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Jun 12, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Veteran Farmer and Rancher Crop Insurance Benefits Now Available

Here is what you need to know if you are a military veteran and farmer or rancher.

Sep 10, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Busheling through 2018: The Difference Yield and Federal MFP Payments Make on Farm Income

What do these scenarios tell us about the potential for profitability?

Jul 10, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Double the Usual Corn Silking

With more than a third of the crop silking, USDA rates three quarters of the crop in good/excellent condition. Soybeans don’t look shabby either: 71 percent rates the top two categories.

Oct 2, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crops Continue to Lag; Condition Little Changed: Crop Progress Report

Looking ahead, a new forecast from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center raises the odds of a La Nina this fall and winter.

Jul 31, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Northern Plains Drought Spreading into Corn Belt

Important crop insurance reminder: Call your agent before chopping corn.

Jul 18, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Weather Continues to Worry Traders

However, one key factor could determine how much and how long prices might rally on weather worries.

Jun 5, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Corn Crop Condition Improved; Soybean Progress Behind: Crop Progress Report

The weather forecast holds good news for these states, though.

May 30, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Initial Crop Condition Falls Short of Last Year: Crop Progress Report

There is more of the same on tap for the Corn Belt, with forecasts favoring below average temps and above average rainfall.

Jun 28, 2016 | Rural Communities

Celebrating America's Farmers

What began as an experiment in making traditional vinegars has grown into a family enterprise trusted by top food publications and chefs to deliver a gourmet taste.

Jun 12, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

USDA’s June Forecast for 2014/15 Production and Season-Average Farm Prices

The USDA says crop conditions in the Corn Belt are the better than any time since 2007. Check out what, if any, impact this is having on projected yields – along with a lot of other good information on 2014/15 production and price forecasts.

May 27, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Latest Facts and Figures on Farming

The U.S. Census on Agriculture is chock full of interesting facts and figures about the state of farming and ranching. Among them: A comparison of ag sales and expenses for our four-state area.

Apr 22, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Farm Credit institutions and USDA Announce New Tool to Help Rural Businesses Grow

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the fund “a powerful new tool” that will help rural businesses access private equity.

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