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Wheat price manipulation complaint filed

Published Apr. 13, 2015

Last week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondel?z Global LLC with manipulation and attempted manipulation of the prices of cash wheat and wheat futures.

Vilsack says pleased with Farm Bill sign-up, results likely in May

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Grain farmers have had to choose between two options, a price-average formula called Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or a fixed-price formula, Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Farmers have to commit for the full five years of the farm bill.

USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Authorities have confirmed H5N2 outbreaks at nearly 40 commercial poultry farms in the Midwest, including 26 in Minnesota. All were turkey operations except for one chicken farm in Wisconsin. On Thursday, officials said four more Minnesota farms and two more in Wisconsin had been struck.


Published Apr. 17, 2015

The backlash against California almond growers’ high water consumption during a period of drought is reaching a crescendo, leading two industry trade groups to boost their messaging. They point out that almonds are far from the thirstiest crop on the farm.

Terminating cover crops

Published Apr. 13, 2015

“To get the best kill on cereal rye and ryegrass, it must be actively growing,” said Beck’s Hybrids Agronomist Alex Johnson. “If your neighbors are mowing grass, that’s a good sign that the cover crops are ready to be sprayed.”

Longest-serving Ohio 4-H volunteer’s experience inspires others

Published Apr. 14, 2015

75 years later, 4-H remains part and parcel of Wagner’s life, as she recently celebrated 69 years as a 4-H volunteer.

Historical perspective of planting corn in April

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The data also show that in most years, even those with slow starts due to persistent cold weather in April, 60 percent or more of corn acres were planted by May 10, which is within the optimal planting date window.

Gaps between the farm and city life

Published Apr. 20, 2015

This is one of the reasons Farm Bureau has expanded membership to include the non-farmer population. In an effort to address both farm and consumer interests and for the benefit of both, the bureau is taking a proactive step toward educating others about the business of farming and agriculture and is providing a forum for clarity and understanding among the groups.

Food will get cheaper for Americans, and here's why

Published Apr. 13, 2015

"Agricultural commodities are an important component of food prices, but they often comprise a pretty small share of the overall food dollar," commented Jayson Lusk, a professor of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University.

Farm loans keep rising in U.S. grain belt as cash squeeze tightens

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The Fed survey, conducted the first week of February, showed non-real estate farm loans were $8.1 billion higher than the same time a year earlier. The outlook for another year of near-record harvests should keep cash flows tight in coming months, it said.