Elk Hoof Disease Found In Yakima Herd

On Monday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that elk hoof disease has been confirmed in a Yakima area herd. The disease can cause hoof deformities leading to hooves sloughing off and even death. This is the first confirmed case of the disease in the Yakima herd. “For many years, we’ve been surveying […]

Banks: Number Of Farm Bankruptcies Moving Higher

Recently released data from U.S. Courts show that farm bankruptcies increased 23% year-to-year. An American Farm Bureau Market Intel report shows a total of 627 filings took place during a 12-month period that ended in March of 2020. That makes five straight years of Chapter 12 bankruptcy increases, including a faster rate of filing since […]

Oil Prices Rebound Slightly

After weeks of downward movement, oil prices have turned a corner and are moving higher; slightly. West Texas Crude was trading Monday afternoon just below the $20 per barrel mark, up considerably from two weeks ago when prices were below zero. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy said oil prices moved higher thanks in part to the […]

How Is Foreign Trade Policy Impacting American Farmers?

Sometimes the export demand for US crops is effected by more than just simple supply and demand economics. USDA Outlook Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, said sometimes policy decisions made by foreign governments can change things. Two examples: first, the Chinese policies on how much of what US products it will but to fulfill the phase one […]

Alltech Using Virtual World To Help Farmers During Pandemic

Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO of Alltech, much like many farmers and agribusiness companies began early on seeking information on how the pandemic will impact the industry, and how the company should respond. After discovering how helpful their resources could be to the entire food supply chain, Alltech published a special video series online. […]

Democrats, White House Can’t Agree On Another Stimulus Package

The White House and Hill Democrats remain at odds on the way forward on another pandemic aid package, despite the growing needs in agriculture and other sectors. While both sides of the aisle says more economic aid is needed, talks are on hold, amid big differences on new proposals and as aides to the president […]

USDA Approves $1.2 Billion in Food Purchases to Help America’s Needy

Last week, the USDA approved $1.2 billion in contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The program is designed to connect excess meat, dairy and produce on farms with families facing food insecurity. The funding far exceeds the $100 million per month the department initially planned for the program, due to high interest […]

Lawmakers Concerned with Farm Animal Depopulation Methods

A group of federal lawmakers wants the USDA to curb depopulation efforts of farm animals. Led by Texas Democrat, Representative Lloyd Doggett, the lawmakers raised concerns about mass suffocation of animals who are being quickly cleared from facilities and urges use of more humane practices. Congressman Doggett said, “every effort should be made to get […]