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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|

Farmers’ Protest Against Increasing Government Regulations Spreading Throughout Europe

French farmers block roads, bridges as protests sweep country by Ryan Hanrahan, farm policy news editor and social media director for University of Illinois' farmdoc project Just a few weeks after farmer protests against government regulations and taxes began in Germany, protests are now "spreading across Europe, with workers from [...]

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|

Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner Down Slightly From Record High In 2022

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) news release WASHINGTON - Gathering around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner won't take as much of a toll on your pocketbook this year compared to 2022, but the meal still reflects historically high costs. The American Farm Bureau Federation's 38th annual survey provides [...]

By |November 16, 2023|

Ethanol Production Up As Stocks Tighten

BrownfieldAgNews reports: U.S. ethanol production was up slightly last week as stocks stayed nearly unchanged. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.047 million barrels a day, up 5,000 from the previous week, which was delayed by EIA systems upgrades, and 36,000 more than a year ago. Iowa State [...]

By |November 16, 2023|

USDA: Farm Share Of U.S. Food Dollar Dipped Below 15 Cents In 2022

Source: USDA news release U.S. farm establishments received 14.9 cents per dollar spent on domestically produced food in 2022 as compensation for farm commodity production. This portion, called the farm share, is a decrease of 0.3 cents from a revised 15.2 cents in 2021. The farm share covers operating expenses [...]

By |November 16, 2023|

Almond, Hazelnut And Walnut Prices Fall To Lowest Levels In Decades

Source: USDA In 2022, tree nut prices fell to their lowest levels in at least two decades. Prices after adjusting for inflation, called real prices, were $1.10 per pound for almonds, $0.51 for hazelnuts, and $0.25 for walnuts. The last time real almond and hazelnut prices were this low was [...]

By |November 15, 2023|

How El Nino Affects Crop Prices

The Scoop reports: A rebound in South American crops has been anticipated by traders for a long time. The focus for months has been the "big" crop coming in the southern hemisphere and the competition U.S. soybean farmers could suffer. Recent WASDE reports had assumed another record Brazilian soybean crop [...]

By |November 15, 2023|

U.S. Department Of Justice Files Lawsuit Against Poultry Producer Koch Foods

Source: U.S. Department of Justice news release The Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit under the Sherman Act and Packers and Stockyards Act today against Koch Foods Incorporated (Koch), the fifth largest poultry processor in the United States. The complaint alleges that Koch anticompetitively and unfairly required chicken farmers, or [...]

By |November 14, 2023|

USDA Surprises Market By Raising Its Yield Forecasts

By Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com In a surprise move for so late in the season, USDA raised its corn yield forecast by nearly 2 bu. per acre in the November Crop Production Report. With a larger crop currently being harvested across the U.S., it means estimated corn ending stocks is getting [...]

By |November 13, 2023|

World Population Passes 8 Billion Mark, Median Age Is 32

by Mead Gruver, Associated Press The human species has topped 8 billion, with longer lifespans offsetting fewer births, but world population growth continues a long-term trend of slowing down, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. The bureau estimates the global population exceeded the threshold Sept. 26, a precise date the [...]

By |November 13, 2023|

House, Senate Ag Committees Reach Agreement On Farm Bill Extension

Source: House Agricultural Republicans news release WASHINGTON, DC -- The four leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released the following statement on a Farm Bill extension: "As negotiations on funding the government progress, we were able to come together to avoid a lapse in funding for critical agricultural [...]

By |November 13, 2023|

Court Prohibits California’s Prop 65 Which Required Glyphosate Warning

Source: National Association of Wheat Growers news release Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is thrilled to see the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit permanent injunction that prohibits California's Proposition 65 warning requirement related to glyphosate. Today the Ninth Circuit Court of [...]

By |November 9, 2023|

Nutrien Study Finds Perception Gaps Between Farmers And Consumers

Source: Nutrien news release SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- Nutrien Ltd. (TSX and NYSE: NTR) today released Bridging the Agricultural Perception Divide: A Study by Nutrien. This research details and quantifies the perception gaps between farmers and consumers in North America on issues such as sustainability, technology, and land usage; it also [...]

By |November 9, 2023|

U Of Illinois Researchers: Single Gene Controls Waterhemp’s Resistance To Soil-Applied Herbicides

Source: University of Illinois news release URBANA, Ill. -- Waterhemp, the aggressive weed threatening Corn Belt crop production, is throwing curveballs once again, according to researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The weed has famously developed resistance to not one or two, but seven herbicide sites-of-action classes, nearly exhausting [...]

By |November 9, 2023|

Farm Journal Releases New Report On Farmers’ On-Line Buying Activities

By Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal For the past six years, Farm Journal has conducted an e-mail survey to gauge farmer use of online crop input purchasing tools. This year's survey was conducted in September and asked farmers if they bought any of their crop inputs online. This data is unique [...]

By |November 9, 2023|

Extreme Weather Is Battering China’s Grain Production

by Keith Good, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Bloomberg writer Hallie Gu reported yesterday that, "Cold snaps are hitting China's northeastern region, disrupting harvesting of grains from corn to rice and bolstering prices. "Extreme weather patterns from heavy rains to scorching temperatures have battered various agricultural producing regions in China [...]

By |November 7, 2023|

CoBank: Shifting Consumer Demand For Dairy Foods Fuels Butterfat Boom

Source: CoBank news release DENVER --The long-term demand trends for dairy products indicate butter, cheese and other full-fat dairy foods will continue to grow in sales and volume for the foreseeable future. U.S. consumers have shifted away from margarine and reduced fat dairy foods over the last decade as nutritional [...]

By |November 7, 2023|

Farmers Turning To Retrofitting Machinery Rather Than Buying New

Installing new technology into existing equipment is a task that Brian Scott has performed himself. By Bob Tita, Photographs by Kaiti Sullivan for the Wall Street Journal Farmer Nick Welker's tractors steer themselves nearly as effectively as the latest Teslas. They were built in the 1970s. Welker has spent years [...]

By |November 6, 2023|

China Soybean Imports Could Set Record In 2023

U.S. Agricultural Trade Data Update. USDA- Economic Research Service (October 10, 2023). By Keith Good, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Reuters writers Mei Mei Chu and Naveen Thukral reported today that, "China's soybean imports are likely to stay high through the fourth quarter, taking 2023 purchases to an all-time record, [...]

By |November 3, 2023|

Foreign Investment In U.S. Ag Land – The Latest Numbers

by Daniel Munch, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation Foreign investment in U.S. agricultural land is a hot topic, largely spurred by media reports raising concerns about bad actors from adversarial nations purchasing land for potentially hostile purposes. Several questions arise when considering this issue. First and foremost, how much agricultural [...]

By |November 3, 2023|

Dept Of Commerce Significantly Lowers Duties On Phosphate Fertilizers

Source: National Corn Growers Association news release The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced it was lowering duties placed on phosphate fertilizers imported from Morocco from 19.97% to 2.12%. The decision comes after the agency conducted an administrative review of the duties, which is performed annually by retroactively examining the [...]

By |November 3, 2023|

Bayer Loses Third Glyphosate Lawsuit In A Row

By Patricia Weiss and Svea Herbst-Bayliss, Reuters Bayer (BAYGn.DE) investor Union Investment called on Wednesday for the German company to reconsider its litigation strategy for glyphosate and a key U.S. trial lawyer signaled interest in re-starting settlement talks for thousands of Roundup weedkiller cases. The two spoke out after Bayer [...]

By |November 2, 2023|

China Wheat Imports Could Set Record This Year

by Keith Good, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Reuters writers Naveen Thukral and Dominique Patton reported yesterday that, "China is set to import record volumes of wheat this year, trading sources say, with rain damage to its crop and worries over dry weather in exporting nations fuelling Beijing's appetite to [...]

By |November 1, 2023|

Farm Equipment Dealers Report Their Customers’ Interest In Autonomous Retrofit Kits

Farm Equipment magazine reports: Autonomous farm equipment has generated a lot of buzz lately, and the latest text poll from Farm Equipment suggests customers are interested in retrofit kits. Just over 53% of responding dealers said their customers are interested in buying retrofit kits that would allow their existing diesel [...]

By |November 1, 2023|

USDA Releases Map Showing Percent Of Food Insecure By State

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 |October 31, 2023|

USDA To Provide More Than $3 Billion To Crop Producers Impacted By 2022 Natural Disasters

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide more than $3 billion to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2022. Eligible impacted producers can apply for financial assistance through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) 2022. The program will [...]

By |October 30, 2023|

Organic Produce Sales And Volume Up 2%

Source: Organic Produce Network news release Monterey, CA -- For the second quarter in a row, organic fresh produce grew slightly in year-over-year sales and volume in the third quarter of 2023, according to the Q3 2023 Organic Produce Performance Report issued by Organic Produce Network and Category Partners. Overall, [...]

By |October 27, 2023|

John Deere Foundation Announces $19 Million In Grants To Eliminate Hunger

Source: Deere & Co. news release MOLINE, IL -- Today, the John Deere Foundation announced a series of grants totaling $19 million aimed at eliminating hunger by increasing access to food, uplifting resource-constrained farmers, and supporting global food systems. Awarded to World Food Program USA, One Acre Fund, and The [...]

By |October 27, 2023|

USDA Publishes New Standards For Organic Livestock And Poultry Production

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today previewed the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) final rule. This new rule establishes clear, strong and consistent standards for organic livestock and poultry production, levels the playing field for organic livestock farmers, ranchers and businesses and promotes fairer, [...]

By |October 26, 2023|

Rabobank: Global Fertilizer Market Set To Recover

Source: Rabobank news release According to a recent report by Rabobank, the outlook for the global fertilizer market is positive in the coming years, with some challenges and potential risks to be monitored. The global fertilizer market is recovering, with an estimated increase in usage of around 3% in 2023 [...]

By |October 25, 2023|

USDA Reports 59% Of Corn, 76% Of Soybeans Have Been Harvested

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The 2023 U.S. corn and soybean harvests remain ahead of average following another week with generally friendly weather for activity. Most forecasts do have the potential for delays this week, including the chance of the first major snow storm of the year in parts of the northern U.S. [...]

By |October 24, 2023|

Navigator CO2 Cancels Its Pipeline Project

by Jared Strong Iowa Capitol Dispatch One of three carbon dioxide pipeline companies that have sought to build in Iowa announced on Friday that it's canceling its proposal amid the "unpredictable nature of the regulatory and government processes" of Iowa and South Dakota. Navigator CO2 had proposed to build a [...]

By |October 23, 2023|

AgBiome To Layoff All Of its Employees

Source: Channel 11 TV RALEIGH, N.C. -- An agriculture development company located in Research Triangle Park announced plans to potentially layoff all of its 100+ employees. AgBiome is a company founded with the goal of replacing petrochemical-based ingredients used in agriculture production with naturally-derived replacements that create even better results. [...]

By |October 23, 2023|

KC Fed Reports Size Of Farm Loans Is Shrinking

by: Nate Kauffman, Sr/VP/Economist and Ty Kreitman, Ass't Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Farm lending activity at commercial banks slowed further in the third quarter alongside a drop in operating loan volumes. The number of new non-real estate farm loans was flat compared with a year ago while [...]

By |October 23, 2023|

Study Reports Farmers’ Viewpoints On Precision Technology And Profitability

By Addison Dehaven , Research Communications Coordinator, South Dakota State University Since the late 1980s, precision agriculture has become increasingly prevalent on farms across the United States, particularly in America's heartland, where adoption of these practices and technologies is more widespread. Past research has proven these practices and technologies help [...]

By |October 23, 2023|

Farmers Say Crop Insurance Is A Need, Not A Want

Source: National Crop Insurance Services news release Not too far from Capitol Hill in Onancock, Virginia, Lynn Gayle farms soybeans, wheat, and corn. Lynn is acutely aware of the precarious nature of farming and the risk presented by Mother Nature "We're one storm event or one drought away from a [...]

By |October 20, 2023|

New Price-Fixing Lawsuit Filed Against Big 4 Beef Packers

by Greg Henderson, Drover's America's Big 4 packing companies are the target of new price-fixing allegations from a group of small food distributors. Those distributors filed suit Oct. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, accusing the packers fixed prices for years. The plaintiffs allege [...]

By |October 20, 2023|

Brazil Expected To Expand Soybean Acreage And Reduce Corn Acreage

by Joana Colussi, Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey and Jim Baltz, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics,University of Illinois Farmers in Brazil are expected to plant more soybeans and less corn in the 2023-2024 crop season, according to the National Supply Company (Conab), the country's food supply and statistics agency. The [...]

By |October 19, 2023|

Oklahoma State Ag Economist Predicts Good Cattle Prices To Last For Years To Come

by Heather Smith Thomas, American Angus Association Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, says the increase in cattle prices this year actually started last year, as cattle numbers dropped. The midyear 2023 cattle inventory report showed the national cow herd is still getting smaller, he says. [...]

By |October 19, 2023|

China Approves “Dozens” Of Genetically Modified Corn, Soybean Varieties

by Keith Good, University of Illinois' FarmDoc program Bloomberg writer Hallie Gu reported yesterday that, "China has approved dozens of genetically modified corn and soybean seed varieties for planting, in a breakthrough move that could eventually boost production and reduce dependence on foreign supplies. "The country is the world's top [...]

By |October 19, 2023|

Winner Named In 2023 Iowa’s Best Pork Tenderloin Contest

by Andy Peterson, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network A successful hunt for the best tenderloin in the State of Iowa. Cliffs Place in Manning is where you'll find it, congratulations to owners Jim and Jon Waterbury as the winners of the 2023 Iowa's Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest. It's a prestigious [...]

By |October 18, 2023|

Crop Protection Market To Be $132.4 Billion By 2032

Source: Global Market Insights, Inc The global agricultural landscape is on the brink of a transformative shift, with the Crop Protection Chemicals Market poised to witness extraordinary growth, projected to exceed a staggering $132.4 billion by the year 2032. This unprecedented surge can be attributed to a confluence of factors [...]

By |October 16, 2023|

Great Plains Mfg. Opens Hay And Forage Facility In Abilene, KS

Farm Equipment magazine reports: Great Plains Manufacturing partnered with European sister company Kverneland and Kubota Tractor Corp. to hold a grand opening for its new hay and forage assembly location on Sept. 27. The facility, which is located north of the current Great Plains Manufacturing location in Abilene, KS, will [...]

By |October 16, 2023|

USDA Reports Global Food Security Improves In 2023

Source: USDA news release USDA's International Food Security Assessment (IFSA) model estimates how food prices and incomes affect food demand and access in 83 low- and middle-income countries. Food security is then evaluated by estimating the share of a country's population that is unable to access sufficient calories to sustain [...]

By |October 16, 2023|

Farm Organization Leaders Air Their Major Farm Bill Concerns

BrownfieldAgNews reports: There's concern among farmers a new farm bill is far from completion. Jeff Jorgenson, a cow/calf producer who grows corn and soybeans in southwest Iowa, tells Brownfield there are a lot of headwinds. "The shell game as I call it, just moving money from here to there. The [...]

By |October 13, 2023|

USDA Lowers Its September Corn, Soybean Production Forecast

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - Corn and soybean production is down from September 2023, according to the Crop Production report issued today by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Corn production is down 10% from last year, forecast at 15.1 billion bushels; soybean growers are expected to decrease their [...]

By |October 13, 2023|

House Nominates Scalise For Speaker, The Farm Bill Needs An Extension

Source: The Daily Scoop news release On Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans nominated Steve Scalise to be the next speaker by a vote of 113 to 99 - a week after the unprecedented ousting of Kevin McCarthy. Scalise, the second-ranking House Republican, defeated a challenge from GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of [...]

By |October 12, 2023|

Corteva Breaks Ground For New $30 Million Distribution Facility In Indiana

Representatives from Corteva Agriscience and Scannell Properties, as well as officials from the City of Anderson, break ground Tuesday at the site of the new $30 million, 300,000 square foot facility that will be occupied and operated by Corteva next year. by C.J. Miller, Hoosier Ag Today radio network Corteva [...]

By |October 12, 2023|

Scientists Use CRISPR Gene Editing To Combat Bird Flu

by Keith Good, University of Illinois FarmDoc project Emily Anthes reported on the front page of today's New York Times that, "Scientists have used the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR to create chickens that have some resistance to avian influenza, according to a new study that was published in the [...]

By |October 12, 2023|

Ag Lawyer: Five Questions To Ask Before Signing A Soil Carbon Contract

By Todd Janzen, Janzen Ag Law There has been a lot of talk about soil carbon farming in the last few years. The USDA describes "soil carbon farming" as "the use of specific on-farm practices designed to take carbon out of the air and store it in soils and plant [...]

By |October 11, 2023|

USDA Reports 43% Of Corn Has Been Harvested, 23% Of The Soybeans

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The U.S. soybean harvest made a big jump over the past week. That followed generally favorable harvest weather in much of the Midwest and Plains, but some areas are expected to see rain delays later this week. The USDA says that as of Sunday, 43% of U.S. soybeans [...]

By |October 11, 2023|

USDA Releases Adoption Of Genetically Engineered Crops In The U.S. Report

Source: USDA news release Data cover genetically engineered (GE) varieties of corn, upland cotton, and soybeans for 2000-23, for the U.S. and States. Data include the extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant (HT), insect-resistant (Bt), and both traits ("stacked") GE crops. A summary reviews recent trends in GE adoption. To continue [...]

By |October 11, 2023|

Israeli Conflict Creates Slight Increase For Commodities, Inputs

BrownfieldAgNews reports: War has broken out between Israel and a Palestine nationalist organization in the Middle East, and that's having some impact on commodity and input prices for U.S. farmers. Market analyst Jeff Peterson with Heartland Farm Partners says the conflict has pushed some commodity prices higher. "The market was [...]

By |October 10, 2023|

Farm Journal’s Ag Economist Monitor: The One Thing That Could Break The Farm Economy

by Tyne Morgan, Farm Journal Ag economists' view on the ag economy is starting to erode. The September Ag Economists' Monthly Monitor shows lower commodity prices, concerns about demand and a negative outlook for China's economy are all contributing to the changing views, even as the cattle herd and U.S. [...]

By |October 10, 2023|

Virginia Tech Study Reports Ag’s Productivity Isn’t Growing Fast Enough

Hoosier Ag Today radio network reports: The Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report, which was just released by Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), says the world's agricultural productivity isn't growing fast enough to be able to feed an estimated global population of nearly 10 billion people by [...]

By |October 9, 2023|

Study Reports Farmworkers Make Substantially Less Than All Workers

By Daniel Costa, Economic Policy Institute In 2022, the average earnings of all nonsupervisory farmworkers (i.e., combined field and livestock workers) was $16.62 per hour. This is just half (52%) of the average hourly wage for all workers in the United States in 2022, which stands at $32.00 per hour [...]

By |October 9, 2023|

USDA Expands Specialty, Organic Crop Insurance Options

Source: USDA news release Tropical Storm Option covers damage caused by strong weather systems not categorized as hurricanes. Both a wind and precipitation trigger must occur for an indemnity to be paid. This new option helped many producers recover after Hurricane Idalia this year. About 60% of eligible policies elected [...]

By |October 6, 2023|

USDA Details 2022 Disaster Relief For Livestock Producers

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released more details on the livestock portion of a disaster relief program for farmers and ranchers who had losses from natural disasters last year. The 2022 Emergency Livestock Relief Program will be provided to producers who lost grazing acres in drought or [...]

By |October 6, 2023|

Dairy Checkoff’s Pizza Partnerships Engage In Cheese-Growth Efforts

Source: Dairy Management Inc. news release ROSEMONT, IL - A new dairy checkoff growth program with pizza partners is expected to drive an additional 12-plus million pounds of cheese use. The bulk of the cheese will be used internationally through an effort with a major quick-serve restaurant pizza chain and [...]

By |October 5, 2023|

Purdue Scientist Receives $1.1 Million Grant To Fund Research On Molecular Response Of Plants To Environmental Stress

Yuan-Chi Chien, a PhD candidate in botany and plant pathology at Purdue University, at work in the laboratory. (Purdue Agricultural Communications photo/Tom Campbell) Source: Purdue University news release WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.1 million grant to Purdue University's Gyeong Mee Yoon to research [...]

By |October 5, 2023|

In Historic First U Of Nebraska Scientists Map The Complete Corn Genome

Feed & Grain Times reports: In a groundbreaking achievement, scientists, led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher James Schnable, have successfully mapped the complete genome of corn. This milestone development promises to revolutionize the future of agriculture, offering invaluable insights into crop health, resilience, and productivity. Published recently in the prestigious [...]

By |October 4, 2023|

Farmer Sentiment Falls 9 Points On Weakening Crop Prices And High Production Costs

Source: Purdue University Agricultural producers' sentiment declined for the second month in a row during September as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell 9 points to a reading of 106. Producers expressed concern about both their current situation as well as future prospects for their farms. The Current [...]

By |October 4, 2023|

USDA Offers New Crop Insurance Program For Producers Using Controlled Environments

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a new crop insurance program designed for agricultural producers who use controlled environments in their operations. The new Controlled Environment program from USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) is specifically for plants grown in fully enclosed [...]

By |October 3, 2023|

USDA Restricts Imports Of Poultry Products From France, Other EU Nations

Feedstuffs magazine reports: The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it has placed restrictions on the importation of poultry from France, as well as live ducks, duck eggs, and unmitigated/untreated duck products from the APHIS-recognized European Poultry Trade Region (EPTR, excluding Great Britain) as well as Iceland, [...]

By |October 3, 2023|

USDA Reports 23% Of Corn And Soybeans Have Been Harvested

BrownfieldAgNews reports: This year's U.S. corn and soybean harvests are nearly a quarter complete. That followed a generally good week for weather for harvest activity, with possible delays later this week from an expected cooler, wetter weather pattern in parts of the Midwest and Plains. The USDA says 23% of [...]

By |October 3, 2023|

Jet Fuel Represents Huge Opportunity For Ethanol And Corn Producers

Bloomberg reports: For US corn farmers, the rise of Sustainable Aviation Fuel is their best hope of staving off an existential threat. With battery-powered cars poised to slash gasoline demand by 2040, corn-ethanol makers need to find new markets, and fast. After all, roughly 40% of the country's output of [...]

By |October 2, 2023|

USDA Makes Available $3 Billion For Climate-Smart Practices On Agricultural Lands 

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, September 28, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making more than $3 billion in funding available for agricultural producers and forest landowners nationwide to participate in voluntary conservation programs and adopt climate-smart practices in fiscal year 2024 as part of President Biden's [...]

By |September 29, 2023|

USDA To Begin Issuing $1.75 Billion To Ag Producers Through Critical Emergency Relief Programs

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will begin issuing more than $1.75 billion in emergency relief payments to eligible farmers and livestock producers. These much-needed payments are helping farming and ranching operations recover following natural disasters in 2020, 2021 and [...]

By |September 28, 2023|

130 Ag And Forestry Groups Voice Opposition To Spartz Anti-Checkoff Amendment

Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association news release WASHINGTON - In a letter sent today to Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) alongside 129 leading state and national livestock, crop, and forestry organizations voiced its opposition to [...]

By |September 28, 2023|

Pioneer Agronomist On How To Set Winter Wheat Up For Success

Source: Pioneer news release Winter wheat, unlike its more temperate cousins, is typically planted in September and October. It then goes into dormancy over the winter months and begins growing again in the spring. With winter wheat experiencing many different growing conditions, it is important to select the proper variety, [...]

By |September 27, 2023|

USDA Reports 15% Of Corn, 12% Of Soybeans Have Been Harvested

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The U.S. corn and soybeans harvests advanced about as expected last week. Some harvest delays are likely during the early part of this week, but most of the Midwest and Plains should be able to make another round of solid progress. The USDA says that as of Sunday, [...]

By |September 27, 2023|

New Record Price For Farmland Set, $34,800 For 115 Acres In Missouri

By Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com Move over Iowa, there's a new record farmland sale on the books. A piece of Missouri farmland underwent rapid-fire bidding, which racked the final price tag up to $34,800 per acre. The recent sale now beats out the previous record of $30,000 per acre in Iowa. [...]

By |September 27, 2023|

Nat’l Corn Growers Assn’s President Reflects On His Term In Office

By Tom Haag. President, National Corn Growers Association Tom HaagIn a few short days, my year as President of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) will come to an end. Those 365 days sure went by quickly. As I look forward to transitioning the leadership of this organization to another [...]

By |September 27, 2023|

National Poll Shows Americans Want A Domestic Food Supply

Source: Farm Policy Facts news release American farm families feed, fuel, and clothe America. A new survey from the American Sugar Alliance shows that American voters recognize the importance of agriculture and want Congress to prioritize American farmers in the next Farm Bill, provide them with a strong and reliable [...]

By |September 27, 2023|

USDA Reports Record Interest In Its Conservation And Clean Energy Programs

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, DC, - On the heels of the first anniversary of President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has seen record interest in the conservation and clean energy programs that received funding from the law. As a key part of President Biden's [...]

By |September 21, 2023|

Argentine Seed Company Agrality Acquires Nebraska Irrigated Seeds

Source: Verant Partners news release Nebraska, - Agrality, a fast-growing global company specializing in seed industry solutions, is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of Nebraska Irrigated Seeds, located in Fremont, Nebraska. This investment includes four key sites which integrate an office, two ear-corn receiving, drying, and shelling facilities, along [...]

By |September 21, 2023|

Farm Bureau ; Make Dairy Pricing Allowances Reform A Must

Source: American Farm Bureau Feceration news release WASHINGTON, - American Farm Bureau Federation economist Danny Munch presented testimony today on behalf of AFBF and its membership at the ongoing Federal Milk Marketing Order Pricing Formula hearing. This is the third time an AFBF representative has testified at the hearing. AFBF [...]

By |September 20, 2023|

Avian Flu Returns To Canadian Poultry Flock, First Outbreak Since May

By Roy Graber, Feed & Grain Times Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has returned to Canada, with the country's first detection of HPAI in a commercial poultry flock since May. According to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) the presence of HPAI was confirmed in a [...]

By |September 20, 2023|

CoBank: Russian Wheat Exports Remain Biggest Risk To U.S. Wheat Elevators

Source: CoBank news release DENVER --A modest rebound in U.S. wheat production and supplies is improving the outlook for profitability among grain elevators that store wheat. Futures market carries have improved for all three major classes of wheat and the buy basis is widening following a bigger harvest. The larger [...]

By |September 20, 2023|

FarmHer and RanchHer Returning to RFD-TV In 2024

Source: RFD-TV and FarmHer news release Kirbe Schnoor (l) and Janie JohnsonFort Worth, Texas --- RFD-TV, in partnership with FarmHer, Inc., is proud to announce the selection of Kirbe Schnoor and Janie Johnson as its new television hosts for FarmHer and RanchHer, two shows returning to primetime on Rural America's [...]

By |September 19, 2023|

Class Action Suit Over Lely Robotic Milkers Settled For $122 Million

Source: Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP KANSAS CITY, Mo., /PRNewswire/ -- Following last year's $55M settlement with DeLaval Holding AB, DeLaval International AB, DeLaval Inc., and West Agro, Inc. Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, Cullenberg & Tensen PLLC, and Perrone Law PLLC have achieved another historic settlement against a manufacturer of allegedly [...]

By |September 19, 2023|

EPA Resolves Litigation To Protect Endangered Species And Ensure Pesticides That Remain Available

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7 news release LENEXA, KAN. - The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), resolved longstanding litigation covering over 1,000 pesticide products, allowing EPA to fulfill its obligations to protect endangered species while conducting reviews and approvals of [...]

By |September 19, 2023|

U.S. Hard Red Winter Wheat Exports Are Lowest Since Records Started In 1973/74

By Keith Good, University of Illinois' FarmDoc program In its monthly Wheat Outlook report yesterday, the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) indicated that, "U.S. Hard Red Winter (HRW) exports are forecast down 10 million bushels this month to 155 million bushels, the lowest since records started in 1973/74. HRW supplies [...]

By |September 18, 2023|

Ag Economists Issue Report Tracking Fertilizer Prices, Their Impact On Ag Producers

by Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Joana Colussi and Jim BaltzDepartment of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University The prices of fertilizer products reached record highs in nominal terms in 2022. However, the price spikes in the [...]

By |September 18, 2023|

Soil Health Institute and Cargill Partner To Advance Water Stewardship Through Improved Soil Health

Source: Cargill news release Morrisville, North Carolina - The Soil Health Institute (SHI) and Cargill are coming together to advance implementation of regenerative agriculture practices through the promotion of water stewardship within agricultural supply chains. This 3-year, $3 million partnership will equip farmers, conservation planners, and sustainability experts across North [...]

By |September 18, 2023|

Rob-See-Co Launches Forage Division

Source: Rob-See-Co news release ELKHORN, Neb. - Rob-See-Co, an independent seed company located in Elkhorn, Neb. proudly announces the establishment of its new forage division and the introduction of an advanced evaluation system, designed to amplify the value delivered to Every Farm, Every Crop, Every Acre. The new division will [...]

By |September 15, 2023|

In New Survey Farmers Show High Interest In Harvest Autonomy

Source: Raven news release As the demand for agricultural output continues to rise, farmers in the U.S. and Canada are embracing autonomous technology to optimize their operations and boost productivity. A survey1 conducted by Raven and Forward Group in May 2022 revealed that 65% of the 225 harvest cart operators [...]

By |September 14, 2023|

U.S. Corn, Soybean Conditions: “Hovering At Their Lowest Levels In A Decade”

by Keith Good, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project DTN Managing Editor Anthony Greder reported yesterday that, "The 2023 U.S. corn harvest is slightly outpacing the five-year average so far as the crop continues to reach maturity ahead of normal, USDA NASS stated in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday. [...]

By |September 13, 2023|

Iowa Governor Issues Harvest Proclamation, No Permits Required For Ag Supplies

Source: Agribusiness Association of Iowa news release Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation relating to the weight limits and transportation of grain, animal feedstocks, fertilizer, and manure. The proclamation is effective immediately and continues through October 11, 2023. The proclamation allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage, stover, fertilizer [...]

By |September 12, 2023|

Beef Promotion Committee Approves $38 Million For 2024 Checkoff Plan Of Work

Source: Beef Board news release DENVER, Colo. - The Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) will invest approximately $38 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing, and producer communications during fiscal 2024, subject to USDA approval. In action at the end of its September 6-7 meeting [...]

By |September 12, 2023|

USDA Reports The Distribution Of Irrigated Acreage Has Shifted Eastward

Source: USDA news release Regional distribution of U.S. irrigated acreage changed significantly from 1949 to 2017. Trends in irrigated cropping patterns, technological advances, water availability, and changing growing-season weather drove this evolution. The arid Mountain and Pacific regions consistently irrigated the most farmland until 2007, when irrigated acreage in the [...]

By |September 11, 2023|

Global Food Prices Decline In August- Lowest In Two Years

by Keith Good, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project Bloomberg writer Agnieszka de Sousa reported today that, "Global food prices resumed declines to the lowest in more than two years amid ample supplies of cooking oils and dairy, even as worries persist over flows of key staples from some regions. "An [...]

By |September 11, 2023|

Briggs & Stratton To Discontinue Its Simplicity And Snapper Tractor Lines

By Ben Thorpe, Rural Lifestyle Dealer magazine In an internal dealer memo seen by Rural Lifestyle Dealer, Briggs & Stratton stated that effective immediately, it will no longer offer Simplicity and Snapper tractors in North America "due to the considerable year-over-year market decline for the tractor segment." In addition to [...]

By |September 11, 2023|

Industry Experts Comment On Glyphosate Oversupply And Outlook For The Product

By Daniel Jacobs, AgriBusiness Global Glufosinate, one of the most widely used herbicides on the planet, is under assault from several directions. Oversupply, regulation bans, global geopolitical conflicts, and resistance concerns all play in the pesticide's current struggles. "It would appear that both glufosinate and glyphosate are currently in an [...]

By |September 11, 2023|

Agri-Pulse Reports Top Ag Organizations’ CEO Compensation

Source: Agri Marketing magazine Agri-Pulse has issued its annual listing of the compensation and benefits received by the top officers in the Agricultural, Biofuel and Food Industry trade organizations. Those of highest interest to agri-marketers include (prior year): Ag Retailers Assn: Daren Coppock...$424K/2021...$408K/2020 American Seed Trade Assn: Andy LaVigne...$1,071K/2022...$1,035/2020 American [...]

By |September 11, 2023|

Certified Angus Beef Launches Direct-To-Consumer Program

Source: Certified Angus Beef news release Could your freezer beef carry the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand logo? Perhaps. With the launch of a new program, Angus farmers and ranchers have the option to market their beef directly to consumers as CAB product. Ranch to Table, a direct partnership program [...]

By |September 8, 2023|

KC Fed Reports Farm Debt Is Growing, Loan Performance Remains Strong

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Farm debt continued to increase alongside faster growth in farm production loans. Even as debt balances continued to grow, farm loan performance remained strong and delinquency rates edged lower for the third consecutive year. The net interest margin and return on assets at [...]

By |September 8, 2023|

Livestock Marketing Assn Concerned About Increasing Herd Liquidations, Announces New Program For Producers

Source: Livestock Marketing Association news release OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS -- Livestock Marketing Association members have a front-row seat to a disturbing trend: the continued loss of livestock producers across the U.S. They see this as a critical threat, not only to the livestock industry, but to the nation's food supply. [...]

By |September 7, 2023|

Purdue/CME Survey Finds Farmer Sentiment Dips Amid Weaker View Of Current Conditions

by James Mintert and Michael Langemeier, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture U.S. farmers' sentiment weakened in August compared to July as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dipped 8 points to a reading of 115. This month's decline was fueled by producers' weaker perception of current conditions both on [...]

By |September 6, 2023|

Putin Announces Grain Export In Black Sea Region Won’t Be Restored

Associated Press reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the grain deal that allowed Ukraine to export grain safely through the Black Sea won't be restored until the West meets its obligations to facilitate Russian agricultural exports. Putin made the statement after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, [...]

By |September 5, 2023|

U Of Illinois, Purdue Ag Economists Issue Updated Crop Budgets

By Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, 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 Corn and soybean budgets for 2024 are now available here on the farmodc website. Overall, projections are for lower costs [...]

By |August 31, 2023|

American Soybean Assn Expresses Concerns With EPA’s “Confusing & Harmful” Final WOTUS Rule

Source: American Soybean Association news release Washington, D.C. -- The American Soybean Association released a statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement of its final Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule: "When EPA and the Army Corps announced they planned to tweak the flawed WOTUS regulations on [...]

By |August 30, 2023|

USDA Releases Food Price Outlook Report

Source: USDA news release The Food Price Outlook provides food price data and forecasts changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) for food. To continue reading report, Click Here

By |August 29, 2023|

Two Hurricanes Head To Florida

Agri-Pulse reports: The southern U.S. is in the path of two major storms this week. The National Weather Service is warning of severe impacts from Tropical Storm Idalia as it approaches Florida from the southwest, while Hurricane Franklin approaches the state from the east. "Idalia is forecast to become a [...]

By |August 29, 2023|

Pro Farmer Crop Estimates Below USDA Expectations

Source: Farm Journal news release Cedar Falls, Iowa -- Pro Farmer, a division of Farm Journal, shared its much-anticipated production estimates today for the 2023 U.S. corn and soybean crops after analyzing information from the 31st annual Pro Farmer Crop Tour and other sources. The estimates are informed by Crop [...]

By |August 28, 2023|

Total Acre Georgia Grower Sets New Soybean Yield World Record

Source: Total Acre sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture SMITHVILLE, Ga. (AgPR) - In a classic case of the student surpassing the teacher, Total Acre grower Alex Harrell of Smithville, Ga. has bested the current soybean yield record holder, Randy Dowdy. Harrell has established a new world soybean [...]

By |August 25, 2023|

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Finds Corn Yields Lagging In Iowa And Minnesota

by Jenna Hoffman, AgWeb.com The Pro Farmer Crop Tour commenced on Thursday, with scouts rallying in Rochester, Minn., to share images of fields they ranked as some of the worst they'd seen all week. Here's what scouts found on their final stretch of the tour. Eastern leg: Iowa City, Iowa [...]

By |August 25, 2023|

USDA Scientists Believe They’ve Found A cure Of Citrus Greening

Source: USDA news release Leaves with symptoms of citrus greening disease.Scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) may have found a potential remedy for the untreatable disease that has devastated the American citrus industry since it arrived in Florida in 1998. Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, is a [...]

By |August 25, 2023|

Op-ed By Iowa Congressman Feenstra: Crop Insurance Is Most Vital Farm Safety Net

Source: blog by Congressman Randy Feenstra, (IA-4th district) as it ran on Agri-Pulse.com Crop insurance remains the most vital tool in the farm safety net toolkit. From droughts and derechos to economic hardship and unstable commodity prices, crop insurance is a lifeline for our producers and their families. Serving on [...]

By |August 24, 2023|

Potato Exports Break Record For Value And Volume

Source: Potatoes USA news release DENVER - U.S. potato exports reached record value and volume in the 12-month period from July 2022 - June 2023. Export values increased 19.05% to $2.2 billion, and export volume increased 3.85% to 3.3 million metric tons (fresh weight equivalent). U.S. potato export values increased [...]

By |August 24, 2023|

Missouri Supreme Court Ruling Has Major Impact On Roundup Lawsuit

Source: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner scored another major victory this past week in its defense of Monsanto in ongoing litigation brought by users of the company's Roundup herbicide, as the Missouri Supreme Court rejected an attempt by plaintiffs to force a trial to be held in [...]

By |August 24, 2023|

Bushel Secures $26 Million To Accelerate Digitization In Agriculture

Source: Bushel news release FARGO, N.D. - Bushel, the leading digital platform connecting farmers and agribusinesses, successfully closed an oversubscribed $26 million funding round led by The Banc Funds Company with further support from new and existing investors. In addition to The Banc Funds Company, other investors in this round [...]

By |August 23, 2023|

Why Farmers Take So Long To Buy Into Something New

by Jan Johnson, CEO & Founder, Millennium Research There is an old saying: "Are you willing to bet the farm on that?" Today, the answer is "no." And a longer answer is, "If I wait, I might lose a bit, but I will not lose everything."Farmers' skepticism has generally paid [...]

By |August 23, 2023|

U.S. Wheat Exports Projected at 52-Year Low

Source: USDA news release The August 2023 Wheat Outlook analyzes the 2022/23 and 2023/24 WASDE as well as supply and demand changes linked to new data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census and USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. U.S. all-wheat exports are lowered 25 million bushels to 700 million [...]

By |August 22, 2023|

Massey Ferguson Introduces 1 Series Round Baler

Source: AGCO news release 1 Series round baler specially designed for North American dry hay and stover. At a Glance: The Massey Ferguson 1 Series Round Baler The Massey Ferguson 1 Series Round Baler debuted on August 18, 2023. The new baler leverages 75 years of Hesston tradition and hay [...]

By |August 22, 2023|

USDA Release Report Showing Adoption Of Variable Rate Technology By Crop

Source: USDA news release Farmers use variable rate technologies (VRT) to control the amount of farm inputs--such as seed, fertilizer, and chemicals--applied as farm machinery moves across a field. With more precise control of inputs, farmers can make more efficient applications that might lower production costs or reduce environmental impacts. [...]

By |August 21, 2023|

USDA Reports Cattle Placements Into Feedlots Down 8%

BrownfieldAgNews reports: Placements of cattle into U.S. feedlots fell 8% from July 2022 to July 2023. The USDA says the monthly placements total was 1.618 million head, with that year-to-year decline tied to lower feed prices, better pasture conditions, and generally tighter numbers after aggressive marketings earlier in this year. [...]

By |August 21, 2023|

John Deere Issues Year End Outlook

Source: Deere & Co. news release Net income attributable to Deere & Company for fiscal 2023 is forecast to be in a range of $9.75 billion to $10.00 billion. "Deere is well on the way to another year of exceptional achievement due in large part to positive fundamentals in the [...]

By |August 21, 2023|

USDA Reports Smaller Cow-Calf Operations Still Outnumber Large Operations, Herd Sizes Have Increased

Source: USDA news release In the United States, most cow-calf operations are relatively small and have fewer than 50 cows though a few very large operations (with more than 1,000 cows) can be found. On cow-calf farms, calves are birthed, raised, and weaned on site. While some calves remain on [...]

By |August 18, 2023|

USDA Forecasts Wheat Exports To At Record Low Levels

by Keith Good, University of Illinois FarmDoc project In its monthly Wheat Outlook report earlier this week, the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) indicated that, "U.S. all-wheat exports are lowered 25 million bushels to 700 million bushels, the lowest since 1971/72. "Despite an increase in Hard Red Winter (HRW) production, [...]

By |August 18, 2023|

RaboResearch: Grain Demand Booms In Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: Rabobank news release Growing population drives grain consumption ESSA comprises 22 different economies with a current population of 520 million, which is projected to reach 705 million by 2035. This will increase the demand for white corn, the main staple food in the region. However, other grains are also [...]

By |August 17, 2023|

Fertilizer Prices Continue Decline And May Impact Farmers’ Nitrogen Decisions

By Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Joana Colussi, 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 Fertilizer prices have continued their more than year-long decline through the first two weeks of August 2023. On [...]

By |August 17, 2023|

Ketchum Release Results From Its Survey Of Gen Z’s Food Selections

Source: Ketchum news release NEW YORK --Gen Z has been deemed the foodie generation, but recent research from Ketchum reveals a darker side to their relationship with food. Sixty-one percent of Gen Z has felt pressure on them since childhood to eat a certain way to communicate their identity and [...]

By |August 16, 2023|

USDA Reports Prices For Genetically Modified Seeds Have Risen Much Faster than Non-GM Seeds

Source: USDA news release Prices farmers paid for crop seed increased significantly faster than the prices farmers received for crop commodities between 1990 and 2020. During that period the average price farmers paid for all seed rose by 270 percent, while the crop commodity price index rose 56 percent. For [...]

By |August 15, 2023|

Pioneer Agronomist: Heat Stress And Drought Can Impact Yield

Source: Pioneer news release During the dog days of summer, when corn is pollinating and temperatures exceed 90 degrees, heat stress can impact yield potential. Heat, combined with dry conditions during this critical time, can cause plant stress during pollination and reduce the number of kernels a plant can set. [...]

By |August 15, 2023|

Farmers For Soil Health Launches Cover Crop Planting Incentive Plan

Source: National Corn Growers Association news release Farmers in 20 states can now enroll in cost-share programs through Farmers for Soil Health. This corn, pork and soy commodity initiative, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and USDA's Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, establishes financial and technical assistance for [...]

By |August 15, 2023|

CoBank: Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Struggle To Maintain Early Momentum

Source: CoBank news release DENVER --U.S. consumers remain interested in plant-based meat alternatives, but higher prices have led many prospective return consumers to taper off their purchases. The price of plant-based meats is often several dollars a pound higher than for equivalent meat and poultry products. Beyond cost, lingering negative [...]

By |August 15, 2023|

USDA Reports Sources Of Water For Irrigated Crops

Source: USDA news release Irrigation water delivery organizations are entities such as irrigation districts and ditch companies that supply farmers, ranchers, and other users with water. These organizations draw water from several different sources. Water from Federal water projects and direct diversions from surface water bodies make up the majority [...]

By |August 11, 2023|

U.S. July Tractor Sales Down 9% For The Year, Combine Sales Up 41%

Agri Marketing magazine reports: According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," the sale of all tractors during July 2023, in the U.S. were down 5% from the same month last year. In July, a total of 21,550 tractors were sold which compares to 22,383 sold in 2022. [...]

By |August 11, 2023|

Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Reports Ag Credit Conditions Moderate

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Agricultural credit conditions in the Tenth District moderated in the second quarter and farmland values continued to increase. Following multiple years of considerable improvement, farm income softened, and borrower liquidity retracted somewhat alongside continued cost pressures and lower prices for most agricultural commodities [...]

By |August 11, 2023|

Smithfield To Close 35 Pork Production Facilities In Missouri

Feedstuffs magazine reports: Smithfield Foods will be closing 35 farms in northern Missouri in October. According to the Missouri Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice, the firm plans to lay off 92 salaried and hourly employees in Putnam and Mercer counties effective Oct. 8. Murphy Brown, LLC, a division [...]

By |August 10, 2023|

USDA, CTIC, ASTA Release Results Of Cover Crops Survey

Source: USDA, CTIC, ASTA joint news release Washington, DC -- A new national cover crop survey report released today challenges assumptions on the role of incentive payments in cover crop adoption. Incentives play a key role in getting some farmers started on cover crops--49% of the cover crop users participating [...]

By |August 10, 2023|

Bayer Considering Structural Changes

by Olaf Ridder and Cecilia Butini, Dow Jones Bayer's will unveil plans and financial targets for the company in early 2024, the company's new Chief Executive Bill Anderson said during a post-results conference call, adding that a strategic review currently taking place at the company isn't excluding any possible scenarios [...]

By |August 9, 2023|

USDA Reports More Than Half Of Cropland Uses Seed Varieties With At Least One Genetically Modified Trait

Source: USDA news release Genetically modified (GM) varieties of corn, soybeans, and cotton were introduced in the United States in 1996, and they became the dominant seed choice among farmers within a few years. Later, GM varieties were widely adopted for canola and sugar beets. By 2020 (the most recent [...]

By |August 8, 2023|

North Dakota Denies Siting Permit For Summit Carbon Pipeline Project

Source: North Dakota Public Service Commission BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC or Commission) today denied a siting permit for the Midwest Carbon Express CO2 Pipeline Project. SCS Carbon Transport LLC (Summit Carbon Solutions referred to as "Summit") filed an application in Oct. 2022 to construct [...]

By |August 7, 2023|

Support for Crop Insurance Key Theme In Farm Bill Listening Session At FarmFest

Source: National Crop Insurance Services news release Between scoops of corn ice cream and live music, farmers and policymakers gathered yesterday at Minnesota Farmfest to discuss the issues that matter most to rural America. The Listening Session held by the House Agriculture Committee presented an opportunity for farmers, lenders, and [...]

By |August 4, 2023|

As Prop 12 Kicks In, Pork Belly Prices Soar

By Kirk Maltais, Wall Street Journal Bacon prices could soon start heating up. Wholesale prices for pork belly--the cut of meat used to make bacon--have surged this summer, nearly tripling since the start of June after hitting a multiyear low in May. Pork-belly prices were at $2.15 a pound on [...]

By |August 4, 2023|

DTN Launches EcoField Data To Help Connect Farmers And Agribusinesses In Sustainable Farming

Source: DTN news release MINNEAPOLIS - DTN, continues to deliver market-leading data and intelligence to the agriculture sector with the introduction of EcoField data specifically engineered to support the rapidly growing sustainable agriculture space. Agribusinesses and grain traders can tap into EcoField data to help support and expand sustainable farming [...]

By |August 3, 2023|

Fertilizer Prices Continue Year-Long Decline From 2022 Peak

By Nick Paulson, Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey and Jim Baltz, University of Illinois In today's farmdoc daily article, we look at how prices for major fertilizer products have trended consistently downward over the past year after peaking at historic highs in 2022. Demand destruction from high prices and market adjustments [...]

By |August 3, 2023|

New Research From Proagrica Shows The Need To Future-Proof The Ag Supply Chain Through Integrated Digitization

Source: Progarica news release Proagrica, a global provider of agronomic and business data solutions, today releases an independently commissioned white paper titled, 'Digital Integration. A Fundamentally Powerful Next Step to Agriculture Supply Chain Optimization'. The findings outline the impact that global trends and challenges have had on the rapidly evolving [...]

By |August 2, 2023|

Purdue/CME Survey Reports 25% Of Farmers Expecting Higher Cash Rents

Source: Purdue University This month's survey also included a question targeted toward corn and soybean producers regarding their expectations for farmland cash rental rates in 2024. Twenty-five percent of the corn/soybean producers in this month's survey said they expect 2024 cash rental rates in their area to rise above 2023's [...]

By |August 2, 2023|

Sales Of Meat Alternatives Continue To Decline

By Elaine Watson, AgFunder News US retail sales of plant-based meat alternatives have continued to decline, falling 12.6% to $106.8 million in the five weeks ending July 2, 2023, with units down 19.8% year-over-year, according to new data from Circana (formerly IRI).* For the year to July 2, 2023, sales [...]

By |July 31, 2023|

Purdue, CropLife Unveil Results Of Study On Ag Retailers’ Use Of Precision Technology

By Bruce Erickson and James Lowenberg-DeBoer, Purdue University| The 2023 Precision Agriculture Dealership Survey shows continued growth in technology to streamline and increase the efficiency of operations, such as in sprayer boom section/nozzle control, turn compensation, and in fleet management and telemetry. These are possible reactions to input costs and [...]

By |July 31, 2023|

Putin Tells African Leaders Russia Will Ship Them Free Grain

PHOTO: MIKHAIL TERESCHENKO/TASS/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCKRussian President Vladimir Putin posed for a group photo with African heads of state and other delegates at the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday. By Ann M. Simmons, Wall Street Journal Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to ship food and provide more security assistance to [...]

By |July 31, 2023|

USDA Issues Report Showing The World’s Largest Meat Importers

Source: USDA news release China has been the world's largest meat importer since 2019. Despite recent reductions in imported meat volumes, the country remains in the top spot. In 2022, China imported 43 percent more than the second largest meat-importing country, Japan. Issues such as disease, tougher laws addressing environmental [...]

By |July 28, 2023|

USDA Introduces Geospatial Data Product To Show Crop Rotation Patterns

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled a geospatial product called Crop Sequence Boundaries (CSB) that offers public access to national-scale visual crop rotation data for the first time. The new tool was developed by USDA's (NASS) and Economic Research Service (ERS), two of the [...]

By |July 27, 2023|

Price Fixing Lawsuit Filed Against Major Turkey Processors

by Krissa Welshans Feedstuffs Carina Ventures, a subsidiary of litigation funder Burford Capital, recently filed a lawsuit, alleging major U.S. turkey companies conspired to fix prices. According to Reuters, Sysco was, up until a few weeks ago, a plaintiff in antitrust cases against pork, beef, and chicken producers. Since then, [...]

By |July 27, 2023|

Paulsen On Why Farmers Should Say Yes To Media Training

Source: blog by Paulsen Nearly every agriculture commodity group offers its farmers and livestock producers an opportunity to participate in media training. The session is usually positioned as a resource so you can more effectively "share your agriculture story" with consumers. As a farmer, what should you expect from your [...]

By |July 27, 2023|

U Of Illinois Researcher Reports Soil Microbes Help Plants Cope With Drought, But Not How Scientists Thought

Source: University of Illinois news release URBANA, Ill. -- There's a complex world beneath our feet, teeming with diverse and interdependent life. Plants call out with chemical signals in times of stress, summoning microbes that can unlock bound nutrients and find water in soil pores too small for the finest [...]

By |July 26, 2023|

Ag Groups Reject Rep. Victoria Spartz’s (R-IN) Anti-Checkoff Amendment

Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association news release WASHINGTON - Today, the producer-led organizations representing several of Indiana's top commodities announced their joint opposition to an amendment introduced by Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) that attacks commodity checkoff programs. The amendment was introduced to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, [...]

By |July 26, 2023|

USDA Reports 8% Of Farmland Receives Manure As Fertilizer, Breaks Sources

Source: USDA news release In 2020, manure was applied to about 8 percent of the 240.9 million acres planted to 7 major U.S. field crops. Most manure applied to U.S. cropland (78 percent) comes from animals raised on the same operation, while 14 percent is purchased and 8 percent is [...]

By |July 25, 2023|

China’s Next Anti-Corruption Campaign Targeted At Its Seed Industry

China must develop independence and strength in seed technology, President Xi Jinping said while visiting a seed laboratory in Hainan province. By Chun Han Wong, Wall Street Journal For one of his newest anticorruption campaigns, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is ordering his enforcers to dig up dirt. This time, he [...]

By |July 25, 2023|

USDA Reports Cattle Inventory Down Another 3%, Lowest In A Decade

BrownfieldAgNews reports: The U.S. cattle industry is showing further signs of contraction. The USDA says the total number of cattle and calves in the U.S. on July 1st was 95.9 million head, 3% below a year ago, the lowest inventory in about a decade and a bigger than anticipated decrease. [...]

By |July 24, 2023|

Survey Finds Ag Economists More Favorable Longer-Term

by Tyne Morgan, Farm Journal The July Ag Economists' Monthly Monitor shows weather extremes and wild swings in the commodity markets are the two biggest factors impacting short-term outlooks, but the economists surveyed expressed a more favorable view longer-term. The latest survey also shows the biggest wildcard for agriculture over [...]

By |July 24, 2023|

What’s Causing The Midwestern Drought?

by Anthony Lupo, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Missouri This summer, global temperatures soared on July 4, reflecting one of the hottest days recorded on Earth, according to climate data from the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Prediction. Average global temperatures were approximately 63 degrees Fahrenheit -- one of [...]

By |July 21, 2023|

In Wake Of Canceled Export Agreement, U.S. To Provide $250 Million To Ukrainian Farmers

Feedstuffs magazine reports: U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Samantha Power announced the United States will provide an additional $250 million in aid to Ukrainian agriculture producers. The money will be distributed through AGRI-Ukraine, an initiative started last year to support Ukrainian agriculture exports and combat global food security issues [...]

By |July 21, 2023|

The Main Reason Russia Canceled Ukraine Export Agreement

By Anna Hirtenstein and Yusuf Khan, Wall Street Journal Russia's withdrawal from a deal that had kept Ukrainian grain flowing to world markets has sent prices soaring in recent days. A main beneficiary of the surge: Russia itself. Wheat futures in Chicago have climbed 12% this week so far, rising [...]

By |July 21, 2023|

U.S. Reclaims Status As One Of Japan’s Top Beef Suppliers After 2004 Import Embargo

Source: USDA news release The United States has long been a top supplier of beef to Japan. U.S. market share collapsed in 2004 after a single case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly referred to as "mad cow disease," was detected in a cow shipped from Canada to the United [...]

By |July 19, 2023|

USDA Invests $7.4 Million In 25 Urban Agriculture And Innovative Production Efforts

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $7.4 million in 25 selected grants that support urban agriculture and innovative production. Selected grant recipients, including community gardens and nonprofit farms, will increase food production and access in economically distressed communities, provide job training and [...]

By |July 19, 2023|

John Deere Acquires Precision Spraying Equipment Developer Smart Apply

Source: John Deere news release MOLINE, Illinois -- Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) has acquired Smart Apply, Inc., a precision spraying equipment company based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company developed the Smart Apply Intelligent Spray Control System, an upgrade kit that can improve the precision and performance of virtually any [...]

By |July 19, 2023|

Ag Economists Release Report Showing Grain In Storage, Government Payments Have Big Influence

by Joe Janzen, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois, Bryn Swearingen, Economic Research Service, USDA and Jisang Yu, Department of Agricultural Economics. Kansas State University In recently published research, we estimated the impact of the unprecedented surge in ad hoc farm payments from 2018 to 2020 on [...]

By |July 19, 2023|

Crop Insurance Industry Celebrates 100 Years Of Research

Source: National Crop Insurers association A mule-drawn cultivating team in the 1910’s. Around the time this photo was taken, the crop insurance industry started the agronomic research program that is still working today to understand the impact of nature’s perils on crops. Did you know this year marks 100 years [...]

By |July 19, 2023|

Assn Of Equipment Mfgrs Releases Report Quantifying The Environmental Benefits From Precision Ag Practices

Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers MILWAUKEE - Agriculture and environmental sustainability have been closely linked for many years. It's just that there has been little data to quantify the benefits. That, however, is no longer the case."After doing some research, we realized there was a truckload of good information about the economic benefits of precision [...]

By |July 18, 2023|

Russia Attacks Ukrainian Grain Export Facilities

Reuters reports: KYIV - Russia struck Ukrainian ports on Tuesday, a day after pulling out of a U.N.-backed deal to let Kyiv export grain, and Moscow claimed gains on the ground in an area where Ukrainian officials said Russian forces were going back on the offensive. Russia said it hit [...]

By |July 18, 2023|

Cattle Producers Praise Congressional Resolution Supporting Beef Checkoff

Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association news release WASHINGTON - Today, cattle industry leaders praised the introduction of a bipartisan congressional resolution recognizing the importance of commodity checkoff programs, including the Beef Checkoff. "As a cattle producer who invests in the Beef Checkoff, I know how important this program is to [...]

By |July 17, 2023|

Russia Cancels Ukraine Grain Export Agreement, Will Impact Millions Of People

Source: AP LONDON -- Russia halted a breakthrough wartime deal on Monday that allows grain to flow from Ukraine to countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where hunger is a growing threat and high food prices have pushed more people into poverty. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia [...]

By |July 17, 2023|

Large Family Farms Faced Less Risk In 2021 Based On The Operating Profit Margin Ratio

Source: USDA news release Large family farms were more likely to have stronger financial performance than other farms, according to USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) researchers reporting data from the 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). ERS researchers measured financial performance using operating profit margin (OPM), the ratio of operating [...]

By |July 14, 2023|

U.N . Reports 122 Million More People Pushed Into Hunger Since 2019

Source: United Nations news release Rome/New York/Geneva - Over 122 million more people are facing hunger in the world since 2019 due to the pandemic and repeated weather shocks and conflicts, including the war in Ukraine, according to the latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) [...]

By |July 13, 2023|

KC Fed Bank Reports Farm Lending Slows As Interest Rates Rise

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Farm lending activity at commercial banks slowed through the first half of 2023 as interest rates continued to push higher. The volume of non-real estate farm loans at commercial banks declined for the second consecutive quarter and average interest rates on agricultural loans [...]

By |July 13, 2023|

Rural Medi Group Acquires FarmHer & RanchHer Brands

Source: Rural Media Group news release Marji Guyler-Alaniz (l), founder of FarmHer and Raquel Gottsch Koehler, CEO of FarmHerFort Worth, Texas -Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG), the world's leading multimedia content provider dedicated to the rural and western way of life and owners of RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel, The Cowgirl [...]

By |July 12, 2023|

Farmers Nat’l Co. Reports Land Sales Are Slowing, Prices Remain High

Source: Farmers National Co. news release The agriculture real estate market entered a period of de-escalation beginning in the fourth quarter of 2022. The market experienced a reduction in both sales volume and value growth since that time, as interest rates increased, and inflation pressures became more apparent. That trend [...]

By |July 12, 2023|

Here Is The Current Drought Map, Midwest Still Being Impacted

by Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com Widespread rains finally swept across the Midwest over the past week, but they didn't put much of a dent into the overall U.S. drought picture with drought percentages still resembling 2012. A slight change in the high-pressure block that's led to increasing drought conditions this summer [...]

By |July 10, 2023|

Financial Assistance Applications Opens For USDA Farm Loan Borrowers Who Have Faced Discrimination

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the opening of the financial assistance application process for eligible farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021. Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) directs USDA [...]

By |July 10, 2023|

Maze In Wheat Field Welcomes Taylor Swift To Kansas City

by Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com Wheat harvest wrapped up on Tom Waters' field in Orrick, Mo. nearly a week ago, but what happened after harvest is creating quite the buzz among Taylor Swift fans across the country. What some may view as a blank space, the harvested wheat field is an [...]

By |July 10, 2023|

USDA Expands Risk Management Options For Specialty Crops

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding its insurance coverage options for specialty crops and other actual production history (APH) crop programs. Through its Risk Management Agency (RMA), it will expand the availability of enterprise units to crops where they were previously unavailable, [...]

By |July 7, 2023|

DTN Reports Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices Continue To Fall

By Russ Quinn, DTN OMAHA (DTN) -- Most average retail fertilizer prices continued their downward trend the fourth week of June 2023, according to sellers surveyed by DTN. Six of the eight major fertilizers were lower in price compared to last month with one fertilizer noticeably less expensive. DTN designates [...]

By |July 6, 2023|

Purdue Study Reports 40% More Injures In Grain Storage Facilities Over 2021

Grain bins at Purdue University Agronomy Center for Research and Education, 2017. The number of reported injuries and fatalities in agricultural confined spaces rose between 2021 and 2022, according to the latest report released by Purdue's Agricultural Safety and Health Program. Source: Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Last year [...]

By |July 6, 2023|

USDA’s Planted Soybean Report Catches Market Off Guard, Prices Up 70 Cents

by Ben Potter, Farm Futures magazine USDA's June 30 Acreage Report caught everyone by surprise, but especially the soybean markets. USDA's count of 83.5 million acres of U.S. soybeans planted in 2023 was so far off everyone's radar that it sent nearby July 2023 futures prices as well as new [...]

By |July 5, 2023|

EPA Announces New Regulations For Gene Editing Fruit And Vegetable Crops

Photo courtesy of Purdue University College of Agriculture / Tom Campbell. by Sabrina Halvorson, Hoosier Ag Today radio network Fruit and vegetable plant breeders who use gene editing are now facing more regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency recently increased oversight of some gene-edited crops and added [...]

By |July 5, 2023|

USDA Reports51% Of Corn, 50% Of Soybeans In Good/Excellent Shape

BrownfieldAgNews reports: There were minimal changes to the USDA's national corn and soybean ratings last week. Weather was mixed for most of last week, with parts of the Midwest and Plains receiving precipitation, including damage storms in some areas, while others remained dry. As of Sunday, 51% of U.S. corn [...]

By |July 5, 2023|

USDA Reports Hog Inventory Up Slightly

Source: USDA news release WASHINGTON, As of June 1, there were 72.4 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up slightly from June 2022 and down 1% from Mar. 1, 2023, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics [...]

By |June 30, 2023|

Honey, Get Over Yourself! When Selling To Farmers

By Jan Johnson, Millennium Research I used to go to meetings where vendors would sell things to farmers, and if there were enough women in the room, someone would invariably complain that a new farmer questioned their knowledge or expertise, as if it was a personal insult. Or an insult [...]

By |June 30, 2023|

U.S. Vegetable Oil Imports Surged To $10.9 Billion In Fiscal Year 2022

Source: USDA news release The United States imports vast quantities of vegetable oils for a wide array of end uses--from cooking oils to plastics. From fiscal years 2013 to 2020, imports ranged from total inflation-adjusted values of $6.3 billion (2019) to $7.4 billion (2017). In 2021, imports exceeded $8.0 billion [...]

By |June 30, 2023|

U.S. Corn, Soybean Conditions Are Now The Worst Since 1988

Source: AgWeb.com Despite weekend rains sweeping the northern Corn Belt, U.S. corn and soybean conditions sit at the second-lowest level of quality in history. The weekly, sizable declines in key areas of the Corn Belt from the stubborn drought situation come as the corn crop starts to enter a critical [...]

By |June 29, 2023|

American Feed Industry Assn Reports U.S. Livestock Feed Sales Are $267 Billion, $760 Thousand Jobs

Source: American Feed Industry Association news release Across America each day, nearly 5,650 animal food manufacturing facilities produce millions of tons of livestock, poultry and aquaculture feed and pet food, providing animals with safe and adequate nutrition while supporting an abundant U.S. food supply. Now, new research from the American [...]

By |June 29, 2023|

USDA: Prices For Genetically Modified Seeds Have Risen Much Faster Than Non-GM Seeds

Source: USDA news release USDA, Economic Research Service has scheduled a webinar on the report Concentration and Competition in U.S. Agribusiness at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. During the webinar, ERS Agricultural Economist James MacDonald will present findings in three agribusiness sectors where concentration has increased over [...]

By |June 29, 2023|

USDA Releases Cost-of-Production Forecast

Source: USDA news release USDA has estimated annual production costs and returns and published accounts for major field crop and livestock enterprises since 1975. Cost and return estimates are reported for the United States and major production regions for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, peanuts, oats, barley, milk, [...]

By |June 27, 2023|

Nat’l Corn Growers Assn Applauds USDA For Allocating Funding To Increase Access To Biofuels

Source: National Corn Growers Association news release The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for agreeing to invest $500 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to increase the availability of domestic biofuels and to give consumers cleaner fuel options. "We are appreciative of Secretary [...]

By |June 27, 2023|

Mexico Places 50% Tariff On Import Of U.S. White Corn

BrownfieldAgNews reports: Mexico has placed a 50 percent tariff on imports of white corn, a move that could aggravate trade tensions with the United States. In a call with reporters on Monday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the US will continue to follow the trade dispute settlement process under the [...]

By |June 27, 2023|

Bipartisan Proposal To Increase Access to Crop And Livestock Insurance Introduced

Source: Congressman Randy Feenstra (R-IA) news release WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Reps. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Angie Craig (D-MN) introduced the Crop Insurance for Future Farmers Act, which would equip new producers, beginning farmers, and our veterans in the Midwest and nationwide with the crop insurance protections they need [...]