Explosion in Backyard Chicken Farming Raising Disease Alarms

As the coronavirus has spread across the country, weak links in the food supply chain that have created temporary shortages have led to real worries about food insecurity. Google searches for things like gardening and food preservation have exploded, much to the delight of many health advocates. However, the recent surge in backyard chicken farming […]

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Weather, China, and Washington Remain Primary Focus for Ag

CORN bulls are hoping to find improved demand and a few weather hiccups in the forecast ahead. The USDA reported another week of strong export inspections which should keep us on track to beat the current USDA estimate. Ethanol should probably see another uptick this week as the economy fires back up. There’s been more […]

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UPDATED RICE COMMENTS from Andy Daniels

For full disclosure I am currently long rice. This is not a solicitation to buy or sell any commodity rather just an explanation of my current thoughts about this particular market. I have been asked many times the past few weeks and wanted to update my perspective.  The purpose of this comparison is to point […]

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Interesting Longer-Term Trends Impacting the Dairy Industry… Think About Changes That Will Be Hitting Your Industry As Well!

The dairy sector has struggled with low milk prices and rapid consolidation in the industry that continues to force producers out of business. There has been even greater complications in the wake of COVID-19. Farm bankruptcies jumped by nearly +20% in 2019, and Wisconsin, a top dairy-producing state, had the most. I suspect the bankruptcy […]

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Paying Off… Pivoting to the Pea and Lentil Market

Thirty years ago Montana’s open plains held nothing put pastureland and tens of thousands of acres of wheat. But there were a few guys who started looking at things differently and set our to find new markets. David Oien and three friends would start Timeless Seeds Inc., with just a few hundred acres, some volunteer […]

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What You Need to Know… Significant Changes to the USDA’s Rules for GE Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently finalized a major overhaul of biotech regulations that will exempt many genetic modifications from the lengthy regulatory approval process. This is the first significant change to the agency’s rules for GE crops since it was put in place over thirty years ago. USDA claims the “Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, […]

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