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Soybean Dump

Domestic Drumbeat on Trade Grows Louder

Jun 22, 2018 | 4 min

President Trump’s unilateral trade moves have rallied other nations. The European Union has joined the fray by putting tariffs on $3 billion of U.S. goods. China has already called the president a...

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A Wet Start To Summer

Jun 22, 2018 | 1 min

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, last month was the warmest May on record. It was hotter in some places than the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s while heavy rains plagued...


New York Dairy Finds Profits At The High End

Jun 22, 2018 | 4 min

The U.S. is the world’s top producer of milk. Next year is expected to be a banner year for exports as the world continues to produce record amounts. Even with the prospect of increased exports, milk...

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June 22, 2018 Economic Outlook

Jun 22, 2018

The economy continues to grow even as a trade war looms. The dust-up has yet to derail many from purchasing big ticket items like a new place to live. -- Sales of new homes grew 5 percent last month...

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June 15, 2018 Economic Outlook

Jun 15, 2018

On Friday, President Trump enacted his long threatened $50 billion Chinese tariff package. The effect of the rumor was already seen in a number of economic indexes. -- The Producer Price Index, rose...

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Senate Works Together To Pass Farm Bill Out Of Committee

Jun 15, 2018 | 4 min

Since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, the drought-fueled farm income of the early teens has declined and a relatively low number of bankruptcies has risen. Along with unresolved trade negotiations,...

Firefighters Fine-Tune Forest Management Strategies

Firefighters Fine-Tune Forest Management Strategies

Jun 15, 2018 | 7 min

The Senate Farm Bill contains a Forestry title that pays for, among other things, reducing the fuel that threatens towns, local industry and lives. Earlier this year, Congress approved the Wildfire...

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Ethanol Advocates Praise Trump, Ridicule Pruitt

Jun 8, 2018 | 3 min

The Farm Bill has gotten traction as the other shoe finally dropped when the Senate Agriculture Committee released its draft of the 2018 legislation. Markup is scheduled for next week. The current...

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Severe Drought Grips the Southwest

Jun 8, 2018 | 1 min

As of Tuesday, 95 percent of the corn and 75 percent of the soybeans have been planted. Producers have been facing weather extremes -- either caught in the grips of a drought or under water. With...

Two Pigs

Pork Industry Shows Patience and Faith On Trade

Jun 8, 2018 | 5 min

Those higher prices have been brought on by the recent implementation of tariffs on those metals. The response from affected nations has been surgical. Mexico placed a stiff 20 percent tariff on pork...

Outlook June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018 Market Outlook

Jun 8, 2018

Even as the wrangling over trade tariffs continues to plague rural America the economic forecast remains sunny. -- The Creighton Business Conditions Index stayed above growth neutral for the 18 th...

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Tariff Rift Riles Global Trading Partners

Jun 1, 2018 | 4 min

There is concern in rural America that current Trump administration trade policy will have major repercussions for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. A demand that a 5-year sunset clause be added to...

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June 1, 2018 Economic Outlook

Jun 1, 2018

A strengthening economy set the stage for what the Fed has given the moniker of “positive job growth.” Those jobs made a few more dollars available for a trip to Main Street or a few clicks on the...

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A Managed System Keeps Canadian Dairymen Profitable

Jun 1, 2018 | 7 min

Since negotiations for NAFTA began last year, the American dairy industry has been trying to find a way to pump its product back into Canada. The market is essentially closed to imports that are...

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Another Major Refiner Asks For EPA Waiver

May 25, 2018 | 2 min

The biofuel hardship waiver was in the news, again, this week. Reuters reported Marathon Petroleum asked the Environmental Protection Agency for a hardship waiver to eliminate its obligation to...

May 25 Outlook

May 25th, 2018 Economic Outlook

May 25, 2018

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Partnerships Align to Help Save Louisiana's Coast

May 23, 2018 | 7 min

A majority of commodities produced in the U.S. will, at some point, end up at the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, on their way to other ports of call. And while Louisianans are proud to...

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Aerial Applicators Soar Over Iowa's Croplands

May 18, 2018 | 7 min

Jordan Omstead/Pilot – Stardust Ag Aviation, Lamoni, Iowa: “Flying is the ultimate freedom. You leave the ground and all your problems, all your worries, they’re behind you. It’s you and the airplane...

Combine Dump

Farm Bill Fails in House

May 18, 2018 | 3 min

Rep. Jim McGovern, D – Massachusetts: “As I find myself saying far too often these days, a bad process produces bad policy. And this Farm Bill is a bad policy plain and simple. A hallmark of the...

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May 11th, 2018 Economic Outlook

May 11, 2018

The consumer price index rose 2.5 percent in April, the sharpest gain in 14 months according to the Labor Department. When you strip out the volatile food and energy sectors, core prices inched up 0...