WASHINGTON — With gas prices ticking ever-higher and the summer months approaching, no relief is in sight. Gas prices affect not only your cost at the pump, but also the cost to transport goods you use in everyday life, such as food and clothing. With an economy that is slowly recovering, spikes in the price of fuel could spell disaster. Congress needs to act to ensure our economic recovery is not derailed.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Montana Farmers Union president Alan Merrill announced that MFU will hold a farm bill listening session with U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., in Great Falls, Mont., on April 2, in conjunction with the MFU quarterly board meeting.
WASHINGTON — The issue of whether proposed farm bill commodity programs would work in the Northern Plains remain to be resolved in Senate Agriculture Committee negotiations, Jim Miller, a former Agriculture Secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services and key aide to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said March 13 in an interview with Agweek.
WASHINGTON — Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told Agweek on Feb. 1 that she will hold four hearings in February and March in anticipation of bringing the farm bill to the floor before the House acts.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced Wednesday that it had obtained a consent order and permanent injunction against Mark Vanderploeg, formerly of Glendale, Ariz., and three of his companies, including DVC Farms of Minneapolis.
Jay Backowski, executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Douglas County, reminds producers that the sign-up deadline to elect the new Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program is August 14.
The federal government is expanding an insurance program for sunflower farmers — two years after almost killing it — in a move that could help protect growers against fluctuating prices and low crop yields.
Area farmers are storing their crops after a drop in prices and waiting for a rebound.
Problems on Wall Street bear most of the blame for plunging crop prices, said Mike Krueger, founder and president of the Money Farm, a grain marketing advisory service in Casselton.
“The financial mess is affecting commodity markets,” he said.
Many investors want the security of cash and are selling commodities, he said.
Rising feed costs, low hog markets have some producers bowing out; others struggling
WORTHINGTON — There is a vicious cycle running through the agricultural industry today, and it could be months, perhaps years, before any relief is in sight.
Floods that have inundated the Midwest could reduce world corn supplies and drive food prices higher at a time when Americans are already stretching their grocery budgets and people in poor countries have rioted over rising food costs.
By Stevenson Jacobs, The Associated Press
June 14, 2008
When U.S. farmers are asked which country is the chief export competitor for soybeans with the U.S. they almost always say Brazil.
That’s because we always hear about how many acres of soybeans are planted in Brazil and how big its soybean production is. But that’s not the case. Argentina’s combined exports of soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil last year will total 41 million tons compared to 38.6 for Brazil.
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