Author Archives: Keith Good

USDA Reminds Producers Facing Delayed Harvest to Contact Insurance Agents

A news release today from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[USDA] reminds insured producers nationwide who currently participate in Federal Crop Insurance and are facing a delay in harvesting their crop to contact their crop insurance agent and file a Notice of Loss (NOL) by December 10 or the applicable end of… Continue Reading

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USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program on December 9

A news release today from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous… Continue Reading

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Buyout Activity in the U.S. is Down Sharply

Earlier this month, Wall Street Journal writer Miriam Gottfried reported that, “U.S. private-equity firms, armed with a record amount of cash, are struggling to find ways to spend it. “A year ago, fears of an economic slowdown and worries about trade tensions with China sent a tremor through markets and put some leveraged buyouts on… Continue Reading

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New “Ag-Gag” Law in Iowa on Hold, Federal Judge Says

Des Moines Register writer Donnelle Eller reported yesterday that, “A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday preventing Iowa officials from enforcing a new law that would make it a crime for whistleblowers or undercover animal welfare activists to take pictures or videos at meatpacking plants and livestock facilities. “The injunction will remain in place while a lawsuit challenging… Continue Reading

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Beef Producers Defend Their Turf Against Meatless Burgers

Last week, Wall Street Journal writers Jacob Bunge and Heather Haddon reported that, “On a rainy September morning, a pair of cattle ranchers browsed the refrigerated meat cases at a Walmart Inc. store in Mandan, N.D., snapping cellphone photos of an unwelcome invader among the shrink-wrapped ground beef: Beyond Meat Inc. patties, made from pea… Continue Reading

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USDA Improves Crop Insurance Policies for Coarse Grains Producers

A news release Wednesday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[USDA] today announced changes to crop insurance for coarse grains in 2020. [RMA] made changes to the policy, which take effect in 2020. The changes allow producers more flexibility to choose enterprise units (EU) or optional units (OU) by Following Another Crop (FAC)… Continue Reading

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U.S. Pork Can Reduce Overall U.S. Trade Deficit with China by Nearly Six Percent

A news release yesterday from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) stated that, “Securing zero-tariff access to China for U.S. pork would be an economic boon for American agriculture and the country, according to the [NPPC]. Based on an analysis by Iowa State University (ISU) Economist Dermot Hayes, NPPC says unrestricted access to the Chinese… Continue Reading

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Senate Democrats Critique Farm Trade Payments

Earlier this month, Associated Press writer Steve Karnowski reported that, “President Donald Trump’s $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released [on November 12th]. “The report, one… Continue Reading

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Beef Industry Promises Greenhouse-Gas Reductions

Bloomberg writers Lydia Mulvany and Isis Almeida reported yesterday that, “The American beef industry, wary of the vegan-burger craze that’s sweeping the nation, is trying to scrub its image as a greenhouse-gas-emitting machine. “With big retailers and investors pressing companies to improve their footprints, giants like Tyson Foods Inc. and Cargill Inc. are promising ambitious… Continue Reading

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Start-Ups Shying Away from Consumer Internet, Turning More to Supplying Software for Business

Steve Lohr and Erin Griffith reported in today’s New York Times that, “When Rajiv Ayyangar and two other Yahoo alumni explored start-up ideas, they experimented with concepts directed at the public, like a personal finance app. But making money from consumers was too daunting, they concluded, partly because of the tight grip that digital giants… Continue Reading

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