USDA implements APH Yield Exclusion

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The USDA has implemented a Farm Bill initiative to provide emergency relief from drought and other severe weather conditions. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will apply to Spring 2015 crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s Risk Management… Read more »

WTO COOL decision doesn’t favor U.S.

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The World Trade Organization has ruled that the U.S. has not done enough to change its meat labeling rules in light of the WTO’s decision on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) complaints brought by Canada and Mexico. The countries complain that the rule treats Canadian and Mexican livestock exports to the U.S. less favorably than… Read more »

Solid week for corn sales, shipments

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  USDA reports soybean and soybean oil sales for the week ending October 9 were larger than expected, while corn and wheat were within the anticipated ranges, and soybean meal was below all estimates. Physical shipments of corn, soybeans, and wheat were all more than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15… Read more »

FAPRI-MU crop prices adjusted

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U.S. crop price projections for 2014 through 2018 by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute have been released. FAPRI’s October update projects the corn price slightly lower for the 2014/15 marketing year at $3.40 per bushel. But, projected prices increase to $3.74 per bushel for 2015/16 and up to $4.20 by 2018/19. FAPRI expects… Read more »

EPA to register Dow Enlist Duo

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it is registering Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo herbicide containing 2,4-D and Glyphostate. The product is for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered to tolerate those herbicides. The EPA says the product has met safety standards for registration and there is “reasonable certainty of no harm” to human… Read more »

40% of U.S. beans, 24% of corn harvested

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  The U.S. soybean harvest made a big jump over the last week, despite some cold, wet weather in key growing areas. As of Sunday, 40% of soybeans are harvested, compared to 20% a week ago and the five year average of 53%. 91% are dropping leaves, matching the average, and 73% of the crop… Read more »

Perdue Farms settlement removes label claim

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Perdue Farms has issued a news release with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) saying they are pleased a settlement has been reached concerning Perdue Chicken labeling. Class action cases filed in 2010 and 2013 by consumers claimed Perdue’s use of “humanely raised” on the packaging of its Harvestland brand chicken was misleading…. Read more »

USDA increases corn, soybean projections

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USDA has raised its projections for this year’s corn and soybean crops, but only by a little bit. Corn is now seen at 14.475 billion bushels, up less than 1% from September, with an average yield of 174.2 bushels per acre. Harvested area is seen at 83.097 million acres. Soybeans are pegged at 3.927 billion… Read more »

Weekly reports required of railways

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What’s seen as a partial victory for agriculture comes from the top regulator of U.S. railways. The Surface Transportation Board ruled Wednesday that Class-1 railroads operating in the U.S. must provide detailed weekly freight service reports. According to Reuters, starting October 22nd, the board will also require railroads to submit a written summary of operating… Read more »

OIE confirms feed is not a source of PEDv infection

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The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed that contrary to earlier reports, pig blood products, such as dried plasma, are not a likely source of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.  Research was done by an OIE ad hoc group on PEDv with members from the International Feed Industry Federation, experts from affected regions… Read more »