Saturday, October 24, 2020

News Archive

Market Updates Throughout the Day

Rusty Halvorson provides a market update as of 10/23/2020 at 1:45 p.m. Central Time. Grains: Traders continued to pile into the wheat futures on Friday,...

VOTE!

Even as I write this reminder to be sure and vote I realize millions already have. Regardless of which political party or candidate you...

Nothing new

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has come under fire for using his office to campaign for President Trump.  He’s even been cited for violating...

More trick than treat

Like most things in our lives in 2020, Halloween and trick or treating will either be cancelled or significantly different than usual.  For kids...

RFS 2.0

The passage of the Renewable Fuels Standard 15 years ago was probably the most significant event in the development of the biofuels industry in...

Engaging with the Companion Pet Industry by Promoting the Use of Corn in Pet...

There are many benefits of using corn in pet food, but the opportunity to utilize the corn kernel doesn’t end there. Corn is also...
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Farmer Veteran Coalition announces new state chapters: Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina & Tennessee

Farmer Veteran Coalition announces new state chapters in Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tenneesee. These four new state organizations join a growing network of state chapters...

Weekly Ethanol Production

Good Morning, According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending September 18, ethanol production slowed, shifting 2.2% lower, or...

Political Theater

While many of us are tired of politics there’s no denying that we are living in historic political times.  Decisions that will be made...

EPA Finalizes Interim Rules on Atrazine Use by Farmers

Atrazine is a widely used herbicide that farmers can apply before and after planting to control broadleaf and grassy weeds. It’s used primarily on...

USDA Announced Second Round of CFAP Details

President Trump and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced an additional $14 billion in aid for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruption and...

Grassley, Ernst Ask for Additional USDA Support for Iowa Farmers

Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, are asking the USDA to take action to provide Iowa farmers...

Negative Reaction to Trump’s Refinery Bailout Plan

Lawmakers from both sides of the political fence spoke out against the idea of using USDA funds to bail out refiners that are denied...

USDA’S Censky Returning to ASA

After serving as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture since 2017, the man who led the American Soybean Association for 21 years is returning...

Agriculture Groups React to CFAP 2

Ag groups reacted positively to the USDA’s announcement that additional support is coming for farmers and ranchers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. National...

NCGA Welcomes Additional USDA COVID-19 Assistance for Corn Farmers

The National Corn Growers Association  today said additional aid from the Commodity Assistance Food Program (CFAP 2) will assist farmers and their customers recover...

Bison Producers Now Eligible for CFAP Payments

The National Bison Association welcomed USDA’s announcement today that bison producers are now eligible for relief under the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance...

ADC Asks for Congressional Leadership to Stop the Bleeding Caused by the Pandemic

The American Dairy Coalition (ADC), along with more than 40 other agriculture-related associations, sent a letter to Congressional leadership requesting they replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation...

USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Western Wildfires

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of assistance for residents and agricultural producers affected by recent wildfires. As of today, wildfires...

NMPF Launches Natural-Disaster Resource Page for Dairy Farmers

A recent Midwest windstorm, wildfires raging across western states and an active hurricane season are adding natural disasters to the many challenges dairy farmers...

ACE Leadership Addresses Virtual Conference Attendees, Issues Update to Pre-Recorded Content

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Board President Duane Kristensen representing Chief Ethanol Fuels kicks off the organization’s 33rd annual ethanol conference being held virtually this...

Do as I Say Not as I Did

The third week of September is recognized as National Farm Safety week.  This annual observance dates back to the 1940’s and continues to be...

Weekly Ethanol Production

According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending September 11, ethanol production eased 1.6% lower, or 14,000 barrels...

ACE Helps Retailers Determine E15 Compatibility by Launching “Flex Check” Tool

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today launched a tool on its fuel-marketer focused flexfuelforward.com website to provide retailers with a free way to check if...

USDA Issues September WASDE Report

WHEAT: The 2020/21 U.S. wheat supply and demand outlook is unchanged this month but there are offsetting by-class changes for wheat exports. The projected season-average...

Better Late Than Never

Reports of the Trump Administration’s decision to deny so called “gap year” requests for waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard were welcome news to...

Almost Like Old Times

I did something this past week I hadn’t done in 6 months.  I went on a business trip!  I actually packed a bag and...

NMPF: Food Chain Adapting to Coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis is far from over, but the food supply chain has adapted effectively, according to the National Milk Producer Federation. NMPF chief...

EPA Proposes Streamlined Biotech Approvals for Crops

A proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency would streamline the regulation of certain plant-incorporated protectants. The proposal allows biotech crops containing pesticide traits to...

Farmers Showing Optimism in Latest Ag Economy Barometer

Farmers were more optimistic in August, as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose to a reading of 144, 26 points higher than...

Restaurant Industry Promoting National Food Safety Month

The National Restaurant Association is promoting food safety training, celebrating Food Safety Month through September. As the country continues to battle COVID-19, ensuring that...

Farmer Trust Remains High During COVID-19 Pandemic

A new national poll from Charleston Orwig shows consumer trust in farmers remains high amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Charleston Orwig recently partnered with MenuMattters...

States Challenge Trump NEPA Changes

A group of 27 attorneys generals last week filed a lawsuit challenging changes to the National Environmental Policy Act. Led by California and Washington,...

House Democrats Allege Secretary Perdue Violated Hatch Act

House Democrats claim Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue violated the Hatch Act during a visit to a Farmers to Families Food Box Distributor. Led by...

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

The Department of Agriculture Monday extended free meals for kids through December 31. The announcement, according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, allows summer meal...

CFAP Deadline is Approaching

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency is reminding farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is September 11....

Grassley Applauds Lower Taiwan Barriers for Beef and Pork

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley applauded Taiwan’s announcement of lower trade barriers for U.S. beef and pork. “Taiwan is taking steps to improve market access...

Top Ag Negotiator Tones Down Approach to Phase One Trade Deal

The United States’ top agricultural negotiator appears to have toned down his rhetoric on the Phase One Trade Deal between the U.S. and China....

Conservation Compliance Final Rule Falls Short

The American Farm Bureau says farmers will remain powerless in the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Final Rule made public last week by...

SD Governor Merges Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Departments

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced the merger of the state’s Departments of Agriculture and the Environment and Natural Resources. She says the merger...

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Reaches 75 Million Boxes

The USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed more than 75 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected...

Gillibrand Urges USDA to Provide Direct Relief to Small Farmers

Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senate Democrat from New York and Senate Agriculture Committee member, is urging the Department of Agriculture to provide direct relief for...

Democrats Denounce USDA Inaction to Provide School Meals to Children

Democratic lawmakers want the Department of Agriculture to reverse a decision to provide meals to students throughout the entire school year. Senator Debbie Stabenow,...

Senators Seek Robust Enforcement of USMCA Dairy Agreements

A bipartisan group of 25 Senators is identifying challenges with implementing several dairy-related provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Underscoring USMCA’s importance to the...

USDA Outlook Forecasts Increased Exports

U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2021 are projected at $140.5 billion, up $5.5 billion from previous estimates. The Department of Agriculture this week...

More CFAP Funding Possible after Labor Day

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week hinted at more Coronavirus Food Assistance Program aid for farmers on the horizon. Perdue confirmed that the Department...

USDA Extends Signup Deadline for New Conservation Pilot Program

The Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline to November 20, 2020, for the Soil Health and Income Protection Program. The new pilot program...

EPA, USDA Announce Competition to Advance Agricultural Sustainability

The Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency this week launched the Nex Gen Fertilizer Challenge. The initiative is a joint partnership and competition...

House Democrats Investigating Farmers to Families Food Box Program

The House Coronavirus Crisis subcommittee seeks data on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program from the Department of Agriculture. Committee Chair, Representative James...

China Importing Record Pork Volumes

China pork imports hit a record volume in July, more than doubling to 430,000 metric tons from a year earlier. Chinese importers have been...
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