Monthly Archives: September 2020

John R. Block Reports from Washington September 30, 2020 “The Debate?”

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 prosperous

The Economic Perspective: “Is there a Looming Debt Crisis?”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if there’s a looming debt crisis.  Mike, so far the impact of the recession and high unemployment rates on the ability of households

Editorial: Presidential Debate or Wrestling Match?

Presidential Debate or Wrestling Match? We must have better than this Dr. Glenn Mollette September 29, 2020, was just another bad day in 2020. We thought that with Covid-19, unemployment, and riots in the streets of America’s cities it could

CME to Launch Pork Cutout Futures and Options

CME Group has announced plans to launch Pork Cutout futures and options designed to give the U.S. pork industry and export markets tailored risk-management tools on the cutout. “As the market has evolved, our customers continue to look for new

Farmers to Families Surpasses 100 Million Boxes

The Farmers to Families Food Box Program has hit a new milestone. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. “It is incredible to

Anti-Rabies Work Focusing on Raccoons

USDA’s efforts to combat rabies in the United States focuses on keeping rabies out of raccoons. Stephanie Ho has more on the story.

Analysts: Demand Will Offset Large Hog Supply

The inventory of U.S. hogs and pigs on September 1 was 79.1 million head. That’s up one percent from one year ago and down one percent from June. The breeding herd inventory, at 6.3 million head, was down one-and-a-half percent

Are Pork Production Cutbacks in the Offing?

Hog producers a month ago said they plan to cut back on production; but will changing conditions cancel those plans? Gary Crawford has this report.

The Economic Perspective: “Different Recoveries”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at different recoveries.  Mike, the economy has been doing better in recent months as states have reopened large parts of their economies.  But have

NPPC, AFBF Seek to Cancel California Prop 12

Two animal agriculture groups are challenging California’s Proposition 12 on the grounds that it violates the commerce clause. The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation have jointly filed an opening brief to the U.S. Court of