Spokane Ag Show: We Need To Get Back To Business

After going the virtual route last year, the Spokane Ag Show will open their doors to an in-person event February 1st-3rd at the Spokane Convention Center. Melisa Paul, Show Director says they will have a heavy emphasis on what’s impacting farmers now, and what the industry can expect into the future. “We are always going […]

Pandemic Supply Chain Top Areas Of Concern To Start 2022

While it may not have been a “normal year”, 2021 was good for farmers, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist Roger Cryan. And Cryan said 2022 is continuing with the “not normal” theme, as issues from the past two years pour into the New Year. “The pandemic is not over. So, people are […]

AEM Releases Year-End 2021 Equipment Sales Numbers

Nearly 360,000 total tractors and combines left dealer lots across North America in 2021. U.S. and Canadian unit sales of ag tractors and combines finished 2021 with gains of more than 10% in nearly every segment in both countries. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers released the data this week that shows U.S. total farm tractor […]

Trade Update Shows Rising U.S. Export

On the trade front, the USDA is out with the latest numbers for the first eleven months of calendar year 2021. “Agricultural exports through November of 2021 were $160.6 billion; a 20% increase from 2020,” noted USDA economist, Bart Kenner, adding for the first eleven months of last year, wheat exports were running 16% ahead […]

Farmer Sentiment Rises on Strengthening Current Financial Position

For only the second time in 2021, the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose in December. This month’s index climbed to 125, nine points higher than in November. The Index of Current Conditions and the Index of Future Expectations rose in December, attributable mostly to an improved perspective on current conditions in the agricultural […]

After Solid 2021 Searle Optimistic About the Future

While 2021 may be remembered for the many struggles the farming community had to overcome, the year also presented opportunities for growth and expansion. Bryan Searle, President of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation said despite the challenges brought on by Mother Nature, the port bottlenecks and the ongoing pandemic, farm country across the Gem state […]

2022 Could Be a Bit More Challenging

Right after 2021 began, the USDA’s Chief Economist, Seth Meyer, projected that farm income this year would drop from 2020, but happily for everybody, he was wrong. “Maybe I was being overly cautious at the beginning of the year.” After all, government payments to farmers were set to be cut by over 40% this year, […]

WSJ: Uncertainty Lies Ahead For Farmers

As the American Ag industry looks ahead to 2022, the Wall Street Journal says farmers are facing more uncertainty. The Wall Street Journal says a banner year for grain prices has U.S. farmers increasing wheat, corn and soybeans acres compared to just a year ago. However, high fertilizer prices, forecasts for more weather challenges, and […]

Spokane Ag Show Asking For Nominees In Excellence

The Spokane Ag Show is a little over a month away and organizers are asking for “Excellence in Agriculture” nominees. Spokane Ag Show Director Melisa Paul said nominees should be industry professionals or those who have had an impact on farm country in the Evergreen state. She noted four criteria will be considered: innovation in […]

AFBF Economist: Fertilizer Prices The Chief Concern For American Growers

Fertilizer prices have risen as much as 300% in some areas, making 2022 preparations more difficult. Shelby Myers, economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, said those skyrocketing prices are among the top concerns for farmers and ranchers. “All major nutrients are used in the production of primary row crops in the U.S. have experienced […]