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Tom Vilsack, former Sec.of Ag / President & CEO of U.S. Dairy Export Council

Former Ag Secretary Reacts To Signed Trade Deals

Jan 17, 2020 | 25 min

Tom Vilsack served as Secretary of Agriculture for eight years and now is CEO and President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The dairy industry is seen by some as a winner in the Phase One and USMCA...

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Economic Outlook: January 17, 2019

Jan 17, 2020

Bloomberg is reporting that Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expects to make the last tranche of MFP 2 payments even if the Chinese hold up their end of the bargain. The trade war with China did...

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Ethanol Industry is Optimistic for 2020

Jan 17, 2020 | 4 min

A bitter cold wave in the Midwest couldn’t keep attendees away from a Midwest biofuels summit where industry insiders are looking into the future with renewed optimism. Monte Shaw, Director, Iowa...


Trade deal with China is signed

Jan 17, 2020 | 4 min

After nearly two years of posturing and ever increasing tariffs, the United States and China signed Phase One of a trade deal. Donald Trump, U.S. President: "This is something that's going to be so...

Corn Combine Dump

USMCA Passes Senate Committee, Full Vote TBA

Jan 10, 2020 | 2 min

After several false starts, Vice Premier Liu He, is expected to arrive in Washington D.C. next week to continue high level negotiations in the U.S./China trade war. As plans are being made for Liu’s...


Economic Outlook: January 10, 2019

Jan 9, 2020

The on-again, off-again negotiations with China appear to be ON, again. The rumors and news in advance of the most recent announcement colored some of the economic numbers. The unemployment rate held...

Feed and Soybean Industries Examine Protein Levels

Soybean and Feed Industries Examine Protein Levels

Jan 10, 2020 | 7 min

The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 25. In 2019, pork prices in China nearly doubled as supplies dwindled due to African Swine Fever and high tariffs on U.S. imports. In September of...

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Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in Illinois

Jan 3, 2020 | 3 min

As some states raised non-farm minimum wages, another turned to marijuana to help their tax mix. Legislators in Illinois added recreational cannabis on Wednesday. The first day generated nearly $3.2...

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2019 In Rural America

Jan 3, 2020 | 7 min

President Trump tweeted that he would sign the Phase 1 deal with China on January 15 in Washington, D.C.. Rumors of trade deals were a recurring theme during 2019 as farmers continued to take the...

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The hunt for lost apple varieties

Jan 3, 2020 | 3 min

David Benscoter, apple detective: "It might be … Here, let's stop right here! Stop right here. OK, can you take the GPS coordinates right here?" Dave Benscoter and E.J. Brandt are on the hunt. Their...

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Economic Outlook: January 3, 2019

Jan 3, 2020

The announcement of a truce in the U.S.-China trade war has yet to produce any fine print. Officials on both sides of the Pacific are holding to the expectation China will double agricultural imports...

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Pushback for wind energy

Dec 27, 2019 | 3 min

The president is spending much of the holiday week at Mar-a-Lago. Prior to his settling in, he spoke about 12 miles away to the Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit. His remarks on wind energy...

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Economic Outlook: December 27, 2019

Dec 26, 2019

Hope. Joy. New beginnings. This is more than your Christmas Eve sermon, but rather the markets approaching the turning of the calendar. -- The optimism of a phase one trade deal with China propelled...

Colorado and the State of Hemp Production

Colorado and the State of Hemp Production

Dec 27, 2019 | 7 min

One of the main missions for industry specific trade groups is to find markets for the commodity they support. A recently approved crop and their farmers have launched the U.S. Hemp Growers...

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Making the Farm More Efficient by Growing the Talent Pool

Dec 20, 2019 | 6 min

As a producer, you have to cover all the jobs on the farm but there is usually one of them that’s your favorite. A group of farmers has built on this idea with a business model that plays to their...

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