USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of about $9 million in assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans who are new to farming and ranching. The funding enables community-based organizations to work with these groups to acquire and operate farms and ranches and to take advantage of USDA programs. At the […]


The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia upheld mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat and meat products.  The 9-2 decision supports an earlier appellate court ruling which determined that labeling was needed to prevent deception.  Judge Stephen Williams cited consumer interest and health concerns, saying the government’s interest in country-of-origin […]


Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, in “Turnaround Tuesday” type activity. There are some weather concerns and the condition rating declined over the past week, but the trade continues to expect a big crop. Also, forecasts for the coming week do have a little more precipitation than what we saw on Monday. Demand […]


New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2014/15 season from $7 (NZ) to $6 (NZ) per kilogram of milk solids.  The cut translates into about a $1.6 billion reduction from the co-op’s earlier prediction and around $4 billion less in total farm income compared to last year. Fonterra […]


Part of the Mississippi River between Wisconsin and Minnesota is closed to barge traffic.  Sand bars high enough to ground towboats have formed near Winona and Wabasha forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to close the river from Winona to Red Wing.  Dan Cottrell, channel maintenance coordinator with the Corps says they found three areas […]


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