Warren Buffett: Don't bet the farm; keep investments diversified

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett, known for his folksy straightforward communication style, turned to farming to recommend his winning strategy for investors to follow. FULL STORY »

Cold start to 2014 freezes rural economy

Low grain values and farmland prices sliding from record highs clouded the rural economic outlook, then extremely cold weather across the Midwest added a final blow that turned the economy negative. FULL STORY »

Current policy affecting the cattle industry

U.S. trade policy, the new farm bill, and domestic and global economic conditions were much discussed topics at the 2013 Range Beef Cow Symposium. Roger Bernard, Informa Economics, indicated that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) would remain a contentious trade issue during the next year. FULL STORY »

Video: Representatives discuss National Beef closure in Brawley

A committee from Imperial County discusses the National Beef plant closure in a press conference on Friday. The plant plans to close in April. FULL STORY »

U.S. Farm Credit reports 19% rise in 4th quarter net income

The U.S. Farm Credit System, a government-sponsored enterprise and the single-largest lender to U.S. agriculture, on Wednesday said fourth-quarter earnings rose nearly 19 percent, boosted by strong demand for farm products. FULL STORY »

Documenting the rise and fall of boxed beef prices

The price levels of many cattle and beef market prices over the past year have placed these markets in uncharted waters. More recently, the record rise and now decent leaves buyers and sellers dizzy and uncertain of what might come next. FULL STORY »

Grazing Improvement Act provides stability for ranchers

Livestock grazing is an important part of the rich ranching tradition in America, and my home state of Idaho produces some of the world’s finest tasting lamb and beef. I have been working for years to give ranchers the longevity and stability they deserve through my bill, the Grazing Improvement Act. I am pleased to report, with the help of many others, the bill passed the House of Representatives. FULL STORY »

Who's right about corn prices?

There is considerable difference of opinion about the prospects for corn prices beyond the current marketing year. Those differences are illustrated by the contrast in price expectations reflected in the USDA's baseline projections released last week. FULL STORY »

Agriculture Act of 2014: Commodities title

The Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) is divided into 12 titles covering commodities, conservation, trade, nutrition, credit, rural development, research, forestry, energy, horticulture, crop insurance, and miscellaneous. In this column, we take a look at some of the elements of Title I – Commodities. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Feed vs. food

Anti-industry types argue that we can’t ‘waste’ farmland growing feed crops for livestock. Yet a closer look at sustainability actually turns that mantra inside out: We can’t afford not to. FULL STORY »

2014 Outlook

Those with decades of Washington D.C. experience struggle to predict the political scene there nowadays. But certain issues are on the front burner. FULL STORY »

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