The ongoing labor contract dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is affecting service at several West Coast ports, according to trade sources
Peak salaries used to attract young operators back to the farm since 2006 can encourage an over-inflated value of their worth to the business, warned DTN Farm Family Business Consultant Lance Woodbury in his most recent column (subscribers see the Farm Business page or Recent Features).
A slowdown in the Brazilian economy reduced freight demand and lowered grain transport costs in the second half of 2014, leading farmers to hope for smaller freight jumps when the soybean harvest accelerates over the next couple of weeks.
1/23 1:47PM It was another day of low-volume trade in grains with wheat and soybeans finishing lower, under ongoing pressure from this week's higher U.S. dollar. Corn managed to close higher, helped by a boost in last week's export sales and unconfirmed suspicions that China is buying U.S. corn.
Light Precip to North Saturday1/23 1:55PM Most areas dry Saturday, but some mixed precip expected in areas of the Northern Plains and Prairies. That rain and snow is likely to track into the Midwest over the weekend.
Kansas State researchers are developing GE wheat that would tolerate heat better and yield up to 35% higher than current varieties. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
Fri Jan 16, 2015 07:37 AM CST University of Illinois entomologist Mike Gray recommends re-evaluating insect treatment inputs such Bt hybrids, treated soybean seed, and routine foliar insecticide sprays as farmers face tight margins in 2015.
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:09 PM CST With the markets tipping in the favor of beans, some growers are considering planting soybeans after soybeans this year, but agronomists, plant pathologists and weed scientists warn that the practice comes with a host of agronomic issues.
Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:31 AM CST Helicoverpa armigera, a dangerous global pest that is closely related to the corn earworm, has been discovered in Puerto Rico, and experts say an invasion of the U.S. mainland is "just a matter of time."
Livestock handling expert Temple Grandin at the American Farm Bureau Federation meeting. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:36 AM CST Cattle feeders in southern California near the Mexican border are still experimenting with their markets and possibilities after National Beef closed its packing plant there last May. Those producers, who built a market out of feeding Holstein steers, also face more competition buying feeder cattle.
Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:45 AM CST Contrary to the idea that BQA techniques and requirements add to the time it takes to perform the job of raising cattle, this cattleman said they have actually been a time-saver.
Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:01 PM CST Most land appraisers and farm managers across the country agree that cash rent rates will be the key to where cropland prices go in 2015. Here's a look at what the next 12 months could hold in store.
Under Obamacare, Julie Taylor and husband Brian have spent countless hours trying to find an affordable health care solution for themselves and the farm's only full-time employee, son Justin. ACA regulations greatly restrict reimbursement arrangements when employers do not provide group health insurance, although there is an exemption for single-employee coverage. (Photo courtesy of Julie Taylor)
Fines for Fringe BenefitsBeware Huge Penalties on Health Care Compensation1/15 10:45AM A little-noticed rule in the Affordable Care Act could impose huge penalties on small business. In most cases, if you have offered employees cash reimbursements instead of business-provided health care insurance, you must make changes retroactive to 2014 or face fines of $36,500 per employee per year.
Trimble will have more latitude to use its UX5 drone now that the company has received permission from the FFA to fly it for commercial purposes. (Photo courtesy Trimble.)
Trimble's UAV Free to Fly1/2 10:32AM Trimble scored a public relations coup December 10 when it received an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration allowing it to fly its UX5 Aerial Imaging Solution (drone) for commercial purposes.
Mon Jan 5, 2015 12:43 PM CST Some may consider Oklahoma farmer Bill Rosener's shop to be small. But every square foot is packed with valuable ideas.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last fall attempted to push for a second, separate beef checkoff program only to see those efforts blocked by Congress. (Courtesy logo)
Beef Checkoff Effort ResumesGroups Asked to Support Plan to Put Checkoff Increase to a Vote1/21 4:20PM Members of the eight organizations comprising the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group were sent a proposal last week in the latest effort to reach industry agreement on ways to increase beef checkoff revenues.
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:00 PM CST Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Al Franken, D-Minn., are set to introduce a bill that would make capital gains from Chapter 12 farm sales not subject to capital gains tax.
Wed Jan 21, 2015 04:22 PM CST 2015 already is shaping up to be a year of veto threats from President Barack Obama and a push by the Republican Congress to override him while simultaneously dialing back his executive orders. Trade may be the one area of agreement between the White House and Congress.
Members need to take ownership of their peer groups, to offer honest constructive criticism, and to learn from others' mistakes and successes. (DTN file photo)