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USMCA Clears House

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement with a vote of 385-41, setting up a vote in the Senate early next year. President Trump is expected to sign the agreement after the Senate approves it. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement that President Trump delivered on his promise to replace NAFTA and said USMCA is “huge success” for America’s farmers and ranchers. “This agreement will unleash the bounty of America’s agricultural harvest to two...

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ASF: Will It Be Coming to a Farm Near You?

As much as the US pork industry hopes African swine fever (ASF) won’t enter the country, the challenge is formidable. An enormous number of food products are confiscated every day at the border, and the number of people traveling to the US from infected countries continues to grow. Both scenarios create a constant threat, but the enduring goal is to keep the virus out of US pork operations. “It’s each country’s responsibility to control ASF,” says Juan LuBroth, DVM, Chief...

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100 Million Acres of Corn in 2020?

A simple equation of the 2019 planted corn acres (90 million) and the total corn prevent plant acres (11.4 million) tops more than 100 million acres. With all the uncertainties around trade, fall fieldwork, African swine fever and farm finances, could farmers lean toward that huge number in 2020? Our stable of market analysts weigh in. “I don’t think we’re going to see 100 million acres of corn, but we certainly are going to see more after so many acres...

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Market Pop from South American Weather Not Likely

Harvest 2019 may be far from over for some farmers in the upper Midwest, yet as the calendar flips to 2020, the market’s focus will shift to South America. If farmers are hoping for a market run fueled by imperfect weather in South America, some meteorologists say that may not be in the cards this winter. “The weather right now in South America is turning around,” says Drew Lerner of World Weather, Inc. “It looks very normal to me for...

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Plants are Taking Root in the Dairy Case

If you’re wondering why domestic demand for U.S. fluid milk is down, look no further than your grocer’s dairy case. There, you’ll surely find traditional dairy products. But increasingly, the real thing is being crowded on the shelves by plant-based alternatives. What was once a near-sacred haven for real milk, butter, yogurt, ice cream and cheese has become a cornucopia of alternatives, with those same products mimicked by new, plant-based offerings manufactured from soybeans, almonds, coconuts, oats and peas. “Growing Roots...

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