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USDA lowers Brazil soybean guess slightly

The USDA has lowered its outlook for Brazil’s soybean crop slightly. The crop is now seen at 155 million tons, 1 million less than in February, towards the high end of pre-report estimates, and considerably larger than most private projections, with CONAB’s update out... Read More.

New USDA rule outlines standards for livestock contracts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is finalizing a new rule to set clearer standards on discrimination and retaliation in livestock contracts under the Packers and Stockyards Act. The inclusive competition rule doesn’t allow hostile treatment of livestock and poultry growers based on race, color,... Read More.

USDA ag indices decline in January

The USDA ag prices indices dipped to start 2024. The index of prices received for January was 1.4% lower than in December on declines for corn, soybeans, milk, and lemons, which canceled out rises in calves, broilers, market eggs, and lettuce. The USDA’s dairy index... Read More.

Wheat growers ask USDA for more consistency in rewarding climate-smart ag

The National Association of Wheat Growers want USDA to adopt more consistent standards as farmers are incentivized for planting cover crops in regenerative ag programs. CEO Chandler Goule says harvesting wheat disqualifies farmers from accessing some voluntary USDA conservation programs, because winter wheat... Read More.

USDA price outlook projects continued slide

USDA is projecting a continued downturn in commodity prices for 2024. Chief economist Seth Meyer tells Brownfield the slide began more than a year ago. “Off of those peaks in 2022. And generally speaking, the expectation is that for the 2024/2025 crop season that... Read More.

USDA says more women, young farmers on the job

USDA’s newly-released Census of Agriculture shows women and young farmers play important roles on the farm. Statistician Virginia Harris told USDA’s Agriculture Outlook Forum Thursday they started collecting more information in 2017 about men and women, and their roles on the farm. “Most... Read More.

USDA expects record trade deficit to be short-lived

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he expects the U.S. agricultural trade gap to be adjusted in the next few years. Ohio Congressman Max Miller questioned what his plans were to address the trade deficit which nearly doubled last year to $30 billion as part... Read More.

Soybeans, corn down ahead of USDA, CONAB numbers

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. There has been better than expected rain in Argentina this week, with more in the forecast over the next couple of weeks. If the rainfall meets or exceeds expectations, that should help limit further declines... Read More.

Final ’20-’21 USDA disaster payments issued

The last of USDA’s Emergency Relief Program funding is being sent to producers who experienced natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says the $306 million in remaining payments will be given based on crop insurance indemnities. Phase One of... Read More.

Cattle producer eager to see final USDA rule on cattle traceability

A cattle producer from north-central South Dakota says he’s interested to see how USDA responds to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s stance on cattle traceability. Craig Bieber tells Brownfield… “I think it’s better if producers are in control of what happens with animal disease traceability,”... Read More.