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Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Friday, April 9, 2021

Big Agbiz’s big ‘price fixing’ settlements need a big fix

In a now too-common story in U.S agriculture, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) last month agreed to pay farmers $45 million to settle what the March 13 Wall Street Journal described as “price-fixing allegations leveled at its peanut processing division.” While $45 million is, indeed, peanuts ...

The senate fillibuster depends upon hot air

Part 1 of 2 The strongest hurdle determining what can be legislated in Washington is the U.S. Senate. When the Dems won both Georgia seats in the Senatorial runoff election, it had huge consequences on the balance of power in Washington. The party in control is the gate-keeper deciding what ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Pademic assistance to include cattle producers The Pandemic Assistance for Producers plan from USDA includes cattle top-up payments for ranchers who sold into a depressed market after the first Coronavirus Food Assistance Program deadline of April 15. These payment rates vary depending on ...

Has the ag economy actually recovered?

In recent weeks there has been a lot written about how the “ag economy” has recovered and things are really looking up. Some would quote a recent Federal Reserve Bank’s Ag Letter that talks about the recent increase in land values. Or the fact the share of the District farm loan portfolio ...

Weekly Review

As expected, the big news in this week’s grain trade was the USDA’s release of their Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Stocks reports. On any given year, anticipation going into these reports is high, but given the tight stocks this year anticipation was heightened more than usual. The ...

Lucky in April

It has been said that April is the cruelest month. And for good reason. In our neck of the woods, no other month can take you from a cool autumnal fog to summertime heat to blizzard-like conditions to balmy springtime sunshine all in one day. April is the equivalent of going on a whirlwind tour ...

Crop watch

For about two weeks whether or not spring had arrived was debatable. Night time temps in the low 20s and daytime highs in the low 40s are not real warm and do not spur soil warmup or plant growth. Now in the last few days the daytime temps are above 60-70 degrees and expected to keep climbing. ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

2021 net farm income expected to increase This year’s farm income will likely be down from what was seen in 2020. However, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri expects this year’s net farm income to be much higher than what it was from ...