Exports providing optimism for red meat industry

IARN — While the U.S. red meat industry is facing challenges in 2023, exports provided some optimism at the U.S. Meat Export Federation Spring Conference in Minneapolis. Mexico tops the list of export markets where beef and pork purchases have continued to grow this year. Keynote speaker Kenneth Smith Ramos, a former chief NAFTA negotiator for Mexico, offered insights on the agricultural relationship between the two countries and noted areas where the trade dialogue could be strengthened. Read more

South American Weather and Crop Update (5-30-23)

IARN — The weather is still dry in South America. This doesn’t affect Brazil much since they are between harvest seasons, but it is helping harvest in Argentina move along. Allendale commodity broker Greg McBride provided an update on the latest conditions. Read more

Iowa Soybean Association reports record-setting farmer membership

IARN — The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), powered by the soybean checkoff, has reached yet another milestone by surpassing 14,000 farmer members – growth that will continue to strengthen influence and service to the industry. The announcement coincides with the association’s annual membership drive beginning June 1 through August 31. Read more

Checkoff-funded research helps farmers manage weeds

IARN — Research funded by the United Soybean Board is helping farmers manage weeds now and in the future. Shannon Tignor Ellis, United Soybean Board farmer-leader from Virginia, said the soybean checkoff has invested in weed management for decades, but is now focused on herbicide-resistant weed management. Read more