Purdue and CME Group partner to measure health of the ag economy

Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture and the CME Group are partnering to produce a monthly, nationwide measure of the health of the US ag economy. Jim Mintert, director of the Center says a score of 100 on the Ag Economy Barometer would mean the sentiment is unchanged. The Center and the CME Group released… Read more »

OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals give back

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals are giving back to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.  The group raised more than $3,800 for the foodbank by selling t-shirts that promoted Ohio agriculture. The shirts were sold during the Young Ag Professionals conference in January and also online. Matt Habash, president and CEO of the foodbank says the relationship… Read more »

Market volatility likely to continue in cattle

A livestock market specialist says it has been a pretty tough spring for cattle prices.  University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says beef supplies are up 3 percent on the year and the increased supply continues to put pressure on the cattle market. Brown says he doesn’t see relief anytime soon.  “We continue to get more… Read more »

Making sure fertilizer is working efficiently

An ag specialist in the fertilizer industry says farmers’ management practices have changed in recent years – because of both environmental concerns and commodity prices. Jim Krebsbach, with Ohio based NACHURS-Alpine Solutions, a liquid fertilizer manufacturing company, says when commodities pricing was good and yields were increasing, a lot of people were putting on comfort… Read more »

Bovine TB traced to Indiana farm

The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is investigating a case of bovine tuberculosis (TB) traced to a beef cattle herd in Southeastern Indiana.  The TB-positive cattle were identified through routine inspection at a meat processing facility in Pennsylvania. Six beef steers were condemned at slaughter last week after exhibiting signs of TB and the… Read more »

Veterinarian student debt causing applicant declines

  The continued decline in veterinary school applicants is causing serious concern in the industry.  Many point to the growing debt-to-income ratio for new veterinarians as a contributing factor. “People certainly are looking at the cost of education, they’re looking on their investment once they become a veterinarian and many people are beginning to question,… Read more »

Ohio planting progress limited by rain

Rain showers last week kept farmers in the northern parts of the state from the field, but farmers further south had more ideal planting conditions.  According to the latest weekly crop report 27 percent of the state’s corn has been planted with 1 percent emerged.  Five percent of soybeans have been planted. Seventy-six percent of… Read more »

Storms slow planting progress

Farmers in Indiana were able to make significant planting progress before storms moved in late in the week.  According to the latest weekly crop and weather report 30 percent of the state’s corn crop has been planted compared to 11 percent the week prior.  Six percent of soybeans have been planted. Despite cooler temperatures and… Read more »

Changes to loan program helps small and mid-size farmers

Changes to a USDA loan program will give small and mid-sized local and regional food producers more opportunities for growth.  Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini says the Farm Storage Facility Loan program will now include a microloan option to benefit small and mid-sized producers.  “We’re able to extend that to cold storage, to dairies,… Read more »

Recent precipitation causes nutrient loss concern

An agronomist says the warm winter combined with recent precipitation has some farmers wondering what is going on with the nutrients in the soil. Matt Montgomery covers parts of Illinois and Missouri for Burrus Seed.  When it comes to nitrogen he says farmers are probably okay.  “I do think we dodged some bullets for nitrogen… Read more »