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Will Cheap Pork Fuel This Summer's Grilling Season?

Americans go hog wild for pork as summer BBQ season kicks off. More Info...

Trimble to Acquire German Precision Ag Company

Trimble announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the privately held German-based Müller-Elektronik, which specializes in implement control and precision farming products. More Info...

John Phipps: Amazon, The New Country Store

Do you know your UPS driver’s spouse’s name? If so, you might be part of a quiet revolution in the most American of activities: shopping. More Info...

A call to help us strengthen the economic case for sustainability practices

Despite some good anecdotal information and several isolated field trial studies, the reality is we don’t have nearly enough information on the economic impacts – good or bad – of individual conservation practices. That means we cannot yet make an ironclad business case that will persuade the majori [...] More Info...

China Writes 117-Page Wish List for U.S. Trade

China has drawn up a list of concessions it says can help deliver a “win-win” trade relationship with the U.S.  The government wants to beef up infrastructure cooperation with the U.S. and accept greater imports of goods ranging from soybeans to aircraft, according to a 117-page do [...] More Info...

Weak Dollar Could Favor Dairy Farmers, Interest Hike on Horizon

Uncertainty in Washington is sending the dollar on a week of shaky trade. However, the currency found footing Wednesday as the Federal Reserve released meeting notes, signaling a June rate hike is likely. More Info...

States Report Dicamba Provides Poor Palmer Amaranth Control

As farmers across the Midwest prepare for postemergent spraying, southern states report new dicamba formulations won’t be a silver bullet to all weeds.  More Info...

Growing Understanding and Food Through Cooperation

Farmers in China confront plenty of pressures - some familiar to farmers everywhere, such as weather and the changing demands of consumers. Others show how much we can learn from the US, which has enjoyed success by embracing the potential of technology to improve agriculture. More Info...

Blue Evolution's Gift From the Sea - Part 1

Not only is seaweed famously nutrient dense, including micronutrients much like alfalfa does, the density is also highly bioavailable compared to many other food sources (such as spinach); on top of that, it is a highly cleansing, detoxifying food source. Will seaweed become more of a staple in the [...] More Info...

Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh Lends a Hand Pulling a Calf

From talking about the importance of drinking milk and pulling calves, Michigan’s head football coach is a big fan of dairy. More Info...

National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance Launches New Research Initiative

Last year, the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) unanimously voted to start a national checkoff program that would fund industry research. This week, this goal took a big step forward as NAFA announces  its first-ever request for proposals (RFP) for its U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research [...] More Info...

European Milk Production Again Goes Positive

EU exporters will get more aggressive as production surges in the second half of 2017.     ​ More Info...

Perdue Talks Farm Bill, Crop Insurance Before Budget Panel

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue sat before the congressional panel that controls the purse strings, trying to explain the way President Trump’s proposed budget and the cuts that could impact agriculture. More Info...

New Interest In High Oleic Oil

New soybean option provides differentiation and market premiums More Info...

Rural Recruits Make Up Roughly Half of Military

Memorial Day is more than backyard cookouts and fireworks—it’s a day to honor those who served our country. More Info...

Indiana University Places $55 Million Environmental Bet

A new initiative, Prepared for Environmental Change, is the latest project funded through Indiana University’s Grand Challenges Program. IU plans to invest $55 million to develop actionable solutions for Indiana farmers, communities, businesses and individuals. More Info...

Stability Finally Comes to Butter Market

Second half Class III moves back above $17     More Info...

Are Your Cows Taking a Vacation?

Too much time away from their pen can cause a deficit in cows' daily time budget. More Info...

Traders Prepare For Post Memorial Day Weather

Grain markets are slightly higher as the US Dollar retests 2017 lows. US row crops are caught in a tug-o-war between farmer selling in Brazil due to the exchange rate of Real versus the US Dollar and the weather forecast that stays on the cool/wet side in the 11 to 14-day period. More Info...

What's Standing Hay Worth?

One of the challenges in coming up with a value for standing hay is the lack of established market price information like corn and soybeans. More Info...

Peter Martin: Strategy to Manage Transaction Risk

As you know, buying or selling a farm is a complex process that entails risk and reward for both parties. More Info...

American Countryside: Monument to a Pest

In the early 1900s, cotton was king around Enterprise, Ala., and much of the southern U.S. But a silent southern invasion was just beginning. More Info...

Trump's Budget Plan Calls for $200B in Infrastructure Repairs

President Trump’s federal budget is calling for a $3.6 trillion reduction in government spending over the next 10 years. Roughly $38 billion would be cuts from agriculture such as limits on crop insurance premiums. More Info...

Worst Weeds, Ranked

It’s no secret that weeds are a farmer’s enemy—but which weeds pose the biggest threat? The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) recently deployed a survey to nearly 200 weed scientist across North America to find out more about weeds in farmers’ fields.  More Info...

How Much Carbon Could Soils Release Amid Warming Climate?

At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, scientists are fully engaged in what they call a “deep soil warming experiment.” Their initial findings – soils could release much more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously expected if climate change contin [...] More Info...

Why SNAP Cuts Won't Be a Snap

President Donald Trump's proposal to slash food stamps by a third will be a hard sell in Congress, even as Republicans have tried repeatedly to scale back the program's $70 billion annual cost. More Info...

How to Mentally Prepare for the Summer Markets

2017 has been a difficult year to analyze the markets, according to Jim Bower, president of Bower Trading. More Info...

5 Ways to Improve Your Farm's Strategy

As the leader of your operation, you need to provide the direction for your team. Here are a few tactics you can apply to your business planning.  More Info...

China's Agricultural Dilemma

To meet the ballooning demand from China’s newly wealthy middle class for a greater variety of foods such as meat, fruit and vegetables, China needs bigger, more efficient and safer farms. But that poses a huge dilemma for the state: if it allows all these little plots to be consolidated, it [...] More Info...

Three Ways to Stay Objective in a Weather Market

After nearly 40 years in the commodity market business, Bob Utterback, founder of Utterback Marketing Services, has seen his fair share of weather scares. More Info...

ChemChina and SinoChem Re-enter Merger Discussions

Chinese state-owned Sinochem and ChemChina are in merger talks to create the world's biggest industrial chemicals firm, to be headed by Sinochem chief Ning Gaoning, four people with knowledge of the negotiations said.  More Info...

Could Bunge Be an Encore for Glencore?

Some four years after the commodities giant completed its merger with Xstrata Ltd., the Swiss company has honed in on its next multi-billion dollar target: Grain trader Bunge Ltd. More Info...

Bulging Inventories Chase Production Trend

Product markets soften as a result     More Info...


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