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Midwest Leaders Pressure Trump's EPA Over Renewable Fuel Standard

October 20, 2017 | 3 min

The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency were at the center of another rural American sector –biofuels- as four governors and 38 senators sounded the alarm on rumors the EPA would cut...

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Five Former Ag Secretaries Gather for Iowa Hunger Summit

October 20, 2017 | 5 min

Millions of Americans receive assistance to put food on the table. How much and what kind was part of a discussion in an Iowa gathering of the five most recent Secretaries of Agriculture. John Torpy...

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October 20, 2017 Economic Outlook

October 20, 2017

As fall colors change, the fundamental issue in the housing market remains the same… a shortage of available homes for would-be buyers. -- The National Association of Realtors said existing home...

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October 13, 2017 Economic Outlook

October 13, 2017

Even as political headlines and natural disasters bombard Americans, consumers remained optimistic enough to make purchases beyond the ones needed to rebuild. -- New cars acquired in the wake of...

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Big Lobbies Weigh In on NAFTA Talks

October 12, 2017 | 3 min

Back in inside the beltway, trade negotiators in Washington felt the heat as well. With hundreds of billions in the balance, two extra days of discussion were added to the battle over the two-decade...

Ohio River Closure

More Closures on the Ohio River

October 12, 2017 | 1 min

Last week, Market to Market reported slowdowns on the nation’s inland waterway system due to low river levels. However, ample rainfall over the past several days has reversed the problem, filling...

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Barge Traffic Slowed by Low River Levels

October 6, 2017 | 2 min

More than a quarter of the corn and soybean crops in the U.S. are already in the bin. Storage on the ground has begun in some places adding to the headaches already faced by grain elevators. This...

DACA Senate Judiciary

DACA Debate Reaches Senate Committee

October 6, 2017 | 3 min

Despite the lingering effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma the economy is relatively strong. -- Factory orders rose 1.2 percent last month as new cars were purchased to replace the ones destroyed in...

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October 6, 2017 Economic Outlook

October 6, 2017

Despite the lingering effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma the economy is relatively strong. -- Factory orders rose 1.2 percent last month as new cars were purchased to replace the ones destroyed in...

Meat Producers Struggle Over Antibiotics-Related Advertising

Meat Producers Struggle Over Antibiotics-Related Advertising

October 13, 2017 | 7 min

Various groups have encouraged consumers to ask more about their food. Labels like “antibiotic-free” have entered the lexicon to help sort out the details. However, questions have been raised about...

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September 29, 2017 Economic Outlook

September 29, 2017

Damage from hurricanes and tropical storms continue to press on those in the East and South. However, as they recover and rebuild, the effect of inclement weather has pushed the U.S. economy around...

Dairy cattle

Financial Transparency Part Of Profitable Partnership

September 29, 2017 | 7 min

Like many bulk commodity producers, dairy farmers take the price they are given by the market. Things can get difficult when the passion for running a dairy operation collides with the realities of...

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Trump Plan Eliminates Estate Tax

September 29, 2017 | 4 min

President Trump had another policy proposal this week, rolling out his vision of a new tax code. If adopted, farm country could reap the benefits. Paul Yeager has more. President Donald Trump: “This...

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September 22, 2017 Economic Outlook

September 22, 2017

Monetary policy, hurricane hangovers and other key indicators crafted an economic brew to test the nation’s mettle this week.-- Housing starts fell for a second straight month in August as the...

Midwest's New Pork Plants Opening

Midwest's New Pork Plants Opening

September 22, 2017 | 7 min

This week Tyson Foods announced it will put plans for a Kansas poultry complex on hold. The company had pledged construction of a $320 million dollar plant in Leavenworth County just two weeks prior...

Green Oranges

Disaster Assessment Reveals Major Citrus Loss

September 22, 2017 | 2 min

Some see Hurricane Maria, another violent weather system offshore, and Washington’s rerun of Obamacare repeal this week and picture the movie Groundhog Day. But those who respond to natural disasters...

Wildfires

Wildfires Burn at Biggest Rate Since 2011 While Harvey Victims Assess Damage

September 8, 2017 | 3 min

While Florida and the Deep South prepare for Irma’s wrath, she’s already whipped across the Caribbean leaving death and destruction in her wake. However, this isn’t the only disaster facing the lower...

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September 8 Outlook

September 8, 2017

Congress approved a $15.3 billion aid package replenishing the nation’s disaster relief account. The aid bill – signed by President Trump on Friday - piggy-backed a temporary lift of the nation’s...

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The GMO Battle in Oregon

September 8, 2017 | 7 min

The mere mention of Genetically Modified Organisms can set-off a heated holiday dinner table debate. Beyond the dining room, more than one state has attempted to impose GMO labeling guidelines. Many...

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Pricing Crops In An Opaque Market

September 1, 2017 | 7 min

The kickoff to the college football season brings tailgaters out of hibernation. As the revelers dust off their coolers, they fill them with ice and most likely beer. The adult beverage consists of...