Milk Production Running Behind 2021

So far this year, US dairies have produced little less milk than they did by this time in 2021. That drop comes on fewer cows as well. The latest USDA milk production report putting April’s milk output at 19.2 billion pounds, just about 1% less than April a year ago. The milk cow herd smaller, […]

Hereford Association Researching Sustainable Genetics

The American Hereford Association is partnering with Colorado State University on a research project regarding sustainable genetics. AHA executive vice president Jack Ward said individual cattle producers and the collective beef industry will continue to get asked to do more with less as it relates to environmental and economic sustainability. “That’s why we’re excited to […]

India Considers Allowing More Wheat Shipments

India has a great deal of wheat sitting at ports because of a sudden ban on exports that prevented dealers from loading cargoes. Reuters said trade and government sources say that the Indian government is considering allowing traders to ship out some of that wheat. The Indian government banned wheat exports over a week ago […]

Kansas/Oklahoma Winter Wheat Tour Finding Lower Yields

Last week, scouts on the Wheat Quality Council’s 2022 winter wheat tour traveled from Colby to Wichita, Kansas, stopping in wheat fields along six different routes. The scouts surveyed 254 wheat fields throughout western, central, and southern Kansas and northern counties in Oklahoma. The wheat in Southwest Kansas looks rough because of drought, and South […]

Strong Farm Economy Continues to Support Credit Conditions

Agricultural credit conditions improved in the first quarter of 2022, and farm real estate values continued to increase alongside strength in the American farm economy. Following a year of accelerating increases, the value of non-irrigated cropland across much of the country has soared through March of this year. The sharp growth in land values persisted […]

Beef Production May Fall Next Year

Another year of lower beef production, that’s what USDA analysts are expecting for 2023. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski said drought, reduced forage supplies and very high livestock feed prices are pushing cattle producers to take more cattle off pastures, sending them earlier than normal to feed lots and to slaughter. Adding to cattle […]

Vilsack Addresses Canadas Response To USMCA

The Agriculture Secretary shared his conversation with his Canadian counterpart this weekend regarding dairy tariff rate quota disputes within the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. “I had a very frank and very specific conversation with her that we were greatly disappointed in the Canadian response.” To the recent U.S./Mexico/Canada agreement dispute settlement panel decision, favoring our nation […]

USDA Extends Deadline for Public to Comment on Input Competition Challenges

The agriculture sector has more time to comment on the impacts of concentration and competition challenges in seed, fertilizer, other agricultural inputs, and retail markets. Earlier this week, the USDA announced a 30-day extension to the public comment period. The new deadline is June 15th. Three requests for information were published in the Federal Register […]

NCBA Condemns Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act

Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association condemned the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022, approved by the House Agriculture Committee. The special investigator bill would create a new position in the Department of Agriculture with prosecutorial and subpoena power. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane said the legislation was rushed […]

Proposed Fertilizer Policies Could Protect Farmer Profits, Environment

A new University of Illinois study explores potential policy solutions to reduce nitrogen loss while still protecting farmers’ bottom lines. Federal and state governments have shied away from regulating nitrogen fertilizer use, but voluntary and incentives-based programs have not been particularly successful, according to the researchers. University of Illinois assistant professor Nicolas Martin said, “We […]