Equipment Manufacturers Support Nomination of Buttigieg to DOT Secretary

Washington, D.C. — Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater today sent a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) supporting […]

U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Three Deputy Under Secretaries in the Areas of Nutrition, Rural Development and Marketing and Regulatory Programs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced three senior appointments today. USDA announced that nutrition policy expert Stacy Dean has been named Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services […]

D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

WASHINGTON D.C.– In response to an emergency motion filed Tuesday evening by the Renewable Fuels Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ordered that EPA’s action on Tuesday to grant three […]

China Hopeful for Better U.S. Relations with Biden Administration

With President Joe Biden taking over in Washington, D.C., China retired it’s claimed stance of improving relations with the United States. A Chinese government official stated Wednesday, “We are committed to developing a relationship with […]

RFA Files Petition and Emergency Motion to Halt Last-minute SREs

The Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of three small refinery exemptions granted Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the waivers with less than 24 […]

Ag and Food Groups Welcome President Biden

Agriculture groups welcomed President Joe Biden to Washington, D.C., while looking forward to tackling current issues. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says AFBF “congratulates President Joe Biden,” adding the same for Vice President […]

Biden Signs Executive Orders Following Inauguration

Day one of the Biden administration brought several executive orders signed by the President, including those reversing actions taken during the Trump Administration. President Joe Biden called for unity during his inauguration speech, stating, “We […]

USDA Announces Key Staff Appointments

The Biden-era Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced the names of those who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. Gregory Parham was named Interim Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration. Parham served as Assistant Secretary […]

Commodity Classic Announced Dates for Virtual Event

Commodity Classic has set the dates for its 2021 Special Edition, which will take place March 2-5, 2021, as a digital experience. Registration will open Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at CommodityClassic.com. The registration fee is […]

UPDATED: Trump EPA Issues Last-Minute SRE’s, Ethanol Groups React

In a last-minute effort, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency issued three small refinery exemptions. The action reverses one denial from 2018 and granting two for the 2019 compliance year. The decision comes on the […]

USDA and FDA Sign MOU on Animal Biotech Regulations

The Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a regulatory environment at USDA for agricultural animal biotechnology innovation. The agreement allows USDA to lead animal biotech regulatory […]

Gas and Diesel Prices Rising

Fuel prices are rising in the new year, with the national average gas price reaching $2.38 a gallon this week. The national average price of diesel increased 2.6 cents in the last week and stands […]

USDA Announces Implementation of Improvements to Livestock Risk Protection Insurance Program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced that further changes to its Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance plan will take effect on January 20 for crop year […]

United Soybean Board Partnership Launches Pilot Phase of Sustainably Grown U.S. Soy Mark

ST. LOUIS (January 19, 2021) — U.S. soy is taking a big step to make its mark as a global leader in sustainability. From January 19 through March 19, the United Soybean Board is teaming up with partners […]

AFB Talks About Potential Legislative Priorities for Biden Administration

The American Farm Bureau Federation talked about legislative priorities during its virtual convention as the Biden Administration takes over in Washington, D.C. Agriculture is worried about potential changes to the Clean Water Act, specifically relating […]

American Farm Bureau Federation Sets 2021 Policy

Setting Farm Bureau’s focus for 2021, Key topics ranged from farm diversity to farm labor and dairy policy to livestock marketing. Sam Kieffer, AFBF Vice President of Public Affairs, says Farm Bureau delegates voted to […]

Corn and Soybean Export Sales Jump Higher

Corn export sales almost doubled week-to-week while soybean sales also jumped higher. The USDA says corn sales to overseas buyers jumped 92 percent week-to-week to 1.44 million metric tons. That’s up 34 percent over the […]

NCFC Unhappy with IRS Rule on “Grain Glitch”

The Internal Revenue Service released its final rule on how farm income from cooperatives will be handled for tax purposes. The Hagstrom Report says the regulation has been a source of dispute since Congress passed […]

Drought Conditions Slowly Improving in South America

Argentina received much-welcomed rains in areas like La Pampa and many Buenos Aires locations into central Cordoba, San Luis, and southern Santa Fe late last week. Moisture totals varied from .2 to .88 inches of […]

Mark Poeschl resigns as CEO of National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Board of Directors and National FFA Board of Trustees announced the resignation of as CEO of the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation, effective January 15. In a statement, Poeschl said, […]

USDA Offering Additional Assistance Through CFAP

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the USDA will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The agency will be expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities and updating payments to accurately compensate […]

EPA Seeks Comment on E15, RFS Waivers

OMAHA (DTN) — EPA wants the public to comment on whether the agency should consider a general waiver of Renewable Fuel Standard blend requirements for oil refiners. The agency on Friday released a set of […]

USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and […]

**AUDIO** SHIC 2020 Progress Report Details Efforts to Protect US Swine Herd Health

Ames, Iowa — The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) shared its 2020 Progress Report with the National Pork Board (NPB), providing details on results from activities to fulfill its mission. Among those are collaboration on domestic […]

NPPC Launch Campaign to Highlight Environmental Sustainability

The National Pork Producers Council has introduced a multimedia campaign called “Farming Today for Tomorrow” to tell their side of the climate change issue. This campaign comes as Ag groups prompt what is being done […]

USDA Reports Continue to Add to Already Momentous Trade

Markets have rallied over the past several sessions with major gains seen in corn, soybeans and wheat futures. Todd Hultman Lead Analysis for DTN says we are seeing very tight soybean supplies but there is […]

Senators Call on EPA to Protect the Integrity of the RFS

More lawmakers are pressing the Trump administration to avoid making any decisions on small refinery exemptions until after the Supreme Court rules in pending litigation. Thursday, a group of Midwest Senators penned a letter to […]

KC Fed: Fewer New Loans to Farmers

Fewer new loans to farmers continued to drive a pullback in agricultural lending activity. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank reported this week that stronger prices for agricultural commodities, alongside continued support from government payments, […]

NPPC Submits Comments on Proposed USDA Rule for Gene-Edited Livestock

The National Pork Producers Council submitted commits to the Food and Drug Administration this week regarding gene-edited livestock. For more than two years, NPPC says the FDA “has dragged its feet” on the development of […]

Congressman Armstrong Selected to Serve on House Energy and Commerce Committee 

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the House Republican Steering Committee nominated North Dakota’s Congressman Kelly Armstrong to serve on the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee. “I am honored to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, […]

Weekly Export Sales Report Released; Sales Still Strong

USDA on Thursday released it’s weekly export sales report and it shows that demand for corn, soybeans and wheat is still strong. For the week ended Jan. 7, 2021, USDA reported an increase of 56.6 […]

Prices for Most Fertilizers Continue to Move Higher at Start of 2021

OMAHA (DTN) — Average retail prices for fertilizers showed some mixed moves the first week of January 2021 after several consecutive weeks of all prices moving higher, according to sellers surveyed by DTN. Six of […]

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