Monthly Archives: January 2021

John R. Block Reports from Washington January 21, 2021 “Stimulus Package”

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The Economic Perspective: “Outlook for Commercial Real Estate”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at the outlook for commercial real estate.  Mike, commercial real estate is an economic sector facing many questions as a result of the pandemic. 

Rootworm Pressure Expected to Rise in 2021

Increased corn rootworm pressure on corn crops suggests there will be a need for more application of corn soil insecticides in 2021. A fall 2020 survey by AMVAC compared 2020 corn rootworm pressure to that of 2012, after which, use

What Were Some of the Big Changes in USDA’s January Crop Reports?

There were big changes in January’s crop reports. Stephanie Ho shares some highlights.

Biden Signs Executive Orders Following Inauguration

Day one of the Joe Biden administration brought several executive orders signed by the president, including those reversing actions taken during the Trump Administration. President Biden called for unity during his inauguration speech, stating, “We must end this uncivil war

The Economic Perspective: “Gauging the Size of the Stimulus”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at efforts to gauge the size of the stimulus.  Mike, although there has been widespread support for another stimulus to help the economy

Tight Supplies Drive Soy Rally, Suggest More Bean Acres

The latest round of USDA reports calls for higher soybean exports and lower soybean ending stocks, sparking a price rally. Mac Marshall, vice president of market intelligence for the United Soybean Board and the U.S. Soybean Export Council, says U.S.

Growing Urban Ag Outreach in USDA

A USDA office established under the 2018 Farm Bill continued its build up and build out process over the course of the last year, with the end goal being continued customer service to those involved in urban agriculture and innovative

Food Prices–Another Reason to Forget 2020

The final food price inflation figures are in for 2020. They show the sharpest price increases in almost a decade. Gary Crawford has more.

The Economic Perspective: “Pandemic Statistics”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at pandemic statistics.  Mike, there are many numbers constantly being released about the pandemic, including infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.  But are there other numbers