Monthly Archives: March 2021
Monthly Archives: March 2021

Keep Pasture Health Top of Mind as Life Returns to Normal

As the farming community comes out of the coronavirus pandemic, one livestock expert is warning producers not to ignore the health of their pastures. Jeff Clark, Range and Pasture Market Development Specialist with Corteva, says 2020 was the best year …

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The Economic Perspective: “Target Funds”

Mary: I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at target funds. Mike, you have followed the investment world for years, and there seems to always be something new, at least to me. …

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U.S. Corn Export Sales Jump Higher

Corn sales to overseas buyers jumped higher over the seven days ending on March 18. USDA says wheat and soybean sales declined during the same period. Corn sales totaled 4.48 million metric tons, up from 395,500 tons during the prior …

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U.S. Hog Inventory Drops Two Percent

USDA says there were 74.8 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms as of March first. The Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report says that the number is down two percent from March 2020, and three percent lower than December first …

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USDA’s Final Rule on Hemp Production Goes into Effect

USDA says its final rule on hemp production provides more clarity and flexibility for growers. Stephanie Ho has the story.

Vilsack Announces “Pandemic Assistance for Producers”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is putting new programs and initiatives in place to bring more assistance to farmers, ranchers, and producers who were hit hard by COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative, called the “USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers,” …

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Net Farm Income Projected Lower for 2021

An anticipated scale down of government aid for farmers spurred by the coronavirus will result in farm income sliding lower during 2021.  That’s the latest projection from the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, which recently released …

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The Economic Perspective: “Big and Small Businesses”

Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at big and small businesses. Mike, often in life there appear to be uneven playing field. For example, in sports, teams playing each …

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Farm Groups Welcome USDA Pandemic Relief

Agriculture groups applauded the Department of Agriculture for this week’s announcement of plans to distribute more than $12 billion under the Pandemic Assistance for Producers program. The funding includes $6 billion to develop new programs or modify existing proposals using …

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Your Yard Plants and this Year’s Weird Late Winter Weather

How did your yard plants handle this weird late winter weather? Were they damaged? There are ways to check. Gary Crawford has more.