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‘I have great hope for America’

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBYeditor@messengernews.netROCKWELL CITY - While some people fought over toilet paper when the government ordered lockdowns due to COVID-19, the pandemic also highlighted another essential."People are more interested in where their food comes from," said U.S. Sen. Charles ...

A land walk

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comWEBSTER CITY If you are a landowner that is wanting to possibly diversify and begin raising food or need help with protecting and improving your land, there is help available to you.Joe Klingelhutz, farm specialist for Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) has ...

Perspectives of coronavirus and the pork industry

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comTo help shed some perspective on the effects coronavirus has had on the pork industry, Dr. Bradley Wolter, chief executive officer and president of The Maschhoffs, LLC presented his viewpoints in a webinar hosted by the University of Illinois recently.The ...

Crop watch

So how would everyone rate the spring, the 2020 planting season, the condition of the crop? All in all we would have to give it an A for most of the state. In parts of Nebraska and Missouri farmers are still struggling to get planting completed. So we have reasons to feel optimistic about the ...

Farm and Food File

Every Memorial Day, my long-time friend David would honor both his family and fellow Vietnam War veterans with a visit to his hometown cemetery, an hour's drive west of St. Louis.Once there, and with the help of his siblings and cousins, David would mow the grass in the family plot, scrub its ...

The meat industry problem is now two fold

A Feedstuffs magazine headline read "Ag economists warn against overreaction to meat industry structure." What does that mean? The livestock and packing industries have been in a constant state of restructuring for decades that has resulted in concentrating the market leverage with packers. ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Corn analysisCorn closed the week $.02 lower. Last week, exporters did not announce any sales.In the weekly export inspections report; U.S. corn exports, for the week ended 5/14/20, were strong at 45.3 million bushels and continue to run modestly above the roughly 41.6 million bushels/week ...

Weekly Market Review

On Tuesday, May 20th, the USDA announced the details of their farm aid package. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), will provide $16 billion in direct payments for U.S. crop and livestock farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment for crop and livestock producers will ...

Working with your FSA and filing for assistance

Plan how best to work with your local FSA officeThe ongoing Covid-19 situation has changed the way your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office will be conducting business with producers this spring. Local FSA offices are currently using alternative methods to provide service and ensure ...