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Corn slips to fresh 2015 lows Monday at midday

Corn slipped to fresh 2015 lows Monday morning. Weather forecasts point to a sustained Midwest dry spell into early May, which could allow spring corn plantings to vault ahead, thereby potentially improving autumn yield prospects. Concerns about the bird flu outbreak and its impact upon feed grain demand also encouraged early-week selling, with the net effect being a corn futures drop to fresh 2015 lows. May corn futures slid 2.5 cents to $3.62/bushel late Monday morning, while December lost 4.0 to $3.8425.


May cattle market roundup

It’s nearly May and the April showers continue in the southern plains bringing May forage. For the first time in a long time parts of western Oklahoma are experiencing flash flooding. Not only are we enjoying more rain than in many months, but the cumulative effect of continued rains, heavy in some locations, will provide better soil moisture penetration and surface water replenishment than the same moisture total in sporadic rains.


USDA awards almost $3 million in research grants to increase food security through improved livestock health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced three grants designed to boost food security by minimizing livestock losses to insects and diseases. The awards to support research, education, and Extension efforts were made through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.


Consumers don't care that farmers are "feeding the world"

"We're feeding the world" is a mantra often used by those involved in farming and food to build support for modern food production systems. However, the latest research from The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) shows that most consumers don't seem to care.


EU approves first new genetically modified crops since 2013

The European Union cleared the import of 10 new types of genetically modified crops and two more kinds of cut flowers on Friday, its first authorisations in more than a year after a review of its blocked approval process.

Events and Contests

2015 Bioindustry Summit set at NDSU

This year’s summit will be the first to include a government networking event where innovators, entrepreneurs and investors will be able to visit informally with program specialists from a number of state and federal agencies.


American Farm Bureau appeals flawed privacy decision

The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release to environmental groups of personal details about the home locations and contact information of tens of thousands of farm and ranch families was unlawful. A lower court ruling that upheld the EPA action failed to address key privacy issues and should be reversed, according to court documents filed today by the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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