Congress passes Free Trade Agreements

Congress has passed all three pending free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. The House passed the South Korea pact, which includes the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act, on a 278-151 vote.  The Panama FTA was approved by a 300-129 vote.  Colombia, the most controversial of the deals, passed on a 262-167 vote.    In… Read more »

Indiana harvest update

Nice weather has helped progress harvest for one Indiana Farmer.  Bob Suiter farms in West Central Indiana and says the biggest challenge they’ve had on their farm this year is weather.  After battling the challenges of a wet spring, and numerous planting delays, he says the spring ended up long and drawn out and thought… Read more »

Move to roll-back restrictions on co-op stock sales

A bill to reduce the requirements for cooperatives to sell stock has passed out of the Wisconsin State Assembly Committee on Financial Institutions. Authored by Representative Al Ott, the bill would roll-back provisions of a 2009 update to the federal Uniform Securities Law which Ott says significantly narrowed and made more restrictive a state-level securities… Read more »

Top 50 dairy cooperatives

Hoard’s Dairyman has published its annual list of the top 50 dairy cooperatives in the country. In 2010 just under 79 percent of the nation’s 192.8 billion pounds of milk was marketed through those 50 cooperatives, down from 79.6 percent in 2009 and the lowest market share those co-ops have had since 2007. Dairy Farmers… Read more »

LightSquared vs. GPS debate continues

The LightSquared versus GPS debate continued before the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday. LightSquared vice president of regulatory affairs, Jeff Carlisle told the committee construction of the wireless network will support 15,000 jobs a year for the next five years and most of those jobs will be with small businesses. Plus, upon completion, the… Read more »

Brugler looks at objective yield numbers

USDA’s updated corn and soybean production numbers were both down 1% from September, and according to one analyst, the objective yield numbers show a potential for further reductions. Alan Brugler of Brugler Marketing tells Brownfield better than expected anecdotal yields probably won’t hold up, “They way I’m interpreting that is producers had gotten very negative… Read more »

Some slight changes in USDA’s dairy outlook

The monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand estimates from USDA on Wednesday nudged U.S. milk production a little higher for this year and a little lower for 2012. The Outlook Board puts production at 195.9 billion pounds in 2011 and 198.4 billion next year. Cheese prices were trimmed 1 to 2 cents from the September… Read more »

Soybeans manage mostly firm finish

Soybeans were mostly firm on speculative and commercial buying. USDA lowered the production estimate, and tightened ending stocks. Still, after the strength Tuesday, beans struggled at times, seeing spillover pressure from corn and wheat. In any event, at this point, the trade wants to see some fresh demand, especially from China. Soybean meal was higher… Read more »

This October is first ‘Farm to School’ month

This October is the first National Farm to School Month – a recognition put in place by a Congressional resolution last November. “It’s helping to get kids connect with where their food comes from to help them make healthy food choices later in life as well as just have an understanding of our food system… Read more »

Arkansas weed specialist speaks from experience

The prevailing opinion is that Iowa may be only a couple of years behind Arkansas in glyphosate resistant weeds. University of Arkansas weed science associate professor Jason Norsworthy was in Iowa giving a warning of sorts. Norsworthy sees plenty of water hemp where he’s from. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of it that escapes the efficacy of… Read more »