The Japanese trade deal which was recently signed will bring the United States almost on the same level with Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries, in a bilateral deal. The benefits to agriculture will be up into the billions of dollars.
Organizers recently announced the 11th Gathering of the Green Conference in Davenport, Iowa. The event, planned for March 18-21, 2020, is a conference for John Deer enthusiast and collectors. Organizers say the conference site at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport, Iowa, will transform into a County Fair atmosphere with elaborate displays that focus on the 2020 theme, “It’s Fair Time.” Gathering of the Green board member Ken Reese says it’s also important because county fairs “were an important place for Deere and John Deere Dealers to exhibit and market their latest equipment in the 1930-1970s.”
Northwest Iowa — While a predicted hard freeze could possibly end the growing season this coming weekend, chances are that while much of the crop was planted late, most of it is mature, and a freeze shouldn’t do much damage at this point — that from Iowa State University Extension Agronomist Joel De Jong. Read more
Statewide Iowa — Excessive rainfall throughout Iowa limited farmers to only 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending October 6, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Very little harvesting took place this past week as farmers wait for field conditions to improve with drier weather. Read more
There is good news in the forecast for 2020/2021 beef prices.
New York City, New York — Kids are notorious for their love of hot dogs, but they won’t get them in New York City schools this year for lunch. Local news reports say the Board of Education will no longer allow processed meats in public school cafeterias following a resolution passed by the New York City Council.