USDA Releases Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry

The Department of Agriculture Thursday unveiled an Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry. The report demonstrates that the biobased industry is a substantial generator of economic activity and jobs, and that it […]

Midwest Lawmakers Urge Biden to Consider Biofuels in Environment Agenda

A group of Midwestern Senators urge the Biden administration to consider biofuels like ethanol as part of its environmental agenda. The climate focus by the administration includes a push towards electric vehicles. The lawmakers tell […]

House Ag Leaders Urge House Vote on Broadband Bill

Leaders of the House Agriculture Committee Thursday called for a full-House vote on a bipartisan rural broadband bill. Chairman David Scott and Ranking Member Glenn GT Thompson requested that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican leadership […]

USDA Announces $67 Million to Help Resolve Land Ownership and Succession Issues

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday announced $67 million in competitive loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program. The program aims to help producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues. Intermediary lenders, […]

Dominican Republic Confirmed Positive for African Swine Fever

The Department of Agriculture announced this week that the Dominican Republic has confirmed cases of African swine fever. The cases were confirmed as part of a cooperative surveillance program between the United States and the […]

Closing Market Report- 7/29/21- Grains Finish Higher Led by Wheat Again on Thursday

September contracts of winter wheat and December soybean oil were the leading percentage gainers among Thursday’s higher grain closes. Rain is pretty non-existent in the forecast the next 7-10 days in the US outside of […]

When It Comes to Ag Labor Pay is Not the Issue

Ag labor is the top issue for many agricultural operations across the Pacific Northwest, but many in the farming community feel lawmakers in D.C. continue to kick the problem down the road. While fruits and […]

House, Senate Panels Look at Packer Concentration, Beef Supply Chain

Packer concentration and beef supply chain resiliency weighed on lawmakers minds on both sides of Capitol Hill, as House and Senate panels looked at food production issues during the pandemic Wednesday Ag experts told the […]

USDA Extends Crop Insurance Deadlines

USDA’s Risk Management Agency this week authorized Approved Insurance Providers to extend deadlines for producers. The extension includes premium and administrative fee payments, deferring and waiving the resulting interest accrual and other flexibilities to help […]

House Agriculture Hearing Echoes NCBA Push for More Hook Space

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing Wednesday echoed the organization’s longstanding call to expand processing capacity. The Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on the State of the Beef Supply […]

Purdue Survey Shows Indiana Farmland Prices Hit Record High in 2021

The Purdue Farmland Value and Cash Rents Survey shows farmland prices across Indiana reached all-time highs in June of 2021. Statewide, top-quality farmland averaged $9,785 per acre, up 14.1 percent from the same time last […]

USB: Consumer Research Unpacks Protein Perceptions

The United Soybean Board Wednesday released new consumer data shedding light on consumer perceptions around protein. More than half of consumers, 56 percent, say it is extremely or very important that plant-based proteins be complete, […]

Closing Market Report- 7/28/21- Wheat Leads Higher While Corn and Soybeans Show A Little Strength

The day one findings of the Wheat Quality Council’s Spring Wheat Tour found current yields for North Dakota to be 29.5 bpa, 32% below the 5-year average. Minneapolis wheat surged on that news and the […]

House Ag Approves WHIP+ Reauthorization for 2020, 2021

The House Agriculture Committee Tuesday approved reauthorization for WHIP+ in 2020 and 2021. Chairman David Scott, a Democrat from Georgia, stated during the hearing, the severity of recent natural disasters “has required supplemental assistance, and […]

AEM: 100,000 Equipment Manufacturing Jobs Possible Through Infrastructure Efforts

More than 100,000 family-sustaining equipment manufacturing jobs can be created before the end of President Biden’s first term in office, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. AEM says these are high-skilled jobs in primarily […]

Spring Wheat Tour- Day One Recap- 7/28/21

The Wheat Quality Council is on their 2021 Spring Wheat/Durum Tour this week through North Dakota. Jesse Allen catches up with WQC’s Dave Green to discuss day one of the tour, what they saw and […]

FCC Announces $311 Million for Rural Broadband Efforts

The FCC this week announced more than $311 million in broadband funding through the Rural Digital opportunity fund. The FCC is ready to authorize the funding across 36 states and took steps to clear up […]

Center for Food Safety Files Lawsuit over Trump-Era GE Rule

The Center for Food Safety this week filed a federal lawsuit challenging the 2020 decision by the Trump administration to eliminate most genetically engineered organism oversight. Previously nearly all GE plants had to go through […]

Closing Market Report- 7/27/21- Grains Finished Mixed After Technical Selling

Tuesday began with a bang with both soybeans and Minneapolis wheat rushing to solid gains on declining crop conditions; November beans were up 30 cents at one point. However, by midmorning much of the strength […]

RMA Extends Deadlines, Waives Interest Deferral for Emergency Drought Relief

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its Risk Management Agency (RMA) will authorize Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to extend deadlines for premium and administrative fee payments, defer and waive […]

Western Drought Already Impacting 2022

The drought is negatively impacting commodities across the Pacific Northwest, and the western U.S., making 2021 a less than average year for many producers. But one Ag economist is concerned additional challenges lie ahead. The […]

AFB President Disputes Administration Claims Most Farmers Will Escape New Capital Gains Tax at Death

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval pushed back against the administration’s stance that most small family farmers will escape a proposed capital gains tax to replace the so-called “stepped-up basis.” Duval disputed the Biden Administration’s […]

House to Consider Appropriation Bills

In a flurry of activity ahead of the August recess, the House of Representatives will consider appropriation bills this week, including the agriculture spending bill. The process began Monday with the House Rules Committee. The […]

Thompson Seeks House Hearing on Senate Climate Bill

The top Republican on the House Ag Committee calls for a hearing on the Senate Growing Climate Solutions Act. In a letter to Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, Glen GT Thompson of Pennsylvania says, […]

Bronaugh to Lead U.S. Delegation at UN Food Systems Pre-Summit

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh is leading the U.S. delegation at the United Nations Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome this week. Leading up to the UN Food Systems Summit in New York in September, Bronaugh […]

Oil and Gas Prices Decline Over COVID Concerns

Gas and diesel prices fell again in the last week, following a drop in the value of oil. GasBuddy reports the national average gas price dropped 2.9 cents to $3.14 a gallon, while diesel fell […]

New Ad Campaign Asks Washington to Stop Big Oil

Growth Energy launched a new digital ad campaign urging President Biden and congressional leaders to stop oil industry handouts. The campaign also asks Washington to uphold its commitments to reducing carbon emissions and supporting low-carbon […]

Soy Sustainability Protocol Reaches 100-Million Metric Tons of Exports

The U.S. Soybean Export Council, United Soybean Board, and the American Soybean Association are happy to announce a new milestone for U.S. soy exports. More than 100 million metric tons of U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance […]

Brazil Coffee Growers Hit Hard by Frost

A surprise frost that struck Brazil’s coffee belt last week hit farmers hard. Financial Post says industry experts fear farmers may default on deliveries of recently-harvested coffee that were sold to traders months ago at […]

NFU Praises FTC Decision on Right to Repair

The National Farmers Union praised the Federal Trade Commission’s 5-0 vote to adopt a policy statement to ramp up law enforcement against repair restrictions on equipment. Those restrictions prevent small businesses, workers, consumers, and government […]

Nutrition Research Improving Public Perception of Beef

The Beef Checkoff is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and the NCBA is talking about the successful promotion and research programs driving beef demand. The NCBA says consumers are more open to the nutritional benefits of […]

U.S. and China Trading at a Brisk Pace

China and the U.S. are shipping goods back and forth at the quickest pace in years. Bloomberg says that’s making it look as if the tariff war and COVID-19 never interrupted the world’s largest bilateral […]

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