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Virginia Tech Researchers Study Herbicide Spray Applications Using Drones

Source: Virginia Tech University news release Researchers will focus on corn and soybean systems to evaluate the efficiency of blanket applications of two herbicides. Photo courtesy of Sam Dean Photography.To bring drone spray technology to farmers' fields, Virginia Tech researchers are looking to standardize unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for herbicide [...]

By |June 13, 2024|

American Agri-Women Celebrates Successful 2024 Fly-In

Source: American Agri-Women sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 2024 American Agri-Women (AAW) Fly-In, a groundbreaking event that brought together women from across the agricultural and natural resource industries, took place this past week in the nation's capital. The AAW Fly-In was opened to [...]

By |June 12, 2024|

Wisconsin Now Require Negative H5N1 For Dairy Cows To Be Shown

BrownfieldAgNews reports: Wisconsin will require proof of a negative H5N1 test for lactating dairy cattle going to fairs and exhibitions. The new order was issued Tuesday and takes effect June 19th, which is the opening date for the first fair of the season at Elroy. State Veterinarian Darlene Konkle says [...]

By |June 12, 2024|

House Ag Committee Chair Thompson Applauds Senate GOP’s Farm Bill Framework

Source: House Committee on Agriculture news release WASHINGTON, DC -- Following the release of U.S. Senate Republican's farm bill framework, Chairman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-15) issued the following statement: "Ranking Member Boozman and Senate Agriculture Republicans have put forward a slate of thoughtful proposals that must be addressed in the [...]

By |June 12, 2024|

Veterinarian Warn Of Pandemic As Avian Flu Jumps To More Species

Agri-Pulse reports: The dairy industry needs to put aside "cultural and operational differences" and begin broadly testing cows and workers for highly pathogenic avian influenza, three veterinarians say in an opinion piece in Scientific American that warns of devastating consequences without quick action. "Turkey and egg-laying farms are in peril, [...]

By |June 12, 2024|

Here’s The Latest On Pending Canadian Border Agents’ Strike

Agri-Pulse reports: More than 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency workers have paused any strike action until Friday to allow continued negotiations with the Canadian government. If bargaining fails, the Public Service Alliance of Canada union will set a new strike deadline after two years without a contract. The government says [...]

By |June 11, 2024|

Farm Implement Tire Maker Bridgestone-Firestone To Lay Off Workers

Des Moines Register reports: Bridgestone-Firestone announced June 6 it would be cutting jobs at its Des Moines, Iowa, plant, reports the Des Moines Register. According to the report, most of the company's tractor tires are made at that plant. This is the first layoff at the plant since 1990. According [...]

By |June 10, 2024|

More On The Layoffs At John Deere

by Matthew J. Grassi, AgWeb.com Farm Journal has learned via public records from the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) that nearly 60 salaried Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) employees based out of the Urbandale, Iowa, office will be laid off in the first week of August. John Deere reported [...]

By |June 10, 2024|

Vermeer’s Self-Propelled Baler Wins “Coolest Thing Made In Iowa” Contest

Vermeer Corporation team members pose with their Coolest Thing Made in Iowa trophy during the Iowa Association of Business & Industry (ABI) annual conference in Davenport. Front row, from left, are: Vermeer team members: Kent Thompson, R&D senior engineering manager; Stan Fynaardt, assembler III; Terry Patterson, assembler II; and Mindi [...]

By |June 10, 2024|

Dairy Cattle Reported Dying As A Result Of the Avian Flu

By Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Reuters' Leah Douglas and Tom Polansek reported Thursday that "dairy cows infected with avian flu in five U.S. states have died or been slaughtered by farmers because they did not recover, state officials and academics told Reuters." "Reports of the deaths suggest [...]

By |June 10, 2024|

Flood Related Soybean Losses Estimated At 2.71 MMT In Brazil

Map of floodwater in southern Brazil. Courtesy of NASA. By Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Reuters' Andre Romani and Leticia Fucuchima reported Tuesday that "soybean losses related to recent floods in Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul were estimated at 2.71 million metric tons, crop agency [...]

By |June 7, 2024|

AGI To Standardize Its Grain Bin Standards, Results In Closure Of Its Nebraska Plant

Source: Ag Growth International news release Winnipeg, MB, Ag Growth International (TSX: AFN) ("AGI" or the "Company") announced, today, that it is standardizing its North American galvanized steel bins to 4.00-inch wide corrugation to align with category growth and customer demand. This standardized bin format strengthens AGI's storage catalog in [...]

By |June 7, 2024|

Kansas State University Veterinarians On How Viruses Move Across Species

by Lisa Moser, Kansas State Research & Extension Anyone who remembers the COVID-19 pandemic may have a heightened sense of concern with news stories announcing traces of the influenza virus have been appearing in unexpected places. In a recent Cattle Chat podcast, Kansas State University veterinarians share their educational insight [...]

By |June 7, 2024|

Indigo Ag Announces Major Updates To Its Carbon Progrm

Source: Indigo news release Boston, MA - Indigo Ag today announced major updates to its carbon program which will maximize financial returns for farmers and agribusiness partners, simplify the participation process, and open doors to new sustainability markets stretching from carbon and Scope 3 programs to realizing the value of [...]

By |June 6, 2024|

WSSA: Bayer’s New Mode Of Action Diflufenican Is Effective For Herbicide Resistance

Source: Weed Science Society of America news release WESTMINSTER, COLORADO -- Diflufenican, a new mode of action herbicide for preemergence use in corn, demonstrates effectiveness as an integrated weed management strategy for multiple-herbicide resistant (MHR) waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) control. That's the conclusion from a recently published research article in the [...]

By |June 6, 2024|

Corn Condition Off To Best Start Since 2021

by Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Progressive Farmer's Anthony Greder reported Monday that "the condition of the U.S. corn crop is starting off significantly better this year than it did last year, USDA NASS reported in its weekly Crop Progress on Monday." "In its first condition rating of [...]

By |June 5, 2024|

Purdue’s Ag Economy Barometer Reports Farmers’ Sentiment Recovers in May

Source: Purdue University Farmer sentiment recovered somewhat in May following a sharp drop-off in April. The May reading of the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer came in at 108, up 9 points compared to April. Both of the barometer's sub-indices rose as well, with the biggest improvement coming from [...]

By |June 5, 2024|

BASF, Bayer, Syngenta Seek EPA Approval For Their Dicamba Herbicides

Agri-Pulse reports: BASF is seeking EPA approval of its dicamba herbicide product, Engenia, for use in soybean and cotton, according to a Federal Register notice published today. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed label for 30 days. Bayer already has submitted a proposed label for XtendiMax, its dicamba [...]

By |June 4, 2024|

John Deere Announces Additional Layoffs

by Kate Kealey, Des Moines Register Net sales for the company's production and precision agriculture segment have dropped by more than $6 billion. This is a 16% drop compared to last year's second quarter, according to the Des Moines Register. Farm income is also to drop by 25% in comparison [...]

By |June 4, 2024|

USDA Reports Florida’s Citrus Production Is At Record Lows

Source: USDA news release Florida's citrus industry has long been susceptible to freezes, hurricanes, and disease. A series of devastating freezes in the 1970s and 1980s caused production to shift to more southern regions of the State. Then after near-record output in the 2003/04 season, subsequent events decreased Florida's orange [...]

By |June 3, 2024|

International Grains Council Reports Drop In Global Grain Production

Feed & Grain reports: The International Grains Council (IGC) released its Grain Market Report on May 23, 2024, highlighting key changes in global grain production and trade forecasts. The report shows a reduction in the forecast for world total grains production (wheat and coarse grains) for 2023/24, now at 2,297 [...]

By |June 3, 2024|

Syngenta’s CEO Concerned About U.S. And China’s Tension, Impacts On Agriclture

Anthony Collins, SyngentaChief Executive Jeff Rowe says that the information Syngenta collects from U.S. farmers is handled responsibly. ANTHONY COLLINS/SYNGENTA by Patrick Thomas, Wall Street Journal PRINCETON, Ill.--For years, Syngenta Group has been considered a critical partner to thousands of American farmers. Its new chief executive is trying to ward [...]

By |June 3, 2024|

Purdue Research Shows Which Tasks Farmers Want Help

Downeyby Dr. Scott Downey, Director and Professor, Purdue University; Masie Keshavarz, Research Project Manager, Purdue University Agribusiness professionals offer a lot of value-added services and information to producers. Sometimes, I think suppliers are even taken for granted or don't receive the revenue or margins they earn through these activities. As [...]

By |May 31, 2024|

U.S., EU Are Taking Steps To Manufacture Bird Flu Vaccinations

National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) reports: The United States and European Union are taking steps to acquire or manufacture H5N1 bird flu vaccines. Reports say the vaccines would protect at-risk poultry and dairy workers, veterinarians, and lab technicians. Experts say this could curb a pandemic threat. U.S. officials are [...]

By |May 30, 2024|

Biden Administration Unveils Carbon Offset Guidelines

By Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Bloomberg's Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Natasha White reported Tuesday that "the Biden administration unveiled a framework for using carbon offsets to drive climate progress, with principles it says are meant to help ensure the trading regimes deliver real emissions reductions -- not [...]

By |May 30, 2024|

Iowa Ag Sec’y Naig, ISU’s Jason Henderson Named Chair And Vice Chair Of Water Alliance Advisory Council

Source: Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance's Advisory Council news release Mike NaigANKENY, IA (IAWA) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Dr. Jason Henderson of Iowa State University Extension & Outreach have been named to leadership roles on the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance's Advisory Council. Sec. Naig and Dr. Henderson [...]

By |May 29, 2024|

Renewable Diesel Production Surpasses Biodiesel

Source: USDA news release The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, a program that originated in the mid-2000s, mandates that a specific volume of certain biofuels be used each year in transportation fuel. One category of biofuels included in this mandate is biomass-based diesel. For many years, this portion of the biofuels [...]

By |May 29, 2024|

Optimism Fades That EU Will Reform Its Current Near-Ban On Gene-Edited Crops

by Henry Miller, Robert Wager, Genetic Literacy Project The genetic modification, or genetic engineering (GE), of plants and animals by selection and breeding has been practiced by humans for more than 10,000 years. It's called agriculture. During the last half-century, newer, molecular GE techniques have been used to modify plants, [...]

By |May 24, 2024|

USDA Announces Investments In Domestic Fertilizer Projects

Source: USDA news release CASCO, Wis - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing in domestic fertilizer projects to strengthen competition for U.S. farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers. This funding advances President Biden's Investing in America agenda to grow the nation's economy from [...]

By |May 24, 2024|

Ohalo Announces The Discover Of Entirely New Plant Breeding Technology, Boost Yields 50-100%

Source: Ohalo Genetics, Inc. news release Aptos, CA - Ohalo announced today the discovery of Boosted Breeding, an entirely new plant breeding technology that will revolutionize agriculture and sustainably improve crop productivity. Much like hybrid plant breeding systems discovered in the early twentieth century, Boosted Breeding introduces an unprecedented leap [...]

By |May 24, 2024|

Iowa State Release Cash Rental Rates For 2024, Steady With 2023

by Alejandro Plastina and Ann M. Johanns, Iowa State University Extension service The cash rental rate information presented in this publication is from a survey of farmers, landowners, agricultural lenders, and professional farm managers. They supplied information based on their best judgments about typical cash rental rates for high, medium, [...]

By |May 23, 2024|

LG Seeds Agronomist: Farmers On High Alert For Insects After Mild Winter

Source: LG Seeds news release Make sure to scout fields often for threats like this true armyworm found in a rye cover crop. WESTFIELD, Ind. - "With weather patterns we've never seen before, it's hard to predict what insect pressures we'll face," says LG Seeds Agronomist Alex Cox. The elements [...]

By |May 23, 2024|

John Deere Announces Layoffs At Its Tractor Manufacturing Plant

by Kevin Baskins, Des Moines Register The John Deere plant in Waterloo is laying off 192 workers effective June 22. The company posted the notice on Iowa's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, website. The latest announcement follows layoffs of 308 in Waterloo announced in late March as well [...]

By |May 23, 2024|

Ag Sec’y Vilsack Sharply Criticizes House’ Farm Bill

Philip Brasher, Agri-PulseAgri-Pulse reports: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sharply criticized House Republicans' proposed farm bill on Wednesday, saying they are relying on "budget gimmicks" to fund legislation that overpromises and won't deliver for producers. Talking to reporters a day ahead of the scheduled House Agriculture Committee debate on Chairman Glenn [...]

By |May 23, 2024|

Volume Of Ag Exports By Type of Commodity

Source: USDA news release Export markets are an important sales outlet for U.S. food and agricultural production. Since 2008, an average of 20 percent of the value of all U.S. agricultural output has been shipped to destinations in other countries. The export market is a growing one for U.S. non-manufactured [...]

By |May 21, 2024|

USDA Awards $300 Million To Diversify Export Markets For U.S. Agriculture

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allocating $300 million to 66 U.S. organizations, under the new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP), to build demand for American food and farm exports in high-potential markets around the globe. Secretary [...]

By |May 21, 2024|

Brazil Floods Likely To Affect Future Crop Seasons

Porto Alegre’s flooded downtown area on May 8, 2024. Courtesy of NASA By Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Bloomberg's Clarice Couto reported Wednesday that "catastrophic floods in Brazil will have long-lasting impacts for agriculture, with soaked soils making it harder for farmers to plant crops including rice and [...]

By |May 20, 2024|

Farm Futures Releases “Best Places To Farm” Report With Interactive Map

by Bryce Knorr, Contributing market analyst, Farm Futures magazine Editor's note: Farm Futures' exclusive Best Places to Farm report ranks the financial performance of 3,056 counties. By analyzing proprietary data and the recently released results from USDA's 2022 Census of Agriculture, Farm Futures averaged weighted ranks of the ratios on [...]

By |May 20, 2024|

Farm Bill Draft Released By House Republicans

Feedstuffs magazine reports: On Friday, House Agriculture Chairman Glenn "GT" Thompson released the full text of his farm bill proposal. The Ag committee will consider the legislation, formally known as the "Food, Farm and National Security Act of 2024", during a May 23 markup session. If it clears the committee, [...]

By |May 20, 2024|

Farm Bill Lobbying Exceeds $500 Million, Major Players Listed

By Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project The Hill's Saul Elbein reported Monday that "pharmaceutical, manufacturing and big agriculture interests have spent more than $400 million lobbying Congress on a new farm bill, a new report has found." "That's more than four times the amount of money spent by [...]

By |May 16, 2024|

Dotdash Meredith Announces Partnership With OpenAI, Bringing Trusted Content to ChatGPT

Source: Dotdash Meredith news release NEW YORK -- Dotdash Meredith (DDM), America's largest digital and print publisher, today announced a strategic partnership and licensing agreement with OpenAI that will enhance ChatGPT with DDM's trusted content, including time-tested recipes, expert health and financial information, leading style and entertainment content, and rigorous [...]

By |May 16, 2024|

NAMA And Ag Media Council Announce Webinar Unveiling Results Of Farmers Media Usage Study

Source: NAMA and SIIA Presenter: Jill Fick, Sr. Project Director, Readex ResearchDo you know where your customers spend their most time on media? What types of channels they turn to make buying decisions? How their media habits have changed over the past two years? Join us for an exclusive look [...]

By |May 16, 2024|

Op-Ed: Biden’s Endangered Species Regs Are Wreaking Havoc In The West

by Senators Cynthia Lummis, Dan Sullivan and Pete Ricketts as it appeared on Agri-Pulse Last year, the Biden administration began the process of unrolling Trump-era Endangered Species Act reforms and using the law as a Trojan horse for its restrictive policies that drastically limit landowners and erode our way of [...]

By |May 16, 2024|

Kinze Offers Maintenance Tips For Storing The Planter

Source: Kinze Manufacturing news release WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa - Once spring planting has been completed and the planter has been put away in the shop or machine shed, it may be tempting to let it sit there until next season since there's other work to be done. Planter experts, however, say [...]

By |May 14, 2024|

China Approves GM Wheat Crops

By Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Reuters' Mei Mei Chu reported Wednesday that "China has approved the safety of gene-edited wheat for the first time as Beijing cautiously moves forward with commercial growing of genetically modified food crops." "The approval for the gene-edited disease-resistant wheat is seen as [...]

By |May 13, 2024|

Majority Of Farmers In Purdue Poll Report Receiving $1,000+ Per Acre From Solar Lease

by Tyne Morgan, Farm Journal The push to add solar energy is gaining traction across the U.S., and it's coming with sticker shock on just how much solar companies are willing to pay farmers to lease their ground. A survey of farmers shows the majority of farmers are being offered [...]

By |May 13, 2024|

Sale Of Cultured Meat Banned In Alabama, Second State To Do So

Feedstuffs magazine reports: Alabama has become the second state in the nation to ban the sale of cultured meat. On Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey signed SB23 into law, making the manufacture, sale or distribution of food products produced from cultured animal cells a Class C misdemeanor as of Oct. 1. [...]

By |May 13, 2024|

Farmer Sentiment Declines To Lowest Level Since June 2022

by James Mintert and Michael Langemeier, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture Farmer sentiment plunged in April as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell 15 points below a month earlier to a reading of 99. The barometer's sub-indices both declined from a month earlier, with the Current Condition Index [...]

By |May 9, 2024|

Pioneer Agronomist On Evaluating Corn Emergence During Early Scouting

Source: Pioneer news release As growers are in fields this spring, evaluating corn stands early is crucial for making replant decisions. When assessing corn stands, several representative areas should be evaluated in each field. Documenting areas with emergence problems via GPS and photos tagged with geographical coordinates can be useful [...]

By |May 7, 2024|

USDA Reports 36% Of Corn Is Planted, 25% Of Soybeans

BrownfieldAgNews reports: U.S. corn planting has fallen behind average. That followed heavy rain last week in parts of the Midwest and Plains with the potential for more this week, in addition to a chance of severe storms. The USDA says 36% of U.S. corn is planted, compared to 42% a [...]

By |May 7, 2024|

Construction Begins On USDA’s $106 Million Precision Ag Research Center Located On U Of Nebraska Campus

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln news release Construction of the National Center for Resilient and Regenerative Precision Agriculture at Nebraska Innovation Campus launched with a ceremonial turning of dirt on May 6. The state-of-the-art research center is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, University of Nebraska-Lincoln [...]

By |May 7, 2024|

Commerce Dept To Raise Tariffs On Phosphorous Fertilizers, Corn Growers Object

Source: National Corn Growers Association news release Leaders at the National Corn Growers Association said today that they are worried about the availability and price of inputs after the Commerce Department announced plans to raise tariffs on phosphorous fertilizers imported from Morocco from 2.12% to 14.21%. Commerce's actions come after [...]

By |May 6, 2024|

Farmers And Firefighters Eliminate Forever Chemicals By Using SoyFoam

SoyFoam TF 1122 seamlessly integrates with current foam nozzles, inductors and pump pressures, requiring no adjustments to a fire department's existing standard operating procedures. SoyFoam is a wetting/smothering agent capable of extinguishing Class A (ordinary combustibles) and Class B (flammable liquids) fires. Source: United Soybean Board news release ST LOUIS [...]

By |May 3, 2024|

House Ag Committee Releases Farm Bill Summary

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The House Ag Committee has released a summary of the new farm bill that includes new investments for agriculture. The framework indicates a boost in base acres for the Ag Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs and a reference price increase. Chairman Glenn "GT" Thompson tells Brownfield [...]

By |May 2, 2024|

Biden Administration Releases Biofuels’ SAF Tax Credit Rules

by Ryan Hanrahan, farm policy news editor, Farm Policy News Reuters reported Tuesday evening that "President Joe Biden's administration on Tuesday released guidance on its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) subsidy program that allows corn-based ethanol to qualify for the program if it is sourced from farms using climate-friendly growing techniques." [...]

By |May 2, 2024|

Ag Analyst Reports The 2023 Corn Crop Was Most Expensive Planted Ever

BrownfieldAgNews reports: An economic analysis of the 2023 corn crop shows it wasn't budget friendly for farmers. Brad Zwilling, vice president of data analysis with Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM), tells Brownfield, "When we look at costs to produce corn in 2023, when we compare it to '22, they [...]

By |May 1, 2024|

Farm Journal’s Ag Economists’ Monitor Reports Further Consolidation A Concern

By Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com Farmers across the U.S. push forward to plant, and there's an immense amount of pressure riding on this year's crop production picture. With a margin squeeze setting in across farms, economists think it could accelerate consolidation in the row-crop industry. The April Ag Economists' Monthly Monitor, [...]

By |May 1, 2024|

U.S. To Test Ground Beef In Bird-Flu Outbreak States

Reuters reports: The U.S. government said on Monday it is collecting samples of ground beef at retail stores in states with outbreaks of bird flu in dairy cows for testing but remains confident the meat supply is safe. Federal officials are seeking to verify the safety of milk and meat [...]

By |April 30, 2024|

H5N1 Mandatory Testing For Interstate Movement Of Dairy Cattle In Effect

TheDailyScoop.com reports: Effective today, the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) federal order requires mandatory testing for the interstate movement of dairy cattle. The following information and direction are from the HPAI Detections in Livestock Page: Prior to interstate movement, dairy cattle are required to receive a negative test [...]

By |April 30, 2024|

NAAA Urges Drone Operators To Give Right-Of-Way To Low-Altitude Ag Aircraft

Source: National Agricultural Aviation Association news release ALEXANDRIA, VA - As the U.S. agriculture industry enters the upcoming growing season, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking all uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) operators (or drones) to be mindful of low-altitude crewed (or manned) agricultural aircraft operations. Agricultural aviators treat [...]

By |April 30, 2024|

USDA’s APHIS To Require Electronic Tags In Certain Cattle And Bison

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - Today, by amending and strengthening its animal disease traceability regulations for certain cattle and bison, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is putting in place the technology, tools, and processes to help quickly pinpoint and respond [...]

By |April 29, 2024|

John Deere Defuses Myths About Electric Vehicles

Source: blog by John Deere Why are we introducing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to some product lines? Because industries we support, like high value crop farming (things like nuts and fruits), as well as customers working in turf care and construction, need it. There are a lot of myths and [...]

By |April 29, 2024|

Here’s How AI in Ag Will Change Farming Operations

WALEED AHMED/GETTY IMAGESMachine learning and foundational modeling are the driving force behind increasingly automated farm machines and the systems that manage your farm’s data. by Andy Castillo, Farm Progress Modern tractors may look like those from two decades ago, but inside, new models have gone through a revolution because of [...]

By |April 29, 2024|

EPA To Enforce Its Rule Barring Sales Of Dicamba Products From Bayer, BASF And Syngenta

Source: Agribusiness Association of Iowa On February 14, 2024, EPA issued its Existing Stocks Order for Dicamba Products Previously Registered for Over-the-Top Use on Dicamba-Tolerant Cotton and Soybean. EPA issued the existing stocks order following the February 6, 2024, order and judgement by the District of Arizona vacating the registrations [...]

By |April 29, 2024|

Best Of NAMA Winners Announced, John Deere Is The Grand Champion

Source: Agri Marketing magazine Last night, the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) named the National winners of its "Best of NAMA" contest at its awards ceremony held last evening at the Sheraton Crown Center hotel in Kansas City. The Best of NAMA awards program honors the best work in agricultural communications. [...]

By |April 26, 2024|

USDA Reports Crop Insurance Payments By Farm Type And Size

Source: USDA news release About 13 percent of U.S. farms participated in Federal crop insurance programs in 2022, with the highest share of participants coming from small family farms. The four types of small family farms (retirement, off-farm occupation, low sales, and moderate sales) accounted for 54 percent of the [...]

By |April 25, 2024|

Vegetable Canning Sector Faces Import, Tariff Challenges

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The president of the Midwest Food Products Association says the U.S. has become a net importer of food, and it's hurting processors and farmers. Jason Culotta tells Brownfield the recent announcements of ConAgra's Bird's Eye frozen foods plant in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and the Del Monte canning plant [...]

By |April 24, 2024|

Avian Flu Virus Found In Some Store’s Milk, FDA Says Dairy Is Safe

Agri-Pulse reports: FDA is reiterating that the milk supply is safe because of pasteurization and the diversion or destruction of milk from sick cows, despite finding viral fragments in some pasteurized milk. In an update Tuesday, FDA said the presence of the H5N1 virus has been detected in milk from [...]

By |April 24, 2024|

Avian Flu Virus Detected In Raw Milk From Infected Dairy Cows

by Henry Miller, Kathleen Hefferon, Genetic Literacy Project It was three months ago when we wrote about the surge of the H5N1 bird flu strain that had by then already killed tens of millions of birds in various parts of the U.S. and land and marine animals in other countries. [...]

By |April 23, 2024|

Three Cargill Innovations Win the Prestigious 2024 Edison Awards

Source: Cargill news release WAYZATA , Minn. --(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Edison Awards, named after the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, recognize some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world. For the second consecutive year, Cargill is honored to win three 2024 Edison Awards for innovations in Smart [...]

By |April 23, 2024|

Investment In Conservation Practices Over The Years

Source: USDA news release USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) forecasts direct Federal payments for conservation programs for 2024 to increase by 10 percent, more than $363 million in inflation-adjusted terms, to $4 billion. This increase primarily is due to expected payments from the Inflation Reduction Act used to support various [...]

By |April 23, 2024|

Summit Carbon Solutions Sued By Pipe Provider Welspun Tubular

Agri-Pulse reports: Steel pipe manufacturer Welspun Tubular LLC is suing carbon pipeline company Summit Carbon Solutions for $15 million for allegedly breaching a purchase agreement for $182.5 million worth of pipe. The company, a subsidiary of an Indian manufacturing firm, last week filed a lawsuit in Delaware State Court alleging [...]

By |April 23, 2024|

USDA Reports 12% Of Corn Is Planted, 8% Of Soybeans

BrownfieldAgNews reports: Farmers made corn and soybean planting progress over the past week, despite cooler, wetter weather in some key growing areas. The USDA says 12% of corn has been planted as of Sunday, compared to 12% a year ago and the five-year average of 10%, with 3% emerged, compared [...]

By |April 23, 2024|

EPA Issues Emergency Fuel Waiver For E-15 Sales 

Source: EPA news release LENEXA, KAN. - Today, April 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing an emergency fuel waiver to allow E15 gasoline -- gasoline blended with 15% ethanol -- to be sold during the summer driving season.  This action will provide communities with relief at the pump [...]

By |April 22, 2024|

University Ag Economists: Farmland Shifts To The Tropics Are A Strategic Challenge For US Crops

By Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University and Gary Schnitkey, Joana Colussi and Nick Paulson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Brazil's past expansion and potential to further expand cropland has received considerable attention in the US (see farmdoc daily, April [...]

By |April 22, 2024|

Consumer Reports Fruits And Vegetables Have Unhealthy Doses Of Pesticides

By Catherine Roberts, Consumer Reports magazine When it comes to healthy eating, fruits and vegetables reign supreme. But along with all their vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients can come something else: an unhealthy dose of dangerous pesticides. Though using chemicals to control bugs, fungi, and weeds helps farmers grow the [...]

By |April 22, 2024|

Today Is Earth Day, Here Are The Planned Activities

Source: Council for Agricultural & Science Technology (CAST) Earth Day, observed on April 22, is an annual celebration that encourages us to reflect on the health and well-being of our planet. This event began in 1970 and has continued to inspire people to think sustainably for over fifty years. Earth [...]

By |April 22, 2024|

25 States Sue EPA Over Its Vehicle Emissions Mandate

By Clark Mindock, Reuters Republican attorneys general from 25 states on Thursday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block rules intended to reduce planet-warming emissions from cars and light trucks and encourage electric vehicle manufacturing, arguing the agency exceeded its legal authority. The lawsuit challenging the regulations for passenger [...]

By |April 22, 2024|

USDA, USAID To Deploy $1 Billion For Emergency Food Assistance

WASHINGTON, - The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development will deploy $1 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funding to purchase U.S.-grown commodities to provide emergency food assistance to people in need throughout the world, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced today. [...]

By |April 19, 2024|

BLM Rule Threatens Multiple Use Management Of Public Lands

WASHINGTON, - Today, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) expressed serious concerns about the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final "Conservation and Landscape Health" rule that reimagines the agency's requirements to manage lands for multiple uses, including livestock grazing. "The BLM has a statutory responsibility [...]

By |April 19, 2024|

Precision Spraying Technology Developer Greeneye Technology Raises $20M To Scale Its U.S. Operation

Source: Greeneye Technology news release Greeneye Technology, the pioneer of AI-enabled precision spraying technology that is proven to reduce herbicide use in farming by an average of 88%, today announces the completion of a $20M funding round led by Israeli investment company Deep Insight. The round is supported by existing [...]

By |April 19, 2024|

Data On Farmland Operating Agreements By Major Crop

Source: USDA news release The proportion of farmland managed under a lease agreement and land that is managed by owner-operators varies across crops, according to data collected from Agricultural Resource Management Surveys (ARMS). Owner-operators farmed close to half of U.S. corn, soybean, and barley acres but roughly a third of [...]

By |April 19, 2024|

High Horsepower Tractor Imports And Exports Being Impacted By Baltimore Port Closure

Farm Equipment magazine reports: The Port of Baltimore is a key hub for ag equipment imports and exports in the U.S., and its closure could have a notable impact on importing high horsepower tractors specifically. A cargo ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, collapsing and [...]

By |April 19, 2024|

AGCO Says Fully Automated Farming Operations Will Be Available By 2030

by Richard Bishop, Contributor to Forbes magazine AGCO Corporation and Trimble recently announced the completion of their joint venture (JV) transaction. Known as PTx Trimble, the JV combines Trimble's precision agriculture business and AGCO's JCA Technologies to form a new company that they say will better serve farmers with factory [...]

By |April 19, 2024|

USDA, FarmRaise Partner To Offer Ag Producers Financial Resource Tools

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) today unveiled a new, online Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) Decision Tool and farm loan resources available to agricultural producers and cooperators who help producers access USDA disaster assistance, farm loans and other federal farm programs. The new LIP [...]

By |April 18, 2024|

RFD-TV Announces The Premiere Of Season Two Of RanchHer

Source: FarmHer news release Nashville, TN - RFD-TV, the leading network for rural America, is thrilled to unveil the highly anticipated premiere of new episodes for its acclaimed series, RanchHER. Following the triumphant return of FarmHER, RanchHER premieres on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 9:00 PM ET. This captivating show [...]

By |April 18, 2024|

Year Round E15 Act Introduced In U.S. House

BrownfieldAgNews reports: A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House that would allow E15 to be sold during the 2024 summer driving season. Congressman Zach Nunn says the Year-Round E15 Act wouldn't have been necessary if the U.S. EPA would have enacted year-round sales beginning this year. "This year, [...]

By |April 18, 2024|

House Ag Committee Chair Thompson Calls Current Farm Bill Is The Right Policy At The Right Time

Source: House Committee on Agriculture Republicans news release Before Memorial Day, the House Committee on Agriculture will consider a farm bill that responds to a variety of crisis points, constituent priorities, needs of rural communities, and the demands of the current economy, both domestically and abroad. Within this bill--an opportunity [...]

By |April 17, 2024|

Ukraine Walks Away From New Black Sea Grain Deal

By Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Reuters' Guy Faulconbridge and Tuvan Gumrukcu reported Monday that "Russia and Ukraine negotiated for two months with Turkey on a deal to ensure the safety of shipping in the Black Sea and reached agreement on a text that was to be announced [...]

By |April 17, 2024|

Inaugural Report Showing Ransomware Trends In Food And Agriculture Industry Released

Source: Food and Agriculture - Information Sharing and Analysis Center news release WASHINGTON -- The Food and Agriculture - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Food and Ag-ISAC) today released the findings of its first annual report of ransomware incidents in the Food and Agriculture sector. The ISAC's report, "Farm-To-Table Ransomware [...]

By |April 17, 2024|

Court Rules In Favor Of Farmers Edge In Patent Suit Brought By AGI SureTrack

Source: Farmers Edge news release WINNIPEG, Manitoba--Farmers Edge Inc. ("Farmers Edge" or the "Company"), a pure-play digital agriculture company, is pleased to announce that the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska has ruled in favour of Farmers Edge in a patent infringement suit brought by AGI SureTrack, [...]

By |April 16, 2024|

Map Showing Food Price Increase By Metro Area In 2023

Source: USDA news release Retail food price inflation varies by locality. In 2023, food-at-home (grocery) prices rose the fastest in Houston, TX, by 7.8 percent, followed by Boston, MA, at 7.0 percent. In contrast, food-at-home prices declined by 1.3 percent in 2023 in Anchorage, AK, and rose by the lowest [...]

By |April 16, 2024|

Farmers File Suit Against USDA, Challenge Constitutionality Of Payments Based On Race And Sex

Source: Southeastern Legal Foundation AMARILLO, TX -- On behalf of Texas farmers, Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF), together with Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), filed a motion for preliminary injunction in federal court to stop the Biden Administration Department of Agriculture (USDA) from unconstitutionally and unlawfully funneling disaster and pandemic relief [...]

By |April 15, 2024|

Veterinarian Assn Gives New Name For Disease Found In Cattle From Bird Flu

By Krissa Welshans, Livestock Editor, Feedstuffs After collaborating with veterinarians, allied organizations, state and federal agencies, diagnostic laboratories and animal health officials on the 2024 emerging disease event affecting dairy cattle, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) will reference the newly emerging cattle disease that has stemmed from highly [...]

By |April 15, 2024|

USDA Releases Data On Use Of Genetically Engineered Crops By Farmers

Source: USDA news release Genetically engineered (GE) seeds were commercially introduced in the United States for major field crops in 1996, with adoption rates increasing rapidly in the years that followed. The two main GE trait types are herbicide-tolerant (HT) and insect-resistant (Bt). These traits can be added individually to [...]

By |April 15, 2024|

Farmland Renters And Owner-Operators Use Similar Levels Of Tillage Intensity

Source: USDA news release USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) researchers investigated whether tillage practices were different between farmers who were renters or farmers who owned the land. Farming systems that decrease soil disturbance and preserve more crop residue than conventional tillage may improve the soil, but these practices have upfront [...]

By |April 12, 2024|

Republicans Propose Crop Insurance Subsidy Boost

by Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Successful Farming's Chuck Abbott reported Wednesday that "Republicans on the Senate Agriculture Committee proposed a $4 billion injection into the crop insurance program so that the government would pay a larger share of the premiums on policies offering the highest levels of [...]

By |April 12, 2024|

EPA Finalizes National Drinking Water Standard To Protect 100M People From PFAS Pollution

Source: USDA news release LENEXA, KAN.- Today, the Biden-Harris Administration issued the first-ever national, legally enforceable drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to harmful per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as 'forever chemicals.' Exposure to PFAS has been linked to deadly cancers, impacts to the liver and heart, [...]

By |April 12, 2024|

Brazil Could Boost Its Crop Acres By 35% With New Land Management Practices

By Joana Colussi, Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey and Jim Baltz, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University The role of land in increasing food production has accounted for over 50% of the increase in crop [...]

By |April 12, 2024|

South Dakota Dairy Worker Is Second Human Infected With Avian Flu

by Rachel Schutte, Content Producer, Feedstuffs The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a person in Texas tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, after exposure to dairy cattle presumed to be infected with HPAI. The National Veterinary Service Lab confirmed the H5N1 strain [...]

By |April 12, 2024|

Nat’l Corn Growers Assn’s VP Travels To Washington To Push For Crop Insurance Improvements

Kenneth Hartman Jr.Source: National Corn Growers Association news release National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) First Vice President Kenneth Hartman Jr. joined a press conference on Capitol Hill today to offer corn growers' support of legislation to make crop insurance more affordable for producers through the farm bill. The press conference [...]

By |April 10, 2024|

Ranchers Slam Regressive Endangered Species Act Rulemakings

Source: NCBA and PLC joint news release WASHINGTON - Today, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) condemned the Biden Administration's three finalized Endangered Species Act (ESA) rulemakings that significantly expand federal overreach and roll back reforms that previously provided some relief to farmers and [...]

By |April 9, 2024|

March Sets Record As Earth’s 10th Consecutive Hottest Month

by Suman Naishdham, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- For the 10th consecutive month, Earth in March set a new monthly record for global heat -- with both air temperatures and the world's oceans hitting an all-time high for the month, the European Union climate agency Copernicus said. March 2024 averaged 14.14 [...]

By |April 9, 2024|

USDA Releases Report Tracking Fertilizer’s Share Of Corn Production Costs

Source: USDA news release Fertilizer is one of several inputs corn growers buy in the months before April and May, when most U.S. corn acres are planted. Historically, fertilizer is typically the largest variable expense associated with corn production. Every May, USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) reports production costs, including [...]

By |April 8, 2024|

USDA Makes $1.5 Billion Available To Help Farmers Advance Conservation And Climate-Smart Agriculture

Source: USDA news release MANKATO, Minn., - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of an historic $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2024 to invest in partner-driven conservation and climate solutions through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) as part of President Biden's Investing in America agenda. The U.S. [...]

By |April 4, 2024|

U.S. Drought Area Smallest Since 2020

by Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Tuesday that "after a wet winter and early spring across much of the country, drought across the continuous United States had decreased to around 18% by the end of March, down from 20% at the [...]

By |April 4, 2024|

Bird Flu Found In Ohio Dairy Herd, Some Good News On Human Infection

Agri-Pulse reports: Another dairy herd has been infected with bird flu, this time in Ohio. The Ohio Agriculture Department says the farm received cows March 8 from a Texas operation that turned out to be infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza. USDA has also confirmed infections in herds in Kansas, [...]

By |April 4, 2024|

Farm Journal Issues “Smart Farming Intelligence” Report

Source: Farm Journal news release Lenexa, Kan., - At the start of every growing season, U.S. producers are asked to produce more with less amid a mounting array of challenges. At the same time, they receive increased input from consumers and a value chain that is less connected to agriculture [...]

By |April 3, 2024|

Cal-Maine Foods Reports Positive Test Result For Avian Influenza At Its Texas Facility

Source: Cal-Maine Foods news release RIDGELAND, Miss. -- Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) ("Cal-Maine Foods" or "Company") today reported that one of the Company's facilities located in Parmer County, Texas, tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza ("HPAI"), resulting in depopulation of approximately 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets, [...]

By |April 3, 2024|

Farmer Sentiment Improves As Interest Rate Expectations Shift

Source: Purdue University U.S. farmers' perspective on the future improved in March helping to push the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer up 3 points from February to a reading of 114. The Index of Current Conditions at 101 was 2 points below a month earlier while the Index of [...]

By |April 3, 2024|

Stats Canada Releases 2024 Planted Acres Forecast

Source: Canada Association of Agri-Retailers Canadian farmers are tweaking their 2024 crop plans, increasing some plantings like wheat and corn, while reducing others like canola and soybeans. This year, Canadian farmers are adjusting their sights and seed plans, signalling a mixed bag of increases and decreases across principal field crops [...]

By |April 2, 2024|

Avian Flu Found Found In Michigan And Idaho Dairy Cattle

by Krissa Welshans, Livestock Editor, Feedstuffs Just days after the virus was confirmed in dairy cows in Texas and Kansas, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) announced highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in dairy cattle operations, marking the first [...]

By |April 2, 2024|

Avian Flu Infects Man Dairy Worker In Texas

by Rachel Schutte, Content Producer, Feedstuffs The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a person in Texas tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, after exposure to dairy cattle presumed to be infected with HPAI. The National Veterinary Service Lab confirmed the H5N1 strain [...]

By |April 2, 2024|

Who Is A “Foreign Person” In The Eyes Of USDA?

By Todd Janzen, Janzen Ag Law Midwestern politicians are drumming up support for increased oversight of foreign ownership of US agricultural farmland. At the state and federal level, there are bills seeking to reduce or increase reporting obligations for foreign ownership of farmland. Arkansas even went so far as to [...]

By |April 1, 2024|

Purdue Launches Modeling Tool For Ag Retailers To Use, Increase Their Sales

Source: Purdue University The center's research team, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, has developed a business modeling tool to assist agricultural retailers in better understanding the prospective impact of conservation products and services on their business. Using a technique that forecasts financial profitability over a decade, businesses can visualize [...]

By |April 1, 2024|

Ag Robotic Market Forecast To Grow From $63 Billion To $218 Billion By 2030

Source: GlobalData news release The global agriculture sector faces various challenges, including the impacts of climate change and labor shortages. Robotics can help agriculture companies tackle these challenges by automating machines and supporting vertical farming. Against this backdrop, the robotics industry is set to grow at a compound annual growth [...]

By |April 1, 2024|

12% Of U.S. Households Are Food Insecure, Yet 40% Of Food Is Discarded

Source: AgriNovus Indiana AgriNovus Indiana, an initiative to grow the state's agbioscience economy, released new secondary research today identifying the need for market-driven technologies that ensure increased and equitable food distribution to eliminate hunger. The study was conducted by Purdue University student, Tushar Sonvani, to inform the scope of the [...]

By |April 1, 2024|

Farmers’ Adoption Of New Technology Is The Dominate Factor In Increasing Agriculture’s Productivity

Source: USDA news release Technological developments in agriculture have enabled continued output growth without requiring much additional inputs. Innovations in animal and crop genetics, chemicals, equipment, and farm organization have made it possible for total agricultural output to nearly triple between 1948 and 2021. During that period, the amount of [...]

By |April 1, 2024|

Tobacco Farms Have All But Disappeared From The U.S.

by Will Snell, University of Kentucky The southern region in the United States has been well known for several unique crops, including cotton, rice, peanuts, and tobacco. However, the latest Census data reveal that farms growing tobacco are disappearing from the landscape of southern agriculture. Tobacco has had a storied [...]

By |March 29, 2024|

USDA Approves Bayer’s New Corn Cultivar Which Is Resistant To Five Herbicides

Source: National Agricultural Law Center USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), has issued a proposed rule to approve a corn cultivar developed by Bayer that is resistant to five herbicides, including dicamba. In a draft environmental impact statement, APHIS addressed the off-target dicamba damage that has been associated [...]

By |March 29, 2024|

AgCareers.Com Release Results Of Workforce Needs And Gaps Survey

Source: AgCareers.com news release Ames, IA - U.S. employers report challenges in finding suitable job candidates with work-ready skills to fill open roles in the agri-food industry. AgCareers.com surveyed these employers to gain deeper insights into the skills they seek and identify the most significant skills gaps in the workforce. [...]

By |March 28, 2024|

Ag Economists Release Report Showing Crop Yield Growth By Global Regions

By Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University and Joana Colussi, Nick Paulson, and Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Yield growth is critical to increasing crop output in the United States. US harvested land has been stable during the [...]

By |March 28, 2024|

Baltimore Port Is An Ag Shipping Powerhouse, Including Farm Machinery

JIM WATSON/GETTY IMAGESThe steel frame of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Md., sits on top of the container ship Dali after the bridge collapsed due to the ship striking a pillar. by Chris Torres, Editor, American Agriculturalist magazine The tragedy surrounding the collapse of the Francis Scott Key [...]

By |March 27, 2024|

LEMKEN And KRONE Announce “Combined Powers” Project To Develope Autonomous Solutions

Source: LEMKEN and KRONE news release With their joint "Combined Powers" project, KRONE and LEMKEN are endeavouring to advance and bring into focus not only the development of autonomous process units, but also the associated work processes by carrying out additional practical deployments at home and abroad. The findings and [...]

By |March 26, 2024|

Farm Journal Editors List Seven Technology Trends To Know About

by the Farm Journal editors These smart farming trends and example products highlight greater efficiency, maximum yields and environmental stewardship. 1. Selective Spraying Now, multiple selective spraying systems are available as factory installations and aftermarket options from different manufacturers. 2. Data Analytics You can't manage what you don't measure, and [...]

By |March 26, 2024|

Bird Flu Detected In Texas, Kansas And New Mexico Dairy Cattle

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state veterinary and public health officials, are investigating an illness among primarily older dairy cows in Texas, Kansas, and New Mexico that [...]

By |March 26, 2024|

EU To Place Tariffs On Imports Of Russian And Belarus Grain

By Kim Mackrael and Laurence Norman, Wall Street Journal BRUSSELS--In a big shift, the European Union is planning to impose tariffs on Russian grain, part of an effort to curb Moscow's export revenue and appease European farmers who are angry about imports of cheaper agricultural products. The plan--the bloc's first [...]

By |March 25, 2024|

Farm Futures Survey Reports Farmers Will Plant 2.3 Million Fewer Corn Acres, 2.4 Million Soybean Acres

by Jacqueline Holland, Grain market analyst, Farm Futures magazine U.S. farmers might plant less corn than last year, but it will likely still be larger than what previous USDA forecasts have indicated, according to new survey data from the March 2024 Farm Futures grower survey. In fact, total corn and [...]

By |March 25, 2024|

Illinois Soybean Assn Opens New Soy Innovation Center

CHICAGO, ILL. - The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) announced the opening of its Soy Innovation Center aimed to support and catalyze the State of Illinois' goal to be a national leader in sustainable technology and innovation. The launch of ISA's new Soy Innovation Center will enhance the state's green reputation [...]

By |March 22, 2024|

Fast Company: How Farm Journal is Sowing The Regenerative Ag Movement

by Clint Rainey, Fast Company magazine America's largest ag publication says that "one of the more intractable challenges of our time" is convincing farmers to adopt regenerative agriculture, a lesson it attests to firsthand. Billions have now been invested to achieve that goal in America, yet just 5% of U.S. [...]

By |March 22, 2024|

American Bankers Assn: Farm Bank Lending Increased To $110 Billion In 2023

Source: American Bankers Association news release WASHINGTON -- Amid elevated production costs, commodity price volatility and a return to pre-pandemic levels of direct government payments, agricultural loan demand increased in 2023 and agricultural lending by U.S. farm banks grew 6.7% to $110.0 billion, according the American Bankers Association's annual Farm [...]

By |March 22, 2024|

John Deere, Kinze And Ag Leader Announce Collaboration

Farm Equipment magazine reports: John Deere, Kinze Manufacturing, and Ag Leader Technology today announced a collaboration agreement that will make it easier for farmers to integrate each company's equipment and technology solutions into their farming operation. The collaboration enables farmers to combine the equipment and digital solutions offered by John [...]

By |March 21, 2024|

UPL Announces Winners Of Its “Radical Natural Plant Protection Challenge”

Source: UPL news release LONDON, - UPL Corporation Ltd. (UPL Corp), a global provider of holistic and sustainable agricultural solutions, and Radicle Growth, a company-building platform investing in early-stage agriculture and food technologies, are delighted to announce SOLASTA Bio as the winner of 'the Radicle Natural Plant Protection (NPP) Challenge [...]

By |March 20, 2024|

Corteva Launches Investment And Partnership Platform Corteva Catalyst

Source: PRNewswire news release INDIANAPOLIS, /PRNewswire/ -- Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) today announced the launch of Corteva Catalyst, a new investment and partnership platform focused on accessing and bringing to market agricultural innovations that advance the company's R&D priorities and drive value creation. Corteva Catalyst will partner with entrepreneurs and [...]

By |March 20, 2024|

USDA: U.S. Ag Import Values Outpace Export Values In 2023

Source: USDA news release The U.S. agricultural trade balance measures the difference between the values of exported farm goods and those imports from other countries. For nearly 60 years, U.S. agricultural trade maintained a surplus, but in fiscal year (FY) 2019, the balance shifted to a deficit, where it has [...]

By |March 20, 2024|

Top 5 Challenges Impacting Global Logistics

by Ann Reus, Feed & Grain magazine The top factors affecting global logistics right now are hedging ocean rates, environmental and geopolitical challenges, U.S. port infrastructure, railroads and technology, according to Caitlin Murphy, CEO of Global Gateway Logistics. Murphy spoke March 13 at the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Purchasing [...]

By |March 19, 2024|

Crop Insurance And CRP In The Farm Bill

BrownfieldAgNews reports: A leader with USDA says there has been some bipartisan support for crop insurance in farm bill discussions. Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, says the crop insurance title could be strengthened to help producers facing extreme drought and higher risks of flooding. "We're always [...]

By |March 19, 2024|

Four Trends Driving Agriculture Forward

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Pivot Bio, a leading sustainable agriculture company, will send the company's CEO, CFO, Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Business Development Officer to San Francisco this week to meet with partners at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, where leaders from across the industry will come together to explore [...]

By |March 19, 2024|

Today Is National Ag Day! Events To Be Held Across The Country

BrownfieldAgNews reports: Many in the ag industry are highlighting the role agriculture plays in protecting the land, water, and air. Jenni Badding, National Ag Day Chair for the Agriculture Council of America, says 'Growing a Climate for Tomorrow' is the theme for this year's National Ag Day events and farmers [...]

By |March 19, 2024|

Farmers National Co: High Quality, High Producing Land Remains In High Demand

By Tom Schutter, AFM, Area Sales Manager - Central Region, Farmers National Company The first quarter of 2024 saw a decline in the volume of land sales through Farmers National Company. While such a drop tends to be typical for this time of year, values have struggled to maintain the [...]

By |March 18, 2024|

SpaceX And Oracle Partner To Bring IA To Farmers

by Jyoti Mann, Business Insider reports: Elon Musk's SpaceX is teaming up with Larry Ellison's Oracle to help farms plan and predict their agricultural output using an AI tool. Larry Ellison said on Oracle's earnings call on Monday that it's collaborating with Musk and SpaceX to create the AI-powered mapping [...]

By |March 18, 2024|

Bayer Pilots Unique Generative AI Tool For Agriculture

Source: Bayer news release SAN FRANCISCO -- Bayer today announced the pilot of an expert GenAI system to benefit farmers and up-level agronomists in their daily work. The company has been using proprietary agronomic data to train a large language model (LLM) with years of internal data, insights from thousands [...]

By |March 15, 2024|

U Of Illinois Study Reports Consumers Across Political Spectrum Share Food Pricing Frustrations

Maria Kalaitzandonakes, along with agricultural and consumer economics colleagues, examined consumer perceptions of high food prices. Source: University of Illinois URBANA, Ill. -- In his State of the Union address last week, President Biden touched on a topic close to the hearts of U.S. consumers: food prices. In this election [...]

By |March 15, 2024|

U.S. Dominance In Corn Exports On The Wane Due To Brazilian Competition

By Joana Colussi, Nick Paulson, and Joe Janzen, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University The historical supremacy of the United States in corn exports is shrinking because of heightened competition in the global market. [...]

By |March 14, 2024|

Key Crop Protection Trends For 2024 Season

By Michele Katsaris, AgriBusiness Global AgriBusiness Global recently caught up with Jacqui Fatka, Lead Industry Analyst for CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division. Fatka provided insights into key trends and challenges shaping the global ag input landscape, from the decrease in fertilizer prices to planting numbers rebalancing in South America, as well [...]

By |March 14, 2024|

Farmers Receive 24 Cents For Food Prepared At Home, Only 3 Cents From Food-Away-From-Home

Source: USDA news release In 2022, farm establishments received 24.1 cents for each dollar spent on food at home and 3.6 cents for each dollar spent on food away from home. These amounts, called farm shares, highlight the different paths that food takes from farms to consumers' points of purchase. [...]

By |March 13, 2024|

AgriGold Agronomist Provides A Deeper Understanding Of How And When Hybrids Build Yield

Hybrids build yields in different ways; understanding those differences can help farmers maximize their potential. Source: AgriGold news release WESTFIELD, Ind. - AgriGold Agronomist Sam McCord's multiyear kernel count study started as an attempt to get a better handle on how many kernels it takes to make a bushel and [...]

By |March 13, 2024|

John Deere Announces Layoffs At Its Ankeny, Iowa Plant

WeAreIowa.com reports: ANKENY, Iowa -- Approximately 150 John Deere Des Moines Works employees will be laid off in the coming months, a spokesperson for the company confirmed with Local 5 on Monday. John Deere leadership told its workforce at the Ankeny-based factory that 150 production employees will be placed on [...]

By |March 13, 2024|

Tyson Foods To Close Its Pork Processing Plant In Perry, Iowa

Yahoo Finance reports: More than 1,000 workers at another Tyson Food plant are out of work after the company announced it is permanently closing one of its Iowa facilities. The move comes after the Arkansas-based company closed two chicken plants and announced job cuts last year and said four other [...]

By |March 13, 2024|

California E85 Sales Set New Record In 2023

Source: Growth Energy news release SACRAMENTO, CALIF.--Growth Energy, the nation's largest biofuel trade association, welcomed the release of new data from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) showing that sales of E85 set a new record in the state in 2023. "Californians used more E85 than ever last year, a [...]

By |March 12, 2024|

Chart Showing How Weather Influences Fluctuations In Beef Cattle Herd Size

Source: USDA news release Beef cattle operations that rely on precipitation to grow forage to feed their herds are particularly vulnerable to drought. When drought conditions diminish forage production and availability, beef cattle producers often must buy supplemental feed and forage or reduce their herd size. Periods of more intense [...]

By |March 12, 2024|

Satellite Imagery And Remote Sensing Poised To Transform Crop Insurance

By Rachel Hor, IBM Technology Executive In the ever-evolving landscape of agriculture, where challenges like erratic weather patterns and market volatility persist, the rising cost of crop insurance has emerged as a formidable burden for farmers worldwide. As we navigate the complexities of a changing climate and the financial strains [...]

By |March 11, 2024|

Demographics On Number Of Farms Lost And Gained

Source: USDA news release In 2022, farms in the United States numbered 1,900,487, down from 2,109,303 in 2012, according to data from the 2022 USDA Census of Agriculture released in February 2024. That represented a 10-percent (208,816 farms) decline from 2012 to 2022. The Census of Agriculture is a complete [...]

By |March 11, 2024|

Six Major Issues Grain Industry Will Have To Contend With This Year

by Lisa Cleaver, Feed & Grain magazine The North American grain industry had slow growth and export challenges throughout 2023. Looking ahead into 2024, emerging risks could depress profit margins and challenge traditional business models. After enjoying high profits for several years, it seems the ag industry may have to [...]

By |March 11, 2024|

USDA Release Chart Showing Migration To Urban And Rural Areas Pre- And Post-Pandemic

Source: USDA news release Both rural (nonmetro) and urban (metro) populations grew because of increased migration over the last few years; however, the sources of the increased migration are different. In 2020-21 and 2021-22, rural areas experienced an increase in population because more people moved from urban to rural areas [...]

By |March 8, 2024|

U Of Illinois Releases Updated To Tool To Calculate Crop Insurance Options

by Bruce Sherrick, Gary Schnitkey, and Nick Paulson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois The 2024 price discovery period used to determine projected prices and volatility factors for Federally-sponsored corn and soybean crop insurance products is completed for areas with a March 15th sales closing date (SCD). [...]

By |March 7, 2024|

China Develops Higher Yielding Wheat Via Gene Editing

World-Grain.com reports: BEIJING, CHINA -- Chinese scientists have developed higher yielding wheat for bread production, according to a research paper published in the latest issue of Plant Biotechnology Journal. Using CRISPR-CAS9 genome editing and by identifying molecular mechanisms that affect grain development, researchers from several institutions in China boosted the [...]

By |March 6, 2024|

Considerations When Hiring A Professional Farm Manager

by Kevin Brooks, Extension educator, farm business management and marketing, Illinois Extension Managing a farm is a big job. Know what questions to ask when considering hiring a professional farm manager. URBANA, Ill. -- Managing a farm is a big job. From determining cash rent to planning the next planting [...]

By |March 6, 2024|

Modest Improvement In Farmer Sentiment, Yet Financial Concerns Loom

Source: Purdue University The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose modestly in February posting a reading of 111, 5 points higher than a month earlier. The modest rise in the barometer was attributable to producers expressing somewhat more optimism about the future as the Future Expectations Index rose 7 [...]

By |March 6, 2024|

Spring Crop Insurance Projected Prices Fall

By Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Progressive Farmer's Katie Micik Dehlinger reported Thursday that "the corn projected price for 2024 revenue protection policies is 27% lower than last year at $4.66 per bushel, while the soybean projected price is 16% lower at $11.55. Projected prices for spring wheat [...]

By |March 5, 2024|

University Ag Economists Release Podcast “Making Your 2024 Crop Insurance Decision”

Source: Purdue University This episode of the Purdue Commercial AgCast is a great opportunity for producers to review their crop insurance choices for the upcoming season. Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture's ag economists Michael Langemeier and James Mintert and Brad Lubben, policy specialist and extension associate professor from the [...]

By |March 5, 2024|

Iowa Appraiser Reports Increasing Number Of “No Sales” In Farmland Auctions

By Jim Rothermich, Iowa Appraisal When looking at the auction results on the following pages, what sticks out to me the most is the number of "No Sales" at auction, which has increased significantly. There are nine "No Sales" this month. Looking back on February 2023, there were two. This [...]

By |March 4, 2024|

Severe Weather Caused Over $21 Billion In Crop Losses In 2023

Weather-associated production risk and crop losses are a part of life for farmers and ranchers. Through heavy rain, hail, snow, winds and drought, farming families prepare land, plant and harvest knowing their livelihoods are reliant on local weather conditions. In 2023, 28 weather disasters, each with damages exceeding $1 billion, [...]

By |March 4, 2024|

Down Utility Pole May Be Cause Of Texas Wildfire

DEVASTATION: Smoke billows over a road during the Smokehouse Creek fire in the Texas panhandle on February 27. by Brian K. Sullivan, Joe Carroll and Julie Fine, Bloomberg Texas emergency crews are battling the worst wildfire in state history amid forecasts for several more days of dry, windy weather that [...]

By |March 4, 2024|

John Deere Announces Four Major Product Launches

Source: John Deere news release Moline, Illinois - Today, John Deere (NYSE: DE) continued its legacy of delivering high-quality, customer-focused solutions with one of its largest product launches in the company's 187-year history. At the Commodity Classic tradeshow in Houston, Texas, John Deere unveiled new cutting-edge equipment solutions for Model [...]

By |March 1, 2024|

France Bans Plant Protein Products From Using Meat Labels

Reuters reports: PARIS, - France on Tuesday issued a ban on using terms like steak and ham for plant protein products, a second attempt by the government to regulate meat alternatives as it tries to assuage livestock producers who have been at the heart of farmer protests. A growing market [...]

By |February 29, 2024|

More On The Texas Wildfire, May Have Killed Tens Of Thousands Cattle

Agri-Pulse reports: USDA and state officials are assessing the damages from wildfires that have ravaged portions of the Texas panhandle. Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller told Agri-Pulse Wednesday the wildfires had potentially wiped out "tens of thousands" of cattle, although it's too early to determine the extent of the damage. [...]

By |February 29, 2024|

USDA Releases Report Tracking Number of Farms In The U.S.

Source: USDA news release The number of farms in the United States has fallen below 2 million for the first time since before the Civil War, according to the recently released 2022 Census of Agriculture. In 2022, there were 1,900,487 farms in the country, a 7-percent decline from the level [...]

By |February 29, 2024|

To Boost Its Sales Of Precision Equipment, Deere Introduces “Solutions-As-A-Service” Program

by Sarah Zimmerman, Agriculture Dive Deere is offering farmers more financing options for the company's precision agriculture technology as lower equipment demand weighs on profits. The world's largest seller of agriculture equipment launched a Solutions-as-a-Service approach for some of its technology offerings, executives said on an earnings call Thursday. The [...]

By |February 27, 2024|

Food & Drug Administration Issues New Guidance On Biotech Derived Crops

Agri-Pulse reports: FDA has developed new recommendations for biotech companies and plant breeders who want to bring new gene-edited crop traits to market. FDA's 22-page guidance lays out two processes, one more streamlined than the other. To view the report click here For crops that pose no food safety questions, [...]

By |February 26, 2024|

EPA Delays Release Of Herbicide Strategy As Ag Groups Express Concern

Source: National Sorghum Growers The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be delaying the release of the Agency's new Herbicide Strategy by three months to August 30. In a note to stakeholders, EPA stated that the extension was needed to consider public comments and other input EPA continues [...]

By |February 26, 2024|

Percent Of Income Spent On Food Rises To 30 Year High

By Jesse Newman and Heather Haddon, Wall Street Journal The last time Americans spent this much of their money on food, George H.W. Bush was in office, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" was in theaters and C+C Music Factory was rocking the Billboard charts. Eating continues to cost more, even as [...]

By |February 23, 2024|

How The Growing Of Technology Impacts Farmland Values

By Cole Nickerson, Area Sales Manager, Farmers National Company I often wonder what my grandpa would say if he could come back and see how farming has evolved from his days on an open cab 4020 John Deere. We live in an era of seemingly endless data, precision farming and [...]

By |February 23, 2024|

Michigan State Agronomist Releases Updated Bt Trait Table

(Photo Illustration: Darrell Smith and Lori Hays)Corn growers can use this free tool to understand which hybrids have which traits, as well as evaluate insect problems and herbicide needs in-season. by Rhonda Brooks, Farm Journal Thanks to the ongoing work and diligence by Chris DiFonzo, PhD, Michigan State University, corn [...]

By |February 22, 2024|

Brazil Soybean Exports Are Now Double That Of The U.S.’

By Joana Colussi, Gary Schnitkey, Joe Janzen, and Nick Paulson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Brazil's 2023 soybean exports reached a record of 3,744 million bushels, up 29% from the previous year as Brazilian production hit a new record. Meanwhile, the United States' shipments declined 14% [...]

By |February 22, 2024|

Iowa’s Senate Passes Legislation Impacting Foreign Ownership Of Farmland

Source: Iowa Dept of Ag & Land Stewardship news release DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig released the following statement today following Iowa Senate passage of the legislation that strengthens Iowa's foreign ownership of farmland law: "Iowa's prohibition on the foreign ownership of agricultural land will [...]

By |February 21, 2024|

Life Cycle Assessment Shows U.S. Soy’s Carbon Footprint Has Considerably Decreased

Steve Reinhard, USB Chair, evaluates his cover crops, a practice that has contributed to a decrease in his carbon footprint. Source: United Soybean Board news release ST. LOUIS -- A newly released Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) found the U.S. soybean industry's global warming potential (GWP) profile decreased considerably in 2021 [...]

By |February 21, 2024|

Ag Sec’y Vilsack Expects E15 To Become Available Year Around By 2025

BrownfieldAgNews reports: USDA Sec'y Tom Vilsack speaking at the Nat'l Ethanol Conference being held in San Diego this weekAg Secretary Tom Vilsack says he's confident year-round E15 is coming in 2025 and waivers should be granted to allow E15 for the upcoming summer driving season. Vilsack told reporters it will [...]

By |February 21, 2024|

Ethanol Industry Generated $54 Billion In GDP, Supported 400,000 Jobs In 2023

Source: Renewable Fuels Association news release As inflationary pressures eased and demand boomed for low-carbon ethanol and its co-products, the ethanol industry's contribution to the U.S. economy remained strong in 2023, according to an annual economic impact analysis conducted for the Renewable Fuels Association by ABF Economics. In 2023, more [...]

By |February 20, 2024|

Gov’t Accountability Office Releases Report Showing Adoption Of Precision Farming Practices

Source: Government Accountability Office news release Precision farming uses technologies such as GPS or automation to make farms more efficient. For example, farmers can use auto-steering equipment to precisely plant a field, and activity monitors can help dairy farmers collect data about their cows' health. In this Technology Assessment, we [...]

By |February 20, 2024|

A Trillion Cicadas To Emerge In The Midwest And South, Will They Impact Crops?

by Dave Price, American Farmland Owner e-newsletter "Parts of Wisconsin will be a lot louder this summer." "Illinois to see uptick in cicadas in 2024." "Cicadas set to emerge in Alabama following historic emergence." Those news headlines sound interesting, huh? Perhaps, but likely not enough to make you lose sleep. [...]

By |February 19, 2024|

Farm Loan Interest Rate Trends By Major Ag Lenders

by Noah Miller, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Jennifer Ifft, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, and Gerald Mashange, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois After many years of low to moderate interest rates, producers and lenders today are voicing concern about sustained higher [...]

By |February 19, 2024|

So. Dakota’s Christiansen Land & Cattle Co. Named The 2024 Top Producer Of The Year

by Michelle Rook, Farm Journal At Christiansen Land and Cattle, they're committed to excellence and continuous improvement, a mindset that started when Christine Hamilton's family homesteaded in South Dakota in 1891. "We're always looking for opportunities to grow," says Christine, co-owner, Christiansen Land and Cattle, Ltd. (CLC). "However, we can [...]

By |February 19, 2024|

USDA Forecasts Fewer Planted Acres In 2024

by Ryan Hanrahan, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project The United States Department of Agriculture reported Thursday that "initial expectations for 2024 planted area are for a decline in total planted area of corn, wheat, and soybeans relative to the previous year. Combined acreage for the three crops is projected at [...]

By |February 19, 2024|

USDA Reports Pork Exports Projected To Surge, Surpass Broiler Chicken Exports

Source: USDA news release The volume of U.S. meat exports in major categories is projected to grow through 2033, according to USDA long-term projection data. Rising incomes abroad and a moderately declining real exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the currencies of major agricultural trade partners lend support to [...]

By |February 16, 2024|

New Census Of Agriculture Shows Alarming Loss Of Family Farms

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation news release WASHINGTON, - New agriculture census data released by USDA today is cause for concern as the number of farms operating in the United States and the number of farm acres have both fallen significantly. The 2022 Census of Agriculture reports 141,733 fewer farms [...]

By |February 15, 2024|

Farm Journal Foundation Issues Its 2023 Impact Report

by Tricia Beal, CEO, Farm Journal Foundation We are pleased to share our 2023 Impact Report, which highlights Farm Journal Foundation's successes and milestones for the year. 2023 represented a truly breakout year for the Foundation, with many of our programs coming into their own. We also kicked off new [...]

By |February 15, 2024|

EPA Allows Farmers To Use Existing Dicamba Stocks

Source: EPA news release In light of the February 6, 2024, ruling by the U.S. District Court of Arizona vacating the 2020 registrations for over-the-top (OTT) dicamba products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing the following update. On February 14, 2024, EPA issued an Existing Stocks Order for [...]

By |February 15, 2024|

Technology, Not Increased Inputs Is Driving Ag Productivity Growth: Report

Source: USDA news release Technological developments in agriculture have enabled continued output growth without requiring much additional inputs. Innovations in animal and crop genetics, chemicals, equipment, and farm organization have made it possible for total agricultural output to nearly triple between 1948 and 2021. During that period, the amount of [...]

By |February 14, 2024|

Ag Sec’y Vilsack Comments On Falling Ag Economy

Feed & Grain reports: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service has released its annual Farm Sector Income Forecast report for 2024, leading to a statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The report forecasts a decrease in farm cash receipts by $21.2 billion (4.2 percent) from 2023, totaling [...]

By |February 14, 2024|

EU Scraps Plan To Reduce Use Of Pesticides By Half

BBC reports: The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced plans to scrap a proposal halving pesticide use across the EU. The move is an apparent concession to farmers who have been protesting in many EU countries against regulations including the planned reduction in pesticide use. [...]

By |February 13, 2024|

A Deeper Look At Why Pork Producers Are Losing So Much Money

by Patrick Thomas, Wall Street Journal The American pork industry has a problem: It makes more tenderloin, ham, sausage and bacon than anybody wants to eat. From giant processors to the farmers who supply them, they are in a predicament largely of their own making. They made production so efficient [...]

By |February 13, 2024|

Soybean Prices Suffer Eight Straight Weeks Of Decline, Here’s Why

by Ryan Hanrahan, University Of Illinois' FarmDoc project Bloomberg's Gerson Freitas Jr reported that last week, "soybeans capped an eighth straight week of losses, the longest stretch of declines since 2006, on an outlook for record global stockpiles and sluggish appetite for US exports." "The losing streak underscores how soybean [...]

By |February 13, 2024|

An Update Short-Stature Corn, Including Farmers’ Comments

By Rhonda Brooks, Farm Journal The massive derecho that swept across parts of five Midwest states in August 2020 spawned 125 mph-plus straight-line winds, torrential rain and large hail. In the process, the storm damaged millions of crop acres, including 550,000 acres of Iowa corn USDA deemed were not harvestable. [...]

By |February 13, 2024|

2023 Marks Record-Breaking Year In Pork Exports

Source: National Pork Board Pork exports surged significantly in Dec. 2023, contributing to a record-breaking year. With a 10% increase from the previous year, reaching 268,399 metric tons (mt), it marked the largest volume since May 2021 and the eighth largest on record. Mexico produced record-breaking figures in both volume [...]

By |February 12, 2024|

Weed Science Society: Climate Change To Bring Invasive Weeds

Source: Weed Science Society news release Westminster, CO -- Climate change may soon shift where invasive plant species establish new outbreaks and hotspots, and the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. states are among those likely to be negatively impacted without early detection and a rapid response management plan. That's one conclusion [...]

By |February 12, 2024|

McDonald’s Achieves Goal Of Sourcing 100% Cage-Free Eggs, Credits Cargill

Source: McDonald's news release Exciting news for breakfast fans: We're proud to announce that McDonald's has met its goal of sourcing 100% cage-free eggs in the U.S. by 2025, two years ahead of our original timeline. We continue to prioritize the health and welfare of the animals in our supply [...]

By |February 9, 2024|

Farm Profits Forecast To Fall In 2024 From Record High In 2022

Source: USDA news release USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) forecasts that U.S. net cash farm income (NCFI), defined as gross cash income minus cash expenses, will decrease by $42.2 billion (25.8 percent) to $121.7 billion in 2024 in inflation-adjusted dollars. This is after NCFI decreased in 2023 by a forecast [...]

By |February 8, 2024|

“Four Corners” Of Agriculture Support Crop Insurance

Source: National Crop Insurance Services news release Leadership from the Senate and House Agriculture Committees delivered a clear message to the crop insurance industry convention yesterday: Crop insurance has bicameral and bipartisan support from the "Four Corners" of agriculture. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John [...]

By |February 7, 2024|

USDA To Issue $306 Million In Additional ERP Payments

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing final Emergency Relief Program (ERP) payments totaling approximately $306 million to eligible commodity and specialty crop producers who incurred losses due to natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin [...]

By |February 7, 2024|

Case IH Launches World’s Largest Combine

Source: Case IH news release Each year farmers are challenged to accomplish more within tighter windows. In order to get the most out of every engine hour, Case IH is launching the AF11 combine, an industry-leading powerhouse purposefully redesigned from the ground up to maximize time in the field. The [...]

By |February 7, 2024|

Producers Sentiment Falls With Crop Prices

Source: Purdue University Farmer sentiment took a downturn at the start of 2024 as the January Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer Index fell to a reading of 106, 8 points below a month earlier. Compared to year-end, producers had a more negative outlook of their farms' current situation along [...]

By |February 7, 2024|

Mexico Continues Buying U.S. Corn Despite Dispute

By Ryan Hanrahan, farm policy news editor and social media director for the University of Illinois' farmdoc project. Reuters' Karen Braun reported last week that "the United States has been losing corn export business to Brazil as the South American country continues expanding its output, though top customer Mexico has [...]

By |February 6, 2024|

Here Are The Five Largest Landowners In The U.S.

Source: Business Insider. Who is America's largest landowner? This question is the quest of the Land Report 100 Research Team all year long. In 2024, America's largest landowner is Red Emmerson. Red and his family own just over 2.4 million acres in California, Oregon, and Washington through their timber-products company, [...]

By |February 6, 2024|

U.S. Soy Exports Add $39.8 Billion To U.S. Economy In 22/23

Source: United Soybean Board news release ST. LOUIS -- U.S. Soy complex exports (whole soybean, soybean meal and soybean oil) added $39.8 billion[1] to the U.S. economy in marketing year (MY) 22/23 on a volume of 67.6 million metric tons (MMT). The shining star: U.S. soybean meal exports broke records [...]

By |February 5, 2024|

USDA Releases Data On States Receiving The Most USDA Program Payments

By Jonathan Coppess, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois February finds farm bill reauthorization frozen in the uncertainty of extended continuing resolutions and ongoing dysfunction in Congress (Hill and Downs, January 22, 2024; Downs and Brown, January 29, 2024; Abbott, January 28, 2024; Baethge, January 18, 2024; [...]

By |February 5, 2024|

House Approves Tax Relief For Farmers

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation news release WASHINGTON - American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented on the passage last night of the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act in the House of Representatives by a vote of 357 to 70. "Farm Bureau applauds the passage of [...]

By |February 2, 2024|

Op-Ed: Weaving Conservation Into Crop Insurance Is Critical For Farmers’ Success

By Jon Daggett, former CEO of Nat'l Corn Growers Assn Jon DoggettAs a ranch kid from Montana, I experienced the hard work that goes into feeding America and the world. In the years since, I've spent a career in the agriculture industry, pushing for policies to help farmers and ranchers [...]

By |February 1, 2024|

Results From Farm Journal’s Polling Of Ag Economists Released, Turn Downward

By Tyne Morgan, Farm Journal Agricultural economists' views on the ag economy took a dive in the first Ag Economists' Monthly Monitor of 2024. Lower commodity prices, along with the outlook for higher costs, continue to weigh on the agriculture industry. However, ag economists think relatively strong balance sheets and [...]

By |February 1, 2024|

Nat’l Corn Growers Assn Announces Its “Fields Of Corn” Photo Contest Winners

Source: National Corn Growers Association news release The National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) new Fields-of-Corn.com photo contest site attracted new participants as well as seasoned contest alumni, resulting in a record-breaking number of entrants and high-quality photo submissions. Our 2023 grand prize winner, for Ready! is no stranger to the [...]

By |January 31, 2024|

Corteva, John Deere Announce Data Sharing Partnership

Source: Oklahoma Farm Report radio network For years, farmers have had to navigate a complex landscape of digital tools to harness the power of their on-farm data. Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA) and John Deere (NYSE: DE) today announced a partnership to make it easier for farmers to access Corteva's industry-leading [...]

By |January 31, 2024|

USDA Announces Investments To Strengthen U.S. Specialty Crops Sector

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON - Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments designed to support the U.S. specialty crops industry. The launch of the Assisting Specialty Crop Exports (ASCE) initiative will provide $65 million for projects that will help the specialty crop sector [...]

By |January 30, 2024|

LG Seeds: Corn Hybrids Show Surprising Resilience In Western Corn Belt

Source: LGSeeds news release LG Seeds agronomist Mark Grundmayer encourages farmers to plan for a successful crop season, even in the face of adverse weather conditions. WESTFIELD, Ind. - LG Seeds successfully completed a series of experimental corn test plots in a wide geographical area of the Western Corn Belt, [...]

By |January 30, 2024|

Here’s What Good Beef Bulls Are Bringing These Days

Source: Oklahoma Farm radio network Mark Johnson, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner," published electronically by Dr. Peel, Mark Johnson, and Paul Beck. Today, Johnson talks about the value of a good [...]

By |January 29, 2024|

Purdue’s Dr. Allen Gray Forecasts How Tech Will Enable Agrifood Trends

By Dr. Allan Gray, Professor, Land O'Lakes Chair in Food and Agribusiness, and Executive Director, Purdue University The numerous articles recently published about the future of the food and agriculture industry in 2024 are overwhelming. To set my perspective apart, I've chosen to focus on how digital technologies will enable [...]

By |January 29, 2024|

Farm Futures Survey Of Ag Producers Shows Little Shift In 2024 Crop Acres

By Jacqueline Holland, Farm Futures magazine Corn and soybean acreage will shift across the U.S. in the spring of 2024, but perhaps not by as much as what market prices are currently forecasting. The Farm Futures January 2024 grower survey, conducted via email Dec. 18, 2023 through Jan. 2, 2024, [...]

By |January 29, 2024|

Kinze Introduces New 5670 Planters

Source: Kinze Manufacturing news release WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa -- For the 2025 planting season, Kinze Manufacturing is introducing the new 5670 pivot fold, split row model planters. Utilizing the latest and best in technology and performance-boosting features, the 5670 delivers enhanced productivity, increased operator convenience and efficient serviceability. The versatile 5670 [...]

By |January 26, 2024|

U Of Illinois Animal Scientists Are Developing New Breed Of Cattle To Produce 20x More Milk

Source: FarmWeekNow.com University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) animal sciences researchers are ready to bring cattle embryos to Tanzania after five generations of crosses resulted in cattle capable of producing 20 times the milk of indigenous breeds. The research, published in Animal Frontiers, combines the [...]

By |January 26, 2024|

Dairy Foods Assn Reports $7 Billion Is Being Invested In Processing Plants

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The head of the International Dairy Foods Association estimates more than $7 billion in processing expansions are currently underway across the U.S. During Monday's Dairy Forum 2024, President and CEO Michael Dykes said nearly three-fourths of dairy CEOs in their annual survey say they plan to increase investments [...]

By |January 25, 2024|

Int’l Trad Commission Upholds Tariffs On Moroccan And Russian Fertilizer

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The International Trade Commission is upholding its decision that U.S fertilizer companies were harmed by Moroccan and Russian imports, and current tariffs will remain in place. Nancy Martinez, Director of Public Policy, Trade, and Biotechnology with the National Corn Growers Association, tells Brownfield fertilizer represents up to 40 [...]

By |January 24, 2024|

Alltech’s 2023 U.S. Harvest Analysis Reveals Variable Mycotoxin Risk

Source: Alltech news release [LEXINGTON, Ky.] -- This year, U.S. farmers and producers have experienced droughts, high rainfall, and other weather events affecting the corn harvest, making it more critical than ever to analyze mycotoxin risks across the nation. The Alltech 2023 U.S. Harvest Analysis has collected and assessed almost [...]

By |January 23, 2024|

Ag Sec’y Vilsack Announces $157 Million In Grants To Support Renewable Energy And Fertilizer Production

BrownfieldAgNews reports: Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing new investments to support renewable energy production and domestic fertilizer expansion. During Monday's American Farm Bureau Federation Convention, Vilsack said $157 million will support 675 Rural Energy for America Program projects in 42 states. "It's going to help lower costs for farmers [...]

By |January 23, 2024|

Roundup Of The Federal Reserve Banks’s January Ag Economy Observations

By Ryan Hanrahan, farm policy news editor and social media director for the University of Illinois' farmdoc project. The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday released its January 2024 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. While the report covers generalized "regional economic [...]

By |January 22, 2024|

Ethanol Market Forecast To Grow 63% To $153 Billion In 10 Years

Source: DataHorizzon Research news release Fort Collins, Colorado -- The Ethanol Market size was valued at USD 94.2 Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach USD 153.5 Billion by 2032 with a CAGR of 5.1%. Ethanol is a versatile biofuel that has emerged as a crucial factor for transitioning [...]

By |January 22, 2024|

More On Deere’s Partnership With SpaceX And What It Means To The Ag Industry

By Matt Hopkins, Senior Online Editor, Meister Media Worldwide Last week, John Deere announced a strategic partnership with SpaceX to expand rural connectivity to farmers through satellite communications. The deal will have far-reaching implications for farmers around the world. Ultimately, Deere would connect its equipment to SpaceX's satellite technology, allowing [...]

By |January 22, 2024|

Illinois Tops U.S. Soybean Production In 2023

Source: Illinois Soybean Association news release BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois farmers once again led the nation in total soybean production for the 2023 growing season. The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the United States Department of Agriculture estimates Illinois soybean farmers raised 648.9 million bushels on 10.3 million acres. Compared [...]

By |January 19, 2024|

Non-Real Estate Farm Loan Volume Down 15% From Prior Year

by Nate Kauffman and Ty Kreitman, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City New non-real estate farm lending activity at commercial banks continued to decline in the fourth quarter. According to the Survey of Terms of Lending to Farmers, the volume of new non-real estate farm loans was about 15% less [...]

By |January 19, 2024|

Farm Equipment Editors Launch ‘Used Equipment University’ Video Series

Source: Farm Equipment news release BROOKFIELD, Wis. -- The editors of Farm Equipment, with the support of Tractor Zoom, are excited to announce a new quick-hitting video series. The Farm Equipment 'Used Equipment University' video series consists of 1-on-1 conversations with progressive ag equipment dealers about their used equipment best [...]

By |January 18, 2024|

United Soybean Board Releases 2023 Sustainability Overview Report

Source: United Soybean Board news release ST. LOUIS - What's the power of one unassuming soybean? When it's sustainably grown by U.S. Soy farmers and adopted by their growing roster of public and private partners, that single bean can simultaneously advance food security, renewable energy and environmental stewardship through an [...]

By |January 18, 2024|

Corteva To Release 40 New 2024 Brevant Brand Corn Hybrids

Source: Corteva Agriscience news release INDIANAPOLIS, -- The 2024 class of Brevant brand corn features 40 new products with industry-leading genetics and traits. Farmers will have expanded access for the upcoming growing season to the latest corn innovations, including Brevant brand Vorceed Enlist corn and Brevant brand PowerCore Enlist corn. [...]

By |January 17, 2024|

Deere Announces Partnership With SpaceX To Expand Connectivity To Farmers

Source: John Deere news release MOLINE, Illinois -- Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) announced it has entered into an agreement with SpaceX to provide cutting-edge satellite communications (SATCOM) service to farmers. Utilizing the industry-leading Starlink network, this solution will allow farmers facing rural connectivity challenges to fully leverage precision agriculture [...]

By |January 17, 2024|

John Deere Announces Four Major Advancements At CES

Source: Precision Farming Dealer magazine John Deere was at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held last week in Las Vegas, NV, and had several precision tech solutions on display. Analysts at J.P. Morgan, in a Jan. 11. note to investors, gave their takeaways from their experience at the booth, including the [...]

By |January 16, 2024|

Pioneer Agronomists Reviews Impacts Of El Niño On Crop Production

Source: Pioneer news release The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), or simply El Niño, is a natural cycle involving interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere that affects atmospheric circulation and weather patterns globally. El Niño typically reaches its peak during the late fall or early winter months, and while [...]

By |January 16, 2024|

USDA Helps Producers Prepare For And Recover From Severe Winter Weather

Source: USDA news release Winter storms create significant challenges and often result in catastrophic loss for agricultural producers, especially for those raising livestock, row crops and vulnerable crops like citrus. Despite every attempt to mitigate risk, your operation may suffer losses. As you prepare for the potential impacts of upcoming [...]

By |January 15, 2024|

Kubota Unveils Fully Electric Multi-Purpose Tractor

Source: Kubota news release From CES 2024, the biggest tech event in the world, Kubota North America Corporation (KNA) unveiled its 2030 vision and holistic approach to innovation and technology integration, built on more than 130 years of providing customer solutions to societal issues in the areas of food production, [...]

By |January 15, 2024|

USDA Reports Record Corn Crop in 2023–15.3 Billion Bushels

Source: DTN OMAHA -- USDA on Friday released its January Crop Production, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Dec. 1 Grain Stocks and Winter Wheat Seedings reports. USDA pegged final national average corn yield at a record 177.3 bushels per acre (bpa), well above the range of pre-report expectations. [...]

By |January 15, 2024|

250,265 Tractors Were Sold In The U.S. In 2023, 7,369 Combines

Agri Marketing magazine reports: According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," total sales of all tractors during 2023 were 250,265, down 8% from 2022. The sale of all tractors during December, 2023, in the U.S. were down 5% from the same month last year. In December, a [...]

By |January 12, 2024|

New Farmers National Co. Report Reveals “Resilient” Ag Land Market

Source: Farmers National Company news release Despite increasing pressure from declining commodity markets, rising interest rates and inflation, the land market seems to be moving into 2024 maintaining the value increases it has built during the past three years. The sharp increase in land values from a year ago that [...]

By |January 11, 2024|

Indigo Ag Receives $270 Million Investment, Adds To Its Board Of Directors

Source: Indigo Ag news release Indigo recently closed a financing round at nearly $270 million. As announced in September 2023, Indigo's funding round included existing investors, led by Flagship Pioneering, and new investors, including the State of Michigan Retirement System, one of the largest pension funds in the U.S. and [...]

By |January 11, 2024|

Rob-See-Co Announces Inaugural Forage Summits

Source: Rob-See-Co news release ELKHORN, Neb. (January 9, 2024) - Rob-See-Co, an independent seed company located in Elkhorn, Neb. is thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural Forage Summits scheduled to take place from January 15th to February 29th, 2024. These comprehensive summits are open to everyone who values [...]

By |January 10, 2024|

U Of Illinois Ag Economists’ Revised Crop Budgets Show Farmers Will Lose Money

by Nick Paulson and Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Illinois crop budgets for 2024 have been revised from their initial release in August (farmdoc daily, August 29, 2023). The main revision in the budgets is a reduction in the corn and soybean prices assumed [...]

By |January 10, 2024|

Group Of Missouri Poultry Producers File Tyson Over Closure Of Plant

NewsNation TV reports: Stoddard County, Mo. - A group of poultry farmers has filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods, just months after the company shut down a processing plant in southern Missouri. The lawsuit claims there was false representation and a breach of contract on behalf of Tyson Foods prior [...]

By |January 9, 2024|

Science Magazine Provides Update On Short-Stature Corn

by Erik Stokstad, Science magazine On 10 August 2020, a record-breaking windstorm raced across Iowa, the big buckle of the U.S. Corn Belt. Gusts up to 225 kilometers per hour flattened fields and buildings, with losses totaling an estimated $12 billion across several states. "It was devastating," says Kelly Gillespie, [...]

By |January 9, 2024|

U.S. Grains Council Launches Website Highlighting Corn, Sorghum, Barley Sustainability Efforts

Source: U.S. Grains Council news release The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has released four new web pages focused on the organization's sustainability efforts. The web pages provide information and resources on the practices and technologies that contribute to the sustainability of U.S. farms and agribusinesses. The pages showcase the Council's [...]

By |January 9, 2024|

Minnesota Dairy Producer Sued By State For Exploiting Its Workers

CBS News reports: ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Attorney General's office says a rural Minnesota dairy operation exploited workers by allegedly withholding their pay and providing substandard and unsanitary on-site housing. Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the lawsuit Monday against Paynesville-based Evergreen Acres Dairy. He says EAD employs hundreds [...]

By |January 9, 2024|

Ag Economists Compare Cost Of Corn Production In The U.S. And Brazil

By Joana Colussi, Nick Paulson, and Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University The direct costs associated with corn production in Mato Grosso have increased since 2016, consistent with the direct costs of [...]

By |January 8, 2024|

Sen. Pat Roberts: Looming Security Risk Threatens American Agriculture

by Pat Roberts, former U.S. Senator from Kansas and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry as it appeared in Agri-Pulse Across America, and especially here in the heartland, we have a rich history of family farming and hard work. We understand the vital role that farmers [...]

By |January 8, 2024|

USDA’s Risk Management Agency Is Investing $3 Million To Provide Training To Underserved Producers

Source: USDA news release The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced up to $3 million is available for cooperative agreements to educate underserved, small-scale, and organic producers on farm risk management and climate-smart farm practices. The funding from RMA through its Risk Management Education (RME) [...]

By |January 5, 2024|

Ag Economist: Record Pigs Per Litter Again Offsets Cuts To Farrowings

By Jason Franken, School of Agriculture, Western Illinois University The USDA's December Hogs and Pigs report places the December 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs at 74.97 million head, up 0.88% from last quarter and 0.02% from last year, compared to an average trade expectation of 0.6% lower (ranging [...]

By |January 5, 2024|

Hertz Farm Management’s Ryan Kay Named Farm Manager Of The Year 2023

Hertz Farm Management's Ryan Kay Named Farm Manager of the Year 2023 Ryan Kay(Mt. Vernon, IA) - Hertz Farm Management is proud to announce that Farm Manager, Ryan Kay, AFM, received the Professional Farm Manager of the Year Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA). [...]

By |January 5, 2024|

Missouri Bans Sale Of Some Farmland To Foreign Purchases

BrownfieldAgNews reports: Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed an executive order to ban China and other foreign adversaries from owning farmland in the state within 10 miles of critical military facilities. Parson says this is a placeholder in case the state legislature can't agree on updated foreign ag land policies [...]

By |January 4, 2024|

Dairy Farmers Of America Purchases First Verified Carbon Credits In Livestock Marketplace

Source: Dairy Farmers of America news release KANSAS CITY AND INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Athian (athian.ai) announced today the first sale of verified carbon credits in the groundbreaking livestock carbon insetting marketplace to Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the largest U.S. milk marketing cooperative. Texas dairy farmer Jasper DeVos utilized Athian's [...]

By |January 4, 2024|

Cover Crop Program Available In Indiana, Will Reduce Crop Insurance Premium

Source: USDA news release INDIANAPOLIS --The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy and the United State Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency have joined forces to implement the Cover Crop Premium Discount Program for the fourth year in a row. This program will reward farmers who plant cover [...]

By |January 3, 2024|

China Initiates Policy To Reduce Soybeans In Feed Rations

by Jackie Linden, Feed & Grain In connection with a recently launched national policy to reduce the use of soybean meal in livestock and poultry feeds, Chinese sources are already reporting progress. For the January-to-November period, uptake of the ingredient for feed was 11% lower than in the same period [...]

By |January 3, 2024|

Genetically Engineered Crops Dominate U.S. Soybean, Cotton And Corn Acres

Source: USDA news release Genetically engineered (GE) seeds were commercially introduced in the United States for major field crops in 1996, with adoption rates increasing rapidly in the years that followed. The two main GE trait types are herbicide-tolerant (HT) and insect-resistant (Bt). These traits can be added individually to [...]

By |January 3, 2024|

U.S. Farmer Sentiment Stable As Inflation Expectations Subside

by James Mintert and Michael Langemeier, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture U.S. farmers' sentiment changed very little in December compared to the preceding month. The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer recorded a reading of 114, just one point lower than a month earlier. Both sub-indices of the barometer, the [...]

By |January 3, 2024|

USDA Release Report Showing Avain Flu’s Impact On Egg Production And Prices

Source: USDA news release Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)--a disease infecting birds and poultry--struck egg-laying hens throughout 2022. As a result of recurrent outbreaks, U.S. egg inventories were 29 percent lower in the final week of December 2022 than at the beginning of the year. By the end of December, [...]

By |January 2, 2024|

Jury Decides In Favor Of Bayer In California Roundup Lawsuit

By Brendan Pierson, Reuters Bayer has won a trial in a lawsuit brought by a California man who said he developed cancer from exposure to its Roundup weedkiller, ending what had been a five-trial losing streak for the company in trials over similar claims. The verdict was handed down on [...]

By |December 28, 2023|

USDA: Consumers’ Food Spending Hit Record High In 2022

Source: USDA news release Real, or inflation-adjusted, annual food spending in the United States increased steadily from 1997 to 2022, except in 2008 and 2009 during the Great Recession and in 2020 during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Food spending includes food at home (FAH), described as food intended for off-premises [...]

By |December 28, 2023|

Italy Bans The Sale Of Cultivated Meat

Source: Northern Ag Report radio network The Italian government has just done something many American farmers and ranchers probably wish their government would do. Italy banned cultivated meat, the kind grown in laboratory bioreactors from stem cells. Under a law enacted last month, cultivated meat cannot be produced or marketed [...]

By |December 26, 2023|

Nat’l Corn Growers Assn Comments On Positive Water Quality Report

Source: National Corn Growers Association news release The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) applauds the sustained reductions in nutrient losses reaching the Gulf of Mexico and the resulting reductions in the average size of the hypoxic zone, as recently documented in the 2023 Report to Congress by the Hypoxia Task [...]

By |December 26, 2023|

USDA Reports 11.2% Of People Are Food Insecure, Release Map Showing Where They Are

Source: USDA news release Food-insecure households sometimes have difficulty providing enough food for all their members because they lack resources. USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) monitors the extent of food insecurity in U.S. households at the national and State levels through an annual U.S. Census Bureau survey. State-level estimates are [...]

By |December 22, 2023|

Washington State Jury Orders Bayer Pay To $857 Million In PCB Lawsuit

by Mauro Orru, Dow Jones A jury in Washington state ordered Bayer's Monsanto to pay $857 million to former students and parent volunteers of a school who claimed that exposure to some chemicals developed by the company made them sick, Bloomberg reports, citing court documents. The jury on Monday found [...]

By |December 21, 2023|

EPA Restores Chlorpyrifos Use On Crops

Source: EPA news release In light of the November 2, 2023, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to vacate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2021 final rule effectively prohibiting the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food or feed crops, EPA is issuing an update on its intended next [...]

By |December 21, 2023|

USDA Reports Ukraine’s Wheat And Corn Exports Are Recovering

Source: USDA news release Ukraine's corn and wheat exports have almost returned to seasonal-average levels since summer 2022, when Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the United Nations signed the Black Sea Grain Initiative to reopen Black Sea routes. Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 led to elevated security risks and [...]

By |December 20, 2023|

Cattle Feeding Ponzi Scheme Found In Texas–Agridime

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the assets of Texas-based Agridime LLC, a cattle company that purportedly specializes in meat sales and supply chain management. Agridime is owned by Jed Wood, 62, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Josh Link, 30, of Gilbert, Arizona. Both are named as [...]

By |December 19, 2023|

2024 World Ag Expo Top-10 New Product Winners Announced

Source: World Ag Expo sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture TULARE, Calif. (AgPR) - Results are in for the World Ag Expo 2024 Top-10 New Products Competition. The winners will be showcased February 13-15, 2024 during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. The impressive field of new [...]

By |December 19, 2023|

2023 National Sorghum Yield Contest Winners Announced

Source: National Sorghum Producers National Sorghum Producers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 National Sorghum Yield Contest. " The winners of the 2023 sorghum yield contest are extended warm congratulations by National Sorghum Producers," NSP Board of Directors Chairman Craig Meeker said. "Despite a demanding season with [...]

By |December 18, 2023|

John Deere To Open $36 Million Development Center In Brazil

Ag Equipment Intelligence reports: John Deere announced its first Brazilian Technology Development Center, its first development and test center "for tropical agriculture" in the world. The company will invest $36.5 million (180 million BRL) and the goal is to create and validate new products for grain, cane and special crops [...]

By |December 18, 2023|

Update On The Conditions In Agriculture And The Farm Credit System

Source: Farm Credit Administration McLEAN, Va., Dec. 14, 2023 -- At its monthly meeting today, the Farm Credit Administration board received a quarterly report (PDF) on economic issues affecting agriculture, together with an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System (System) as of Sept. 30. [...]

By |December 18, 2023|

Survey By AgFunder Reports AgriFood Investors’ Outlook

By Louisa Burwood-Taylor, AgFunder News The market correction for startup valuations in agrifoodtech, which is taking place across tech industries too, will continue into 2024, according to all but one agrifoodtech venture capital investor surveyed by AgFunderNews. And 30% of the 28 eading agrifoodtech investors who responded believe the worst [...]

By |December 18, 2023|

Short-Stature Corn May Lower Cost Of Crop Insurance

by Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield Ag News Crop insurance should be a consideration for farmers growing short-stature corn in the future. Compeer Financial director of insurance strategies Cole Patrick says policies might be more affordable since shorter corn is less susceptible to wind damage. "I would say the wind rates essentially [...]

By |December 15, 2023|

USDA Accepting Requests For The Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

Source: USDA news release Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021 may be eligible for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program. This program is an important step in delivering on USDA's commitment of providing financial assistance to those who have faced [...]

By |December 15, 2023|

RaboResearch Forecasts Tighter Margins For Field Crops In 2024

Source: Rabobank news release Global farmers faced rising production costs due to disruptions in molecule production during Covid-19 lockdowns and increased crop protection costs. The war in Ukraine further spiked fertilizer prices to record highs. While operating margins slightly decreased, favorable commodity prices buffered the impact in 2022. Rabobank estimates [...]

By |December 15, 2023|

Farm Groups Warn Against Impacts Of China’s PNTR Repeal

Source: Farmers For Free Trade news release (Washington, D.C.) - A coalition of major agricultural organizations representing farmers across America sent a letter today to the U.S. Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party asking them to consider the negative impacts to farmers as they consider recommending that Congress repeal [...]

By |December 13, 2023|

Iowa State Releases Its Annual Land Value Study, Prices Up 3.7%

Source: Iowa State University Ames, Iowa - Iowa's farmland values rose again, albeit at a slower pace than the last two years. The annual Iowa State University Land Value Survey found that farmland values increased 3.7% or $424, to $11,835 per acre. The modest increase this year follows a 17% [...]

By |December 13, 2023|

First Crispr Gene-Edited Drug Approved By FDA

by Joseph Walker, Wall Street Journal The gene-editing revolution is jumping from the lab to the marketplace. The U.S. has approved the world's first medicine employing Crispr technology, a Nobel Prize-winning discovery that promised a powerful new tool for modifying genes to treat disease and improve crop production. The new [...]

By |December 12, 2023|

USDA Issues 30 Year Food Production Forecasts

Source: USDA news release As the world's population increases, the global agriculture system will be expected to provide more food. To better understand how the world agriculture system may grow in response by 2050, researchers at USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) created a range of scenarios based on population growth. [...]

By |December 12, 2023|

Syngenta Scientist Presents Avenues To Reshape Agriculture’s Environmental Sustainability

For the first time, the transformation of global food systems will top the COP agenda. Petra Laux outlines three promising avenues to reshape agriculture into a powerful lever for achieving environmental sustainability. Provided by: Syngenta By Dr. Petra Laux, Head of Business Sustainability for Syngenta Crop Protection as it appeared [...]

By |December 12, 2023|

USDA Releases Map Showing Areas Approved For Its Broadband Connection Program

Source: USDA news release The ReConnect Program is USDA's largest effort aimed at filling gaps in high-speed internet in unserved and underserved rural areas. The program was created on a pilot basis in 2018 and appropriated more than $5 billion between fiscal years 2018 and 2023. Its grants and loans [...]

By |December 6, 2023|

Farmer Sentiment Improves, Producers Report Stronger Financial Conditions

by James Mintert and Michael Langemeier, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture For the second month in a row, farmer sentiment improved as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer climbed five points to reach an index value of 115 which left the index 12 percent higher than a year earlier. [...]

By |December 6, 2023|

USDA, U Of Illinois Researchers Release Paper “Glyphosate’s Declining Weed Control Over 25 Years”

Unchecked use of glyphosate alone led to substantial and rapid loss of efficacy against the weeds it was designed to kill, according to a new USDA-ARS and ACES analysis Source: University of Illinois URBANA, Ill. -- It has been a quarter century since corn and soybeans were engineered to withstand [...]

By |December 6, 2023|

Ag Economists Report Explosive Growth Of South American Grain And Oilseed Growth

By Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University and Joana Colussi, Gary Schnitkey, and Nick Paulson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Grain and oilseed use and production in South America (SA) since 1980 are examined. While yields have grown faster than [...]

By |December 5, 2023|

USDA: Farm Sector Profits Forecast To Fall In 2023 From Record Highs In 2022

Source: USDA news release The USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) forecasts inflation-adjusted U.S. net cash farm income (NCFI) to decrease by $49.2 billion (23.8 percent) from 2022 to $157.9 billion in 2023. Similarly, U.S. net farm income (NFI) is forecast to fall by $37.9 billion (20.0 percent) from 2022 to [...]

By |December 1, 2023|

Tyson Foods Debuts Highly Automated $300M Poultry Plant In Virginia

Source: Tyson Foods news release DANVILLE, Va. - Tyson Foods has officially opened a new $300 million fully-cooked food production facility in Danville, Virginia, delivering on its strategy of accelerating long-term growth, operating as efficiently as possible and investing in its poultry business. It is one of the company's most-automated [...]

By |November 30, 2023|

Comparing Direct Costs Of Soybean Production In The U,S, And Brazil

By Joana Colussi, Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, and Jim Baltz, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University The direct costs of soybean production in the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso have increased at a similar [...]

By |November 30, 2023|

Avian Influenza Found In Commercial Ohio Flock, 1.3 Birds Destroyed

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The Ohio Department of Agriculture has reported its first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza since January. More than 1.3 million birds will be depopulated at a commercial layer flock in Union County to contain the spread of the virus. Research Analyst Lance Zimmerman with Rabo AgriFinance tells [...]

By |November 29, 2023|

Iowa State Extension Specialists On How To Grow And Sell Carbon Credits

by Alejandro Plastina, extension economist and Oranuch Wongpiyabovorn, postdoctoral research associateCenter for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), Iowa State University Alejandro PlastinaA growing number of private initiatives are offering producers compensation for the generation of agriculture carbon credits as well as other ecosystem services such as improvements in water quality. [...]

By |November 28, 2023|

U Of Illinois Researchers: Recycled Phosphorus Fertilizer Reduces Nutrient Leaching, Maintains Yield

Source: University of Illinois news release URBANA, Ill. -- A promising new form of ammonium phosphate fertilizer has been field-tested by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers. The fertilizer, struvite, offers a triple win for sustainability and crop production, as it recycles nutrients from wastewater streams, reduces leaching of phosphorus and [...]

By |November 28, 2023|

Jury Rules Egg Producers Conspired To Fix Prices

By Isabella Volmert, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS -- An Illinois jury ruled this week that several major egg producers conspired to limit the U.S.'s supply of eggs in order to raise prices in a case stemming from a federal lawsuit originally filed 12 years ago. Several large food manufacturing companies including [...]

By |November 27, 2023|

The Global Precision Farming Market Is Estimated To Be Valued At $20.36 Billion By 2032

Source: Fact.MR A recently revamped Fact.MR report states that the global precision farming market is poised to register an impressive 13% CAGR from 2022 to 2032, reaching US$ 20.36 Bn by the end of the aforementioned assessment period. Farmers are transitioning from traditional farming practices to precision farming due to [...]

By |November 27, 2023|

Farm Journal Survey Shows Ag Economists Turn Positive, Cite Better Yields

By Tyne Morgan, Farm Journal After two months of a waning outlook on the ag economy, economists' views took a turn in the November Ag Economists' Monthly Monitor, a survey of nearly 70 ag economists from across the country. "The biggest takeaway I see out of the Monthly Monitor this [...]

By |November 27, 2023|

Soybean, Rice Export Sales Hit Marketing Year Highs

BrownfieldAgNews reports: U.S. soybean export sales surged to a marketing year high during the week ending November 9th. The USDA says soybean sales were nearly 4 million tons, led by strong demand from China as Beijing tries to shore up supplies in the face of planting delays and probable replanting [...]

By |November 20, 2023|

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson Receives Farm Bureau’s Golden Plow

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation news release SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, - The American Farm Bureau Federation and South Dakota Farm Bureau today presented Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) with AFBF's Golden Plow award. The Golden Plow is the highest honor the organization gives to sitting members of Congress. "Congressman Johnson [...]

By |November 20, 2023|