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Novel coronavirus overshadowing African Swine Fever

COVID-19 dominates news headlines. It overshadows an issue, which remained at the forefront just months ago. Additional cases of African Swine Fever continue to trickle in. “We have another country to add to the list of positive countries,” shares Dr. Dave Pyburn, senior vice president of science and technology at the National Pork Board (NPB).  […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 04-01-2020

Managing risk during uncertain times

Two-thousand-twenty came with a whirlwind of events, creating erratic movement in key markets. A risk management specialist encourages producers to start focusing on matters within their control to mitigate risk. “In the current environment, there are a lot of things out of control,” shares Pat Kroese, director of sales and business development at GrainBridge. However, […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 04-01-2020

American Farm Bureau pleased to see processing of H-2A visas

With the global COVID-19 pandemic weighing on countries throughout the world, we saw an expected closing of borders. Countries are doing all they can to curtail the spread of the disease from foreign sources. The concern for agriculture was with the shutdown of our consulate offices abroad, we would lose access to the seasonal workers […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-01-2020

Why is dairy being hit so hard during the pandemic?

We touched on dairy only briefly last week during our discussion about the hardships agriculture is facing during this COVID-19 pandemic. Along with ethanol, dairy has really been taking it on the chin these past few days and weeks. 2020 was supposed to be the year things started turning around for the industry after years […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-01-2020

Bayer Dicamba training fully available online

As many farmers and applicators are working from home and practicing safe social distancing, Bayer is offering dicamba training online as we look toward spring and planting for the 2020 season. The online training options provide the same level of certification for the use of over-the-top dicamba chemistries like XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology, a […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 04-01-2020

USDA estimates corn planted area at 97 million acres

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released its Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Grain Stocks reports. Two market analysts, featured on our Network weekly, join us to discuss these reports in-depth. USDA’s Prospective Plantings report stunned market analysts, as it estimated corn planted area at 96.99 million acres. Matt Bennett, founding partner of Ag Market.Net, […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 03-31-2020

Red meat exports rebound in Asian markets

COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, first emerged in 2019 in a seafood and poultry market in Wuhan, China. The disease rapidly spread, reaching across six continents. Asian nations begin to mend, after battling the virus for several months, and United States red meat exports stand to benefit. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) officials report “good […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 03-31-2020

Senator Grassley addresses livestock producer struggles during pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that it isn’t always business as usual. Our lives are not the same as they would normally be. This is the same for farmers as well as any other industry. However, there are some questions about how bad some of the situations have gotten. Some things just aren’t adding […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 03-31-2020

FMC wants to break the weed seed bank

Weed control is a topic that gets a lot of attention. After 2019’s wet growing season, we expect it to be an even hotter topic in 2020. Many companies focus on getting out in front of those weeds. They recommend aggressive plans that will attack increased weed pressure the whole year through. However, killing weeds […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 03-31-2020

NPPC cancels 2020 World Pork Expo for second straight year

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) announced that its board of directors has decided to cancel the 2020 World Pork Expo in June due to COVID-19 human health concerns. World Pork Expo 2021 is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Last year, the World Pork Expo was canceled due to concerns over […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 03-31-2020