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USDA Acreage report could include bearish revisions

USDA will provide a clearer picture of U.S. crop acreage at the end of the month. Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart says he expects to see an increase to overall planted area. “To me, the big question coming out of the March... Read More.

USDA supspends avocado inspections amid safety concerns

The USDA has suspended inspections of avocados and mangos from a Mexican state after the assault of two employees. According to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the assault occurred during field inspections in the state of Michoacán and the two workers were temporarily... Read More.

Ohio State awarded USDA grant to lead food waste initiative

A professor at Ohio State University is leading an initiative to address food waste in households across the country.  Brian Roe says the project is funded by a $2.5 million USDA grant. “Helping households realize the amount of food that they’re wasting is a critical... Read More.

USDA says corn & soybean condition declined

U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings declined slightly in the last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn conditions are rated 72% good to excellent, a decline of 2 points from the previous week, but an improvement from 2023. 93% of the U.S.... Read More.

Iowa seeks USDA resources to combat H5N1

U.S. Congressman Zach Nunn says he has requested resources from USDA that would help support poultry and dairy farmers impacted by H5N1 Influenza A. “One of the things we need to be identifying here is what we can do to move, help monitor and... Read More.

House Appropriations subcommittee approves 2025 USDA funding cuts

A House Appropriations subcommittee is proposing more cuts to the USDA’s budget. During Tuesday’s markup of the 2025 budget, Ranking Member Sanford Bishop stressed the need to better fund the Economic Research Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service. “This year, NASS was unable to complete... Read More.

USDA expands blueberry crop insurance in Michigan

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is expanding crop insurance options for Michigan blueberry growers next year. RMA regional director Brian Frieden tells Brownfield the updates allow for better variety price protection. “They’ll be able to ensure under early, mid or late season Highbush which will allow... Read More.

Wheat higher, soybeans, corn lower ahead of USDA numbers

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Beans followed the lead of soybean meal, while watching U.S. planting and development conditions. Planting is close to wrapping up in some areas, emergence is ahead of average, and the first national condition rating of... Read More.

Corn higher, boosted by USDA numbers

Soybeans were mixed, with nearby contracts weak and deferred months firm, still ending the week modestly lower. The USDA sees 2024 U.S. soybean planted area at 86.5 million acres, close to expectations and 3% higher than 2023, with quarterly stocks also up on... Read More.