USDA trade official concerned about government shutdown
A top USDA trade official is concerned about fallout from a government shutdown.
DOJ sues Agri Stats for data sharing in pork, poultry industries
The Justice Department is seeking to shut down the operations of Agri Stats, alleging it has violated antitrust law by aggregating and sharing a wide range of pricing and other information with major chicken, pork and turkey companies.
US Sept. 1 hog inventory up slightly from year ago
United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on Sept. 1, 2023, was 74.3 million head. This was up slightly from Sept. 1, 2022, and up 2% from June 1, 2023, USDA NASS reported on Thursday.
Corteva acts to stop theft of intellectual property, protect American farming
To protect its intellectual property, Corteva (NYSE: CTVA) Thursday filed suit against Inari Agriculture, Inc. and Inari Agriculture NV. As noted in the complaint, the lawsuit "…seeks to prevent Inari from continuing its brazen efforts to steal Corteva's groundbreaking work."
Biden-Harris Administration makes available historic $3 billion for climate-smart practices on agricultural land
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making more than $3 billion in funding available for agricultural producers and forest landowners nationwide to participate in voluntary conservation programs and adopt climate-smart practices in fiscal year 2024 as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.
Government shutdown would delay USDA data
An analyst with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says if the government shuts down this weekend, a lot of reports and survey work will be put on hold.
Checkoff programs, cattle ID plan easily survive House challenges
The House on Wednesday voted down an attack on federal checkoff programs led by a pair of Republicans who argued the farmer-funded research and promotion efforts fail to fully disclose how they spend their revenue.
Senators look for ways to put new checks on land sales to China, other countries
United States senators are looking for the right piece of legislation to attach language to tighten some controls over foreign ownership of U.S. farmland by people or businesses from certain countries.
NCGA launches advocacy campaign calling on feds to establish level playing field for biofuels
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) this week launched a grassroots advocacy campaign to encourage the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to provide a level playing field for biofuels such as ethanol.
Trimble and AGCO to form joint venture to better serve farmers worldwide
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today a definitive agreement to form a joint venture (the "JV") with AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) to better serve farmers with factory fit and aftermarket applications in the mixed fleet precision agriculture market.
EPA official discusses E15, ESA pesticide challenges and PFAS contamination
Rod Snyder, senior adviser for agriculture at EPA, said Monday that the agency is on course to finalize a rule allowing permanent sales of E15 in eight Midwest states by the end of the year.
House votes down cuts to Food to Peace, USDA programs
With a government shutdown looming on Sunday, the House plowed ahead with debating additional cuts to USDA and farm bill programs as part of a fiscal 2024 spending bill that has no chance of becoming law.
CattleFax CEO says any expansion to the cattle herd is extremely regionalized
CattleFax CEO Randy Blach says the US cattle herd will continue to shrink before it begins to see widespread growth.
Grassley, Baldwin work to protect and invest in farmland used for renewable energy developments
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) are spearheading efforts to determine the impacts of using farmland for both agricultural and energy production.
New free soil sampling program coming to life for Indiana farmers
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and partners throughout the state have worked with the Gulf Hypoxia Program (GHP) to develop a no-cost program with a focus on increasing the knowledge and use of soil sampling as a nutrient management practice to benefit farm operations.
Ag Secretary stresses risks of government shutdown on farm loans, food aid
Farmers would lose immediate access to marketing loans during a government shutdown unless Congress comes to some kind of agreement this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday.
Economist optimistic farmers will weather projected drops in net farm income
One economist is optimistic that farmers will be able to weather the drop in annual net cash farm income that producers are expected to face next year as agricultural commodity revenues fall and production expenses rise.
Iowa Pork enters NIL agreement with Iowa State football players Purchase, Moore, Hamann, Bacon
The Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with four Iowa State University football players to promote the pork industry.
USDA economist watching global grain production
The chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture says global competition for corn and soybean production is being closely monitored.
USDA agribusiness trade delegation arrives in Chile
A U.S. agribusiness delegation arrived in Santiago, Chile, Monday, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor.
Listen to the largest collection of agriculture podcasts on AgriAmerica
AgriAmerica now hosts the largest collection of agriculture podcasts. Listeners who have an interest in farming, ranching and rural life can easily find a podcast to enjoy through AgriAmerica’s podcast directory.
Seed selection, DC dramas, receding rivers lead news coverage
Fall is officially here, and with that we turn attention to ending fiscal years, grain reports and harvest news.
Boozman says Vilsack's CCC aid should make 'big difference' for exports
The top Republican on the Senate Ag Committee says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s commitment to spend $1.4 billion for trade promotion assistance from the Commodity Credit Corporation should make a “big difference” for U.S. farmers.
Cattle placements into feedlots fall 5%
The USDA says placements of cattle into U.S. feedlots during August were 2.003 million head, a decline of 5% on the year.
Test for soybean cyst nematode this fall
Oct. 2 is National Nematode Day and marks a good time to test fields for soybean cyst nematode (SCN), the No. 1 pathogen of soybean in the United States.
A look into where cattle markets might head
The latest Cattle on Feed report from the USDA comes out later today.
House can't come to terms with itself to pass bills needed to fund the government
Surrounded by reporters late Thursday afternoon, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz sounded like a man in charge.
RFA: EPA Science Advisory report on corn ethanol ignored best available science
In testimony before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper challenged the SAB’s recent flawed commentary on the climate impacts of corn ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).