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  • Aug 6, 2013

    USDA Projections for the Next Decade 7

    Periodically, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updates and releases the baseline projections for U.S. crop and livestock production for the next decade. A few months ago, NASS released the latest updated baseline projections for U.S. crop production. While projections this far into the future may seem insignificant, they do become important in the future long-range planning process for farm operators, ag lenders, ag policy makers and others....More
  • Aug 6, 2013

    Insight into August 12 Supply & Demand Report 12

    Insights into what the trade seems to be thinking for the upcoming USDA report....More
  • Jun 18, 2013

    USDA: GM Wheat Isolated Incident

    The sprouting of an unapproved genetically engineered wheat strain in an Oregon field appears to have been an isolated incident, U.S. agricultural officials said on Friday, adding that they had validated a method for detecting the presence of the GE wheat. "As of today, USDA has neither found nor been informed of anything that would indicate that this incident amounts to more than a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm," said USDA Office of Communications Director Matt Paul. "All information collected so far shows no indication of the presence of GE wheat in commerce."...More
  • Jun 13, 2013

    USDA Helps Farmers Deal With Climate Change

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the National Press Club recently about helping farmers and ranchers deal with climate change. Vilsack said USDA will establish regional cubs to enable the USDA to carry out "regionally appropriate climate change risk and vulnerability assessments." USDA agencies will also give cover crop guidance based on local conditions and is also releasing a free online tool to manage and evaluate carbon to help producers calculate how much carbon their conservation actions can remove from the atmosphere....More
  • May 7, 2013

    USDA to Update 2013-2014 Forecasts 4

    With Friday morning’s monthly USDA supply/demand update expected to show only minor adjustments in 2012-2013 estimates, the corn and soybean trade will focus on the agency’s first monthly estimates for 2013-2014....More
  • Apr 9, 2013

    What Will the April 2013 WASDE Say? 4

    Just remember WASDE and NASS don't always see eye to eye......More
  • Mar 7, 2013

    Details On Proposed Bill To Reduce Crop Insurance Subsidies 23

    Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, said yesterday, "The crop insurance program has turned into a huge taxpayer-funded boon for some of the biggest, multi-national insurance companies and multi-millionaire farmers. In a time of record deficits and an incomprehensible $16.5 trillion in debt, this program can no longer be justified in its current form."...More
  • Mar 5, 2013

    Ag Secretary on Budget Cuts

    In an eloquent speech at the Commodity Classic in Florida on Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explained how the sequester will affect the USDA budget, the food supply and farmers....More
  • Feb 26, 2013

    How USDA Figures Yields

    In case you are among the many wondering why USDA would project such high trend-line corn and soybean yield estimates (163.6 and 44.5, respectively, for 2013), here’s an explanation from the Ag Forum in Washington today. They are based on weather-adjusted yield models that account for temperature and rainfall during the growing season....More
  • 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

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