STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Fighting the cold, feeding the cattle
Years ago, when I was in high school and beef prices were poor, I fed my family's cattle on a bitterly cold day. I was wearing long underwear, flannel shirt, sweatshirt, pants, two pairs of socks, sno... Posted on 2/19/15 at 1:45 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Full Circle
I believe we are changing here on the farm. I am boarding some of my brother Steves cattle this year as the price of steers was so high this spring and remains high. I suspect the low corn prices will... Posted on 8/9/14 at 6:52 AM
The lowest energy prices since 2009, which have already benefited transport, retail and industrial companies, are giving farmers a boost just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts their incomes will plunge 32 percent this year.
Pope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger.
Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption and unequal distribution of food.
It’s been two years since a devastating drought withered crops in the U.S. and sent the price of corn skyrocketing.
Now, U.S. farmers, including those in South Dakota, are preparing to harvest what is expected to be a massive corn crop for the second year in a row, even as the price of corn has tumbled to a level far below where it was a year ago.
Minnesota farmers might be looking at a financial squeeze this year. The wet spring has eliminated drought in much of the Corn Belt, suggesting a big crop could be on the way. That’s helping drive down prices below the breakeven level for a lot of producers.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will continue to advise the Agriculture Department on the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s rewrite of the rule governing the Packers and Stockyards Act, outgoing Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney said July 12.
In a year filled with economic turmoil, cattle and hog prices are rising thanks to an unusually tough winter.
“There’s less supply and more demand than a year ago,” said Mitchell Livestock Auction partner Marion Rus. “Export demand is also better than a year ago, and imports into this country of meat are also down.”
State is the main U.S. source for fresh winter tomatoes, and its growers lost some 70 percent of their crop during January’s prolonged cold snap. Wholesale prices are up nearly five times over last year. That means you can say goodbye to the beefsteak tomatoes on that burger and prepare to pay more than usual for the succulent wedges in your salad.
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