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As we look back at the pandemic that consumed most of 2020 it’s sometimes hard to find much positive news. But there’s one joyful initiative this year that brought new money to rural America and reconnected consumers to the farmers and ranchers who produce their food. In some cases, rural en…

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From coast to coast, farmers and ranchers have found the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to be a great place to find cost share funds to implement practices that can protect the soil and improve water quality. And one of the most popular programs has b…

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Barry Flinchbaugh, an economist who influenced decades of United States farm policy and thousands of students and farm leaders, died Nov. 2 in Topeka, Kansas. His doctors indicated the cause of his death as a malfunction of his pacemaker, according to his family.

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As his combine rolls across golden cornfields in eastern Kansas, Ken McCauley is enjoying the view and the numbers climbing up on his yield monitor. Bringing in between 260 to 270 bushels per acre on some fields with prices firming, he’s looking at a banner year.

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Growing up on a farm, I noticed that my dad had always been interested in conservation. He installed terraces, grass waterways and ponds on our Iowa hills and practiced crop rotation. It was my first glimpse of learning about leaving the land better than you started with.

  • 0

Impacts on farm supply and marketing cooperatives from the past three years of agricultural trade upheaval, industry consolidation and four months of a global virus pandemic are as varied as America’s 1,700 or so co-ops’ enterprises themselves. Some are rethinking their business models to fo…

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Despite production and trade disruptions wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic, ag exports to China are on an upward trajectory and the start of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement began July 1. In an exclusive interview with Agri-Pulse, Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud says he’s still …

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While many large meat processing plants slowed down or temporarily closed due to the spread of COVID-19 among their employees, many small, local meat lockers are seeing a boom in demand for custom butchering. As consumers aim to fill their freezers, some meat shops tell Agri-Pulse they are b…

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For all of you working on farms and ranches, you realize that the important work of producing food and feeding people never stops. It’s the same pattern for those in our packing plants, our truckers, our food workers and everyone along the supply chain from farm to fork.

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When it comes to counting individual voters, there’s no way rural America can compete with New York City and other urban centers. But every vote adds up and, as President Donald Trump found out in 2016, rural citizens can help move a few more electoral votes and lead a candidate to victory.

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While impeachment was on the front page of most major dailies in January, President Donald Trump was doing his best to make news of a different kind. The United States-Japan trade agreement went into effect Jan. 1, followed by deals with China, Canada and Mexico.

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Ever since hemp was finalized in the 2018 farm bill, producers have been eager to learn more. We’ve covered several different meetings on this topic and just about every one of them is packed with growers who wonder if this might be the next best way to diversify and find new revenues. 

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President Donald Trump’s claim that China is willing to address “agricultural structural issues” in a trade deal has the United States ag sector excited that real change may be coming to the U.S-China trading relationship beyond just increased commodity sales.

  • 0

Almost every day, another major food company or agribusiness sends me their plans to be eco-friendlier, carbon-neutral, sustainable or regenerative. Clearly, there’s a strong movement to mesh business and environmental goals and perhaps, build public support along the way.

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In the early 1990s, I received an unusual fax late at night. The sender started me on a journey that I have continued to pursue since that time.

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White House officials are telling the United States ag sector they are going to win big in the miniature trade pact announced on Aug. 25 after Presidents Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the annual G7 summit, but many details haven’t yet been nailed down, government and in…

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently returned from negotiations in Shanghai and they are expected to resume formal in-person conversations with their Chinese counterparts in September.

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Over the last few decades as a reporter, I’ve learned that most farmers love to get a good price from the marketplace, rather than a good check from the federal government. But what’s a person to do when export markets are being shut down as a result of tariffs and an ongoing trade war with …

  • 0

The rural vote that was key to electing President Donald Trump in 2016 has focused a spotlight on rural America. Welcoming this new attention, academic researchers are zeroing in on identifying the best ways to revitalize the rural economy and dampen rural discontent. Presidential candidates…

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While the immediate ratification of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is widely supported by the United States ag sector as another way to expand exports, many lawmakers, union leaders, auto sector workers, machinists and others still feel stung by the previous agreement between the three countries. 

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As our summer travel season ramps up, we’ll be driving or flying to at least 10 different states, including Alaska. One of my biggest concerns is the ability to stay connected—either by finding cell phone service or connecting to my home and office via high-speed broadband.

  • 0

The United States has agreed to lift its steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, removing major obstacles for ratification of the renegotiated North American free trade pact by all three countries. But gaining congressional approval could still be a heavy lift.

  • 0

Many of you think it’s planting season, but in the world of politics, it’s presidential campaign season. That means you’re going to start hearing a lot more about how President Donald Trump and a field of over 20 Democrats plan to make life better for those of you who farm and live in rural …

  • 1

Decades ago, political pundits frequently talked about the importance of farm and rural voters in presidential elections. During the early 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt connected the economics on the farms to jobs in the cities as he tried to build political support from both.

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Farm families up and down the Missouri River have been fighting for their livelihoods as historic floodwaters killed livestock, destroyed bins, damaged homes and buildings and wiped out crucial roads and bridges. The bad news is that the devastating losses are likely to rise as the snow cont…

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President Donald Trump likes to talk about how much he “loves our farmers” but his most recent budget once again tries to slash key programs that farmers have long supported and even the president previously supported.

  • 0

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expects the White House to once again propose deep cuts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget—and Perdue is expressing frustration with the document that’s expected to be released in March.

  • 0

Departments and agencies critical to United States agriculture—including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency—are moving back into full swing, now that the five-week partial government shutdown has come to at least a temporary end.

  • 0

McDonald’s announced recently that it aims to lessen the use of medically important antibiotics in the cattle supplying its beef. Hurrah for that press release, but farmers and ranchers have an important response for one of their premier vendors: It’s already happening in a big way. Just ask…

  • Updated
  • 0

As we look back at the pandemic that consumed most of 2020 it’s sometimes hard to find much positive news. But there’s one joyful initiative this year that brought new money to rural America and reconnected consumers to the farmers and ranchers who produce their food. In some cases, rural en…

  • 0

From coast to coast, farmers and ranchers have found the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to be a great place to find cost share funds to implement practices that can protect the soil and improve water quality. And one of the most popular programs has b…

top story
  • Updated
  • 0

Barry Flinchbaugh, an economist who influenced decades of United States farm policy and thousands of students and farm leaders, died Nov. 2 in Topeka, Kansas. His doctors indicated the cause of his death as a malfunction of his pacemaker, according to his family.

  • 0

As his combine rolls across golden cornfields in eastern Kansas, Ken McCauley is enjoying the view and the numbers climbing up on his yield monitor. Bringing in between 260 to 270 bushels per acre on some fields with prices firming, he’s looking at a banner year.

  • 0

Growing up on a farm, I noticed that my dad had always been interested in conservation. He installed terraces, grass waterways and ponds on our Iowa hills and practiced crop rotation. It was my first glimpse of learning about leaving the land better than you started with.

  • 0

Impacts on farm supply and marketing cooperatives from the past three years of agricultural trade upheaval, industry consolidation and four months of a global virus pandemic are as varied as America’s 1,700 or so co-ops’ enterprises themselves. Some are rethinking their business models to fo…

  • 0

Despite production and trade disruptions wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic, ag exports to China are on an upward trajectory and the start of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement began July 1. In an exclusive interview with Agri-Pulse, Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud says he’s still …

  • 0

While many large meat processing plants slowed down or temporarily closed due to the spread of COVID-19 among their employees, many small, local meat lockers are seeing a boom in demand for custom butchering. As consumers aim to fill their freezers, some meat shops tell Agri-Pulse they are b…

  • 0

For all of you working on farms and ranches, you realize that the important work of producing food and feeding people never stops. It’s the same pattern for those in our packing plants, our truckers, our food workers and everyone along the supply chain from farm to fork.

  • 0

When it comes to counting individual voters, there’s no way rural America can compete with New York City and other urban centers. But every vote adds up and, as President Donald Trump found out in 2016, rural citizens can help move a few more electoral votes and lead a candidate to victory.

  • 0

While impeachment was on the front page of most major dailies in January, President Donald Trump was doing his best to make news of a different kind. The United States-Japan trade agreement went into effect Jan. 1, followed by deals with China, Canada and Mexico.

  • 0

Ever since hemp was finalized in the 2018 farm bill, producers have been eager to learn more. We’ve covered several different meetings on this topic and just about every one of them is packed with growers who wonder if this might be the next best way to diversify and find new revenues. 

  • 0

President Donald Trump’s claim that China is willing to address “agricultural structural issues” in a trade deal has the United States ag sector excited that real change may be coming to the U.S-China trading relationship beyond just increased commodity sales.

  • 0

Almost every day, another major food company or agribusiness sends me their plans to be eco-friendlier, carbon-neutral, sustainable or regenerative. Clearly, there’s a strong movement to mesh business and environmental goals and perhaps, build public support along the way.

  • 0

In the early 1990s, I received an unusual fax late at night. The sender started me on a journey that I have continued to pursue since that time.

  • 0

White House officials are telling the United States ag sector they are going to win big in the miniature trade pact announced on Aug. 25 after Presidents Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the annual G7 summit, but many details haven’t yet been nailed down, government and in…

  • 0

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently returned from negotiations in Shanghai and they are expected to resume formal in-person conversations with their Chinese counterparts in September.

  • 0

Over the last few decades as a reporter, I’ve learned that most farmers love to get a good price from the marketplace, rather than a good check from the federal government. But what’s a person to do when export markets are being shut down as a result of tariffs and an ongoing trade war with …

  • 0

The rural vote that was key to electing President Donald Trump in 2016 has focused a spotlight on rural America. Welcoming this new attention, academic researchers are zeroing in on identifying the best ways to revitalize the rural economy and dampen rural discontent. Presidential candidates…

  • 0

While the immediate ratification of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is widely supported by the United States ag sector as another way to expand exports, many lawmakers, union leaders, auto sector workers, machinists and others still feel stung by the previous agreement between the three countries. 

  • 0

As our summer travel season ramps up, we’ll be driving or flying to at least 10 different states, including Alaska. One of my biggest concerns is the ability to stay connected—either by finding cell phone service or connecting to my home and office via high-speed broadband.

  • 0

The United States has agreed to lift its steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, removing major obstacles for ratification of the renegotiated North American free trade pact by all three countries. But gaining congressional approval could still be a heavy lift.

  • 0

Many of you think it’s planting season, but in the world of politics, it’s presidential campaign season. That means you’re going to start hearing a lot more about how President Donald Trump and a field of over 20 Democrats plan to make life better for those of you who farm and live in rural …

  • 1

Decades ago, political pundits frequently talked about the importance of farm and rural voters in presidential elections. During the early 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt connected the economics on the farms to jobs in the cities as he tried to build political support from both.

  • 0

Farm families up and down the Missouri River have been fighting for their livelihoods as historic floodwaters killed livestock, destroyed bins, damaged homes and buildings and wiped out crucial roads and bridges. The bad news is that the devastating losses are likely to rise as the snow cont…

  • 0

President Donald Trump likes to talk about how much he “loves our farmers” but his most recent budget once again tries to slash key programs that farmers have long supported and even the president previously supported.

  • 0

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expects the White House to once again propose deep cuts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget—and Perdue is expressing frustration with the document that’s expected to be released in March.

  • 0

Departments and agencies critical to United States agriculture—including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency—are moving back into full swing, now that the five-week partial government shutdown has come to at least a temporary end.

  • 0

McDonald’s announced recently that it aims to lessen the use of medically important antibiotics in the cattle supplying its beef. Hurrah for that press release, but farmers and ranchers have an important response for one of their premier vendors: It’s already happening in a big way. Just ask…