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Spot market quotas proposed for beef packers

Spot market quotas proposed for beef packers

Jun 26, 2020 | 2 min

The U.S. Senate has proposed a rule requiring beef packers to purchase half of the cattle they slaughter on the spot market. The proposed change to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 would insert...

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Dry weather creeping into the Corn Belt

Jun 19, 2020 | 3 min

The 2020 corn crop is in the ground across the United States with 95 percent of it emerged according to USDA. But the warmer and drier weather reduced the crop’s good to excellent rating by 4 points...

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Trade Officials Downplay EU / UK Deals But Optimistic on China

Jun 19, 2020 | 2 min

Agriculture remains a key sticking point among stalled US-EU-UK trade negotiations. This week U.S. officials downplayed the prospect of a transatlantic agreement by the end of the calendar year and...


House Hears Positive Trade Update

Jun 19, 2020 | 4 min

China dominated discussion about U.S. trade policy at the House Ways and Means Committee this week. Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, chief negotiator on the Phase 1 agreement with China, believes the...

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Iowa Plants First Hemp Crop Since World War II Era

Jun 12, 2020 | 6 min

Colby Gardner/Iowa Hemp Company/Norwalk, Iowa: “I spend every day out here looking and checking, so…” Colby Gardner worked in the financial industry before a burgeoning new field drew him back to the...

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Economic Outlook: June 12, 2020

Jun 12, 2020

This week, the FOMC took any nuance out of the possibility of raising rates -- adding they may stay the course until at least 2022. Consumer prices are down for the third straight month on lower...

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Small butchers earn approval for interstate sales

Jun 12, 2020 | 2 min

The USDA program that allows small state- inspected meat processors to sell product across state lines has added another name to its lineup. The Cooperative Interstate Shipment program, administered...

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EPA Approval of Dicamba Struck Down by Court

Jun 5, 2020 | 3 min

A federal appeals court overturned a federal agency’s approval of a chemical used on tens of millions of acres. The decision comes as farmers are ratcheting up spraying on an emerging crop and now...


Poultry Executives Indicted on Price fixing Charges

Jun 5, 2020 | 3 min

Meat companies are still shipping beef, pork and chicken overseas while dealing with plant closings during the pandemic. But a new challenge emerged this week – as charges of collusion were handed...

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