Friday, September 20, 2019

News Archive

Chairman Costa Statement on The Implementation of Federal Farm and Disaster Programs

House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California issued the following statement after today's joint hearing with the Subcommittee...

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

Kirsten Rall updates the markets, current as of 9/19/19 at 2:00 p.m. Grain:  Soybean futures ended Thursday’s session 2-4 cents higher.  Export sales of soybeans according...

Former Agriculture Secretaries Announce Support for USMCA

Today, all former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture since President Reagan’s Administration announced support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter to Congressional...

Taiwan Goodwill Mission Signs Letter of Intent for U.S. Wheat Purchases

Representatives from the Taiwan Flour Millers Association (TFMA) signed letters of intent to purchase wheat and other U.S. grown commodities over the next two...

CHS Expands Soybean Crush and Production Capacity

CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP) today announced plans for a significant renovation at its Fairmont, Minn., soybean processing plant. The expansion will increase market access...

New Study Stresses Ethanol’s Benefits for Energy Security

A new study shows that the Renewable Fuel Standard not only saves drivers money at the gas pump every day, but also enhances energy...
Organic Farmers Association

Organic Farmers Association Opposes Genetic Engineering

Earlier this week, the Organic Farmers Association delivered a letter to USDA in response to a statement made by Undersecretary Greg Ibach. The Undersecretary...

Farmers and Ranchers Launch Pro-Green New Deal Coalition

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers for a Green New Deal coalition held a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday, along with a handful of...

Lawmakers Want India’s Trade Privileges Restored

Reuters says 44 members of Congress are asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to restore trade concessions to India. They say the U.S. withdrawal...

National Dairy Council’s New Product Competition Accepting Entries

The ninth annual National Dairy Council (NDC) New Product Competition seeks the next innovative dairy product from college students across the United States and...

NCBA Announces Leadership Changes

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced two significant leadership changes today. The NCBA Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association confirmed Colin Woodall...

South Korea Now ASF-Positive

From the Pork Checkoff South Korea has now joined eight other Asian countries in becoming positive for African swine fever (ASF). This comes after pigs...

AEM Joins Tariff Reform Coalition

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement AEM joining the Tariff Reform Coalition: The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced...

Sesame yields stable in drought conditions

Texas has a long history of growing cotton. It’s a resilient crop, able to withstand big swings in temperature fairly well. However, growing cotton...

Farm Bureau: USDA Must End NRCS Abuses

The following was provided by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Farmers and ranchers are being denied due process as part of an abuse of discretion...

USDA Announces Nearly $12 Million in Funding to Improve Public Facilities in 17 States,...

USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce W. Lammers today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing almost $12 million in 41...

White House Sends Formal Announcement of Agreement with Japan

The White House has notified Congress it will sign a trade agreement with Japan. President Donald Trump notified lawmakers he will enter an agreement...

Trump Backing Plan to Increase Biofuels Production

President Donald Trump will soon unveil a biofuel plan that farm groups are hopeful will increase demand for biofuels production. The President has tentatively...

Saudi Attacks Represents Opportunity for Biofuels

Drone attacks Saturday in Saudi Arabia that destroyed oil fields show diversification, which includes biofuels, could curb market volatility, according to the Renewable Fuels...

Lawmakers Seek Mississippi River Disaster Funds

Representatives from Minnesota and Wisconsin are pushing for funds to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to address issues stemming from Mississippi River flooding this...

USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced a final rule to modernize swine slaughter inspection. For the first time in more than five decades, USDA’s...

Peterson, Others, Establish 4-H Congressional Caucus

House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, this week announced the bipartisan 4-H Congressional Congress. Joining Peterson is Republican Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers...

Considerations for Cover Crops on Prevent Plant Acres: Graze or Harvest

This year, the USDA Risk Management Agency changed the rules when you are allowed to hay or graze any acreage planted to cover crops...

Conquering the Blackbird Battle

More than 75% of the U.S. sunflower crop is grown in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Driving across the states...

NCGA: Farmers Must Play a Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Efforts throughout society, and virtually every industry, to cut greenhouse gases are underway and agriculture is no exception, according to the National Corn Growers...

Japan to Eliminate Tariffs on U.S. Wine

Japan will eliminate tariffs on U.S. wine imports as part of a trade agreement announced between the U.S. and Japan. Reuters says Japan will...

Farm Credit Service Outlines Quarterly System Conditions

A quarterly review of the Farm Credit System shows reported steady earnings and higher capital, but a decline in loan quality, so far, in...

Oil Markets Headed for Volatility Following Saudi Attacks

Expect volatility in oil markets following the weekend attacks in Saudi Arabia. Jim Bower of Bower Trading says volatility “is going to heighten tremendously”...

Trump Administration Shows Flexibility in USMCA Proposal

The Trump administration has offered Democrats “significant flexibility” regarding demands for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The counterproposal sent to House of Representative leadership last week...

American Agri-Women Foundation Awards 5 Academic Scholarships

The American Agri-Women Foundation recently named the recipients of its 5 academic scholarships. The recipients include Brea Hostert of Nebraska, Julie Ann Wadzinski of Wisconsin, Jacqueline...

Beef Promotion Operating Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2020 Checkoff Plan of Work

 The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) will invest approximately $40.9 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer...

Lighthizer Submits USMCA Proposal to House Democrats

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has sent the House of Representatives the latest White House proposal for addressing Democrats concerns in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement....

USDA Lowers Corn and Soybean Production Estimates

The monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand report released by the Department of Agriculture lowered corn and soybean production. Markets responded closing six to...

Agriculture Pleased with WOTUS Repeal

Agriculture groups Thursday celebrated the Waters of the U.S. repeal by Trump administration as a victory. The rule greatly expanded the EPA’s federal jurisdiction and...

NASDA Elects North Dakota’s Goehring as President

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture this week elected a new slate of officers for the coming year. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner...

National Farm Safety & Health Week and “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” September...

It can happen in a split second when you least expect it, when our minds are elsewhere or when we say to ourselves that...

EPA Finalizes Repeal of WOTUS; Ag Secretary Says “Major Win” for Ag

At an event in Washington, D.C., Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary of the...

NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Finalize New WOTUS Rule

The National Pork Producers Council applauded today's action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), repealing the previous Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule...

Use Caution when Choosing Cover Crops for SCN-infested Fields

There are plenty of incentives for planting cover crops, but there is one thing to be aware of when planting them with fields infested...

ESMC Partners with United Soybean Board

The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium has received $255,000 from the United Soybean Board to help develop an ecosystem service protocol for the Soy and...

AEM Releases August Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

August 2019 saw increases in U.S. sales of combines and four-wheel-drive tractors as well as total U.S. two-wheel-drive tractor sales compared to August of...

Processing Equipment Manufacturer Says U.S. Lacks Hemp Processing Needs

Hemp farmers are worried about losses because of a lack of processing equipment. Delta Separations, a manufacturer of hemp processing equipment, claims the holdup...
EU

EU Ag Commissioner Named to Trade Post

The European Union Ag Commissioner is taking a new job, becoming the EU trade commissioner. Phil Hogan will take the place of Cecilia Malmström...

Tariffs Cost U.S. Importers $6.8 Billion in July

Trade group Tariffs Hurt the Heartland claims the tariffs enacted by President Donald Trump cost U.S. importers a record $6.8 billion in July. The...

China Removes Some Tariffs, Pork, Soybean Tariffs Remain

China this week announced tariff exemptions for 16 U.S. products, but not for top agricultural commodities. China’s Minister of Finance says the exemptions will...

New Data Shows Tariffs Cost U.S. Taxpayers $30 Billion

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement on new data released today showing American businesses paid a record $6.8...

Alltech Announces Industry-wide Survey on Women in Agriculture

Alltech has launched a survey to gather insights into the professional landscape for women in agriculture. Announced Tuesday, the survey aims to collect feedback...

Organic Sector Set to Harvest Record Acreage

Organic farmers will harvest a record number of acres across the U.S. this year despite the weather and trade challenges plaguing agriculture in 2019....

NBB Asks President Trump to Save Small Biodiesel Producers

The National Biodiesel Board is urging President Donald Trump to protect small biodiesel producers. The organization penned a letter to the President this week,...

Report: Lack of Infrastructure Investment Threatens Export Future

An independent report says a lack of funding for infrastructure improvements could put more than $72 billion in additional GDP and 77,000 new jobs...
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