Taiwan reopens to American lamb

The American Sheep Industry Association says the reopening of Taiwan to American lamb will provide long-term export growth. Executive Director Peter Orwick says that market, closed to U.S. lamb since the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in 2003, is ripe for growth in white tablecloth restaurant business. “That’s what we’re hoping for is… Read more »

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts touts benefits of trade agreement

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says the Trans-Pacific Partnership bodes well for the state’s farmers.  Analysis by the Nebraska Farm Bureau indicates that the pending trade agreement will increase Nebraska’s annual cash receipts by more than $378 million.  Governor Ricketts says much of that benefit will come from three member countries. “Canada, Mexico and Japan are… Read more »

ITC report shows TPP benefit to ag economy

A new report says some of the biggest trade gains for the U.S. in the Trans Pacific Partnership will be in agriculture. The International Trade Commission looked at the likely impact on all sectors of the U.S. economy. If implemented, the report says ag exports would increase by more than $7-Billion a year by 2032…. Read more »

Cash rents holding on in Indiana, Ohio

Cash rents have started to decline, but Dennis Badger with Farm Credit Mid-America says they still aren’t at levels that correlate with grain prices. He says there is reason behind landowners’ hesitancy to lower cash rents.  “Most landowners still have to contend with property tax rates that have been increasing over the past two to… Read more »

Study indicates shortage in migrant workers

A recent study from Ball State University found that the percentage of agricultural workers who migrate within the United States has dropped significantly. Maoyong Fan says the number of workers has decreased by 60 percent since the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Because the many parts of the agriculture industry rely on short-term labor to… Read more »

The possibility of a switch to soybeans

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of switching corn acres to soybeans – especially in areas where planting is already delayed. Purdue Extension ag economist Chris Hurt says not everyone will be able to make the switch – especially farmers that already have fertilizer down.  “I think we’re looking at a… Read more »

The Andersons rejects takeover bid

Ohio based The Andersons, Inc. has rejected two unsolicited proposals from New York based HC2 Holdings, an investment firm, to acquire all outstanding shares of the company. The Andersons claim HC2’s proposals significantly undervalue the company and the acquisition is not in the best interest of the company or its shareholders or other stakeholders. In… Read more »

Smart planting and early scouting are key for Indiana growers

An agronomist says the delayed start to planting in the eastern Corn Belt is even more reason for growers to be patient. Andrew Ferrel with Mycogen Seeds says by waiting for field conditions to improve farmers reduce risk of compaction and emergence issues.  “Often times you get sidewall compaction due to those disc openers slicing… Read more »

Farmland values holding steady in Indiana, Ohio

According to a recent survey from Farm Credit Mid-America shows farmland values in the Indiana and Ohio are holding fairly steady. Dennis Badger, vice-president of collateral risk management says he was pleasantly surprised at the findings.  “Compared to some of the other Corn Belt states, like Iowa and some of the other large producers, they would… Read more »

A slow start to tomato planting

Cold and wet weather has tomato growers running over a week behind typical planting pace. But, Red Gold director of agriculture Steve Smith says growers are planting now.  “Hopefully we can get a little bit of acreage caught up,” he says.  “We won’t try to get the whole planting back at one time.  But this… Read more »