Wednesday, August 5, 2020

News Archive

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

Kirsten Rall provides a market update as of 8/5/2020 at 2 p.m. Grains: Futures ended mixed on the board of trade Wednesday. Trade was mostly on China...

USDA Extends Deadlines, Defers Interest Accrual Due to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will authorize Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to extend deadlines for premium...

Trump Signs Great American Outdoor Act

President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act Tuesday. In a signing ceremony, Trump says the legislation "builds on my administration's unwavering commitment...

Trump Signs Rural Telemedicine Executive Order

President Donald Trump signed an executive order earlier this week that his administration says will provide millions of citizens with healthcare services during a...

Barchart Releases August U.S. Yield Forecasts for Corn and Soybeans

Barchart, a commodity data, and technology service provider updated its cmdty Yield Forecast this week. The August end of season yield prediction sits at...

August Ag Economy Barometer Results

Farmer sentiment in July was virtually unchanged from a month earlier, according to the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index rose just...

Careful What You Wish For

In what now seems a much simpler time, people used to complain that rules and laws were decided in small, smoke filled rooms in...

ASTA Promotes Safe Handling of Treated Seed During Harvest

As harvest begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association is reminding farmers about the importance of taking precautions to ensure treated seed...

Dredging Project Readies Mississippi River for Efficient Transportation

Soybean Checkoff-funded research, planning, analysis and design led by the United Soybean Board, has informed the launch of a dredging project to provide upgrades...

COVID-19 Disruptions in the U.S. Meat Supply Chain

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says COVID-19 has created substantial challenges for all segments of the meat supply chain, but especially for producers...

USDA Announces Water and Wastewater Funding

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced $462 million in funding to modernize drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural America. USDA Deputy Under Secretary...

AFPM Facebook Ads Say RFS Based on Outdated Projections

A Facebook advertisement from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers claims the Renewable Fuel Standard is based on outdated projections. The ad directs Facebook...

House Ag Appropriations Chair May have Misused Campaign Funds

A report by the Office of Congressional Ethics says Representative Sanford Bishop, a Georgia Democrat, may have misused campaign funds. Bishop is Chairman of...

Ethanol Ready to Capture More Carbon

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says ethanol plants are ready to capture more carbon. She submitted comments on the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations...

Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act Introduced in Congress

The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act was introduced in Congress late last week to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country. The legislation from Democrat...

Cattle Producers Set Policy Priorities for the Future of the NCBA

A large number of cattle producers worked to identify a policy that would help to resolve concerns about live cattle marketing issues and help...
EU

Perdue Says EU “Green Deal” Could Undermine Trade Talks with the U.S.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says the European Union’s recently-published EU “Green Deal” strategies could “undermine trade and affect the viability of EU farmers.” Perdue’s...

Chinese Corn Purchases Sets Records as Tensions Grow

Chinese buyers made a record purchase of U.S. corn last week. Reuters says that extended a recent flurry of U.S. purchases as tensions continue...

NCGA Talks Trade and Supply Chains During Virtual Town Hall

National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross joined other national agricultural leaders for an AgTalks virtual town hall last week. Participants talked about the...

Senator Booker: Current Food System Fundamentally Broke

A former 2020 presidential candidate says the nation’s food system is “fundamentally broken.” Addressing the National Food Policy Conference this week, Senator Cory Booker,...

Dicamba-Resistant Palmer Amaranth Discovered in Tennessee

Researchers from the University of Tennessee report finding dicamba-resistant Palmer amaranth in the state. Results from greenhouse trials and in-field assessment report the level...

Lawsuit Challenges NEPA Rewrite

A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the Trump administration rewrite of the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. The Environmental Defense Fund, along...

NASDA: Senate Coronavirus Aid Falls Short for Agriculture

Negotiations to finalize the next coronavirus relief package in Congress are far from the finish line, and so is aid for agriculture, according to...

Biden Releases Rural America Plan

Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign released Biden’s plan for Rural America Wednesday. The plan says Biden will pursue a rural economic development strategy that “partners...

Legislation Would Incentivize Public Schools to Work With Farmers

The Small Farm to School Act seeks to create a pilot program to incentivize public schools to work closely with local farmers. The bill...

Ernst to EPA: Make E15 Available at Every Pump

Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to make E15 available at every U.S. gas pump. Specifically, Ernst calls...

Beef Board Issues New Long-Range Plan

The Beef Industry Long Range Plan task force officially introduced its new five-year plan for 2021-2025 this week at the Cattle Industry Summer Business...

Purdue: Unsolicited Seeds Could Wreak Havoc on Agriculture

Growing concerns around unsolicited seeds prompt at least 28 states to issue warnings not to plant the seeds. Indiana joined the list of states...

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Reaches 50 Million Boxes Delivered

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed over 50 million food boxes. The Department of Agriculture...

AEM Captures Top Workplace Honor for 5TH Time

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the leading trade organization for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, has been named a Top Workplace in Southeast...

Coronavirus Relief Includes $20 Billion for Agriculture

The Senate coronavirus relief package includes an expected $20 billion for agriculture. The relief package worth $1 trillion released this week by Republican leadership...

Farmers Deserve a Seat at the Table in Milk Pricing Policy

The American Farm Bureau Federation released its final report on priorities for milk pricing reform, calling for more democracy and a more equitable program...

China Asks for Packages from U.S. to Investigate Unsolicited Seed Mailings

The China seed saga continues as Chinese officials ask for packages from the U.S. to investigate. In a daily briefing with media, a spokesperson...

NCBA Addresses Checkoff Referendum Petition

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association this week released its response to a petition calling for a vote on the Beef Checkoff. A group of...

Potatoes USDA: Retail Potato Sales Reach Record Highs

Retail potato sales reached a five-year record high July 2019 through June 2020. U.S. potato marketing organization Potatoes USA reports total potato sales increased...

Lawsuit Challenges Bioengineered GMO Food Labeling

A lawsuit led by the Center for Food Safety challenges Department of Agriculture rules on labeling genetically engineered, or GMO foods, as bioengineered foods....

USDA Launches New Farmers.gov Features to Help Farmers Hire Workers

New features on the farmers.gov website will help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers. The Department of Agriculture announced the new features Monday, which...

BQA Program Earns Compliance with International Animal Welfare Standards

The Beef Quality Assurance Program, known as BQA, is now recognized as an industry-leading animal welfare program. Funded by the Beef Checkoff and managed...

U.S. Residents Receiving Unsolicited Seeds from China

Numerous state agriculture departments, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are urging consumers not to plant seeds sent to them from China. Americans...

USDA Announces More Farmers to Families Food Box Program Purchases

The Department of Agriculture will launch a third round of Farmers to Families Food Box Program purchases in September. The purchases will spend the...

Rural America 2020 Campaign Says Trump Policies Hurting Farmers

A new political campaign, Rural America 2020, takes aim at the Trump administration. Founded by a self-described former Trump voter, Ohio farmer Chris Gibbs,...

Investigations

The recently released findings of the investigation into possible cattle market manipulation has left a lot of people less than satisfied.  I would contend...

NCGA Hosted a “Virtual Fly-In” to Washington, D.C.

Even during COVID-19, the National Corn Growers Association is working to help improve the economic situation for U.S. corn farmers. Shortly after the group...

House Passes Ag Appropriations Bill Despite White House Opposition

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a minibus of fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, which included the agriculture bill. However, the Hagstrom Report...

Ag Groups File Appeal on California’s Prop 12

Back in 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1 of 2022. A Protect the Harvest...

China Continues to Buy More U.S. Soybeans

China is continuing to ramp up its purchases of U.S. soybeans despite the uncertainties regarding the Asian nation’s ability to fulfill its Phase One...

Florida Growers Urged to Comment on Unfair Produce Trade with Mexico

The Florida Ag Department and Commissioner Nikki Fried are strongly encouraging producers to submit comments for the upcoming field hearings on unfair produce trade...

USGC Tech Talk Series Expanding DDGS Sales Opportunities in Asia

The U.S. Grains Council recently held two technical webinars intended to help with expanding future export opportunities for Dried Distiller’s Grains with Solubles (DDGS)...

U.S. Wheat Associates Select New Officer Team

The U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors chose new officers during their virtual annual meeting on July 17. The new officers for 2020-2021 are...

The Fertilizer Institute Applauds Extension of Chemical Facility Safety Measures

The Fertilizer Institute is happy that President Trump and Congress extended the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) for three years. “A long-term extension of...
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