Ag Economy: Feb. Observations from the Federal Reserve Mar 4, 2021

🕔Mar 4, 2021
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its February 2021 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […]

Ag Economy: Recent Insights from NASS Reports Mar 2, 2021

🕔Mar 2, 2021
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released several reports over the past few weeks that provide helpful insight into segments of the U.S. agricultural economy and farm sector.  Today’s […]

Climate Change: An Income Opportunity for Farmers? Mar 1, 2021

🕔Mar 1, 2021
Writing on the front page of Saturday’s Des Moines Register, Donnelle Eller reported that, “U.S. and Iowa farmers need new sources of income, and the work producers need to do to battle climate […]

Senate Confirmation Hearing for USTR Nominee, China Issues in Focus Feb 26, 2021

🕔Feb 26, 2021
On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing for U.S. Trade Representative nominee Katherine C. Tai. In her opening statement, Ms. Tai indicated that, “I previously served as America’s chief enforcer against […]

Senate Confirms Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture Feb 24, 2021

🕔Feb 24, 2021
Reuters writer Tom Polansek reported on Tuesday that, “The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Tom Vilsack to head the Department of Agriculture, returning the former Iowa governor to the job he […]

Biofuels: EPA Supports 10th Circuit’s Renewable Fuels Association Decision Feb 23, 2021

🕔Feb 23, 2021
Reuters writer Stephanie Kelly reported on Monday that, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that it agrees with an appeals court’s decision last year that cast doubt on a program that granted oil refiners exemptions to […]

Ag Economy: Where Do We Stand in 2021? Feb 22, 2021

🕔Feb 22, 2021
Speaking on Thursday at USDA’s virtual Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer provided a broad outlook for U.S. agriculture.  Today’s update provides an overview of key aspects of Dr. Meyer’s presentation. […]

Winter Storms Take Heavy Toll on Agriculture Feb 19, 2021

🕔Feb 19, 2021
Wall Street Journal writer Jacob Bunge reported on Thursday that, “Brutal winter weather continued to batter the U.S. agriculture industry, as companies and farmers contended with snow, ice and cold temperatures that disrupted processing, snarled transport and killed livestock across […]

Corn, Soybeans: USDA Ag Projections to 2030 Feb 17, 2021

🕔Feb 17, 2021
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 10-year projections for the food and agricultural sector. Background The baseline update explained that, “The projections, colloquially referred to as the baseline projections, were […]

Corn: Projected U.S. Exports, Prices Rise; Will “Rampant” Chinese Demand Continue? Feb 16, 2021

🕔Feb 16, 2021
Financial Times writers Emiko Terazono and Sun Yu reported last week that, “Record purchases by China have sent corn prices soaring since the end of last year, leaving farmers and analysts pondering how long the […]

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