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4335 Farm Bill RFS

House GOP Move Changes for the 2018 Farm Bill Forward

Apr 20, 2018 | 3 min

Spring planting, like the season itself, has had difficulty getting started. Parts of North Dakota are still covered in snow and range fires in Oklahoma have farmers on a constant vigil. Capitol Hill...

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April 20, 2018 Economic Outlook

Apr 20, 2018

For those searching for a new place to live it might be easier to follow your dream and build a home of your own. --- Home construction rose 1.9 percent in March as the supply of existing homes...


Down Market Pressuring Dairy Farmers

Apr 19, 2018 | 6 min

America’s dairy farmers have been subject to up-and-down markets over the past nine decades. There have been various federally approved pricing plans designed to even out those volatile swings; two...

Trade Roundtable (April 13, 2018)

Trade Roundtable (April 13, 2018) -- Extended Discussion

Apr 13, 2018 | 21 min

This week, we have a special round table discussion on the potential effect on rural America if there is a trade war. Tom Vilsack, former Secretary of Agriculture and president of the U.S. Dairy...

U.S. Justice Department approves Bayer takeover of Monsnato

U.S. Justice Department approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto

Apr 13, 2018 | 2 min

The U.S. Justice Department gave its blessing to the merger of German chemical company Bayer AG and the U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto this week. The deal, worth almost $63 billion dollars, would...

Market to Market

EPA Grants RFS Waivers to Some Oil Refiners

Apr 6, 2018 | 3 min

Early this week the head of the Environmental Protection Agency announced a roll back in Obama-era mandates easing emissions standards. The 2025 levels required new vehicles to achieve 36 miles to...

4333 Trade

Trump Administration and China Trade Blows in Escalating Tariff Tensions

Apr 6, 2018 | 7 min

To tariff or not to tariff, that was the question this week from Bejing to Washington. --- U.S. manufacturers report slower expansion in March as they were having a tougher time getting supplies to...

Kirk Leeds

Iowa Soybean Association Talks Tariffs and Trade War Impacts on Ag

Apr 6, 2018 | 28 min

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Kirk Leeds, CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association, discussed the potential effect of Chinese trade tariffs on U.S. soybean farmers. What follows is the entire interview...

April 6 2018 Economic Outlook

April 6, 2018 Economic Outlook

Apr 6, 2018

To tariff or not to tariff, that was the question this week from Bejing to Washington. --- U.S. manufacturers report slower expansion in March as they were having a tougher time getting supplies to...

Market to Market

NAFTA's Effect on Florida Tomato Growers

Mar 23, 2018 | 7 min

The North American Free Trade Agreement is another deal with an unknown fate that extends beyond rural America. An eighth, and possibly final round of talks is planned for Washington D.C. in April...

Gas Pump

RFS Debate Plays Out in Oval Office

Mar 23, 2018 | 2 min

A domestic battle is being waged over renewable fuels. Ethanol continues to fight with Big Oil for a bigger position at the energy table. The most recent skirmish has both sides pressuring the White...

Combine in soybeans

Tariffs Go Up On Both Sides Of Pacific

Mar 23, 2018 | 2 min

Apprehension over a looming trade war with China will build over the next 60-days as both sides maneuver for leverage. It remains to be seen if China will retaliate with 25 percent tariffs on a long...

Corn unloading

Possible Fix For Tax Loophole In The Works

Mar 16, 2018 | 3 min

Seed giant Syngenta has reached a $1.5 billion settlement with farmers and others who were suing the agricultural giant. The case centered on delayed export approval of two corn varieties. If...

4330 Opioids

New Tools From USDA and CDC Help Fight Against Opioid Misuse in Rural America

Mar 16, 2018 | 5 min

Drug addiction is generally branded as a problem that only effects those in urban settings. However, the problem has crept into rural America. New chemical compounds have helped in the treatment of...

4330 Outlook

March 16, 2018 Economic Outlook

Mar 15, 2018

If the higher prices at the store or the car lot made you hesitate to make a purchase, you weren’t alone. More than one consumer held on to their hard earned cash last month and economic indexes...

4329 Economic Outlook

March 9, 2018 Economic Outlook

Mar 9, 2018

President Trump made good on a promise to put tariffs in place for foreign aluminum and steel. As rural America held its breath in anticipation of a trade war, Wall Street sold the rumor.-- The Dow...

Manure mist

Who Wins in Pigs v. People? North Carolina Case Nears Trial

Mar 9, 2018 | 3 min

In June of 1995, a major storm in North Carolina softened a dike surrounding one of the larger hog manure lagoons in the state. The subsequent collapse of that single lagoon, released 25 million...

Steel workers

New Steel Tariffs Complicate Agriculture Trade

Mar 9, 2018 | 5 min

Many in rural America, are concerned about a potential chain-reaction from the tariffs that go into effect in two weeks. The entire Iowa Congressional delegation was concerned enough that they sent a...

Ear of corn

Meta-Analysis Finds Big GMO Benefits

Mar 2, 2018 | 1 min

Despite a potential backlash on U.S. grain exports from Trump’s new tariff, farmers continue to make plans for next season. Some of those selections will include genetically modified seeds. GMOs were...

4328 Outlook

March 2, 2018 Economic Outlook

Mar 2, 2018

President Trump hosted pro-ethanol forces this week who were attempting to break an impasse on biofuels. Neither side gave ground. The talks occurred just before the President announced an import...