Top market issues to watch in 2023

IARN — The number one priority for farmers is feeding the world. Unfortunately, the number of people who are food insecure worldwide is on the rise. Read more

Figuring out what’s next for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

IARN — Another year, another Congress following a year without Senate passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. For some, that’s a hard pill to swallow. Before the year-end break last month, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse sounded cautiously optimistic. With a new year and a new Congress, he said answers are still needed for the act and ag labor reform. Read more

Momentum still building for pork exports

IARN — November export numbers from the USDA show pork was once again immensely positive for global demand for U.S. both in the volume and value. Courtney Knupp, vice president of international marketing for the National Pork Board, said after a slower start to 2022, they are thrilled with the numbers just released and emphasized value per head. Read more

Fertilizer prices will be slow to come down

IARN — It feels like farming is becoming like predicting the weather. We are trying to figure out weather patterns, marketing for prices that will be doing only God knows what in nine months, and trying to figure out what it is going to cost to grow that crop each year. Read more

January WASDE brings surprisingly good market news

IARN — The January WASDE report was expected to bring bearish news to the grain markets, but we actually ended up seeing some bullish price action. The USDA made cuts to ending stocks and harvest acres for corn and soybeans, which were the primary forces behind the upward action. Allendale commodity broker Greg McBride provided a breakdown of this month’s WASDE report. Read more