is still in flight. Agriculture...

Nebraska Department of Agriculture Providing Assistance to Ranchers in Wake of Major Flooding

An unruly winter in the Midwest has led to major flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Flooding that has caused two fatalities, threatened multiple nuclear...

National Pork Board and RIPE.IO Partner to Enhance Responsible Pig Farming Practices Through Blockchain

March 18, 2019 – The National Pork Board and Ripe Technology, Inc. have entered an agreement to pilot blockchain technology use in the U.S....

NPPC Statement on Illegal Pork Seizure

On March 15, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it intercepted a large shipment of illegal pork products from China before...

U.S. GDP Will Lose $290 Billion Due to Tarrifs

With tariffs continuing to take a toll on U.S. businesses, farmers, communities, and families across the country, a new report by IHS Markit released today outlines...

U.S. Beef Agreement with EU Still Needs Approval

The European Union currently has a quota in place that allows up to 45,000 tons of hormone-free beef imports. Thanks to a new agreement...

Bomb Cyclone Clobbers Farm Country

An intense winter storm known in weather-forecasting lingo as a “bomb cyclone” of snow and wind has stranded a large number of drivers and...

U.S. Ethanol Consumption Drops for First Time in 20 Years

Between 2017 and 2018, U.S. ethanol consumption dropped for the first time in two decades. The Renewable Fuels Association says the decline follows years...

Study Shows Ag Plays a Big Role in the U.S. Economy

A new study shows that agriculture plays a big role in the success of the overall U.S. economy. More than one-fourth of the nation’s...

4-H and FFA Students May Get to Keep More Income

A recently introduced House bill is designed to put more money in the pockets of young people in agriculture. It would allow 4-H and...

States Dealing With Hemp Differently

More than a month after being introduced, the Idaho House Agriculture Committee voted to advance a bill that would legalize hemp production in the...
EU

Lawmakers say No to Potential EU-U.S. Trade Agreement Without Agriculture

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding the Trump Administration force the European Union to include agriculture in upcoming trade talks. A group of...

Ethanol Groups Condemn New Small Refinery Waivers

At the dismay of the ethanol industry, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued five new small refinery exemptions for 2017. The EPA is also...

Farm Groups Call on USDA to Oversee GE Animals

Agriculture groups are pressing the Food and Drug Administration to hand over the regulation of genetically engineered animals to the Department of Agriculture. The...

U.S. Drought Area Shrinking, Flooding Common

To no surprise, the drought monitor shows a shrinkage of dry conditions throughout the nation compared to trends over the last year, but parts...

Study Reveals Powerful Engine of American Economy: Corn Refiners

A nationwide economic study released this week shows how America’s corn refiners contribute to the nation’s economy, finding the industry has massive, outsized impacts...

Iowa Farmland Values Slipping

An Iowa-based Realtors group finds in recent research that farmland values in the state are beginning to decline. The REALTORS Land Institute – Iowa...

NMPF Backs DAIRY PRIDE Act, Calls for FDA Action on Fake Milks

The National Milk Producers Federation voiced strong support for the DAIRY PRIDE Act today, calling it another means toward a crucial end for...

AFBF’s Duvall Named Ag Association Leader of the Year

The National Agri-Marketing Association has named Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, as the 2019 Ag Association Leader of the Year....

U.S., EU Reach Tentative Beef Agreement

The United States and the European Union have reached an “agreement in principle” to allow U.S. farmers a share of the EU’s annual 45,000-ton...

Peterson Warns RIN Market Reform Could Bog Down E15 Rule

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson warns the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts in connecting E15 with RIN market reform may "bog down moving forward...
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