Author: Membership

AFBF LAUNCHES COMMODITY PRICE WEBSITE –

Commodity market futures prices for grains, oilseeds, livestock and dairy can be found on a new section of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Voice of Agriculture website. (FarmWeekNow

US FARMERS HARVEST AMID TRADE, IMPEACHMENT UNCERTAINTY –

Most farmers are in a race against time to get crops out of fields before the frost and freeze arrives. “It’s been one of those years,” Warren County farmer Jared Kunkle said. “Nothing in 2019 has been easy.” Uncertainty extends beyond the weather. Farmers are also wondering what price their crops will fetch and where … Read More

WE CAN’T REARRANGE THESE DECK CHAIRS –

American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton reviews soybean exports during the 2018-2019 marketing year. (Farm Bureau)

REPORT: AMERICANS BENEFIT FROM FOREIGN AG AID –

America’s foreign agricultural assistance provides significant domestic benefits by boosting demand for U.S. exports while making more food available to U.S. consumers and helping to guard against the import of pests and diseases, a new report says. (Agri-Pulse)  

DOUBTS RISE ABOUT TRUMP’S CLAIM OF CHINA’S PROMISE TO PURCHASE MORE US FARM PRODUCTS –

U.S. and China’s “substantial” deal is already looking hazy, especially regarding China’s promise to hike its purchase of agricultural products, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. (CNBC)

EPA PROPOSES SUPPLEMENTAL RULE FOR RFS –

In the recent supplemental rule, EPA proposes to base SREs on the three-year average of recommendations by the Department of Energy (DOE), including partial exemptions. This value would be used to adjust the method of calculating renewable fuel percentages. The EPA announcement was met with immediate pushback from many agricultural and biofuel groups, in addition … Read More

ILLINOIS FARM HOSTS CHINESE REPRESENTATIVES –

Chinese media representatives and ethanol producers recently visited Gerald Thompson’s family farm near Bloomington. The group learned about Illinois agriculture from area farmers and was specifically interested in the process of producing corn for ethanol. (FarmWeekNow)

USGC PARTNERS TO OFFER ETHANOL SUMMIT –

Industry and government officials from 60 countries are meeting with U.S. officials in Washington, D.C., U.S., at the Global Ethanol Summit to learn about changing biofuels policies in countries around the world and prospects for expanded global ethanol use. (World Grain)

PODCAST: ‘FARM, FOOD, FACTS’ EXPLORES CLIMATE CHANGE –

Check out the “Farm, Food, Facts” podcast for insights from John Newton, AFBF’s chief economist, on how farmers are conserving natural resources and preserving the environment. Megan Dwyer, a fourth-generation farmer and Farm Bureau member from Illinois, also weighed in. Dwyer, a certified crop advisor and precision agronomist, is a member of AFBF’s Grassroots Outreach … Read More

TRUMP’S HAILING OF $50 BILLION IN CHINESE FARM PURCHASES SEEN AS ‘MEANINGLESS’ –

China is still a long way from forking out $50 billion for farm goods from the United States, agriculture industry analysts said on Monday, cautioning that getting there is contingent on removing substantial technical and political hurdles. (Reuters)

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