Are farmland values set to decline?

Crop prices are at the lowest levels they’ve been in recent years.  That, combined with expectations that interest rates are expected to increase in the coming years leads Purdue University ag economist Michael Langemeir to believe the decade-long increase in farmland values may soon be over. However, Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial… Read more »

It’s a profitable time for pork producers

For pork producers that weren’t hit with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, 2014 has been one of the most profitable years on record.  But what about farms that were hit with PEDv? Paragon Economics president Steve Meyer says, “Even those that have been hit with PEDv – the corn cost are going to go down… Read more »

Cooperative Network honors four

Cooperative Network recognized four individuals with the Cooperative Builder Award at the organization’s annual meeting in La Crosse this week. Pete Giacomini of Cooperative Resources International; Bill Berg, president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, Jim Hager, general manager of Harmony Country Cooperative and Kim Sponem of Summit Credit Union were recognized for their long… Read more »

Analyst: Russian potash problems won’t have major impact

A fertilizer industry analyst says a flood at a Russian potash mine, which accounts for about three percent of global potash supply, shouldn’t have much impact on potash prices in the U.S. David Asbridge, president and senior economist with NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service, doesn’t expect potash prices to rise as a result of Russian situation…. Read more »

President’s plan doesn’t address ag’s concerns

President Obama’s executive order on immigration does not include the guest worker program sought by the agriculture industry. Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and chair of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, says that while the President’s actions will alleviate some pressure in the short term, it does not offer… Read more »

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will not finalize the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this year. Instead, the agency says it will set the final 2014 volume standard next year, and try to get back on schedule in proposing the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes. Brian Jennings, executive… Read more »

Borlaug calls for changes in communication

New innovations and technologies are losing to the anti-science movement, says Julie Borlaug with the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.  She says it is time to make some changes. “All the money that is going into advertising right now is not making a dent,” she told Brownfield.  “So we need to make our message more… Read more »

Wisconsin farmer to lead U.S.F.R.A.

Nancy Kavazanjian of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin has been elected chair of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.  USFRA consists of more than 80 farmer and rancher-led organizations working to build consumer trust in the way American agriculture produces food. In just a little more than three years in existence, the group has developed some valuable… Read more »

Thanksgiving dinner up by 4 cents per person

The cost of Thanksgiving dinner is higher than last year, but just a little.  The annual American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) survey indicates that the meal will cost $49.41.  That’s 37 cents more than in 2013.  But Farm Bureau economist John Anderson points out that the cost is for a meal to serve ten people…. Read more »

Take advantage of educational sessions

There is a lot of information to digest about the new safety net programs available to farmers. Stu Ellis, farm bill educator with the University of Illinois says farmers should really take advantage of the educational programs being offered by Extension and the Farm Service Agency.  “When you look at making a farm bill choice… Read more »