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Strong foundations keep farmers afloat

January 6, 2019 - 8:00am
Rising interest rates, tariffs on farm goods and stagnant grain prices are among elements forming a dark cloud hanging over the ag economy. But it may not all be doom and gloom. Some observers are straining to see the bright…
Categories: Farm News

Uncertainty fuels corn, soybean price outlooks

January 6, 2019 - 8:00am
When it comes to 2019 commodity prices, bigger would be better of course.
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Accounting for ag: Step up while passing down

January 5, 2019 - 9:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Austin Duerfeldt, University of Nebraska Extension agricultural systems economist, for the university’s Crop Watch website Dec. 11.
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Price predictions for 2019 hinge on trade, yield trends

January 5, 2019 - 8:00am
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — About one year ago, University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs predicted the price of corn for 2018 to be $3.30 per bushel.
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Economists see support for 2019 livestock industry profits

January 5, 2019 - 8:00am
The livestock industry enters 2019 playing a high-stakes poker game, with at least a couple of wild cards still in the deck.
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Shutdown threatens Trump’s ethanol vow

January 4, 2019 - 4:30pm
Bruce Buchanan was so elated with Donald Trump’s October vow to allow higher sales of corn-based ethanol that he carved a 60-acre thank you note in his Indiana cornfield.
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Kansas Sen. Roberts, Senate ag chairman, will not seek re-election

January 4, 2019 - 2:52pm
Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, announced Friday he won’t seek re-election in 2020.
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Cattle weights level despite cheap feed

January 4, 2019 - 6:45am
Cheap feed and demand are usually a recipe for increasing cattle marketing weights, but this year’s spike has been smaller than many expected.
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China reportedly returns to U.S. soybean buys

January 3, 2019 - 4:46pm
China is back in the market for U.S. soybeans after taking a holiday break, just as Washington and Beijing plan more trade discussions.
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Perdue widow recalls poultry celebrity’s people skills

January 3, 2019 - 10:21am
ST. LOUIS — Frank Perdue may have been a tough businessman, but deep inside, he was as tender as the chicken he sold.
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Climatologists watch for El Niño signals

January 3, 2019 - 6:45am
The weather outlook for the Midwest may become clearer in the coming weeks.
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Water quality remains an issue for this year’s legislative session

January 3, 2019 - 6:30am
DES MOINES — Water quality, beginning farmer programs, taxes and research funding are among the priorities for Iowa agricultural leaders as they prepare for lawmakers to return to Des Moines for the 2019 session of the Iowa legislature.
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2019 legislative session could include property tax reform

January 2, 2019 - 4:30pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s agricultural groups will be watching a variety of ag-related issues during the Missouri General Assembly’s legislative session, which beings Jan. 9. One of the key issues will be efforts to control increases on property tax…
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Illinois farmers face uncertainty despite record harvests

January 2, 2019 - 3:49pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farmers are hoping tensions between the U.S. and its trade partners dissipate after record-yielding harvests in 2018.
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U.S. stays mum on China trade concessions ahead of Beijing talks

January 2, 2019 - 10:00am
U.S. government officials are publicly withholding judgment on China’s efforts to ease trade tensions ahead of talks next week, raising the prospect that Beijing’s latest economic-reform announcements won’t go far enough to satisfy President Donald Trump’s demands.
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Weed seed control delays herbicide resistance

January 1, 2019 - 11:30am
While herbicides will remain the backbone of weed management systems for the foreseeable future, it should be clear that additional tactics are needed.
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Politics, prices key topics in Illinois in 2018

December 31, 2018 - 2:30pm
Political changes, bumper crops and tighter profit margins marked the farm environment in Illinois in 2018. Here are a few highlights — and lowlights — of the year.
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Brazil increases competition for U.S. exports

December 31, 2018 - 10:33am
The potential for strong South American soybean export competition during the marketing year is the limiting factor in expanded U.S. soybean exports, despite the possible resolution of the China trade issue.
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Weather, trade war key topics in Iowa in 2018

December 30, 2018 - 9:00am
Whatever you want to say about 2018, there was no doubt that when it came to agriculture, it was one wild ride.
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