The Port of Portland lost a second major container shipping company, Hapag-Lloyd, at the end of March. The first was Hanjin Shipping Co., which accounted for 78% of the port's business. The news is not good for shippers who relied on the Port of Portland to ship, among other things, agriculture products.
USDA issued a news release Wednesday touting the growth of organic farming with 19,474 certified organic farm operations around the country and 27,814 around the world. Yet, several organic groups have filed suits over the last week challenging the way USDA is running the organic-standards program.
No subject seems to trouble families more than splitting a partnership apart. One brother I know agonized for years about ending a business relationship with his alcoholic sibling. He felt obligated to be his brother's keeper.
With the U.S. EPA announcing last week it intends to get the Renewable Fuel Standard program back on track by the end of this year through a consent decree reached with oil industry groups, two of the largest ethanol-producing states in the country in Nebraska and Iowa have highlighted the economic importance of the industry and on what its continued growth will have on the states' economies.
4/17 2:01PM May corn and soybeans finished modestly higher Friday, helped by light commercial buying in corn, soybeans, and meal. July K.C. wheat ended slightly higher, putting an end to a week of rain-anticipated selling.
Rain, Snow Returns Saturday4/17 1:44PM During Saturday, rain will again form in much of the Plains except for northern and southwestern sectors, with showers developing in the western Midwest and Delta. We'll also see more snow in the central Rockies.
British researchers have produced wheat plants with a bacteria-sensing antenna, which helps the plant respond faster and more effectively to bacterial disease. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
Crop Tech CornerWheat Gets an Antenna, Corn Research Heads South4/3 10:48AM In this week's Crop Tech Corner, British researchers have bred a bacteria-sensing antenna into wheat, Texas scientists are zooming in on genes that favor Southern corn production, and a new online tool lets you track the progress of spring across the nation.
Thu Apr 16, 2015 06:21 AM CDT Despite the EPA, academics and environmentalists questioning the need for neonicotinoid-treated soybeans, seed company policies still favor them, and farmers continue to opt for them.
Fri Apr 17, 2015 07:04 AM CDT With the Old World bollworm established in Puerto Rico, USDA is ramping up funding and research to survey and detect the pest on the U.S. mainland, while Monsanto is seeking to increase U.S. acres devoted to its new Bt soybean product.
Alex Johns said south Florida forages may be abundant, but they aren't always high in quality. A customized supplement was his answer. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:25 AM CDT Frank Price believes stewardship starts with the idea that there will always be a need to adapt. His rotational-grazing plan can vary widely, for example, based on forage, temperature and rainfall.
Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:57 AM CDT U.S. cattle producers can now export fed cattle to Mexico for slaughter starting immediately, according to USDA. Mexico had closed the border to U.S. slaughter cattle ever since the first U.S. bovine spongiform encephalopathy case in 2003.
Mon Mar 16, 2015 01:46 PM CDT Several agencies, conservationists and other groups are working with farmers who want to go the extra mile to remove nitrogen from tile water before it leaves the farm.
Minnesota native Glenn Krog hopes gifting farmland to his local community foundation will benefit Lake Benton, which has a population of 680. (DTN photo by Elizabeth Williams)
Senior Partners - 1A Will to Save Main Street 3/27 7:39AM Think how rural communities could rejuvenate if farmland rents stayed local rather than flowing to out-of-state heirs. That's why some farmland owners want their hometowns to inherit at least part of their land.
New IRS regulations on justifying repairs versus capital improvements won't necessarily require a change in accounting methods. (DTN photo by Marcia Zarley Taylor)
Ask the Taxman by Andy BieblSpare Us From IRS Repair Regulations3/23 2:04PM Readers pose tax questions on how to justify repairs, handle capital gains on a residence and compliance on the Affordable Care Act.
Mon Apr 13, 2015 01:32 PM CDT Last year, Ben Riensche broke ground on a 900,000 bushel grain bid system. He decided that his new facility would be commercial-sized and loaded with extra touches that might increase the initial cost but would also set up his farm for the near and foreseeable future.
A federal appeals court has thrown a ruling forcing EPA to make a decision on numeric standards to reduce nutrients runoff into the Gulf of Mexico back to the district court. (DTN file photo)
Nutrients RulingDistrict Court Found in Error in Mississippi River Case4/8 4:23PM A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled that a lower court could not order EPA to make a decision on whether states in the Mississippi River basin had to set numeric standards to reduce nutrients runoff. The ruling is a win for farmers and state regulators in 31 states that make up the Mississippi River watershed.
Mon Apr 13, 2015 04:54 PM CDT After years of gridlock within the European Union over biotechnology, the EU Commission is expected to propose as early as Wednesday to allow each of the 28 EU member countries to make their own policies for the import and use of biotech commodities.
Thu Apr 16, 2015 01:37 PM CDT The White House considers Trade Promotion Authority essential to finalizing the Trans Pacific Partnership as well as advancing talks for a possible trade deal with the European Union. Depending on the boost in market access, agricultural products would be considered major winners in such trade deals, particularly to sell more food and feedstuffs to the growing middle class in Asia.
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:34 AM CDT USDA announced Friday a one-week extension for base-acre reallocation, yield updates and enrollment in the commodity program election for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).
In its heyday, the Biltmore estate encompassed 125,000 acres. Today, the estate totals 8,000 acres of managed forest, row crops, pasture, vegetables and wine grapes. (Progressive Farmer photo courtesy of Biltmore Company)
Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:09 PM CDT U.S. cattle producers can now export fed cattle to Mexico for slaughter starting immediately, according to USDA. Mexico had closed the border to U.S. slaughter cattle ever since the first U.S. bovine spongiform encephalopathy case in 2003.
Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:13 PM CDT USDA continues to examine how commercial turkey flocks are being infected. The department is looking at the affected operations to see the levels of biosecurity measures in place.
Spring's halftime score shows market bears dominated both corn and soybeans in the first half. What does the second-half hold? (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
Newsom on the MarketHalftime Report4/17 6:24AM Tax Day earlier this week marked the midpoint of the spring season in grains, prompting an evaluation of the markets' first-half.