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Check is in the mail for sugar beet growers

The USDA will release $285 million to grower members of six cooperatives, including Western Sugar in Scottsbluff, who experienced losses in early April. “Everything came through and all the WHIP+ payments will be mailed on April 8, so the grower... Read More

The Monday Fontanelle Final Bell with Eric Kruegar of Smart Yield

DDgs & the Albion plant closing, ethanol, how long will all this last, will the corn market react.  A lot of stuff we haven’t had to deal with before.  Planting attentions report out tomorrow.  Has it been overlooked?  Self-isolation looked... Read More

Kansas Corn STEM Brings Science Home with Continuous Learning Lessons

Kansas Corn STEM’s continuous learning resources provide at-home learning resources to be used by teachers and students while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These free resources can be found in the lesson libr... Read More

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to April 15

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to April 15. “In light ... Read More

FSA Service Centers are open for business by phone

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices are open by phone appointment only until further notice, and FSA staff are available to continue helping agricultural producers with program signups, loan servicing and other important actions. Additi... Read More

Valero Closing Down Two Ethanol Plants

U.S. fuel ethanol producer and refiner Valero is shutting down two of its ethanol plants, one in Nebraska and the other in Iowa. They’re also declaring “force majeure” on shipments for dried distillers’ grains or corn purchases, which means t... Read More

Farm workers key to keeping US fed are wary of virus spread

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farms are still working to supply food to much of the United States amid the coronavirus. But some farm workers are anxious about the virus spreading among them. Many travel in groups to fields and say employ... Read More

The Friday Fontanelle Final Bell with Brad Kooima of Kooima, Kooima & Varilek

What is going on in the cattle market & how do we survive it?  Friday finished another limit down day.  How do we recover?  Recap of the cash markets this week.  What is the packers story from their side?  Hogs also see a limit down trade. ... Read More

U.S. Seed Companies Taking Steps to Meet Farmer Needs

American Seed Trade Association President Andy LaVigne says the U.S. seed industry is committed to meeting farmer and consumer demand for food. The association says its top commitment is ultimately ensuring that America’s families have ongoing acce... Read More

USDA Announces More Than 3.4 Million Acres Selected for General Signup Conservation Reserve Program

Indianapolis Indiana – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue  announced the acceptance of more than 3.4 million acres in the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup recently completed, the first general signup enrollments since 2016. County... Read More

The Thursday Fontanelle Final Bell with Darin Fessler with Lakefront Futures

Market chatter is still about COVID-19, Wheat bounced backwards today, a breather was expected.  Ethanol markets does not feel good. Are we going to see a dump in corn?  Will quarterly stocks or planting intentions help the market?  Will next week... Read More

Sorghum Checkoff Extends Leadership Sorghum Class V Application Deadline

Due to current adverse circumstances, the Sorghum Checkoff has extended the application deadline for Leadership Sorghum Class V to April 10, 2020. The program is designed to develop the next generation of sorghum leaders and exposes class members ... Read More

NCGA Issues Steps to Manage COVID-19 on the Farm

A guide by the National Corn Growers Association offers tips to manage COVID-19 on the farm. Farmers are preparing for spring planting, which means activity levels are increasing on the farm for things like field preparation and on-farm deliveries. ... Read More

The Wednesday Fontanelle Final Bell with Arlan Suderman of FC Stone

It’s an off day in the market trade…except for the wheat market that has been on fire.  Corn did have a bounce in recovery.  Meat & wheat going hand in hand.  Ethanol might have a part in that.  Soybeans are confused.  The meal market an... Read More