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USDA Releases County-By-County MFP Payment Information

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a county Market Facilitation Program payment schedule for growers with commodities that have been affected by foreign retaliatory tariffs. The assistance covers specialty crops, non-specialty crops, dairy and hogs. The rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact the tariffs have had on that particular county. They are the ... Read More »

ERS Report Explores Free Trade’s Impact on U.S.-Mexico Trade

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A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service explores how the U.S. and Mexican corn sectors have changed since the transition to free-trade under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the extent to which the sectors could change further in the coming decade. Mexico is the largest foreign market for U.S. corn in terms of ... Read More »

Corn, Sorghum Prices Rally On Crop Uncertainty

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Corn and sorghum prices have rallied in response to weather-related problems in the Corn Belt, but their future remains uncertain, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain economist, College Station, said Texas corn and sorghum growers are reporting better-than-average growing conditions amid higher prices. There is ongoing speculation U.S. corn acres have ... Read More »

Auburn Ag Economists Discuss Floods, U.S. Corn Crop

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Henry Kinnucan and Brittney Goodrich, agricultural economists in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, comment on the heavy rain and floods affecting U.S. corn farmers, especially in the Midwest, who face delayed planting. Consumers also face rising grocery and ethanol prices as a result of the delayed planting. ■ Do farmers have any alternatives other than delayed planting? In the short ... Read More »

Expect Higher Input Costs

Amanda Huber, Editor

International trade is a critical part of the agriculture industry, but U.S. producers have become an unwitting subject in the recent trade-off of tariff increases between China and the United States. Because of that, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Extension economist Scott Stiles is keeping producers up to date on input prices that could affect crop selection for next ... Read More »