Oregon Ag, Food Production Industries Asked To Participate In Marketing Survey

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has launched a survey to gauge needs as well as interests in the food, beverage and agriculture industry. ODA Market access director, Jess Paulson, said the survey targets anyone engaged in not only in production, buy product distribution as well. “We’re looking at nursery, grass seed, and farmers who are […]

Oil Prices Move Higher As Investors Feel More Confident About Pandemic, Economies

While the pandemic continues to grab headlines in the U.S. and internationally, it’s improving economic conditions that have the eyes of oil investors. According to Gasbuddy’s Patrick DeHaan, oil prices continue to move higher, trading near 2021 highs in Monday’s action, with a barrel of West Texas Crude trading for over $75. DeHaan says the […]

Reconciliation Bill Tackles Conservation and Farm Assistance

According to the Hagstrom Report, the Democrats’ budget reconciliation bill will contain language to address the court cases brought against a program to provide debt relief directed to minority farmers. Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow made that known after a committee business meeting last week. White farmers and many conservation groups have filed 13 lawsuits […]

CoBank: Ag Retailing Future Driven by Precision

A new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange says the Ag retailer of the future has an opportunity to earn more income from precision agronomy services and emerging sustainability management programs. Traditional crop input sales will continue to be a boon for retailers in the future. However, the report said the current strong financial returns that […]

USDA Will Establish an Equity Commission

The USDA says it will establish an Equity Commission and is looking for nominations for membership on the Commission’s Advisory Committee and Subcommittee on Agriculture. “USDA is committed to advancing equity throughout the Department,” said Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Equity Commission will advise the Ag Secretary by identifying USDA programs, policies, systems, structures, and […]

In Person World Dairy Expo Returns Tuesday

After taking 2020 off because of the pandemic, the World Dairy Expo returns to in-person events Tuesday morning. “We really couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in person in Madison after year off last year, and the anticipation is really truly building,” noted World Dairy Expo’s Katie Schmitt. What can those who attend World […]

How Are Increasing Input Costs Impact Farmers?

For many growers, these are good times, with high commodity prices. Scott Gerlt, economist with the American Soybean Association, says fertilizer prices tend to move up when commodity prices go up; which is what the American farmer is seeing right now. “For things like that, we’re seeing about a doubling of the price from a […]

USDA to Host Virtual Data Users’ Meeting

NASS will hold its biannual Data Users’ Meeting virtually next month. The Data Users’ Meeting is held to share recent and pending statistical program changes with the public and to solicit input on the programs. The event is organized by NASS in cooperation with the World Agricultural Outlook Board, Farm Service Agency, Economic Research Service, […]

Farm Community Enjoying Low Interest Rates, But For How Long?

Credit, like any other small business, if vital for today’s farmer. And that credit, hopefully comes with dependent on reasonable interest rates. “Right now Ag producers are experiencing some of the lowest interest rates they’ve ever experienced ever since we’ve been measuring, really, farm finances.” Jackson Takach, Chief Economist for Farmer Mac, said not only […]