Monthly Archives: February 2020

John R. Block Reports from Washington February 26, 2020 “Coronavirus”

          Hello everybody out there in farm country.  This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.  They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and

DEA to Allow Uncertified Labs to Test Hemp

The Drug Enforcement Agency says it won’t require all labs testing the THC levels of U.S. hemp to be certified by the agency during the 2020 crop year. Politico says that offers producers a little more flexibility because it will

EPA Set to Back Down on Ethanol Waivers

The Environmental Protection Agency is backing down on its extensive use of blending exemptions for smaller oil refiners. A Reuters report says the decision comes after last month’s 10th ​Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that vacated three existing waivers and set

The Economic Perspective: “Are Millennials Saving?”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if Millennials saving. Mike, the Millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, are now the largest in the country are rapidly becoming the

Cooperatives Still Looking for Changes to Section 199A

It’s tax season, and farmer cooperatives are still seeking to have Section 199A returned to the way tax deductions worked before the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed. Mike Davis has more.  

Lending an Ear to Farmer Hearing Health

Farming is a tough job, and farmers know there are dangers. But one health area that is often ignored is hearing. An audiologist in South Carolina is working to change that, as Mike Davis reports.

Warm Spell Coming…Planters Beware!

Climatologist Corey Davis offers a word of warning to planters with next week’s warm forecast.

The Economic Perspective: “High-Paying Jobs and Urban Change”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at high paying jobs and urban change.  Mike, one of the biggest socioeconomic changes in our country in recent years has been the revival

Concerns About Potential Dean Foods/DFA Merger

A proposed merger is in the works between Dean Foods, which recently declared bankruptcy, and Dairy Farmers of America. But not everyone thinks the merger would be a good idea. Mike Davis has more.

Commodity Experts Worried About the Coronavirus

Commodity experts at the International Sweetener Colloquium say announcements on the spread of the coronavirus and the falling stock market are making them nervous about the future. Stephen Nicholson is a senior analyst for Rabo AgriFinance, who says, “We have