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NPPC & AFBF file challenge against California’s Proposition 12

In 2018, California voters in the state approved a bill called “Proposition 12.” (Prop 12) It was touted as a solution to animal welfare and food safety. However, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) see it more as an unnecessary burden for producers that has no basis in […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-09-2019

Road, rail and river infrastructure needs attention

Soybean harvest is finished. Corn harvest is now down to about eight-percent left in southwest and northeast Iowa, but less in other areas. With grain in storage, what is the next move? If we were not able to export two-thirds of our soybean production, it would be worth far less. There has been little action […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 12-09-2019

Japan trade deal best news for Ag in 2019

Last week, Japan’s legislative body, the Diet, approved the partial trade agreement with the United States. In a year fraught with trade disputes and a vindictive Mother Nature, getting this approval might just be the best news farmers have gotten all year. The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) highlights what this deal means for the […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-09-2019

China will lift some tariffs on additional U.S. pork & soybeans

China announced plans on Friday to lift some tariffs on U.S. soybeans and pork. A report says the move could be designed to take some of the heat out of the talks aimed at bringing a truce to the trade war. The Chinese finance ministry said last week it would waive taxes on some imports […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 12-09-2019

Influence: Root at Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

Cattle producers from across the state this week focused on their key policies heading into 2020. Topics ranged from traceability to transparency. Matt Deppe, Chief Executive Officer of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, offers additional insight into the association’s policy committee meetings. AUDIO: Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 12-06-2019

Iowa corn diseases were highly varied but weaker in 2019

2019 is one year that we are ready to put behind us. Some producers in the northern parts of Iowa may still be waiting to put this one behind them. However, the crazy year did give us plenty of opportunities for education.  So, what does that mean for the corn diseases we faced this year? […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-06-2019

Weekend Ag Matters: December 8th, 2019

In this episode of Weekend Ag Matters: Anna talks with Matte Deppe of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, we hear Governor Kim Reynolds address to the Iowa Farm Bureau convention, and Ken Root talks about his Christmastime Memories. 
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 12-06-2019

Congressman Lucas defends Market Facilitation Payments

The second round of Market Facilitation Payments has been made to farmers.  They come from USDA to growers of various commodities based on the damage done to the market by our trade dispute with China. It can also be argued that the money is being collected from Americans who continue to buy Chinese products that […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 12-06-2019

Matt Bennett – AgMarket.net talks Friday Open

We look at the Friday trade with Matt Bennet of Ag Market.net. He is happy to see price support in the beans, wishes corn could “join the party”, and says not to sleep on what is traditionally a quiet World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate. (WASDE)
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-06-2019

Is USMCA in jeopardy as Speaker Pelosi greenlights impeachment?

The next step has been taken in the House of Representatives as Speaker Nancy Pelosi greenlighted the articles of impeachment against President Trump. Could the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) be a victim in the political battle? There had been high hopes we could see the USMCA still get worked through Congress […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 12-06-2019