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BEEF Expands Its Rally™ Footprint with Sturgis® Beef Throw Down Event

South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) looks to expand beef demand through a continued partnership with the City of Sturgis as the official meat...

Plant-Based Foods Association Reports Industry Growth

Data from the Plant-Based Foods Association shows sales of plant-based foods in the U.S. have grown 11 percent in the past year. The report...

Lawmakers Continue Questioning Validity of Announced China Purchases

Wisconsin lawmakers continue pressuring the Trump Administration regarding alleged purchases of U.S. ag products by China. Trump said following a meeting with China's President...

U.S., Japan, Working Hard Towards Trade Deal

Japan and the U.S. are “working hard” to reach a trade agreement, according to those close to the negotiations. A Japanese official told Reuters...

Report: Large Loans Drive Further Increases in Farm Lending

Growth in the average size of farm operating loans boosted agricultural lending in the second quarter of 2019. A Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank...

Canada Investing in Dairy Research Center

Canada this week announced further investments in dairy research. Canada will invest C$11.4 million to the Dairy Research Cluster, led by the Dairy Farmers...

USDA Announces Online Tool to Help Farmers find Farm Loans

A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture farm loans that may best fit their operations....

Corn Farmers Urge Trump to Uphold RFS

The National Corn Growers Association voted as an organization to urge President Trump to uphold his commitment to America's farmers and the Renewable Fuel...

WTO Rules against US over Pre-Trade War Dispute with China

The World Trade Organization ruled against the United States in a pre-trade war dispute with China, opening the door for more retaliatory tariffs. The...

Two USDA Agencies to Move, Less than Half of the Researchers to Follow

The move of two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies will take less than 40% of the researchers to the Kansas City area. In June,...

China Talks Moving Forward This Week

Negotiations this week may lead to a U.S. trade delegation returning to China. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says talks over the phone this week,...

USDA Announces $16 Million Funding Opportunity to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced up to $16 million in available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and...

USDA Announces Record-Breaking Funding for 2019 Farm to School Grants

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday announced more than $9 million in USDA Farm to School Program grants will be awarded in 2019. This year...

Private Analysis Projects Corn Acres at 79.6 Million

A private analysis of farmland predicts U.S. planted acres of corn totals 79.6 million acres this year, 89 percent of the historical norm. AgMarket.net...

Economists Predict Highest MFP Payments Headed to the Corn Belt

An economic analysis predicts Delta region and Corn Belt farmers will receive the majority of Market Facilitation Program funds. Agricultural Economic Insights projects those...

Animal Group Asking for the Reconstruction of Animal Genetic Editing Regulations

Animal genetic editing is on the rise. The potential to decrease the use of antibiotics and increase animal herd health, has producers attention.  Animal genome...

Secretary Perdue Visits Sysco for Signing of the Pledge to America’s Workers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today visited Sysco Corporation in San Diego, California to tour the facilities and join the company’s signing of the...

U.S. Pork Industry Battling Challenges From Trade to Labor Shortage, NPPC President Tells Capitol...

The U.S. pork industry faces numerous challenges both at home and abroad that, if not addressed, will pose significant harm to our farms, rural...

Crawford Introduces Legislation to Reform H-2A Program

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives would transfer jurisdiction for agricultural guest workers from the Department of Labor to the Department of Agriculture....

House Judiciary Committee Bill Would Increase Farm Debt Coverage under Chapter 12

A bill passed by the House Judiciary Committee would increase the amount of farm debt covered by chapter 12 bankruptcy. Last week, the committee...

Senator Calls on Trump to Stop False Claims Regarding Purchases of U.S. Ag Products

Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on President Trump to stop making false claims regarding China purchasing U.S. ag products. The Wisconsin Democrat penned a...

China Economy Slowing, Planting More Soybeans

Growth of China’s economy is slowing as China remains embattled in a trade war with the United States. China's National Bureau of Statistics reported...

ARA Applauds EPA’s Decision to Register Long-Term Uses of Sulfoxaflor, Reversing 2016 Decision

Today Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement following an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issuing long-term...

Good News, Bad News Regarding Banks and Farm Lending

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told senators last week that banks remain in good shape to continue lending to farmers and ranchers. That’s despite...

Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect American Agriculture

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation to address a shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation’s food supply and ag industries at...

Trump Planning Immigration Raids

President Trump announced that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement will be conducting multiple raids on undocumented immigrants in the next several days. The New York...

2020 Elections Slowing Down Progress on USMCA

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement has been stalled in Congress for months and it’s not looking good for progress on ratification ahead of the August...

NCBA Weighs in on Dietary Guidelines Review

Beef is part of a healthy lifestyle, according to comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory committee from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The committee...

U.S. Tractor, Combine Sales Decline in June

Sales of tractors and combines in the United States declined last month, according to a monthly report by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The...

Trump: China Letting US down on Lack of Ag Purchases

President Donald Trump says China “is letting us down” by not purchasing U.S. agricultural products. China is not buying U.S. ag products as Trump...

USDA Notes Potential Planted Acreage Change in WASDE

The Department of Agriculture noted it would resurvey planted acres as questions remain about how much planting was done during the wet spring season....

USDA Begins Issuing New Dairy Program Payments to Farmers

The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage through the Dairy Margin Coverage program. Producers can...

United Soybean Board Project Sets Stage for Mississippi River Dredging

Funding from the United Soybean Board will support research and education regarding dredging and channel improvements on the Mississippi River near the Port of...

USDA Extends Crop Reporting Deadline for Flood Impacted States

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday extended the deadline for farmers to report spring-seeded crops. USDA says the new deadline, July 22, applies to producers...

US Senators Seek Change in Canada’s Grain Variety Registration System

A group of Senators is urging the Trump administration to negotiate fewer restrictions on US grain exports to Canada under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Senate...

White House to Send USMCA to Congress this Fall

The White House will send the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to Congress after September first, setting up a busy fall schedule for lawmakers. While the goal...

Rounds Cosponsors Bill to Make RFS Small Refinery Waiver Process More Transparent

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) cosponsored the bipartisan RFS Integrity Act of 2019. This legislation seeks to provide more certainty for producers by bringing transparency...

Weekly Ethanol Production

According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending July 5, ethanol production averaged 1.047 million barrels per day...

U.S. Soy Works to Develop Markets World Wide

The soybean market has had a roller coaster ride of a year. July 5th marked the 1 year anniversary, tariffs were enacted on between...

ASF Changing Poultry Outlook

A new outlook from Rabobank says African swine fever impacting pork production is balancing trade for poultry. The latest report on poultry found the...

Florida Fruit and Vegetable Growers Oppose USMCA

The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association says the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement does not address seasonal surges in imports from Mexico and is opposing the agreement....

Oil Industry Ad Campaign Calls Ethanol Mandates Job Killers

An oil industry group has launched an anti-ethanol advertising campaign, calling ethanol mandates "job killers." American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers launched the campaign asking...

Farm Loan Delinquencies Increase, But Remain Historically Low

New research shows farm loan delinquencies remain historically low. Several years of persistently low net farm income, collapsing levels of working capital, and rising...

Late Soybean Planting Causes Concern of Pests and Disease

After a year of plant or high water, farmers are still struggling with the repercussions of late planting outcomes. One thing farmers who planted...

NBB Launches New Ad: EPA’s RFS Waivers Harm Biodiesel Producers, Farmers

The National Biodiesel Board Monday launched an ad campaign highlighting the economic damage to biodiesel and renewable diesel producers from the Environmental Protection Agency's...

NFU Urges Additional Improvements to USMCA

The National Farmers Union says the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement could be improved to reduce health care costs and protect rural jobs before it is sent...

Pork and Beef Exports Rebound in May; Volume and Value Reach 2019 Highs

May exports of U.S. pork and beef were steady with last year’s strong volumes and increased year-over-year in value. The U.S. Meat Export Federation...

China, U.S., Still Far From Ending Trade War

A recent meeting between the leaders of China and the U.S. brought optimism a deal to end the trade war could be reached, a...

Land O’Lakes, Inc. Announces Expansion of its Cooperative Farmer Member Health Plan into Kansas

Leveraging a Minnesota-specific statute, Land O'Lakes developed a group health plan for individual farmers within its network in 2018. In its pilot year, through...

Winter Wheat Harvest Reports Up and Down

A DTN report says any winter wheat that survived the growing season is likely looking pretty good come harvest time. However, field survival between...
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