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1. Automate as much as possible.  Heidi Fischer, co-ownerof Fischer-Clark Farms,says making the facilities work for you is critical. “Try to automate as much as you can, whether that’s alley scrapers or equal pen sizes for ease of moving,” she... (full story)


CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures saw mild gains today, as the front month contract was 1-3/4 higher in Dec to 3.68-1/2. Mar was up 1-3/4 to 3.79. The corn market continues its choppy, sideways to lower trade despite gains today and did not break through... (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day mostly lower on position squaring ahead of this week’s USDA report.  Feeder cattle were lower on the same factor with additional pressure from the day’s mostly steady to firm move... (full story)


The director of agriculture in Missouri says South Korea’s agreement to open its market to more U.S. rice is good news for Bootheel farmers. “The amount of purchases that they’re going to be making is equal to 5.5 pounds of rice per person in... (full story)


The trade war with China has highlighted the need to develop other export markets for US agricultural goods. Undersecretary for Trade Ted McKinney says trade agreements with countries like China, Japan, and Canada and Mexico are important, but so... (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange showed solid strength Thursday as cheese markets showed back up to work. November Class III milk up three cents at $20.37.  December up 25 cents at $18.69.  January 23 cents higher at... (full story)


An expert on Asian Economics says the US-Japan trade agreement did some things well, but, failed in some other areas. Matthew Goodman, with Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the House Ways and Means... (full story)


Dec. corn closed at $3.68 and 1/2, up 1 and 3/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $9.01, down 4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $301.00, up $1.20 Dec. soybean oil closed at 30.69, down 51 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.09, down 6 and 1/2 cents Dec.... (full story)


Thanksgiving Day 2019 Holiday Schedule & Trading Levels 11.22.2019 (full story)


Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling, failing to follow through on the firm open. Weekly export numbers were bullish, larger than expected and China was the big buyer, but it’s been another week of conflicting signals about... (full story)


The United Soybean Board and Indianapolis-based Biosynthetic Technologies are introducing a biobased synthetic motor oil made with high oleic (oh-LAY-ick) soybean oil. During an 18-month fleet demonstration with army, naval and postal service... (full story)


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is casting doubt on passage of the USMCA trade deal by the end of the year. “I’m not even sure if we came to an agreement today that it would be enough time to finish,” she told reporters. Pelosi and House Ways and... (full story)


The UDSA has announced it will invest $42.5 million in more than 130 distance learning and telemedicine projects. The grants are being distributed to 37 states and two U.S. territories and will benefit 5.4 million rural residents. Deputy Under... (full story)


The Michigan Sugar Company plans to close its cane sugar refinery in southeast Michigan because of what it calls “supply chain inconsistencies.” Michigan Sugar purchased AmCane, based in Taylor, in 2016 to diversify into specialty and organic... (full story)


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As the holidays approach, will consumers planning to serve up a Thanksgiving or Christmas ham think twice due to price?  Ham prices are rising to levels not seen since 2014, when porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) was impacting the U.S. swine... (full story)


More red meat was produced during October than any other month on record, including an all-time high in pork production. The USDA says commercial red meat production was 5.064 billion pounds in October 2019, an increase of 3% from October 2018. Pork... (full story)


Trade started out firm today but turned mixed as we moved through the day. Initial support came from technical buying and a lack of bearish news. Soybeans and wheat faltered at mid-session though as the global markets for these commodities pressured ... (full story)


Today, Corteva Agriscience announced the launch of LANDVisor, a new integrated technology that allows ranchers and land managers to implement a customized solution for reaching land management goals. LANDVisor combines […] (full story)


October Hired Workers Up 3 Percent; Gross Wage Rate Increased 4 Percent from Previous Year... (full story)


All-Time Record High Red Meat and Pork Production in October... (full story)


While crude oil futures closed below the lower border of the rising purple trend channel and attempted to move even lower yesterday, the bulls made a real comeback on the heels of the Energy Information Administration's report showing a smaller-than-expected build in weekly U.S. crude... (full story)


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Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Nicole Heslip will be on the ground in Grand Rapids, Michigan December 10 & 11 for the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market Expo. Continue reading Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market Expo at... (full story)


Brownfield’s Nicole Heslip will be on the ground in Grand Rapids on December 3 & 4 for the Michigan Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting. Continue reading Michigan Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting at Brownfield Ag News.    ... (full story)


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated Congress may not have enough time to pass the US Mexico Canada Agreement this year. USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky says postponing ratification of the USMCA would hurt farmers. “We’ve been waiting... (full story)


What will it take to help small towns survive? Shickley, Neb., is a town of just 300 people. But it’s a multimillion-dollar town when you count the size of the endowment the town’s citizens have raised to support local projects.  Community... (full story)


A new report released on Monday, How conservation makes dairy farms more resilient, especially in a lean agricultural economy , addresses the successful adoption of conservation measures by four Pennsylvania dairy farmers. Equally important, the... (full story)


Just as the reported outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) began to diminish and the virus appeared to be more under control, recent ASF outbreaks in the northern region of China, where ASF was first detected in August 2018, prove otherwise. ... (full story)


Corn is higher by 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 cents this morning. A private export sale of 106,000 MT of 18/19 corn to unknown was reported this morning The international Grain Council updated it’s 19/20 outlook, forecasting corn production to be 1.103 BMT, a 5... (full story)


Hog futures look to find some support after a long week of losses. Thursday midday has nearby futures making gains of as much as $1.02. The 11/19 CME Lean Hog Index recovered $0.29 $59.58. Wednesday’s pork carcass cutout value fell Thursday morning... (full story)


Live cattle futures are giving back Wednesday gains on Thursday. Dec futures are seeing a small 2 cent gain supported by the higher cash trade, but the other front months are down by as much as 60 cents. Feeder cattle futures are down by triple digit... (full story)


Corn is higher by 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 cents this morning. A private export sale of 106,000 MT of 18/19 corn to unknown was reported this morning The international Grain Council updated it’s 19/20 outlook, forecasting corn production to be 1.103 BMT, a 5... (full story)


Wheat futures are down for Thursday, so far futures are falling for all exchanges- with MPLS and Chicago wheat down the most. The weekly Export Sales Report from the USDA came out this morning, showing that wheat was in line with expectations. The re... (full story)


Cotton futures show a recovery, with nearby contracts as up by as much as 20 points with gains tailing off through time. The USDA updated weekly export sales for upland cotton, revealing that for the week ending 11/14 a total of 227,600 RB were so... (full story)


So far on Thursday, trading has pushed soybean futures lower by 2 to 21/4 cents in the front months. Soybean meal is higher by $1.90/ton. Bean oil was 53 points lower at midday. Soybean Export sales were above expectations, with the USDA weekly updat... (full story)


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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking steps to help Illinois farmers struggling to dry harvested grain thanks to a letter from seven Illinois lawmakers. The commission has approved emergency shipments of propane from Texas to... (full story)


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Direct cash cattle trade is off to a slow start after yesterday’s light to moderate business.  Live deals in the south were at mostly $116, $1 higher than last week’s weighted averages.  Dressed deals were reported in parts of the North at mostly... (full story)


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China’s chief trade negotiator has invited his American counterparts for a new round of face-to-face trade talks in Beijing, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report says Chinese officials would like the meeting to take place next week,... (full story)


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CRUDE OIL the pair looks to strengthen further in the days ahead as it built on its Wednesday gain on Thursday. (full story)


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RA_GR115 WEEKLY GRAIN SUMMARY FEDERAL-STATE MARKET NEWS SERVICE Raleigh, North Carolina November 15, 2019-November 21, 2019 Bids For Producers For Grain Delivered In Bulk To Elevators, Feed Mills & Processors as of 4:00 PM Daily WEEKLY TRENDS: Corn prices were 6 to 9 cents lower. ... (full story)


After four hours of debate, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee has passed legislation to provide a path to legal status for farmworkers. During the hearing, Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat and a co-sponsor, said she would prefer... (full story)


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