Growing demand from China and Hong Kong has helped boost pork prices, including a record-setting month in November.
National Agriculture News
There has been no shortage of news capable of pushing the grain markets one way or another in the past two weeks. It started with a USDA report, but also included the signing of a “phase one” trade deal with China and the Senate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement last week.
Up until recently, most precision ag tools have been for those producing crops, but a coordinated effort with several groups has resulted in a precision ag forecasting tool that will help cattle producers predict the forage production on their range or grasslands.
OPINION The United States and China signed Jan. 15 the first phase of a trade agreement. And the U.S. Senate approved Jan. 17 the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
During the National Potato Council's 2020 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Britt Raybould, of Rexburg, was elected to serve as the organization's 2020 president and to lead the council's executive committee.
OPINION The phrase “big dairy” is often used to depersonalize dairy farmers and imply some large, faceless force foisting an agenda. Consolidation has occurred in agriculture for generations and family farms are expanding. But about three-quarters of U.S. dairy farms have fewer than 100 cows on them, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
Idaho might legalize hemp production in 2020, and some Magic Valley farmers would immediately start planting the crop.
SHULLSBURG, Wis. – Producing a corn yield of 322 bushels per acre, grain farmer Tim Appell of Shullsburg won awards in the 2019 National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest. He took second place nationally in the conventional non-irrigated category. His yield ranked first place in the same category in Wisconsin.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — David Daniken, a fifth-generation southern Illinois farmer, is good at managing his mixed farm operation, including Christmas trees, pumpkins, a corn maze and row crops. However, he says he’s not as good at telling his farm’s story to the public.