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USDA crushes hopes and dreams

April 12, 2019 The farmer’s reaction to last week’s reports went as well as one could imagine with the market closing down 17 cents on the May contract. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

April 12, 2019 MGEX has productive March MGEX reported March 2019 as the third-best March in MGEX history with a total volume of 163,316 contracts traded. Total electronic volume for March was 144,487 contracts. more »»

Crop watch

April 12, 2019 Except for the forecasted potential for snow and cold weather mid-week it appears that spring and spring like conditions are with us. more »»

It's Friday

April 8, 2019 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for April 5, 2019. more »»

Unlocking the rural economy requires different keys

April 8, 2019 Of all the places you’d expect to see a fight between the cold, hard face of ag economics and the warm, tender heart of rural America, that place would not be the corner of West 41st St. more »»

Backstabbing the ethanol industry

April 8, 2019 I was told by a director of the Iowa Corn Growers that at a meeting they discussed my recent reports where I had noted that the NCGA is dropping the ball in pushing back against Trump personally on... more »»

Savory pies

April 8, 2019 By KAREN KEB GRIT Magazine After a long, cold day, nothing is more satisfying than a warm pie, bursting with the savory delights of meat and vegetables. more »»

Auto repair woes

April 8, 2019 Few things in life are more costly or cause more aggravation. There are few things that we adore more — we even name them — even though they often defy our wishes and blatantly misbehav. more »»

The USDA surprises trade with stocks and acres report

April 8, 2019 The quarterly stocks data released Friday March 29th, showed March 1st corn stocks at 8.605 billion bushels. This was 270 million bushels above the average trade estimate of 8. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

April 8, 2019 In the news More than 40 livestock producers in the area have been caught up in legal action and bankruptcy of Plainville Livestock Commission, operated by Tyler Gillu. more »»

It's Friday

March 28, 2019 Rick Friday's cartoon submission for March 29, 2019. more »»

Farm and Food File

March 28, 2019 If the ballot box is the ultimate source of power in the United States, then voters in Toledo, Ohio, used that power Feb. more »»

Capitalism in Iowa ag

March 28, 2019 I heard an interview with NY Mayor Bill DeBlasio where, referring to wealth disparity in the U.S., he said that “there was plenty of was just in the wrong hands. more »»

County Agent Guy

March 28, 2019 The neurosurgeon looked at my wife and me and folded his hands on his lap. “Do you have any questions?” he said. A cloud of head-spinning words hung in the air. Options. Titanium. Stenosis. more »»

What is your crop marketing plan?

March 28, 2019 Why don’t farmers develop written plans for old and new crop marketing, especially in the early spring as futures prices tend to rally and volatility increases? Having a written plan can develop... more »»

Crop watch

March 28, 2019 At last spring has arrived, but the warm fuzzy thoughts about springtime and all that goes with it disappeared for many people across western Iowa, eastern Nebraska, much of South Dakota and now... more »»

Weekly market review

March 28, 2019 The Midwest has seen many road closures and blockages as the massive amounts of water fill rivers and tributaries from excess rains and snowmel. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

March 28, 2019 Proposed budget calls for nearly 15 percent reduction President Trump is proposing cuts to USDA’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The proposed budget makes a near 15 percent reduction, or $3. more »»

It's Friday

March 25, 2019 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for March 22, 2019. more »»

Farm and Food File

March 25, 2019 While officials in Washington stare at a federal budget proposal headed nowhere and a federal budget deficit headed to the moon, farm leaders in rural America are closely watching two recent moves... more »»



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