Category Archives: Agriculture News

Lack of Heifers May Limit Milk Production Growth

A sharp decline in the number of dairy heifers available to replace older cows exiting the U.S. dairy herd could limit meaningful growth in milk production. The number of dairy replacement heifers has fallen almost 15% in the last six years to reach a 20-year low. While the global demand outlook for U.S. dairy products…MORE

Market Prices and Input Costs are Pushing Expectations Lower

Farmer outlook took a downturn at the start of 2024 as the January Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer Index fell to a reading of 106, eight points below a month earlier. Compared to year-end, producers had a more negative outlook of their farms’ current situation along with a weakened outlook for the future. The…MORE

Agricultural Disaster Loss Survey

Fresno County agricultural producers are being urged to fill out a disaster loss survey if they suffered any property loss due to the recent winter storm activity. The form is posted on the Ag Commissioner’s county website near the top of the front page. After filling out information for every damaged site on each permit…MORE

America’s Biggest Landowners

The Land Report Research Team issued a report detailing who are America’s largest landowners. The “Land Report 100” shows that as of 2021, America’s largest landowner is named Red Emmerson. He and his family own just over 2.4 million acres in California, Oregon, and Washington through their timber products company, Sierra Pacific Industries. They surpassed…MORE

New Poll Suggests Ag Economic Downturn

A new poll of agricultural economists by Farm Journal shows most expect lower commodity prices, along with the outlook for higher costs, to weigh on the agriculture industry in 2024. Farm Journal has partnered with the University of Missouri to create the Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor. University of Missouri agricultural economist Scott Brown says, “If…MORE

Trade Caucus Presents Opportunities for Agriculture

Trade Caucus Presents Opportunities for Agriculture Lawmakers in the House of Representative’s launched a new Agricultural Trade Caucus. The effort seeks to advance and promote policies vital to U.S. agriculture, including boosting agricultural exports, facilitating food and agriculture trade, and knocking down unnecessary trade barriers. The caucus includes Republicans Adrain Smith of Nebraska, Dusty Johnson…MORE

New California Biofuels Plant Impacts Soybean Market

The increasing use of biofuels should generate bullish vibes for agricultural commodities in the future. E-T-F Trends says plans for a biofuel plant in California could spur more investors to take a closer look at agricultural commodities. California has one of the more ambitious plans when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. Given this, the…MORE

Growing Future Leaders on GIVE FFA Day

Interested people are invited to support the FFA and agricultural education through Give FFA Day on Thursday, February 22nd. For the eighth straight year, funds raised support programs on local, state, and national levels. During the 24 hours of giving, supporters can donate to the National FFA and the state FFA associations of their choice.…MORE

California Ranchers Watching Wolves Attack Their Herds

Ranchers in California who see wolves attacking their cattle can only watch, unlike other states where wolves can be shot for it. Meantime, a California state fund set aside to compensate ranchers for their losses is quickly running out of money. “Not only can you not kill a wolf for attacking  and killing one of…MORE

First Sustainable Aviation Fuel Plant Represents Opportunity

Sustainable aviation fuel could grow into the largest new market ever seen for U.S. farm commodities thanks to the start of production at LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels. However, groups in Midwestern states say they could miss out on the opportunity without low-carbon ethanol, which requires carbon capture and sequestration. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director…MORE