Dairy Farmers to Seek Emergency USDA Hearing on Class I Mover Reform

The National Milk Producers Federation’s Board of Directors voted last week to request an emergency USDA hearing on a Federal Milk Marketing Order proposal. The proposal, NMPF said, would restore fairness for farmers in the Class I fluid milk price mover. The endorsement of the board, which represents dairy farmers and cooperatives nationwide, follows approval […]

Seesaw COVID News Continues To Keep Oil Prices Quiet

Oil prices continue to move back and forth because of mixed international news, specifically focused on coronavirus. Because of that Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy said the price for a barrel of West Texas Crude held fairly flat, trading Monday around $62. DeHaan said at this point, it’s difficult to tell where oil prices are going […]

Cargill Building New Canola Plant in Canada as Demand Soars

Cargill is building a new $350 million canola plant in Saskatchewan, to take advantage of the booming demand for the oilseed. Canola futures recently hit record highs, and soybeans reached multi-year highs as demand for canola to process into vegetable oil and animal feed is greater than the available supply. Refiners are also planning to […]

Agriculture Concerned About Biden’s 30X30 Proposal

The American Farm Bureau Federation is one of many ag groups calling on the Biden Administration to act responsibly when it comes to conservation. Biden’s goal to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, commonly known as “30X30,” is raising many questions. April Clayton with the Washington Farm Bureau said while […]

Biden Pledges 50% Cut in U.S. Emissions By 2030

During a virtual Earth Day summit with other world leaders last week, President Joe Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. A DTN article says biofuel groups are relieved after the president’s plan talked about very low carbon, new generation renewable fuels to help achieve rapid emission reductions in both […]

UC Davis Study: Feeding Cattle Seaweed Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 82%

According to a new study by researchers at the University of California-Davis, adding a bit of seaweed in the feed could reduce methane emissions from cattle by as much at 82%. Researchers said this could pave the way for the sustainable production of livestock throughout the world. UC-Davis’ Ermias Kebreab said the seaweed, Asparagopsis taxiformis, […]

Farm Progress Returning to Live Events in 2021

Farm Progress will return to hosting live events with the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, August 31-September 2, and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, NE, September 14-16. A survey done by Readex Research indicated that 84% of past show attendees will go to the show in person or plan to attend if their […]

USDA Promotes Conservation, On-Farm Trials

Climate-smart agricultural and soils health practices are the focus areas for the latest round of USDA Conservation Innovation Grant on-farm trials. “This year we’ll have $25 million dollars dedicated to CIG on-farm trials. There is a sub-component of that called soil health demonstration. About $10 million dollars will be dedicated to the soil health demonstration […]

Vilsack Extends National School Lunch Program

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the wait for the most part is over now: “I certainly understand that schools are waiting to know precisely how the system’s going to work during the next school year.” Schools will be allowed to serve meals under the National School Lunch “Seamless Summer” option this fall, and throughout the […]