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Workshops to explore competition issues in the agriculture industry

Friday, August 7, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold joint public workshops to explore competition issues affecting the agriculture industry in the 21st century and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in that industry. Issues The joint workshops will address the dynamics of competition in agriculture markets including, […]

USDA move helps milk producers in short-term, but most still struggling

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Surviving the dairy crisis may mean changes to operation SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Perseverance, heart, soul, patience and optimism. These are the traits a dairy farmer has had to develop in order to make it through the past several months of low milk prices. Or what many of them say they had to develop in […]

Latest CWT round retiring 87,000 dairy cows

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cooperatives Working Together organizers have tentatively accepted 294 bids in the third herd retirement it has conducted in the last nine months. The 86,710 cows and 1.8 billion pounds of milk accepted in this round, combined with CWT’s previous two herd retirements, equal a total production capacity of 4.8 billion pounds of […]

USDA temporarily increases dairy support prices

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — A bleeding U.S. dairy sector received a small bandage July 31 as the USDA announced plans to increase dairy price support levels, but the reactivated Congressional dairy caucus is still pushing for a long-term solution to historically low milk prices that are driving many milk producers out of business. Dairy price support […]

Biomass assistance program created

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WASHINGTON — Biomass conversion facilities can begin signing up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which will help increase production of renewable energy. The program, authorized in the 2008 farm bill, provides financial assistance to producers who deliver eligible material to biomass conversion facilities. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will provide financial assistance to […]

Corn prices looking for direction

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Corn prices have settled into a relatively narrow trading range, with December 2009 futures trading between $3.20 and $3.50 per bushel over the past three weeks. According to University of Illinois Extension Economist Darrel Good, the relatively low price level reflects the anticipation of a large harvest in 2009. The USDA will […]

Ohio wheat crop magic can happen again next year if weather cooperates

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

COLUMBUS — High-yielding varieties coupled with ideal growing conditions can turn an average crop into a record season. With this year’s Ohio wheat crop on its way to falling into that category, growers are wondering if the magic can happen again next year. Jim Beuerlein, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist, says yes, as long […]

ACRE worth looking at one last time, according to Purdue ag economist

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Average Crop Revenue Election Program, also known as ACRE, is a tool designed to provide downside price and yield protection for U.S. crop growers. Purdue University’s Chris Hurt encourages growers to evaluate the program one last time. “If you have decided to stay out of ACRE for the 2009 crop, […]

EPA paves way for ’10 roll-out of SmartStax

Friday, July 31, 2009

SmartStax just received registration from the U.S. EPA and Canadian Feed Inspection Agency, setting the stage for a 2010 commercial launch.

Mich. farmers can voice opinions on ag practice regs

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Agriculture will host a public input meeting to gather comments on the 2010 drafts of the state’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs).

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