ag economy

Ag Economy Barometer Mostly Unchanged from April

Dan Agri-Business, Economy

The April Ag Economy Barometer was 178, virtually unchanged from a month earlier. Last month, the index stood at 177, and just five points below its all-time high of 183 set back in October. Compared to March, however, there was a small change in producers’ perspective on the ag economy as they became more optimistic about the future, while their …


March Farm Tractor Sales Show Broad Growth, Close Positive First Quarter

Clint Thompson Agri-Business

According to new data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, U.S. farm tractor unit sales extended their growth streak to 11 straight months. U.S. total farm tractor sales rose 84.1% in March compared to 2020. Meanwhile, U.S. combine sales grew 6.7%. Curt Blades, AEM Senior Vice President of Ag Services, says, “It’s not just the length of time of this …


Agronomy Week is April 5-9

Dan Agri-Business, Bayer CropScience, News from Our Sponsors

Agronomy Week runs today Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9. It’s a week to salute agronomic professionals who play a key role in supporting farmer success, and it is hosted for the fifth consecutive year by the DEKALB, Asgrow, and Deltapine brands. The week-long event this year features a new FFA scholarship program, culminating in an exciting live television …


Crop Market Looks Strong, Producers Book Fall Loads

Dan Agri-Business, Alabama, Field Crops

Row crop producers across the country are seeing rising prices and a positive crop market outlook. Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) Economist Wendiam Sawadgo said prices are definitely higher than what producers have seen the past few years. “There have been a few factors at play,” Sawadgo said. “Trade with China, especially feed grains, has increased demands for US products. This is …

Alabama Extension Launches Crops Report Podcast

Dan Agri-Business, Alabama

Alabama Extension wants producers across the state to know about the Alabama Crops Report Podcast. The podcast is where information about things like armyworms moving in or Southern rust conditions setting in can be found. The Alabama Extension crops team will bring their expertise to producers through this series, which is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. …


GAC Legislative Update, Annual Meeting Details

Dan Agri-Business, Georgia

Week ten of the 2021 Georgia State Legislative Session saw action concerning the State Farmers Market and other issues of importance to agriculture. Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) President Will Bentley runs through some of those issues. The 40-day Georgia State Legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on April 2. Bentley also wants to remind GAC members their virtual annual meeting will be …


Governor Kemp to be Keynote Speaker at GAC meeting

Dan Agri-Business, Georgia

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will be the keynote speaker at the Georgia Agribusiness Council’s (GAC) virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 9 a.m. The event is free to GAC members and guests. But those interested need to pre-register ahead of time. Click here to register. Additional details and links will be sent closer to the meeting. If you are …


Legislation Introduced to Repeal Federal Estate Tax

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Legislative

Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation that would repeal the federal estate tax, often referred to as the death tax. U.S. Senator John Thune and U.S. Representatives Sanford Bishop and Jason Smith recently introduced the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2021. The bipartisan legislation has the support of nearly 150 lawmakers in both houses of Congress. Multiple agricultural groups have also …

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New EPA Administrator Michael Regan Confirmed by Senate

Dan Agri-Business, Environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is officially under new leadership. Michael Regan has been confirmed by the Senate as the 15th EPA Administrator through a vote of 66-34. Regan received significant support from the agricultural industry throughout the confirmation process. Ag groups had expressed enthusiasm for working with Regan in finding practical solutions to environmental issues. “Regan’s experience and informed …