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USDA needs to tell the truth

I spoke to my first group face to face in Emmetsburg, Iowa for Farm News post-pandemic. It was open air at a fair-grounds and all there, like me, looked old enough to have been vaccinated. It was a cool early morning and it felt really good to do something besides ZOOM. My son and Brazilian ...

A bullish acreage and grain stocks report

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com June 30, USDA released their annual acreage report and a quarterly grain stocks report. Historically, these reports have been known to be market movers and the markets responded positively that day. “These are two very big, important reports in the ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Northern Trust Company fined NFA has ordered Chicago, Ill. swap dealer The Northern Trust Company (Northern Trust) to pay a $999,000 fine. The Decision, issued by NFA’s Business Conduct Committee (BCC), is based on a Complaint issued by the BCC and a settlement offer submitted by Northern ...

Weekly Review

The feature story in the grain markets this week was the USDA’s release of the highly anticipated June acreage and quarterly stocks data. As usual with the June report, the figures surprised trade, resulting in increased volatility across the ag sector. Corn acreage came in at the low end ...

Farm News Ag Show planned for June 30

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com The Farm News Ag Show is slated for June 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. There will be both indoor and outdoor vendors featuring a wide array of agricultural products. Food will also be available with food ...

Show us your favorite tractor winner announced

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com The winner of the Farm News “Show Us Your Tractor” contest is Dr. Darwin Schossow with the submission of his 1929 Farmall Regular. Schossow, is from West Des Moines and is Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services in Pocahontas County and ...

Ag groups make a united, hollow call on meatpackers to play nice

On May 17, six farm groups joined voices to call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Congress, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure a “more financially sustainable situation for cattle feeders and cow-calf producers.” That’s make-nice farm talk for “Meatpackers are ...

Uncertainty in the grain markets

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com Corn and soybean markets have surged to prices not seen in several years, but should producers be getting comfortable with those numbers? It is nothing unusual to see volatility in the markets just as when markets dropped significantly earlier this ...

The cattle industry is not for sissies

Part 1 Most ag producers are doing well today…with the exception of cattle producers. As a former cattleman who promoted the industry, with a family still much involved in the industry and someone who identifies with cattle production, I will discuss what I believe is the most profound ...