Ag Economy Barometer drifts lower

IARN — The Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower in January to a reading of 167, a decline of seven points compared to December and equal to the index’s November reading. Organizers say the barometer’s decline over the last three months is attributable to weaker expectations for the future. The Index of Future Expectations has fallen 35 points or about 19 percent since October. The decline in future expectations stands in contrast to the Index of Current Conditions, which in January was 21 points, or about 12 percent, higher than in October. Read more

Rural coalition sends letter to President Biden on infrastructure

IARN — The Rebuild Rural Coalition, consisting of more than 250 groups, sent a letter to the Biden administration asking that it make sure to put enough resources for rural needs into its infrastructure plan. The coalition represents groups that include U.S. agricultural producers, rural businesses, rural communities, and rural families. Read more

U.S. pork industry’s response to coronavirus-related challenges

IARN — “In 2020, we had great challenges within the industry,” recalls Sara Crawford, assistant vice president of sustainability at the National Pork Board. Crawford speaks to repsonse efforts designed to conbat the primary market disruptor – the coronavirus pandemic – at Iowa Pork Congress. Read more