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U.S. grains find markets despite global trade dispute

United States grains inspected for export came in strong, despite rising trade tensions. A market analyst reviews the report’s findings and fills us in as to what is yet to come. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service recorded corn inspected for export at 1,668,835 metric tonnes. Zaner Ag Hedge market strategist Brian […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 06-18-2018

President “not happy” with Pruitt

There has been a lot of outcry from ethanol groups and from members of Congress over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. There have even been suggestions that Pruitt should resign. The President has been very quiet concerning this outcry, until now. Audio: World of Agriculture It has not just been people in agriculture […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-18-2018

Pork is in “interesting times”

These past few days and weeks there has been a lot of concern over retaliatory tariffs from all directions. Pork has been one of the industries taking it on the chin, but also has reasons to be optimistic. Audio: Bill Even, National Pork Board CEO While the topic of trade has been front and center, […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-18-2018

FCC Chair promotes rural telemedicine through broadband

There is a strong parallel between the Rural Electrification Act of the 1930’s and the effort to get high speed internet to rural America in the 21st century. The fact is, it costs more to install cable or other internet access in rural areas. Utilities want more customers per mile rather than miles per customer. […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 06-18-2018

It will be Naig vs. Gannon in the main event

After multiple forums, debates and a primary election, the Iowa Republican Party has chosen its nominee for the Secretary of Agriculture. Mike Naig, who was appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds to fill out the current term after Bill Northey assumed his role at the United States Department of Agriculture, came out of the Republican convention […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-18-2018

Federal Judge Rules Against California’s Glyphosate Labeling Requirement

The national agriculture coalition fighting against California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate picked up another win in court. U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb upheld the preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing the requirement until the court issues a final ruling on the matter. The California Attorney General had filed […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 06-15-2018

Iowa Soybean Association reacts to Trump tariffs

President Trump gave the green light to $50 Billion in tariffs against China on Friday. Beijing promised to retaliate, and that means agriculture products. Iowa Soybean association President Bill Shipley said in the past few weeks we went from optimism in trade, to angst. He reminds us the price of beans dropped a dollar in the last week. Shipley says China’s […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-15-2018

Senator Pat Roberts talks Senate Farm Bill

The Senate Ag Committee passed their version of the Farm Bill with a vote of 20-1. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) says their version of the Farm Bill was a truly bi-partisan effort. Senator Roberts is confident the bill will move on the Senate Floor as early as next week. Iowa Senator Chuck […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-15-2018

Cattle industry pleased with Senate Farm Bill

This week has had some positive activity in Washington DC. The Senate marked up the Farm Bill.  From a livestock perspective, the bill has most of what the cattle industry wanted but it is still a long way to a final bill from both house and senate plus a presidential signature.  The timeline must be […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 06-15-2018

State Fair events connect consumers to agriculture

The Iowa State Fair (ISF) takes place in an urban area. However, its location does not stop growers and producers from sharing agriculture’s message. Mindy Williamson, marketing director for the Iowa State Fair, says the annual event will feature two new activities, which will highlight Iowa agriculture. Williamson says one event encompasses a farm-to-table concept […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 06-15-2018