Education is part of “Alice’s” job

World Dairy Expo is all about educating people about the dairy industry and that falls right into line with what Alice in Dairyland does. Kati Wirkus will be at the show every day, talking to school children touring the show, helping host international guests and getting into the show ring for the presentation of the… Read more »

Agreements will increase jobs, ag trade

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack echoes President Obama’s contention that passage of the agreements will result in thousands of jobs. “American agriculture has been a bright light; we’ve shattered trade records and we’ve created jobs,” said Secretary Vilsack, during a conference call Tuesday. “These agreements will help us build on that success and increase income levels… Read more »

Colombian officials happy with FTA movement

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos says he’s pleased President Barak Obama kept his word to Colombia to move the pending Free Trade Agreement with his country forward. In a statement released Monday, Santos called it a “mountain goal” that they have been climbing for six years but adds that it is “not the final goal.”… Read more »

Corn, soybeans continue lower trend

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Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling, along with spillover from the outside markets. The dollar was mixed and the Dow, gold, and crude oil were sharply lower on continued global economic uncertainties during the futures day trade. However, after the commodities closed, the Dow turned hard, closing more than 150 points higher. Past… Read more »

Grassley on FTAs going to Congress

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There’s widespread support for the Free Trade Agreements put in Congressional hands Monday. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says progress on the agreements is none too soon. “The Obama administration itself predicts 70,000 new jobs will be supported if these deals are implemented,” Grassley told reporters, “So, that’s why we should have gotten it done yesterday… Read more »

Champaign Co. Barn Quilt Tour

If you looking for something to do this weekend, the Champaign County (Ohio) Barn Quilt Tour is going to be held Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 and Tina Knotts, Executive Director of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau tells Brownfield this is the sixth year for the tour. “This year… Read more »

Cattle trade at steady prices early in the week

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It turned out to be a surprising day in the cash cattle trade. USDA Mandatory reported a light cattle trade in the Texas Panhandle and a moderate trade in Kansas on moderate demand. Compared to last week, live sales are steady at 121.00. Trading was light in Central Nebraska, with a few early sales at… Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 4, 2011

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Dec. corn closed at $5.87 and 3/4, down 4 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $11.60, down 17 and 1/2 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $298.30, down $4.90 Oct. soybean oil closed at 48.79, down 97 points Dec. wheat closed at $6.04, down 15 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $121.02,… Read more »

USGC sees bumper corn crop in China

The U.S. Grains Council estimates China will have a bumper corn crop this year at 6.6 Billion bushels. The USGC’s annual China corn harvest tour, which wrapped up last week, is the basis for the estimates. The number is 3.5 Million bushels higher than last year’s corn harvest in China. Grains Council chairman, Dr. Wendell… Read more »

Corn stocks numbers surprise and confuse

Last week’s corn stocks number from the USDA, the last one from last year’s crop, was much bigger than expected. University of Illinois Ag Economist Darrel Good says the number was a surprise to the trade and was confusing to him. “Being surprised is not all that unusual,” says Good, “But typically you can go… Read more »