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Crop Insurance Premiums due by January 31

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is reminding producers that their crop insurance premiums for the 2019 crop year are due January 31. Policies that do not have the premium paid by January 31, 2020, will have interest attach on February 1,

The Economic Perspective: “Why Have Recession Worries Eased?”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program asks, why have recession worries eased.  Mike, six months ago many economy watchers were very pessimistic about the economy.  Several suggested a recession would occur by

NCBA’s Take on Growing Alternative Proteins Industry

Cattlemen are watching the growing number of alternative proteins coming on the market. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is also a close observer. Mike Davis has details.

Lowest Overall Crop Acreage Since 1970

USDA has recorded the lowest overall acreage planted with major crops since 1970. Stephanie Ho has the story.  

Illinois Leads Nation in Soybean Production Again

Illinois continues to top the annual crop production report estimate for soybean production, according to 2019 Department of Agriculture estimates. Despite a tough growing season for most of the Midwest, Illinois farmers consistently produced strong soybean yields with farmers there

Pork Responds to Recent 60 Minutes Segment

There have been many comments in response to a recent pork industry segment on CBS 60 Minutes. Mike Davis has some of the reaction from the industry.

NCGA at White House for U.S.-China Phase One Signing

(WASHINGTON) January 15, 2020 – NCGA President Kevin Ross today attended a White House ceremony, commemorating the signing of the phase one deal between the United States and China. Ross made the following statement. “Signing the phase one agreement with

Dairy Applauds Key Achievements Made in China Phase One

ARLINGTON, VA – Today’s signing of the Phase One trade agreement with China makes important advances on nontariff issues harming U.S. dairy trade. While promises of additional Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural products in the next two years are encouraging, the

The Economic Perspective: “Grocery Prices and Inflation”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at grocery prices and inflation.  Mike, when you give economic talks to the public, you often observe a disconnect between official measures of inflation

McConnell: Senate to Process USMCA This Week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggests the Senate will vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement this week, pushing the trade deal ahead of an impeachment trail. Bloomberg News said it expects a vote Thursday as the Senate committees required to sign