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It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Sept. 25, 2020.

The big meat gang is getting awfully smelly

In a year of too many dark days, Monday, Sept. 14 was a particularly dark day for every American for two reasons. First, on Sept. 14, ProPublica, the non-profit, investigatory news group, published a 3,100-word expose’ on how global meatpackers used their clout this spring to get a White ...

Plan C

Part 3 In my son Matthew’s Brazilian safrinha corn production costs laid out in Part 2 of our special report Plan C, I had Matthew attribute a percentage of the rent/land cost to corn relative to the percent of revenue of the two crops, corn following soybeans. By shifting some of the land ...

Weekly market review

With China’s hog numbers continuing to grow and recover from African swine fever, this brings the increased feed demand. This is one of the major reasons we’ve seen the increase in China’s buying of U.S. corn and soybeans. It was reported that hog herds are over 30% larger than last year ...

CFAP 2 payments announced

USDA announced an additional $14 billion will be paid to agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin Sept. 21 and run through Dec. 11, 2020. USDA will use ...

Book advice

An email from an Iowa woman recently popped into my inbox. The lady wrote that her daughter and her daughter’s friend had written a children’s book and were wondering if I could advise them about how to get their book onto the market. I don’t feel qualified to hand out any such advice. ...

Crop watch

This should be the week where statewide harvest begins in earnest. There were combines operating in both corn and beans last week depending on the maturity group of bean planted while there were also corn fields being harvested where the drought stressed the plants enough that moisture levels ...

Plan C

Part 1Do you remember Plan B?I was concerned about the growing competitiveness of Brazil 20 years ago. They were the up and coming soybean producing competitor. My idea was to use the loan rate in the farm program to support our soybean price and roll acreage from corn into soybeans so that we ...

It’s Friday

It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Aug. 28, 2020.

Midwest Marketing Solutions

CFAP assistanceThe USDA has distributed $6.8 billion to farmers in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program assistance so far. With four weeks left in the sign up, American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton said at least 50 percent of the first tranche of payments remain."There's ...