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From a distance, the steel frame bridge with large wooden planks spanning the middle looks to be in decent shape. It’s been providing a reliable path across the Heart River in western North Dakota since the early 1920s, enabling tractors to move from fields that border both sides of the river and numerous hunters, hoping to shoot their next big trophy. Read more

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Despite decades of federal and state investments in farm programs and rural economic development, most of rural America is still losing population while urban America is gaining. Read more

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The U.S. Senate passed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill this past week that would make a historic $110 billion investment in roads and bridges, $65 billion in expanding high-speed internet, and over $17 billion for improving ports and inland waterways. Read more

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If you’ve been doing any grocery shopping lately, you know that the cost of many basic food items has increased since what seemed like some stiff increases in 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture says it may take several more months before prices return to more normal trends. Read more

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President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order recently that seeks to address consolidation throughout the economy and includes a special focus on actions the United States Department of Agriculture could take to address the meat industry and antitrust enforcement. The order includes 72 initiatives under 12 different agencies. Read more

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From concerns about broadband to rural jobs and health care, there are dozens of different topics that come up on a daily basis in Sen. Roger Marshall’s office. However, in recent months, the calls from his Kansas constituents about cattle markets have been topping the list. Read more

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President Joe Biden wants to put our country on a path toward protecting at least 30% of its land and 30% of its waters by 2030. It’s an ambitious goal that’s part of an even broader strategy to address climate change, but many are still waiting on more specific details on how this new plan, now dubbed “America the Beautiful,” might work. Read more

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As Americans were first being told to practice social distancing and shelter-in-place a year ago, many farmers were trying to figure out how to reach consumers who used to come to their farms and buy direct. Many worried that they would lose income for months on end. Read more

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If you’ve jumped in a vehicle and driven across large sections of the United States, it’s pretty easy to be convinced that we need to invest more in our nation’s infrastructure. Many of our interstate highways are speckled with cracks and potholes and some are so crowded with cars and semis that they easily turn into traffic jams. Read more

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You can expect to hear a lot about carbon sequestration, methane reduction and voluntary, incentive-based carbon markets over the next couple of years. Much of the discussion has centered around finding ways that farmers can benefit through new revenue streams but there is also concern that there could be added costs. Read more

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China is emptying out United States corn and soybean supplies, helping make the 2020-2021 marketing year a success for American farmers. That’s ramping up the pressure on the new Joe Biden administration to work out a sustainable trading connection between the countries even as the political relationship remains fraught. Read more

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Now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, climate legislation is inevitable, and farm groups have to get involved in the debate, says Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a former Democratic congressional staffer. Read more

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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 entrepreneurs were able to not only survive but thrive. Read more

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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 been the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. But as the program has grown in popularity over the years, demand is far outstripping the number of contracts approved. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 focus on an omnichannel strategy and joint ventures. Many are consolidating to have better scale and capital access. Read more

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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 optimistic the trade trends will continue. Read more

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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 booked full for several months and a few are full until next March. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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.  Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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From a distance, the steel frame bridge with large wooden planks spanning the middle looks to be in decent shape. It’s been providing a reliable path across the Heart River in western North Dakota since the early 1920s, enabling tractors to move from fields that border both sides of the river and numerous hunters, hoping to shoot their next big trophy. Read more

top story
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Despite decades of federal and state investments in farm programs and rural economic development, most of rural America is still losing population while urban America is gaining. Read more

  • 0

The U.S. Senate passed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill this past week that would make a historic $110 billion investment in roads and bridges, $65 billion in expanding high-speed internet, and over $17 billion for improving ports and inland waterways. Read more

  • Updated
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If you’ve been doing any grocery shopping lately, you know that the cost of many basic food items has increased since what seemed like some stiff increases in 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture says it may take several more months before prices return to more normal trends. Read more

  • Updated
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President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order recently that seeks to address consolidation throughout the economy and includes a special focus on actions the United States Department of Agriculture could take to address the meat industry and antitrust enforcement. The order includes 72 initiatives under 12 different agencies. Read more

  • 0

From concerns about broadband to rural jobs and health care, there are dozens of different topics that come up on a daily basis in Sen. Roger Marshall’s office. However, in recent months, the calls from his Kansas constituents about cattle markets have been topping the list. Read more

  • 0

President Joe Biden wants to put our country on a path toward protecting at least 30% of its land and 30% of its waters by 2030. It’s an ambitious goal that’s part of an even broader strategy to address climate change, but many are still waiting on more specific details on how this new plan, now dubbed “America the Beautiful,” might work. Read more

  • 0

As Americans were first being told to practice social distancing and shelter-in-place a year ago, many farmers were trying to figure out how to reach consumers who used to come to their farms and buy direct. Many worried that they would lose income for months on end. Read more

  • 0

If you’ve jumped in a vehicle and driven across large sections of the United States, it’s pretty easy to be convinced that we need to invest more in our nation’s infrastructure. Many of our interstate highways are speckled with cracks and potholes and some are so crowded with cars and semis that they easily turn into traffic jams. Read more

  • 0

You can expect to hear a lot about carbon sequestration, methane reduction and voluntary, incentive-based carbon markets over the next couple of years. Much of the discussion has centered around finding ways that farmers can benefit through new revenue streams but there is also concern that there could be added costs. Read more

  • Updated
  • 0

China is emptying out United States corn and soybean supplies, helping make the 2020-2021 marketing year a success for American farmers. That’s ramping up the pressure on the new Joe Biden administration to work out a sustainable trading connection between the countries even as the political relationship remains fraught. Read more

  • 0

Now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, climate legislation is inevitable, and farm groups have to get involved in the debate, says Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a former Democratic congressional staffer. Read more

  • 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 entrepreneurs were able to not only survive but thrive. Read more

  • 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 been the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. But as the program has grown in popularity over the years, demand is far outstripping the number of contracts approved. Read more

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. Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • 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 focus on an omnichannel strategy and joint ventures. Many are consolidating to have better scale and capital access. Read more

  • 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 optimistic the trade trends will continue. Read more

  • 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 booked full for several months and a few are full until next March. Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • 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.  Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • 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. Read more