Keeping Emotions Out of Marketing Decisions is Important

Market price trends and how to manage farm revenue is a big topic of conversation in farming. Mike Rusch of Total Farm Marketing by Stewart-Peterson says it goes hand in hand with managing risk. “It’s […]

Vilsack Already Thinking About Next Farm Bill

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke before the House Agriculture Committee last week and brought up the next farm bill. The Hagstrom Report says he wants the committee to use the next bill to help him […]

China Didn’t Meet Phase One Commitment

China wound up $16 billion short of achieving its obligations under the Phase One Trade Deal with the U.S. A DTN report says the Biden administration is looking for ways to keep China buying agricultural […]

South Korea Lifts Temporary Ban on Canadian Beef

South Korea is lifting its temporary suspension of Canadian beef imports. Reuters says the ban began after Canada detected a case of BSE, or “Mad Cow Disease,” in December. Canada’s Agriculture Minister Marie Claude-Bibeau says […]

Senators Talk Pesticide Registration Struggles with Regan

Four senators from farm country talked with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan about recent agency decisions that will restrict farmer access to crop protection products. The EPA has issued several decisions that will hinder […]

Vilsack on New Locks Money—A Very Big Deal 

A watershed moment for Upper Mississippi locks and dams modernization has finally arrived, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Army Corps’ funding announcement last week is huge for Midwest agriculture. “It is a very […]

NCGA Director Named to Board of America’s Watershed Initiative

The America’s Watershed Initiative recently named its 2022 Board of Directors Executive Team. Rachel Orf, the National Corn Growers Association Director of Stewardship and Sustainability was elected as the board’s Secretary. “It’s an honor to […]

Iowa Plant Converting Corn Stover to Natural Gas

One of Iowa’s most plentiful resources is corn stover. The Iowa State Extension website says that stover is now being used to create renewable natural gas that heats Iowa homes and businesses. The Verbio North […]

Closing Market Report- 1/21/22- Mixed Action Ahead of the Weekend

Overall, it was a quiet and mixed trading day on Friday. The VIX, which is Wall Street’s fear index, traded up near 30 today amid inflation concerns and rising tensions between Russian and Ukraine. The […]

Input Prices Greatest Threat for 2022

The Latest Rural Mainstreet Index shows rising input prices as the top threat in 2022 for farmers. Released Thursday, the index declined in January, though it remained above growth neutral for the 14th straight month. […]

Reasons for Optimism in U.S. Agriculture for 2022

It’s typically difficult to predict what the future may hold for American agriculture, and 2022 is no different. Ben Brown is a senior research associate in agricultural and applied economics with the University of Missouri. […]

Vilsack Pushes Back on GOP Criticism

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack strongly defended administration farm policies in testimony before the House Agriculture Committee. From biofuels and broadband to trade and input costs, Vilsack pushed back hard against GOP criticism. He slammed Illinois […]

Grassley, Colleagues Urge Infrastructure funds for Missouri River Flood Control

Midwest lawmakers urge the federal government to prioritize funding for flood mitigation and prevention projects along the lower Missouri River. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and Missouri Republican Representative Sam Graves led nearly a dozen […]

USDA Releases 2020 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary

The Department of Agriculture this week published the 2020 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary. The summary shows that more than 99 percent of the samples tested had pesticide residues below benchmark levels established by the […]

Per Acre Water Use in Irrigated Farmland Declining

Information updated this week from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows per-acre water usage is declining on irrigated farmland. Since 1969, the amount of water used per acre irrigated has decreased substantially. The average water use […]

Operation Lifesaver Releases New Rail Safety Resources

Operation Lifesaver, Inc., the national non-profit rail safety education organization celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2022, is releasing new rail safety resources to help farmers and farm machine operators stay safe and avoid incidents around […]

Cover Crops: Beyond the Field and in the Garden

Cover crops aren’t just for your fields anymore, they are beneficial to your garden, too. The University of Illinois Extension says using cover crops in the home garden has many benefits, including soil structure, drawing […]

Farm Workforce Modernization Act Stalled

Maybe more so than in years past, agriculture will be paying close attention to the goings on in Congress as farm labor reform will be on the list of legislative priorities. Last year, Washington State […]

Closing Market Report- 1/20/22- Soybeans Soar Again on Thursday

Soybeans were the star of the show on Thursday, soaring higher along with soy oil and meal. With estimates of South American corn and soybeans ratcheted lower each week, funds continue to add to their […]

Trade War Retaliation Cost Agriculture $27 Billion in Exports

Tariffs imposed on American agricultural exports in retaliation for Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from key trading partners cost agriculture a lot of export sales. Combine that with the Section 301 tariffs […]

FAS Administrator Outlines Biden Administration Trade Priorities

The American Farm Bureau and other ag groups have been campaigning for the Biden administration to get more active on the trade front. Dan Whitley is the administrator of the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. He […]

Mississippi River Locks/Dams Get $829 Million for Improvements

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is investing $829.1 million in investments for modernizing locks and dams along the Mississippi River. The funding was made available through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs act. “Our […]

NCGA Testifies Against WOTUS Changes

The National Corn Growers cautioned the EPA on Tuesday about moving forward with a rule that could give the government expanded regulatory power across American farmlands. NCGA President Chris Edgington gave testimony as the Environmental […]

Brazil Coffee Crop Looking Smaller Than Expected

Brazil’s government says its farmers will harvest 55.74 million bags of coffee in 2022. That number is 16.8 percent higher than last year, but experts say that’s a smaller amount than most people in the […]

FFA Members Tour California Agriculture

Earlier this month, 46 current and former state FFA officers visited California to learn about the wide variety of agriculture the state has to offer. Members recently flew into California and toured a number of […]

Closing Market Report- 1/19/22- Grains Soar Higher on Wednesday

Corn, wheat and the entire soy complex soared higher on Wednesday. South American weather and possible yield concerns in Brazil along with inflation and worries of Russia/Ukraine tensions all aided the move higher on the […]

EPA Proposes Rule to Improve Pesticide Crop Groupings

The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday opened a 60-day comment period requesting public comments on the sixth proposed rule in a series of revisions to the pesticide crop grouping regulations. Crop groups are established when residue […]

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Highlights Key Work in 2021 to Create More and Better Markets

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2022 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the following statement highlighting key accomplishments of the Department of Agriculture to create more and better markets since the Biden-Harris Administration took office […]

EPA Advisory Panel Recommends Limited WOTUS Definition, Protection for Ag Features

An EPA advisory panel recommends the agency continue to protect water rule exemptions for farm features, as it rewrites the Trump Navigable Waters Protection Rule that replaced WOTUS. EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities advisory […]

Farmland Market Ended Strong in 2021

Land sales continued at a torrid pace at Farmers National Company during the last quarter of 2021. The dollar volume of land sold by the company during October through December was up 53 percent compared […]

NBB Rebrands to Clean Fuels Alliance America

The National Biodiesel Board Tuesday unveiled its new name and new brand, Clean Fuels Alliance America. The organization announced the change during the opening session of the 2022 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. The transformation […]

NASDA Sets 2022 Federal Policy Focus

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture set its federal policy focus for 2022 with added emphasis on the food and production supply chain. Announced Tuesday, NASDA members selected nine issues as the organization’s […]

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