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Falling Response Rates to USDA Crop Surveys: Why It Matters

1/23/2017

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts a series of surveys throughout the year to assess farmer planting decisions and production conditions. Those estimates underlie USDA and private analysis that affect markets throughout the year.

Farmers have a prime opportunity get their message to consumers

1/23/2017

Thanks to changes in society, the rise of social media and an overall breakdown in trust in institutions, Americans are searching for new sources for advice on a wide range of subjects, including how they make food choices.

Pork group slams proposal to add welfare to organic rules

1/23/2017

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) last week called out the outgoing Obama administration for issuing a regulation that adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law.

Circus closing offers lesson for farmers

1/23/2017

I have a vivid memory of riding on an elephant when I was a kid. The circus was in town and offered elephant rides in the auditorium parking lot before the performance. It was a unique experience.

Cash flow, liquidity are top financial concerns for farmers

1/23/2017

As tighter margins continue into 2017, farmers must look at their balance sheets and determine how to make their farming operation work,

Understanding marketing tools can help manage risk

1/23/2017

Risk management is important in 2017 not just for grain farmers, but also for livestock producers.

U.S. red meat production hits record levels

1/23/2017

Red meat and pork production set new records in December,

CME Class III Milk Futures - Jan 20, 2017

1/23/2017

CME Class III Milk Futures - Jan 20, 2017

Iowa Hay Auctions - Jan 25, 2017

1/23/2017

Iowa Hay Auctions - Jan 25, 2017

USDA Issues Final Organic Livestock and Poultry Production Rules

1/18/2017

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service today released its final rules for Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices under the National Organic Program. The rules amend requirements for certifying livestock and poultry production by expanding existing standards for living conditions, animal well-being, and production practices. The final rules also create new provisions for animal handling and transport for slaughter.

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