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Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co (MON.N) will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as reg... Read More

South Dakota Farmer Elected to Lead National Soybean Checkoff

Lewis Bainbridge, a soybean farmer from South Dakota, was elected chair of the United Soybean Board (USB). Bainbridge, a third-generation farmer, previously served the board as USB vice chair. The soy checkoff, which works to maximize profit opportun... Read More

China Needs More Corn to Meet Fuel Mandate

To meet a fuel blend requirement, China must import more corn, according to industry analysts. A Stewart Peterson advisor tells Farm Journal's AgDay that China will need to import "an additional billion bushels of corn a year" to meet the mandate. Ea... Read More

Global Food Prices Slightly Lower in November

A measure of global food prices decreased in November largely due to a decline in dairy values. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations monthly Food Price Index averaged 175.8 points in November 2017, down 0.5 percent, from Octobe... Read More

WNCC Ag students plant knowledge among elementary schools

Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) students in the Applied Agriculture Technologies Program sat down with kindergartners from Longfellow Elementary Thursday morning to read "Before We Eat" by Pat Brisson as part of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Fou... Read More

Monsanto Asks Judge to Block Arkansas Dicabma Restrictions

Monsanto went before a judge on Tuesday to officially ask the court to prevent a proposal to ban the use of a weed killer that many farmers say drifts and causes damage to their crops. An Associated Press report says the Arkansas ban on dicamba wi... Read More

Net wrap needs assessment

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The decision to bind forages with net wrap or twine has been a recent discussion point among livestock producers. While net wrap increases baling efficiency and reduces storage loss, it can be difficult and time consuming to remov... Read More

China Phasing Out More Pesticides in Push for Food Safety

China will begin eliminating the use of 12 pesticides over the next five years as it looks to improve safety of farm produce. The move comes amid an ongoing campaign to improve the environment and tackle soil pollution, according to Reuters. China... Read More

Secretary Perdue Announces Sorghum Checkoff Board Appointments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on December 1 the appointments of five members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors. Members will serve three-year terms. According to the USDA press r... Read More

WESTCO has good year, but could see challenges

ALLIANCE - The 76th Annual Stockholders’ Meeting of Western Cooperative (WESTCO) was held Monday, Dec. 4, at the Alliance High School Performing Arts Center, with more than 200 people in attendance. Along with celebrating 75 years, WESTCO had it... Read More

Grain Elevator Profit Margins Could Increase in 2018

A new report from CoBank says 2018 could bring an increase in profit margins for grain elevators. The report cites a weak harvest basis, along with low transportation rates, and other issues for the prospect of improved profit margins. A CoBank re... Read More