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Iowa Agribusiness Network

Commodity analyst: Take advantage of what is in front of you

American producers greatly anticipate China’s return to the U.S. grain markets. The move, however, is taking longer than expected. A commodity analyst offers his advice on the matter. Matt Bennett, co-founder of Ag Market Net, is not surprised by the lack of market action, following the signing of a Phase One trade deal with China. “I […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 01-24-2020

Increasing biosecurity measures to prevent African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever (ASF) continues its spread overseas, reaching new herds rapidly. The virus has yet to reach the United States.  A veterinarian updates us on where American producers stand, in terms of preparedness. He also shares how producers can further protect and secure their swine operations. United States pork producers continue to improve foreign animal […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 01-24-2020

Weekend Ag Matters: January 25th, 2020

Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 01-24-2020

New IPPA President Mike Paustian outlines 2020 road map

The 2020 Iowa Pork Congress has come and gone. There is new leadership at the top. Mike Paustian has taken the reins as President of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). During the Pork Congress, we had the chance to sit down and chat about what 2020 is looking like for the organization. The last […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 01-24-2020

American Farm Bureau sets policy for 2020

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently wrapped up its annual convention in Austin, Texas. During those meetings, delegates from across the country came to bring their policy goals for 2020. All of them set at the state level, including Iowa. Now that the meetings are concluded, the AFBF announced its policy goals for the […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 01-24-2020

Americans to eat record 1.4 billion chicken wings for the big game

The National Chicken Council released its annual Chicken Wing Report, projecting Americans to consume a record-breaking 1.4 billion wings during the upcoming Super Bowl weekend. Americans’ love for wings continues to grow. This year’s wing consumption estimate is a two percent increase over 2019, meaning Americans will eat 27 million more wings during this year’s […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 01-24-2020

Revised definition for ‘waters of the United States’ finalized

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today (Thursday) finalized a revised definition for “water of the United States.” The Navigable Waters Protection Rule seemingly “protects the nation’s navigable waters from pollution and will result in economic growth across the country.” Among those applauding this achievement is the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The organization was one of many […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 01-23-2020

National Pork Board: Better reaching consumers through research

Congress designed the Pork Checkoff to “strengthen the position of pork,” which is acheived through promotion of product, research, producer education and consumer education. A National Pork Board representative shares how research and consumer education intertwine today. The Pork Checkoff Program boasts a strong insights and analytics team, which offers great value to pork industry proponents. […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 01-23-2020

Will demand be affected by trade deals or is it fluff?

We have been celebrating the signing of the Phase-One trade deal with China and the passage of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement out of congress. These were two support pieces we longed to see to help get things turned around in the marketplace, right?   That’s what we have been told. However, is […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 01-23-2020

U.S. Senate sends USMCA to the President’s desk

The agriculture community has been waiting for the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement to head to President Trump’s desk for his signature for a week. Wednesday the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Chuck Grassley, signed the implementing bill at an enrollment ceremony. He was joined by Ag Senators from the Midwest. Senator […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 01-23-2020