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  • Trends in Corn Plant Populations
    Trends in seed costs are driven by both changes in seed prices and changes in corn plant populations.  This article examines trends in corn plant populations in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.  In addition, this article examines the proportion of seed…
  • The Evolving US Cotton Safety Net
    Cotton is an economically and politically important farm safety net commodity (Coppess).  Following its program is thus important to understanding the forces and issues impacting the US farm safety net (see, for example, the farmdoc daily articles of April 13,…

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CHICK-FIL-A IS RATIONING SAUCE PACKETS, AND BRAND LOYALISTS ARE MORE UPSET ABOUT IT THAN THEY ARE ABOUT THE GAS SHORTAGE

Supply shortages have a way of derailing your whole day, especially when it’s something so precious as liquid gold. No, not gasoline – Chick-fil-A’s special sauces. (Business Insider)

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MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGE TRAFFIC TO RESUME FRIDAY, COAST GUARD SAYS

The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River Friday, following the closure of a cracked bridge on the Tennessee-Arkansas state line. An industry expert says the cracked bridge highlights bigger transportation issues. (Successful Farming)

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BIG 0.6% APRIL WHOLESALE PRICE JUMP CATCHES MANY OFF GUARD

Wholesale prices, driven by escalating costs for services and food, jumped 0.6% in April, surprising economists and providing more evidence that inflation pressures are starting to mount with the country emerging from a recession brought on by the pandemic. (Associated Press)

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U.S. AND MEXICO KEEP ORGANIC TRADE OPEN –

Mexico last week agreed to extend the deadline for U.S. organic exports to be certified to its Organic Products Law. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with his counterpart, and they agreed to extend the compliance deadline to December 31, 2021. (KIWA)

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MCDONALD’S RAISING US WORKERS’ PAY IN COMPANY-OWNED STORES –

McDonald’s is raising pay at 650 company-owned stores in the U.S. as part of its push to hire thousands of new workers in a tight labor market. The fast-food giant is also encouraging its franchisees — which make up 95% of its restaurant base — to boost pay. (StarTribune

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