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USDA extending 2008 buy-in waiver for agricultural disaster assistance

Thursday, April 2, 2009

COLUMBUS — Producers who suffered crop losses in the 2008 crop year now have an additional opportunity to buy eligibility for Farm Service Agency disaster assistance. Deadline “Producers now have until May 18 to pay a buy-in fee to become eligible for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish […]

USDA: Purchase of nonfat dry milk helps both farmers and low-income families

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WASHINGTON — The USDA is transferring approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service for use in domestic feeding programs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the goal is to help support both low-income families struggling to put nutritious food on their […]

USDA: Ohio hog numbers up; U.S. numbers down

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ohio hog producers had 1.97 million hogs on hand March 1, 2009, up 2 percent from last quarter and up 6 percent from a year ago. U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2009, was 65.4 million head, down 3 percent from March 1, 2008, and down 2 percent from December 1, 2008.

The big planting question: Corn or soybeans?

Friday, March 27, 2009

You can toss a coin, but don’t ignore your own experience when making planting decisions.

Report indicates increasing availability of distiller’s dried grains with solubles

Thursday, March 12, 2009

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is more than able to continue supplying global customers with necessary feed ingredients, according to the U.S. Grains Council, the leading organization for export market development for barley, corn, sorghum and co-products. Citing the release of USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, U.S. Grains Council Vice Chairman and Ohio corn […]

Pa. cattlemen pool calves to gain dollar power

Thursday, March 5, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eight thousand calves were sold for premium prices last year through a program that is helping to increase profits for Pennsylvania beef producers. Since 1995, the Pennsylvania Feeder Calf Pool traditionally has added 10 to 25 cents a pound to the sale price, according to Dustin Heeter, livestock-production educator for Penn […]

Soybean industry turmoil continues at top

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Dan Duran, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, has been placed on administrative leave by the council’s board of directors. Duran will be on leave with full pay and benefits until further notice. The council issued no further comment following the March 3 statement. The action comes as additional facts of […]

Ohio corn growers join new coalition

Monday, March 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — Corn producers from 10 states, including Ohio, have formed a new group to work with policymakers in Washington. The new Corn Farmers Coalition includes members of the Ohio Corn Growers Association, and the industry’s trade group — the National Corn Growers Association. “Washington needs to know that corn farmers are using some of […]

Feed and grain summit held in Harrisburg, Pa.

Friday, February 27, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Industry professionals interested in taking an active role in developing regional policies and an action plan relating to feed and grain markets can attend the first-ever Feed and Grain Summit. When and where Hosted by the Pennsylvania Feed and Grain Task Force, the summit is slated for March 11 from 8 a.m. […]

Monsanto hopes to simplify selection of branded traits

Thursday, February 26, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Monsanto is hoping to simplify trait selection for farmers with the launch of Genuity, which will differentiate the company’s technology products under one platform. Ernesto Fajardo, a Monsanto vice president, said the company’s next generation, value-added trait technologies will be marketed as Genuity beginning in 2010. He said the Genuity family of […]

Here’s what to expect for corn, soybeans in 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Corn acreage in 2009 needs to be maintained at least at the level of 2008, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “A small increase may be warranted, depending on yield and consumption expectations,” said Darrel Good. “There appears to be no need for increased soybean acreage and a small decline […]

Beef demand study reveals importance of product convenience, nutrition, safety

Friday, February 13, 2009

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A comprehensive study conducted by agricultural economists at Kansas State University and Michigan State University revealed areas in which the beef industry can concentrate its efforts to strengthen beef demand, despite a sagging global and U.S. economy. Important factors The study showed nutrition, safety and convenience remain important factors when it comes […]

VeraSun could sell assets to Valero

Monday, February 9, 2009

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — VeraSun Energy Corporation is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware for permission to sell substantially all of the assets of VeraSun Energy Corporation and 24 of its affiliates through a court-approved sale process.

2007 Census of Agriculture: Agriculture’s ‘middle’ slipping away

Monday, February 9, 2009

The latest Census of Agriculture shows more U.S. farms than in 2007, but Ohio farms decreased by 2.5 percent. Nationally, there are a lot more very small farms, and a lot more very large farms.

Financial management practices and strategy options for farm operators

Friday, February 6, 2009

By WILLIAM EDWARDS AMES, Iowa — After several years of high grain prices and generous margins, crop producers are facing a 2009 that looks less than rosy. Higher inputs costs and selling prices well below the peaks of 2008 will result in fewer dollars left over to pay landlords and put into savings. Livestock producers […]

China hogs all the pork imports

Thursday, February 5, 2009

DENVER — China’s overseas purchases and imports of pork and pork products in calendar year 2008 were unprecedented for any single country in history, according to U.S. Meat Export Federation calculations from just-released Chinese trade data. Import numbers Based on import totals from China and Hong Kong, the country imported 4.2 billion pounds of pork […]

A whole new ballgame for cattle prices

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

World economic conditions are now the dominant driving force for cattle prices, according to a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. “In the old days, cattle and beef prices were primarily correlated with beef supplies because demand tended to stay fairly constant,” said Chris Hurt. “Well, the ‘good old days’ are over as demand is in […]

Fertilizer prices vary at the retail level, but are stabilizing in general

Friday, January 30, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After reaching unprecedented price levels last year, fertilizer markets are adjusting to a dramatically different economic situation, making it hard for fertilizer dealers to set their prices and causing some farmers to delay their purchases, said a Purdue University specialist. “Fertilizer markets are now much more global, not only from the […]

Beef, pork exports exceed 2007 pace

Saturday, January 24, 2009

DENVER — Red meat exports continued their strong pace through November, with pork up 20 percent and beef up 9 percent (including variety meat) compared to November 2007. For the first 11 months of 2008, pork and pork variety meat exports were 61 percent larger than 2007, nearing the 2 million metric ton mark; 2008 […]

You better know your production costs for 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

By MIKE DUFFY Estimating costs of crop production for 2009 will be extremely difficult. Some farmers have received forwarding pricing, some set a quantity only and still others will use the spot market. The price consequences of these decisions are substantial. Foreign competition for material, the current U.S. financial crises, the energy price situation and […]

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