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Retail Dairy Sales Higher During COVID-19 Pandemic

Those sheltering-in-place are apparently buying more milk. The National Milk Producers Federation reports that sales in March were up 43 percent. Yogurt rose 31 percent, ice cream sales gained 40 percent, and cheese sales also climbed 76 percent, according to

Chinese Companies Buying Ag Products Despite Government Order to Desist

Despite a Chinese government mandate to stop buying U.S. agricultural products, state-owned companies still purchased 180,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans on Monday with shipments due in the fall. Politico says Chinese importers still haven’t covered a large share of

Ag Economy Barometer Shows Slight Improvement in May

After a sharp drop in March and April, farmer sentiment in May improved slightly, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The needle rose to 103, seven points higher than April. However, the index remained almost 40 points

Creating Urban Ag Opportunity with Pilot Program

A USDA pilot program focusing on compost and food waste reduction in communities is part of a greater effort in increasing urban agriculture. Rod Bain reports.

Changing Diets for Hogs to Counteract Processing Backlog

Many producers have been looking at ways to change the diets of their hogs in hopes of slowing their growth until such a time as they can be processed. Iowa State University has just released some findings that they have

Hog Farmers Losing Money on Every Hog They Sell

The National Pork Producers Council held a press conference last week featuring producers from different parts of the country who discussed the impact COVID-19 is having on their operations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out the Coronavirus Food Assistance

The Economic Perspective: “The Good and the Bad of Low Interest Rates”

Mary:    I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the good and the bad of low interest rates.  Mike, interest rates are at historically low levels.  Borrowers – like those purchasing homes

USDA Lowers Ag Export Outlook

USDA’s Economic Research Service now projects 2020 agricultural exports at $136.5 billion, down $3.0 billion from the February forecast, primarily due to reductions in bulk commodities. Projections for soybean exports were reduced $1.9 billion to $16.5 billion due in part

China Halts Some Purchases of U.S. Ag Products

China is putting the brakes on imports of some U.S. agricultural products through state-run agricultural companies. The move comes as a response to tensions between the U.S. and China regarding Honk Kong. Bloomberg News reports state-owned traders Cofco and Sinograin

U.S. Cotton Growers Facing a Tough New Crop Year

As goes the world economy, so goes the demand for cotton. Gary Crawford has this report.