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  • Dec 14, 2012

    Emerging Opportunities in Rural America, Importance of Farm Bill: #askUSDA your questions

    Pull up that Twitter account and get your questions ready. On Monday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. (Central time) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a live Virtual Office Hours session on Twitter to answer questions on the important role of rural America to the national and global economy, increasing agricultural opportunities in U.S. communities, and the importance of passing a five-year Farm Bill....More
  • Dec 4, 2012

    Fiscal Cliff Will Affect Farm Operators

    The so-called “fiscal cliff” is a name that has been attached to the combination off spending cuts and tax increases at the federal level that are scheduled to take effect at the end of 2012, if Congress fails to reach an agreement to address the federal budget deficit. Both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House are trying to find a federal budget compromise that can be passed by both houses of Congress, and ultimately signed into law by President Obama....More
  • Nov 20, 2012

    EPA Denies RFS Waiver 28

    The EPA recently announced that it would be denying the request for a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The EPA indicated that the agency did not find the necessary evidence to support a finding of “severe economic harm” that would have warranted the RFS waiver to be granted. EPA used a series of economic analyses and modeling done in conjunction with USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)....More
  • Nov 13, 2012

    USDA Increases Expected Soybean Production 3

    The USDA Crop Production report released on Nov. 9 increased the estimated total soybean production in 2012 to 2.97 billion bushels, which is 4% above the 2.86 billion bushel estimate in October. The 2012 soybean production estimate is still 4% lower than the 2011 U.S. soybean production of 3.09 billion bushels, and 11% below the 2010 production level of 3.33 billion bushels. This production increase is a fairly major production adjustment for this late in the year....More
  • Oct 16, 2012

    USDA Crop Report Increase Minnesota Yield

    The Oct. 11 USDA crop report showed significant increases for both corn and soybean yields in Minnesota, as compared to September crop report. This corresponds closely to actual corn and soybean yields being reported from many areas of the state, which have been better than expected, given the extremely dry weather conditions that existed in several areas. Crop yields in the southwest and south-central parts of the state have been highly variable due to the drought conditions that existed during the last half of the 2012 growing season....More
  • Oct 16, 2012

    Slow Export Sales, U.S. Imports Pressure Corn

    The corn market’s short-lived bullish reaction to last Thursday’s tighter U.S. and world supply estimates from USDA signals that demand concerns will continue to dog market this fall and winter, capping prices....More
  • Sep 25, 2012

    No Big Corn Stocks Surprise Expected This Time

    Friday’s quarterly Grain Stocks Report is not expected to hold much news for the corn and soybean markets, with the trade expecting Sept. 1 stocks to come in close to USDA’s current old-crop carryout forecasts....More
  • Sep 11, 2012

    What happens if Congress fails to pass the House Ag Committee farm bill

    Farmers face the prospect of not having a farm bill in 2012 or ever if Congress fails to seize the opportunity presented during the short business session before it returns to the election....More
  • Aug 14, 2012

    August Crop Report Recap

    Due to the severe drought affecting much of the major corn- and soybean-producing areas of the United States, the Aug. 10 USDA crop report was very highly anticipated. A large percentage of the primary crop-growing areas in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas are in severe to extreme drought conditions, with major reductions in crop yields. Portions of Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Ohio and southern Minnesota have also experienced some drought conditions. The USDA crop estimates were based on crop conditions as of Aug. 1, and the USDA crop report verified the severity of the 2012 drought....More
  • Aug 7, 2012

    USDA Seen Slashing Corn, Soybean Production 2

    USDA is expected to cut its estimate of the U.S. corn crop by 15% and lower its forecast for the soybean crop by 7.6% when it releases its first survey estimate of 2012 production on Friday morning....More

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