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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.

USDA continues evaluating milk marketing orders

(Photo: Economist Roger Cryan questions Kevin Krentz during the recent USDA Federal Milk Marketing Order hearing) A producer who served on the American Farm Bureau’s national dairy committee says it will still be a while before USDA releases federal milk marketing order proposals. Kevin Krentz... Read More.

USDA February ag prices indices up from January

The USDA’s February ag price indices were up from January. The index of prices received by farmers was up 7.1% on the month due to gains in cattle, hogs, market eggs, and lettuce, which canceled out losses in corn, soybeans, wheat, and broilers. The dairy... Read More.

Farm Bureau says USDA needs solar recommendations for farmland

A policy specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation says the organization wants USDA to outline solar development best practices for ag lands. Arica Hamilton tells Brownfield, “One part of a AFBF policy is to try and push solar developments to brownfield or conservation... Read More.

USDA: corn acres down, soybeans up in 2024

The USDA expects farmers to plant fewer acres of corn and more acres of soybeans in 2024. Corn planted area is projected at 90.036 million acres, at the low end of pre-report guesses and 5% less than 2023, with acreage steady to lower in... Read More.

USDA assessing supply chain funding needs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is exploring how the agency can support food supply chain resiliency long-term. Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Farah Ahmad tells Brownfield, “Strengthening the resilience of America ‘s food supply chain—we know that’s vital to everyone in our country and... Read More.

Down day for soybeans, corn ahead of USDA reports

Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling. Soybeans saw another round of spillover from bean oil and palm oil, this time sparked by lower moves in China ahead of the U.S. open. Soybean meal was mixed at times, eventually closing lower... Read More.

Down day for soybeans, corn, wheat ahead of USDA reports

Soybeans were lower on profit taking and technical selling. Beans gave back part of Monday’s gains, waiting for Thursday’s USDA numbers. The USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, Quarterly Grain Stocks, and weekly export sales numbers are all out on the 28th. Soybean meal and... Read More.

USDA to invest $138M in climate-smart easements

The USDA has announced a $138 million investment in climate-smart conservation easements. Carrie Lindig, NRCS Easement Program Division Director, says the funds will help jumpstart conservation projects on land that has the most potential to reduce or capture carbon, methane, or nitrous oxide emissions. “One... Read More.

Dairy cooperative incentivizes climate-smart practices through USDA grant

A dairy cooperative incentivizes climate-smart practices through a USDA grant. Tim Trotter from Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and Farmers for Sustainable Food says the 50-million-dollar grant helps them line up their farms with commodity opportunities under USDA’s Climate Smart Commodities program. “So, it’s... Read More.

USDA finalizes rule on Product of the USA labeling

The USDA has finalized its new Product of the U.S.A. labeling rule for meat, poultry, and eggs.  Joe Maxwell, co-founder of Farm Action, says the rule is good news for America’s farmers and ranchers.  “It was a great day to be in the room... Read More.