National Agriculture News

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.

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The outlook for corn and soybean farmers in Wisconsin and nationwide remains foggy even after the release Jan. 10 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Crop Report.” Moreover the USDA will be re-surveying estimates and reporting again in March.

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President Donald Trump’s phase one trade deal with China offers the promise of more overseas sales for American farmers, but the impact of the agreement remains unclear.

Many producers put grain into their storage bins last fall at higher moisture contents than normal due to late crop maturity and less in-field drying in 2019.

For grain stored wetter than recommended through the winter months (above 15% for corn and 13% for soybeans), it is especially vital to monitor grain to get ahead of situations that could cause a loss in condition.

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OPINION  We need accountability and transparency regarding the “Phase One” agreement. Farmers for Free Trade is asking that the administration provide details about the promised $40 billion in agricultural purchases – whether that commitment is contingent on any actions by the United States – and for details on how China will meet that commitment if it’s actually been made.

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The ongoing wildfires in Australia represent the latest in nearly a decade of environmental challenges the country has faced. That has prompted questions about the impact of the fires on Australian cattle and beef production as well as trade. This article was compiled from several Australian reports and other media and data sources.

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More than 5 million hectares of land – about 12.5 million acres – have been decimated, at least a half-billion animals killed, thousands of homes destroyed and at least 23 people have lost their lives as out-of-control fires continue to ravage Australia.

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In earlier posts we looked at the growing role of trade in global and U.S. crop production. The trends are mixed at the crop-level but across all major crops, global trade has clearly become more significant during the past decade. That left us wondering about the livestock sector. This week’s post considers the impact of trade in the United States for beef, chicken and pork.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, located at 4000 Parnell Ave. in Fort Wayne, will host the 31st annual Fort Wayne Farm Show, presented by Tradexpos, Jan. 14-16.

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WASHINGTON — The government-mandated wage rate for farmers who use the H-2A program increased Jan. 2, adding more hurdles to an already challenging ag labor market.