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Trade Woes and SRE Waivers Sour Ag Mood

Aug 16, 2019 | 4 min

The U.S.-China trade war is fighting for the top spot on the things putting pressure on American farmers and ranchers. Joining it is the release of the small refinery exemptions list. Reuters is...

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Economic Outlook: August 16, 2019

Aug 16, 2019

The signal by the bond market that a recession might happen has yet to reach consumers. -- According to the Bureau of Labor, the consumer price index and Core CPI rose 0.3 percent in July as gasoline...

Leather Industry Tries to Hang On

Leather Industry Tries to Hang On

Aug 12, 2019 | 6 min

Leather shoes and jackets are some of the luxury items we’re usually willing to drop a few dollars on. And more than one farmer has relied on a good pair of boots to get them through a work day. U.S...

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Trade war seeing another escalation

Aug 9, 2019 | 2 min

President Trump’s threat last week for another round of tariffs on Chinese goods did not sit well with several sectors of the U.S. economy. This week, the Chinese responded to the salvo with U.S...


Farmers Market Cultivates Customers on Capitol Hill

Aug 9, 2019 | 7 min

The National Farmers Market Coalition has declared that August 4 through 10 is National Farmers Market Week. USDA figures show over 41,000 farms made more than $700 million worth of direct sales to...

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Economic Outlook: August 9, 2019

Aug 9, 2019

Many in rural America remain optimistic about their future even as the amount of trade with the now former top U.S. export market remains in question. -- Last month, the Purdue/CME Ag Barometer moved...


Agriculture gets Bad News from U.N. Climate Report

Aug 9, 2019 | 2 min

According to USDA, one farmer feeds 155 people annually. Holding on to that number could get more challenging as the population grows and the climate changes. A recent study by The Union of Concerned...


Policy Makers Weigh in on Problems Facing Agriculture

Aug 2, 2019 | 5 min

The softening world economy is a backdrop to the current U.S. trade war with China. More tariffs have been threatened but this is only one deal the Trump Administration has on the table. Paul Yeager...

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President Turns To Tariffs To Jump Start Talks While USMCA Drumbeat Intensifies

Aug 2, 2019 | 3 min

The Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 passed Congress this week giving farmers more of an opportunity to use Chapter 12 of the bankruptcy code if they need it. Previously, only farmers with a maximum...

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Economic Outlook: August 2, 2019

Aug 2, 2019

Creighton’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell 3 points indicating economic growth is weakening in the 9-states it surveys. While Department of Labor data shows the unemployment rate held...


Delaney Howell sits down with Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Jul 26, 2019 | 17 min

Sonny Perdue is the 31st Secretary of Agriculture. The former governor of Georgia is a politician but his connection to the land comes in the form a veterinarian’s license. He is tasked with...

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White House pushes for SNAP changes and USMCA vote

Jul 26, 2019 | 2 min

As farmers wait for an end to the trade war the U.S. government continues its search for new places to sell American farm products. At the same time, the Trump administration is looking to reduce...

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Economic Outlook: July 26, 2019

Jul 26, 2019

Agriculture continues to take the brunt of the trade war with China. Prices have been flagging in farm country as the overall economy slows down a little. --- Second Quarter GDP slowed to an annual...

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Cell-grown meat makers look to scale-up for bigger markets

Jul 19, 2019 | 2 min

First the debate was over what defines milk. Now meat is in a similar discussion as cell-based alternatives are coming to the market. Products that look and taste like pork, beef and chicken are...

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Louisiana Seafood Company Celebrates Success One Handshake at a Time

Jul 19, 2019 | 6 min

The business of seafood can be treacherous, with many variables challenging producers. For one Louisiana seafood company, success has been measured by a pickup truck and one firm handshake at a time...

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