Trump Pledges Rural Broadband Support in Infrastructure P...
President praises farmers, vows to ‘rebuild rural America’
USDA Halts Beef Imports from Brazil
Imports of fresh Brazilian beef have been suspended by USDA over safety concerns.
USDA halts imports of fresh Brazilian beef
The US has suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil amid continued food safety concerns. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says ensuring the safety of the nat...
Canola Watch June 22 2017
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Perdue Halts Brazilian Beef Imports
(Washington, DC, June 22, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the ...
Scout now for fusarium
Conditions could be ripe for fusarium head blight across large swathes of Manitoba and Sask­atchewan. Recent rain, high humidity and warm daytime temperature...
Trump Vows Support for 'Under Siege' Ethanol Amid EPA Delays
President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for the U.S. ethanol industry in an Iowa speech Wednesday, even as his administration stokes uncertainty b...
Rain too late for U.S. spring wheat
The U.S. spring wheat crop is still in trouble despite recent rainfall. Jim Peterson, marketing director of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, said the rain ...
Tragic tales give kids powerful safety lesson
MONTMARTRE, Sask. — Bryant Gaetz was sure he was going to die. In an instant, the 16-year-old farm boy’s life flashed before his eyes. “I […]
Grain handling facility’s strong suit is speed
The opening of a Central Missouri train loading facility will handle grain faster and might improve the local price.  The new MFA Shuttle Loader near Hamilto...
Bees key to fruit, honey farm success
CARON, Sask. — Vickie and Dennis Derksen feel a strong sense of responsibility toward their bees. Without them, their retirement project wouldn’t be the “coo...
Auditors Find NC Milk Cleanliness Inspections Too Lenient
North Carolina milk inspectors showed excessive lenience by not penalizing dairy farmers, processors and transporters after finding hundreds of sanitation vi...
Minnesota Dairy Growth Alliance Summit
Minnesota dairy leaders are gathering in St. Paul to discuss ways to improve the industry. The Minnesota Dairy Growth Alliance was formed two years ago in re...
Carbon taxation
Canada’s plan to implement a tax on greenhouse gas emissions has caused a fair bit of hand wringing among prairie farmers. However, the financial impact [...
Roberts presses USTR on China’s slow biotech approval pace
Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts pressed the US Trade Representative on the sluggish progress to increase access for US biotechnology in China. During a Senate Fi...
May pork production notches new monthly record
The USDA says total red meat and pork production during May were new all-time highs for the month. Beef production was also up on the year. The cattle and ho...
Brazilian meatpacker JBS plans to sell $1.8 billion in as...
Troubles continue for Brazilian meatpacking company JBS SA amid the ongoing corruption probe.  Earlier this week a Brazilian judge blocked the company’s plan...
Researchers learn from ‘The Beast’
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The fire that caused 80,000 people to evacuate their homes and affected the Canadian economy when it reduced oil production got […]
Pork, beef stocks down on year
U.S. pork stocks at the end of May 2017 were down 4% on the year at 592.127 million pounds. Good export and domestic demand helped cancel out some of the imp...
Soil reclamation puts bison, bacteria and plants to work
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Bison play a role in reclamation efforts at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake Oil Sands Mine. When the oilsands were depleted at this […]
Deere’s 700 harvesters big on auto
MOLINE, Ill. — Try this. Put your 15-year-old nephew into your half-million dollar harvester, make your initial settings and then turn him loose in the [R...
Bullard says lawsuit 2nd step trying to get COOL back
The head of R-CALF USA says his group is in the second step of trying to restore Country of Origin Labeling for beef and pork coming into the U.S. since Cong...
Michigan wine industry creates new partnerships
Michigan’s wine industry has united to better represent the sector’s interests in legislative issues as well as support research and marketing efforts. “Ther...
John Deere matches cart size 
to quarter section seeding ...
MOLINE, Ill. — In designing its new C850 air cart, John Deere declined the temptation to join the “now I’m the biggest” competition. Instead, it […]
Weather expectations send corn, soybeans lower
Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling. Beans hit more than nine month lows, watching the weather, expecting generally non-threatening near ...
Weed of the Week: cleavers
Last week I addressed a weed that I called the scourge of the south. For more northern grain belt farmers, this week I will discuss […]
Milk futures mostly higher, cash dairy mostly lower
Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were mixed, with most of the more active months up on spread trade and technical buying. July was $...
Cattle trade may be completed for the week
Cattle country was quiet on Thursday afternoon after seeing just a few scattered deals here and there in the morning. A few pens traded in Kansas at 120.00, ...
Barrel Price Lowest In More Than a Year
Spread between blocks and barrels stays at just more than 20 cents
PED virus spreading in Man.
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has asked the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to examine its transportation protocols as PED virus spreads rap...
Summertime
Summertime and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high The fish might be jumping and the cotton might be high, but I don’t think when DuBo...
Video: Corn Commentary 6/22/17
Indiana FFA announces 2017-18 State Officer slate
The Indiana FFA has elected its 2017-18 state officer team.  Claire Baney of Hamilton Southeastern FFA will serve the next year as president of the organizat...
Alta. dairy show showcases top breeds
LEDUC, Alta. — When it was time for the peewee division of the Alberta Dairy Congress, 24 youngsters between the ages of two and nine […]
U.S. industry fears immigration policy will hike labour s...
DES MOINES, Iowa — The irony is hard to ignore. Rural Americans strongly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, partly because of his [...
Canadian beef demand up despite higher prices
EDMONTON — U.S. cow herd expansion is the fastest in 40 years, yet the Canadian cattle population has remained stable for seven years.
 Recent Canadian...
China’s export slowdown may hit world markets
OTTAWA — Canada is the third largest pork exporter in the world, so it may surprise people that almost one-third of Canadian consumption is imported. [...
Carbon sink compensation among cattle group resolutions
KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association wants producers to be rewarded for sequestering carbon in the soil. 
 Members passe...
CGC surplus spending decision a long way off
Canadian grain growers have offered plenty of ideas on what the Canadian Grain Commission should do with an operating surplus valued at $107 million as [R...
Tracing TB origin to begin soon
EDMONTON — Producers who sold cattle to a tuberculosis-infected herd in southern Alberta can expect a letter in the mail soon from the Canadian Food [&...
Non-refundable beef levy needs plebiscite
EDMONTON — The ongoing debate over checkoffs to fund Alberta Beef Producers continues.
 Regulations within the marketing of agricultural products act a...
Chinese beef buyers race to get hands on American steak
BEIJING (Reuters) — Chinese meat importers are racing to get their hands on the first shipments of beef from the United States in 14 years, […]
North Dakota Drought Worrying Crop and Livestock Producers
North Dakota drought worrying crop and livestock producers
Indiana FFA names Stars
The Indiana FFA has named its state “Stars”. Brandi Adkins from the Rushville FFA Chapter received this year’s Star in Agricultural Placement .  Adkins has a...
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: June 22, 2017
Jul. corn closed at $3.62 and 3/4, down 6 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.04, down 14 and 3/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $293.80, down $4.10 Jul. soy...
When To Use A New Tool in the Marketing Toolbox: Short-Da...
Back in the mid-1980s, options were introduced and changed marketing for farmers who only had futures and forward contracting as tools. 
Lawsuit Seeks Reassessment of Predator Control Program
Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit demanding federal wildlife officials reassess their practice of killing coyotes, bobcats, fox and other animals in ...
Sanderson Farms Sued by Consumer Groups Over Ketamine Chi...
Sanderson Farms Sued by Consumer Groups Over Ketamine Chicken
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