NEWS ROOM

12/15/2018

The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world's second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid. Private exporters reported sales of 1.13 million…

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KVRN

12/15/2018

Farm Bill headed to the president, WOTUS rule change announced and second round of market facilitation program payments likely.

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Janet Kubat Willette

12/14/2018

If we manage our land and grazing livestock the right way, drought becomes less an issue and many other things improve, too.

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R. P. 'Doc' Cooke

12/14/2018

The annual USDA Diverse Family Farms report says most U.S. farms are owned by families. USDA economic researcher Chris Burns says SMALL farms make up 89 percent of the total farm count and represent half the country’s farmland. Another finding in the USDA report is that farm households in general are NEITHER low income or…

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Tom Steever

12/14/2018

Merck says it’s acquiring Antelliq Group, a company that does digital animal identification, traceability and monitoring. Merck is paying almost $2.4 billion for Antelliq’s outstanding shares and will assume Antelliq’s debt of about $1.3 billion. Antelliq is formerly AllFlex. The technology is driven by the growing demand for food traceability and food safety, according to…

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Tom Steever

12/14/2018

A Cornell-led study shows that Midwestern agriculture is especially vulnerable to climate change. Ariel Ortiz-Bobea says the region’s reliance on corn and soybeans could cause challenges in the future. “In a way it’s like putting all the eggs in the crop basket and that crop basket is becoming more vulnerable to this free input that…

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Amie Simpson

12/14/2018

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mostly lower on technical pressure and disappointment in the cash trade.  Seasonal demand concerns are also limiting any price movement.  February live cattle closed $.45 lower at $122.40 and April live cattle closed $.30 lower at $124.50.  January feeder cattle closed $.40 lower at $147.57 and March…

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Meghan Grebner

12/14/2018

Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling, cementing the week to week losses. China and unknown destinations both bought U.S. soybeans Friday morning, but the announced sales of around 1.5 million tons so far have fallen short of the 5 million to 8 million the trade was expecting. That said – it’s unrealistic…

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John Perkins

12/14/2018

People are buying things and building things, signs of good times.

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