The International Longshore and Warehouse Union plans to hold a caucus sometime during the week of March 30 during which 90 union delegates will decide whether to recommend a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports for consideration by the union's full membership.
Will USDA stick with the March 31 deadline for farmers serving notice on their farm-program intentions? And for those producers who were early birds and certain of their intentions, do their early projections still hold for Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payment models?
Some weather concerns remain for Western Canada during the upcoming spring seeding season as some of the same weather features that have been in place all winter continue to show up on forecast charts.
Ethanol futures turned lower Wednesday despite moderate to strong gains in both the corn and energy markets. The focus on a strong increase in ethanol supplies at the end of last week once again is creating concerns of abundant supplies.
North American hog producers have been battling porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus for nearly two years. In response, hog farmers have stepped up biosecurity practices to guard against the deadly disease infecting their herds.
3/26 2:01PM May Chicago wheat closed sharply lower Thursday after USDA said that last week's export sales hit a new marketing year low of 3.8 million bushels. Export data was more bullish for corn and soybeans, but the two grains also closed lower, influenced by wheat with traders defensive ahead of Tuesday's USDA reports.
Some Plains, Prairies Rain Friday3/26 1:58PM Showers expected Friday in the southeast U.S., southeastern Plains, northwestern Plains and into the central Prairies. Far northern areas may get some snow. Dry elsewhere.
Be considerate this spring and don't overuse talc while planting. (Progressive Farmer photo by Bob Elbert)
The Trouble With TalcTake a Close Look at Seed Lubricants This Spring3/17 12:22PM Planting can be dusty work, but a little housekeeping is in order to protect pollinators this spring. The continued use of insecticidal seed treatments may depend on it.
Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:18 AM CDT Seven national organizations that are members of the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group have reached an agreement on how to proceed with a campaign to increase the beef checkoff from $1 per head to $2 per head.
Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:12 AM CDT Do these bulls sound like they would be good choices?
Soil-mapping units in soil surveys aren't smaller than 2.5 acres and could have up to 40% other soils within a unit. Electrical-conductivity mapping (above) helps resolve these issues for precision farming by giving higher resolution of soil differences based on organic matter, clay content and water-holding capacity. (Progressive Farmer photo courtesy of Shannon Gomes)
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.
Fri Mar 6, 2015 12:39 PM CST Giving cattle free access to hay bales wastes hay and money. Bale feeders can pay for themselves many times over with the amount of hay they save.
Farm managers who are in non-family joint ventures or general partnerships must now prove they are contributing at least 500 hours of farm management work per year, or at least 25% of the time necessary for the farm to operate. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)
USDA Defines Actively EngagedRule Change Won't Apply to Family Farm Operations 3/24 12:21PM Under the 2014 farm bill, family operations are exempted from proposed changes in actively engaged rules. Only farm businesses defined as "non-family joint ventures" or general partnerships are affected.
Mon Mar 16, 2015 03:33 PM CDT A Kansas congressman announced Wednesday he was reintroducing legislation that he had championed last year that would restrict labels for foods that included ingredients from genetically engineered crops. Instead, the bill would create a non-biotech certification program similar to USDA's organic certification.
Thu Mar 26, 2015 01:21 PM CDT A group called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility charges that USDA scientists can be pressured to change their work or results, particularly if research results run counter to those in the agricultural industry.
Thu Mar 19, 2015 02:33 PM CDT A bill offered by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to require 50-foot buffers along some 125,000 acres of cropland and other lands in the state, has agriculture groups up in arms.
What seemed like a setback turned out to be the beginning of a new cattle operation for Kevin and Lydia Yon, of Columbia, S.C. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
New PathsLiving the Dream3/23 1:55PM Max payments forecast in areas of hardest-hit 2014 corn yields.
Mon Mar 23, 2015 01:59 PM CDT Alicia Mielke is a farm girl originally from Harrington, Wash., who continues to lend a hand to her parents by making a cross-country trek each year to help them harvest the wheat crop on their 5,000-acre farm.
Mon Mar 23, 2015 02:30 PM CDT Capping crop-insurance subsidies for the highest-income farmers would have minimal effect on the program, but the savings in federal dollars from such a move might not be as large as expected, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
Mon Mar 16, 2015 01:35 PM CDT The American Farm Bureau Federation Monday asked U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to leave the National Ambient Air Quality standard in place, for fear that stricter regulation would hurt agriculture.
Much like the pre-race energy surrounding a major NASCAR event, the last few trading sessions before the release of the March 1 USDA hogs and pigs report are brimming full of excitement, nervousness and anticipation. (Photo courtesy of Michael Napoleon)
The Market's Fine PrintGentlemen, Start Your Erasures3/25 5:37PM USDA's quarterly hogs and pigs inventories and revisions seem to go hand in hand as much as NASCAR's speed and danger.