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Black Sea grain deal extended, uncertainty remains

An ag economist says the United Nations helped broker a deal over the weekend that extends the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Jim McCormick with AgMarket.Net says there’s still some uncertainty around the agreement. “It’s kind of clear as mud,” he said. “The Ukrainians say the... Read More.

Pork line speed trial extended

Some pork processing line speeds will continue to run faster, at least for now.  The USDA extended the trial time for a study testing ergonomics, automation, and different crew arrangements to create safer work environments. In March of 2021, a U.S. District Court in... Read More.

Lower tariff rates for pork extended in the Philippines

The Philippine government has extended the lower tariff rates on pork and other food items through 2023. Dave Rentoria, who is the Philippine representative for the U.S. Meat Export Federation says the tariff reductions create more opportunities for U.S. pork products in the country. ... Read More.

Missouri drought alert extended

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has extended Missouri’s drought alert through and executive order.  The announcement comes at the recommendation of the state’s Drought Assessment Committee, which met earlier this month.  The alert was put into place in July and an extension allows the committee... Read More.

Extended dryness impacting southern Iowa crops

A southwest Iowa farmer says they are in need of rain. “We are seeing some cracks in our fields that are three quarters of an inch wide,” said Ray Gaesser of Corning. Gaesser tells Brownfield the first week of July was the last time they... Read More.