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Early June Could be Highest Pre-harvest Time Pricing Opportunity

When the price of corn goes up at this time of year it is usually because traders are fearful the weather isn't good for...

Mississippi River Reopens to Shipping

The U.S. Coast Guard said there were over 1,000 barges backed up along the lower Mississippi River late last week. The Coast Guard stopped...

Bronaugh Confirmed as USDA Deputy Secretary

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he’s grateful for last week’s confirmation of Dr. Jewell Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the USDA. “Dr. Bronaugh’s confirmation is...

FB: Three New Tax Hikes for Farmers in Biden’s Plan

Three new tax hikes for farmers and ranchers, that’s how the American Farm Bureau’s tax adviser describes President Joe Biden’s tax plan to pay...

Ag Businesses Report Favorable First Quarter Earnings

Earning reports topped headlines on Wall Street this week, and agriculture businesses seem to be doing well. Syngenta reported first-quarter sales of $7.1 billion, up...

U.S. Drought Monitor: Tale of Two Regions

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows a tale of two regions—the East and the West. The Western U.S., in the latest Drought Monitor released Thursday, shows...

KC Fed: Farm Lending Remains Muted in Early 2021

Farm loan demand remained muted at commercial banks in the first quarter of 2021. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank reports that a reduction...

Farm Taxes Will Skyrocket Without Stepped-up Basis

A proposal to eliminate the stepped-up basis in agriculture would have a costly impact. Tax policy is important in helping farmers pass their operations...

April WASDE Shows Lower Corn and Higher Wheat Ending Stocks

The April World Ag Supply and Demand Estimate report from USDA calls for lower corn and higher wheat stocks in the U.S. at the...

Strong Commodity Prices, Improved Financial Conditions Boost Ag Economy Barometer

The Ag Economy Barometer rose in March to 177, the highest reading for the barometer since the record high reading of 184 in October. This month’s...

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