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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program: CFAP2 deadline of February 26 has been eliminated

2/26/2021

The deadline of February 26 has been eliminated and USDA’s Farm Service Agency will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period. Interested applicants will have at least an additional 30 days to sign up after any decision is announced.

Grain Bin Safety Week – February 21-27

2/23/2021

Grain Bin Safety Week is promoted to raise awareness about grain bin dangers and provide education and best practices to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths associated with grain handling and storage.

Iowa Farm Family Wellness Alliance offers free services for farm families

2/23/2021

If farming is your livelihood, then free wellness resources are available to you during these continuing tough times. Pre-paid, ongoing wellness coaching and counseling services are now available to all Iowa farm families. Families can get confidential support for a variety of life events via phone, text, live chat, video or app — in addition to existing sources of 24/7 help.

USDA projects a surge in ag exports

2/22/2021

Higher commodity prices will help offset expected pullback in government payments.

Crop acres to jump 8.6 million

2/22/2021

Expected soybean acres up almost 7 million due to commodity price surge.

Marketing Insights

2/22/2021

Since mid-October, corn prices are certainly higher, but are you aware of basis trends?

Cash Strategist

2/22/2021

Rationing Needed

Iowa corn and soybean basis

2/22/2021

CORN: (basis vs. March futures, 02/17/21)

Why ethanol is even better than we previously thought | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 67

2/22/2021

In this episode, Emily Skor (CEO of Growth Energy) shares why ethanol’s benefits are even better than we previously thought (following a new study by researchers at Harvard and other universities). And Kasey Engel (a regional crop consultant for Farm Bureau Financial Services) provides crop farmers with useful insights to consider as they make their spring 2021 crop insurance decisions. (Western Agriculture Insurance Company is an equal opportunity provider.)

ARC, PLC sign-up deadline approaches, questions loom

2/17/2021

There are a couple of interactions of the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs and crop insurance. Most immediate is the March 15 deadline for both.

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