Alabama Farmer Pleased with DEKALB Corn Variety

Clint Thompson Corn

Will Curtis from Troy, Alabama was recently determined one of the highest-yielding farmers in the state in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) National Yield Contest. In the irrigated strip-till category, Curtis placed in the top three with a yield of 314 bushels per acre with DEKALB DKC68-69. He told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that he was pleased with the …


Corn and Soybean Export Sales Jump Higher

Dan Corn, Economy, Soybeans

(NAFB) — Last week, corn export sales almost doubled week-to-week while soybean sales also jumped higher. The USDA says corn sales to overseas buyers jumped 92 percent week-to-week to 1.44 million metric tons. That’s up 34 percent over the prior four-week average. Japan was the biggest buyer at more than 401,000 metric tons. An unnamed buyer purchased 334,000 tons, and …

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Farmers Gain Improved Access to Small Business Support as PPP Reopens

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Cover Crops, Dairy, Equine, Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, Hemp, Herbs, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Peanuts, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Wheat

(NMPF) — The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is pleased that farmers who run their operations as sole proprietors, independent contractors, or otherwise self-employed individuals will have newly expanded access as soon as today to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under changes made in the COVID stimulus package Congress approved last month. Producers who were denied PPP loans or whose …

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Farmers to Families Food Box Program Purchases to Continue

Dan Beef, Corn, Dairy, Economy, Fruits, Industry News Release, Peanuts, Pork, Poultry, USDA, Vegetables, Wheat

(USDA/AMS) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food for nationwide distribution through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In total, USDA has distributed more than 132 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This new round of …


Grain Exports End 2020 on High Note

Clint Thompson Corn, Exports/Imports, Soybeans, Wheat

The newest grain export sales report from the USDA for the week ending on Dec. 24 shows that 2020 is ending on a positive note. Soybean export sales for the 2020-2021 crop surpassed analyst expectations. The trade was looking for sales ranging between 7–25 million bushels. However, the new figure passed those estimates as sales jumped 74% from the previous …


EPA Nominee Reaches Out to Corn Growers

Clint Thompson Corn

Michael Regan of North Carolina is Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency. It didn’t take long for Regan to begin reaching out to U.S. agriculture. In fact, it was the day before the official nomination announcement that Regan called National Corn Growers Association CEO Jon Doggett. “He called me on my cell phone at night,” Doggett says. …


Grain Prices Should Improve in 2021

Clint Thompson Corn, Economy, Wheat

Global grain stocks will likely be about 1.5% higher than last year, reversing the downward trend over the prior few years. Despite the rise in global supplies, USDA forecasts higher corn, wheat, and barley prices than in the 2019-2020 marketing year. The average corn price is projected at $4 a bushel, compared to $3.85 the prior year. The average wheat …

NCGA Recognizes Long-Serving Agriculture Committee Leaders

Clint Thompson Corn, Legislative

As the 117th Congress comes to a close, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is taking time to recognize the tenure of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway, R-Texas. The three leaders will not be returning to elected office next Congress, taking a combined …


Renewable Fuels Association on Gas-Generated Electricity

Dan Biofuels/Energy, Corn, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — Electric vehicles that a Biden Administration is looking at to achieve net-zero carbon emissions still face the need for coal or natural gas-generated electricity. But the ethanol industry may have a different solution. Corn ethanol to electricity may be the ‘ticket,’ according to Renewable Fuels Association chief Geoff Cooper.  “Ethanol is a great low-carbon molecule, and you can …


Surprises in USDA’s Latest Crop Estimates

Clint Thompson Corn, Soybeans

Tuesday’s new USDA corn and soybean crop estimates report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) turned out to be surprisingly low. Gary Crawford has the details.   USDA Deputy Chief Economist Cindy Nickerson says USDA has boosted its projections for U.S. corn exports and prices.