USDA monitoring crop development amid cold, drought concerns

IARN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is monitoring crop development in the Midwest as Ag areas deal with drought concerns and cooler than average temperatures.

What kind of impact will colder-than-usual weather have on planted crops in the Midwest? Here’s USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Read more

Ag Economy Barometer mostly unchanged in April

IARN — The April Ag Economy Barometer was 178, virtually unchanged from a month earlier. This month, the index stands at 177, and just five points below its all-time high of 183 set back in October. Compared to March, however, there was a small change in producers’ perspective on the ag economy as they became more optimistic about the future, while their appraisal of the current situation waned. In April, the Index of Future Expectations rose five points to 169, and the Index of Current Conditions moved down seven points to 195. Read more

NPB stresses safety on the farm

IARN — The National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff are providing resources to help producers prioritize safety in the workplace.

Dr. Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health with the National Pork Board, stresses a safe workplace or farm is important for the workers and the animals. Read more