62% of U.S. soybeans, 42% of corn harvested

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The USDA reports late U.S. corn and soybean development is slightly ahead of average. As of Sunday, 94% of corn has reached maturity, compared to the five year average of 91%, and 42% is harvested, just a little bit behind the normal pace. 68% of corn is in good to excellent condition, unchanged on the… Read more »

NPPC says no pork in prison a no-go

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) questions a reported decision by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to remove pork from the menu. A report in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram says no more bacon, pork chops, pork sausage or roasts will be served at federal prisons starting in 2016. While a spokesman for the Bureau of… Read more »

USDA lowers corn, soybean production estimates

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  The USDA has lowered its 2015 U.S. corn and soybean production estimates. The numbers were pretty close to pre-report expectations. As of October 1st, U.S. corn production is projected at 13.555 billion bushels, less than 1% lower than the September guess. That’s with a slight increase in average yield, up to 168 bushels per… Read more »

Court blocks implementation of WOTUS

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A U.S. appeals court has temporarily blocked nationwide implementation of the Clean Water Act rule—also called the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The Sixth Judicial Court of Appeals in Texas ordered that the rule be stayed nationwide until the court can determine jurisdiction over the many pending lawsuits against the rule. Philip Ellis, president… Read more »

Farm programs to be cut 6.8%

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Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says farm program payments WILL be cut. Vilsack answered the question at a House Agriculture Committee hearing about dietary guidelines on Wednesday from Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz. Walz asked, “Sequestration on ARC and PLC, I’m going to ask if – my folks are out there – if you could help me.” Vilsack… Read more »

Strong week for soybean sales, shipments lag

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  The USDA reports soybean export sales for the week ending October 1st were above pre-report estimates, while corn, wheat, and soybean products fell within analysts’ expectations. Physical shipments of wheat were more than what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the 2015/16 marketing year, but corn and soybeans were short of their respective marks…. Read more »

Conaway satisfied sustainability & taxes won’t be in Dietary Guidelines

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The Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says he’s satisfied the upcoming Dietary Guidelines will NOT contain recommendations on food sustainability or food taxes, which were brought up by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory committee in its report. Congressman Mike Conaway thanked Secretaries Tom Vilsack and Sylvia Burwell for making that clear at this morning’s hearing…. Read more »

President Obama says for farmers, TPP is ‘really a big deal’

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President Obama says the Trans-Pacific Partnership will remove trade barriers among the dozen participating countries.  The President says the agreement, announced Monday, will eliminate tariffs on U.S. poultry, beef, soybeans and fruit, to name a few.  He acknowledges opposition among some lawmakers, but points to provisions, such as Japan removing duties from 74 percent of its… Read more »

Ag groups react to agreement on TPP

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  Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the 12-nation free trade pact. Although specific details have not been released, Nick Giordano with the National Pork Producers Council tells Brownfield he’s confident it will be a good deal for pork producers. “NPPC will be looking the deal over very closely before we determine… Read more »

Agreement reached on TPP trade deal

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Several news outlets are reporting that Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the controversial free-trade pact. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said a news conference would take place this morning to discuss the accord. The agreement still faces what is likely to be a contentious battle for ratification by the U.S. Congress. Lawmakers… Read more »