Livestock Industry Help Needed

In Farming, Livestock, USDA by Cindy

When Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced his rural economic stimulus funding Monday, he was joined by two dairy producers and an Iowa hog farmer, so naturally I assumed there would be something in the package for livestock producers who are suffering financially, especially the dairy industry. However, from what I can tell, there is nothing specific in the package that …

Obama Picks Deputy Ag Secretary

In General, government, USDA by Cindy

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate Kathleen Merrigan as deputy secretary of the Agriculture Department. Merrigan is no stranger to USDA, having served as administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service under President Clinton from 1999 to 2001. She is currently Assistant Professor and Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment MS and PhD Program at the Friedman …

Corn Projections Through 2018

In Farming, Food Prices, USDA by Cindy

It is hard enough to forecast the next year, much less the next ten years, but that is what USDA’s Economic Research Service has attempted to do with its latest Long Term Agricultural Projections report released last week. Not surprisingly, they expect prospects for the agricultural sector in the near term to reflect adjustments to the global economic slowdown and …

No Changes in US Corn Balance Sheet

In Ethanol, Farming, USDA by Cindy

There are no changes this month to the U.S. corn balance sheet in the USDA World Supply Demand report out this morning. According to the report, ethanol blender and producer margins have recently improved and weekly production of gasoline blends with ethanol has risen. The projected season-average farm price range for corn is narrowed 10 cents on each end to …

Less Land in Farms, More Productivity

In Farming, Sustainability, USDA by Cindy

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture just released this week, the amount of farmland declined dropped from 938,279,056 to 922,095,840 acres since the last census. That is a decline of 16.2 million acres. Despite that decrease, American farmers continue to produce as much or more on less land. This is a tremendous tribute to the productivity of our industry. …

Secretary Vilsack Speaks To The Press

In Administration, Audio, Current News, Ethanol, government, USDA by Chuck

Our new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, just completed his inaugural teleconference with the media. With opening and closing statements and Q&A, it’s about 50 minutes long. I’m betting we’ll hear a lot about it over the next couple days. Of course there is a lot in it for corn growers and anyone involved in agriculture to be interested …