United Soybean Board readies itself for 2020

(IARN) — We are ready to hit the ground running in 2020. Everybody is anxious to put 2019 behind them. As we enter the new year, we see new leadership in the United Soybean Board (USB). Jim Carrol III of Brinkley, Arkansas took the reins and is ready to usher in a new era at the USB. Read more

Block: 2019 Weather Was Bad, But Trade Deals Were Good

(IARN) –We are at the beginning of a new decade. Weekly commentator and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture John Block wants one last chance to look back at what was accomplished in 2019.

He laments the weather, but praises the end of year trade deals. Still, he says: “Of course, it is not done until it is done, but I am optimistic.”

For more on this story, including Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network’s Ken Root, with Profit Matters, featuring former U.S. Ag Secretary John Block, click this link to the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.

Story courtesy of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.

Photo of John Block courtesy of OFW Law.

Improving Dairy Feed Efficiency

IABRN — Animal agriculture can be a very complex arena to be involved in. Whether it is beef, dairy, pork, or lamb, there are many factors for producers to be thinking about. No matter how intricate the details of animal agriculture can be, the goal is actually very simplistic. Your animal takes its feed and converts it into a marketable commodity. In the case of the dairy cow, that commodity is milk. There is a study underway to see how we can make those dairy cattle better at what they do. Read more

USMCA Senate Markup Scheduled For Tuesday

IABRN — The U.S. Senate will take its first look at the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Tuesday if the House sends the implementing legislation to the Senate. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley announced the hearing after the House passed the agreement, along with articles of impeachment, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose to hold the articles of impeachment, rather than sending them on to the Senate. However, the hearing is still not on the official calendar for the committee. Read more

RCIS Proud To Have Stood By Farmers In 2019

(IARN) — Insurance programs for agriculture were really put to the test in 2019. Farmers were diligent about making sure they were covered for many scenarios. However, time was often the enemy. Look no further than the prevent plant acres we saw in 2019. Deadlines were always breathing down farmers’ necks and Mother Nature never gave us a break. So, what can we learn from a year like that? Read more