Agriculture News

November 30, 2021

Hardship met with generous spirits helps ease upcoming winter for Montana ranch family

ROY, MT – Like almost every other ranch in Eastern Montana, Buck and JoAnn Mosby, and Buck’s mother Sharon Davis of Roy, Montana suffered from drought, grasshoppers, and hay shortages this summer.  They sold many of their cows, but still needed hay to get through the winter ahead. JoAnn finally located two semi-loads of Sudangrass […]

November 29, 2021

Rising land values, low interest rates offset higher input costs, bolster balance sheets

KANSAS CITY, MO – Farmland values surged in the third quarter according to Federal Reserve Surveys of Agricultural Credit Conditions. The value of nonirrigated cropland increased by 12% or more in all participating Districts. The rapid increase was also consistent across most states, with annual increases of more than 20% in some areas. Supporting farm […]

November 29, 2021

WTO cancels pivotal trade meeting due to new coronavirus variant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and other organizations have been lobbying heavily ahead of the World Trade Organization (WTO) first ministerial meeting in four years. AFBF joined eight other organizations in reaching out to United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai in advance of the upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which would […]

November 24, 2021

Cattle on Feed down slightly in November report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In general, cattle prices are higher now compared to last year and are expected to continue improving in 2022. Live and Feeder futures have priced in a lot of optimism for 2022. Still, there are plenty of challenges in the mix for cattle producers with continued drought, higher input prices, supply chain […]

November 24, 2021

What hunters need to know about chronic wasting disease

HELENA, MT – Chronic Wasting Disease is a 100% fatal disease that infects members of the deer family, including elk, moose, mule, and white-tailed deer. CWD is not a virus, bacteria, or fungus. It is caused by infectious, misfolded proteins, called prions, that spread throughout the animal and result in organ damage and eventual death. […]

November 24, 2021

EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers returning to pre-2015 definitions of waters in revamping WOTUS

WASHINGTON, DC – The Navigable Waters Protection Rule would be repealed and replaced with pre-2015 definitions of waters of the U.S. in a proposal released by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. It is the first step in eventually replacing the Trump-era rule with a new rule sometime next year. Along […]

November 24, 2021

Crop prices expected to decline, livestock prices to rise over next decade

WASHINGTON, DC – Recently released USDA projections reveal expectations for U.S. crop prices to decrease over the next 10 years while prices for major animal products, except hogs, are forecast to increase. Expected declines for crops follow a period of generally higher prices that have peaked during the current marketing year. The price-bolstering effects of […]

November 24, 2021

No Pain, No Gain: A road map for growing industrial hemp

HURON, SD – When asked about growing industrial hemp the first year it was legal in South Dakota, Wessington farmer, BJ McNeil doesn’t sugar-coat his experience. “You could not have asked for a worse experience than what we had this year. But we learned a lot.” McNeil will share what he learned with ranchers and […]

November 23, 2021

Cattle market reform bogged down, “silver bullet” to be introduced next week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Unintended consequences. That’s what will happen if a cattle market reform compromise reached last week is passed by the U.S. Senate Ag Committee, according to a letter sent by R-CALF USA. The organization is asking the committee to reject S.3229, the “Cattle Market Price Discovery and Transparency Bill.” It would establish regional […]