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End to Brazil/U.S. cotton dispute

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the settlement today in which the U.S. will make a one-time payment of $300 Million dollars to the Brazilian Cotton Institute – an assistance fund for Brazilian farmers. In turn, Brazil agrees to give up the right to retaliate against the U.S. with… Read more »

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Soybeans, corn see slight bounce

  Soybeans were higher on technical buying, pretty much seeing an oversold bounce off the new contract lows set earlier in the session. The big bearish factor for beans continues to be this year’s expected record crop. Quarterly stocks were the lowest in more than 40 years, but again, the trade’s focused on new crop… Read more »


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Warm, dry weather regime throughout the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, late-developing corn and soybeans are getting a boost toward maturity under a warm, dry weather regime. In the lower Midwest, mild, dry conditions also favor planting of soft red winter wheat. On the Plains, very warm, dry weather continues to promote summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat… Read more »


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Online tool for Farm Bill programs

Jonathan Coppess, with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois says an online tool developed to help farmers make decisions between the ARC and PLC programs in the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill allows farmers to go through the decision making steps and enter different scenarios on their time…. Read more »

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Where does your community stand on animal agriculture?

Commentary. A recent survey by Purdue University shows many consumers are using animal rights groups like HSUS and PETA as their primary source of information about livestock and poultry welfare.  More than half of the 800 consumers surveyed said they did not have a primary source for animal welfare information, but those who did most… Read more »

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So, about that Gluten…

Jordan Stillmock, a dietetics and nutrition grad student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explains what gluten is in this Healthy Living program. She says people with Celiac disease – a disease of the intestines – have to eat foods that are free of gluten.  For others, they may be gluten sensitive and feel better not eating… Read more »

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Stop the videos!!!

It baffles me how B List animal rights groups like Mercy for Animals (MFA) still find farms where they can shoot “undercover” video exposing bad behavior. The latest small screen debut was shot on a “family farm” in the Southwest in August and released this month.  It’s supremely frustrating given how many speakers have showed… Read more »

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Reaction to the latest Hogs and Pigs Report

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of Research, Frontier Risk… Read more »

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GSI introduces new products

GSI revealed two new products this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, IA.  New products included their new 40-Series Corrugated grain bin and the VersaLoop Round Tube chain conveyor. These products are aimed to increase storage capacity, handle heavier loads and improve efficiency during harvest.  Greg Trame, GSI Global Product Manager for Grain… Read more »


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Hearing examines work opportunities for SNAP recipients

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Wednesday to review implementation of state pilot projects under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  One of the reforms in the 2014 Farm Bill included new employment and training pilot projects.  To open the hearing, Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma said that although the unemployment rate has come… Read more »

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The All American Quarter Horse Congress

Started over 50 years ago, the All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show.  With over 18,000 entries for this year’s show, the Congress will attract more than 650,000 people to the Columbus, Ohio area. Nicole Barker, with the Ohio Quarter Horse Association has the details for The Congress that kicks off in… Read more »


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