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The impact of elections on global trade

It’s a big year for elections around the globe and a trade expert with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says it could have significant implications on trade relationships with the U.S.  Kent Bacus tells Brownfield while Mexico’s recent election was historic, but “I don’t... Read More.

Dry conditions impact Illinois’ soil moisture

Warmer, drier conditions were the big ag weather feature for Illinois in February. The USDA says average statewide temperatures were 10 degrees above usual levels, while precipitation was more than an inch short of normal, impacting soil moisture levels ahead of spring planting. 66% of... Read More.

Government shutdown would impact farmers

Another government shutdown looms and farmers will be affected if it happens. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says House and Senate leadership are meeting with President Biden this afternoon to discuss an extension of current deadlines to get the appropriations done. “In between now... Read More.

Higher interest rates continue to impact farm management

An ag economist says education is key when it comes to the current lending environment.  Matt Erickson, ag economic and policy advisor with Farm Credit Services of America says higher interest rates are forcing farmers to treat their operations more like a business.  “We... Read More.

Economist says pork producers unsure of Prop 12 impact

A livestock economist says the pork industry is still uncertain how California’s Proposition 12 will impact markets. The state currently accounts for about 15 percent of the nation’s pork consumption and Brenda Boetel with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls says, “Does that mean that... Read More.