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You’ve likely heard the phrase from our title, an optimistic one that suggests somebody benefits (accidentally or otherwise) from negative events. The line is credited to John Heywood back in 1546, but the idea has been in circulation a lot longer... (full story)


Our weekly column looks at the markets ahead of the Easter holiday: eggs, ham, cocoa, and gasoline. (full story)


The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the insurance holding company W.R.Berkley (WRB), I found the stock by sorting Barchart's New All Time Highlist first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used the Flipchart fea... (full story)


Levels for April 22nd & Good Friday Trading Schedule (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile closed early for the week supported by strong exports. April Class III milk unchanged at $15.92.  May unchanged at $15.69.  June up seven cents at $15.95.  July up eight cents at $16.19. ... (full story)


A new report by USDA says farmers are continuing to earn less of what consumers spend on food while foodservice earns more. The Economic Research Services says the farm share of the food dollar dropped more than one percent in 2017 to 14.6 cents,... (full story)


May corn closed at $3.58 and 1/2, up 1/4 cent May soybeans closed at $8.80 and 1/2, up 1 and 1/2 cents May soybean meal closed at $303.20, down 70 cents May soybean oil closed at 28.80, up 34 points May wheat closed at $4.44 and 1/4, down 2 and 3/4... (full story)


The U.S. Dairy Export Council says total cheese exports in February were the second highest on record. Cheese exports were up 16 percent from 2018 to more than 32,000 tons, falling just short of the record set in March 2014.  Shipments were... (full story)


Corn: Corn futures are softer again in early trade today, with May down 1/4 cent to 3.58, Jul down 1/2 cent to 3.66-1/2, and new crop Dec corn down 3/4 cent to 3.86. The U.S. and China have tentatively scheduled a fresh round of trade negotiations, w... (full story)


The USDA’s Cattle on Feed report shows the impact of weather on cattle marketings during March. The department says marketings were down 3% on the year at 1.777 million head, with adverse weather conditions in many of the major feeding... (full story)


Farmers interested in growing industrial hemp as part of a pilot program in Michigan this season will have four opportunities to sign up in April. Gina Alessandri with the Michigan Department of Agriculture tells Brownfield farmers have to be... (full story)


Cattle on Feed estimates for April 1, 2019, were 2% higher than the same month a year ago. (full story)


A cheesemaker says the down dairy economy is continuing to hurt farmers.  John Moran John Moran from Dairy State Cheese in Rudolph, Wisconsin says he sees the struggles with his milk suppliers first-hand “We’ve added some new... (full story)


The recent Census of Agriculture revealed many interesting trends in terms of farmer demographics. Once you dive deeper into the data it’s possible to unveil other interesting statistics. (full story)


The National Pork Board has launched a pilot program to test blockchain technology in the pork industry. Ripe Technology’s digital platform will allow producers to create shared records to address food issues like sustainability, traceability,... (full story)


The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for ignoring concerns over fecal contamination of chicken and other meat. (full story)


Photo courtesy of Illinois Soybean Association An Illinois agronomist says warming, saturated soil means farmers should manage fields for phytophthora. “We see a lot of diseases, especially in soybeans, that are associated with cool, wet soil... (full story)


Missouri NRCS has issued a local disaster declaration for five counties in northwest Missouri affected by flooding along the Missouri River, “Emergency Watershed Program, the EWP, is USDA/NRCS’s recovery program from natural disasters when they... (full story)


Sell FEB Hogs, Spus-2910, US$, CT NZ, FANG's get Fanged? WN 444, SN 878,SMN 397-ish. Coffee (full story)


With harvest rapidly approaching, it is time to make the final management decisions that can maximize wheat revenue. In addition to controlling insects and applying fungicides, growers may want to […] (full story)


Soybean futures are fractionally higher on position squaring ahead of the 3-day holiday weekend. Meal futures are down $.40/ton and May soy oil is 21 points higher. This morning’s USDA Export Sales report was expected to show 350,000-800,000 MT... (full story)


Wheat futures are trading mostly 4 to 5 cents lower in the CHI and KC contracts at midday, with MPLS spring wheat 1/4 to 1 cent lower. Census trade data, released on Wednesday morning, showed the largest wheat exports for February since 2012/13 at 2.... (full story)


Corn futures are fractionally lower at midday on scattered reports of planting activity and a warmer forecast for next week. USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed sharply higher sales of 947,600 MT for old crop in the week ending April 11. ... (full story)


Live cattle futures are mostly 10 to 80 cents lower ahead of the monthly USDA Cattle on Feed report. April is the exception, up $1.10 at midday on strength in the cash cattle market. Feeder cattle futures are anywhere from 27 lower to 40 higher at mi... (full story)


Corn futures are fractionally lower at midday on scattered reports of planting activity and a warmer forecast for next week. USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed sharply higher sales of 947,600 MT for old crop in the week ending April 11. ... (full story)


Lean Hog futures are mixed, with various contracts 60 cents lower to 80 cents higher at midday. May is creeping higher on a firmer tone in the CME Index. The CME Lean Hog Index was up 40 cents from the previous day @ $80.24 on April 16. The USDA pork... (full story)


Cotton futures are trading 69 to 103 points lower at midday on a little pre-holiday profit taking. The markets will be closed on Friday. The US dollar is stronger this morning. USDA reported old crop upland cotton export sales were down 25% from the... (full story)


A new milk bottling facility has been opened by Aurora Organic Dairy in Columbia, Missouri, and the majority of milk will come from company owned farms in Colorado and Texas. (full story)


Direct cash cattle trade is pretty quiet this morning.  There are some bids being floated at $127 live and $204 dressed in parts of the North following yesterday’s moderate trade in the South where we saw deals at $126 – about $2 higher than the... (full story)


A bipartisan group of senators is asking the USDA to prioritize conservation measures in the 2018 Farm Bill by creating a department-wide National Water Quality Initiative In a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators say the... (full story)


Indiana Congressman Jim Baird says the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement is critical to U.S. farmers who continue to produce large quantities of quality products. “Agriculture provides the foundation in these rural communities and the dollars they... (full story)


Check out our favorite Easter egg creations inspired by some of our favorite farm animals! (full story)


Brownfield’s Rhiannon Branch will be on the ground for the John R. Block Plaque Dedication at the Illinois Department of Agriculture in Springfield on April 22, 2019. Continue reading John R. Block Plaque Dedication at Brownfield Ag News. ... (full story)


Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Nicole Heslip will be on the ground at Wayland Livestock Auction (Wayland MI) Friday, April 19, 2019 as the West Michigan Relief Convoy to Nebraska begins its journey west. Continue reading West Michigan Relief... (full story)


China bought more U.S. pork during the week ending April 11th. The USDA says Beijing purchased 23,500 tons, bringing the two-week total to 101,200 tons, even as Chinese tariffs on U.S. pork remain in place during trade negotiations. African Swine... (full story)


Valley Irrigation is celebrating 18 years in Tifton, Georgia, with an expansion into a larger distribution center (DC) that serves the eastern United States. “We were the first irrigation company […] (full story)


USDA is making $2 million available this year to farmers in specific watersheds across Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, and Washington. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to farmers […] (full story)


SPUs 2910, FC meltup? Hog Sell Scalp, Buy & Sells, Cotton week 9 volatile. WN OLB (full story)


This is the final day of trade this week, and it very much would appear that most are ready to move onto the weekend. We see little more than mixed trade thus far with slight volume, but I guess I could say the same about the majority of sessions in this era. Currently... (full story)


Egg prices usually increase ahead of Easter, but a USDA livestock analyst says that isn’t the case this year. “We’ve actually seen prices at wholesale coming down in the couple of weeks leading up to where we are right now.” Shayle Shagam says... (full story)


NW_PY041 Des Moines, IA Thu. Apr 18, 2019 USDA Market News Daily Central Region Breaking Stock ... (full story)


LG_LS145 Lexington, KY Thur April 18, 2019 USDA-KY Dept Ag Market News Receipts: 1828 Last Week: 2015 Year Ago: 1879 Compared to last week feeder steers sold steady to 2.00 higher with good demand for weaned packages. Feeder heifers sold steady with good... (full story)


WH_GR310 Kearney, NE Thu Apr 18, 2019 USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News Nebraska Hay Summary - Week Ending April 19, 2019 Compared to last week baled alfalfa and grass hay sold steady. Ground and delivered alfalfa steady to 10.00 lower, ground and delivered alfalfa mix hay... (full story)


TO_GR310 Torrington, WY Thu Apr 18, 2019 USDA-WY Dept of Ag Market News Wyoming Hay Summary - Week ending April 19, 2019 Compared to last week all baled hay sold steady. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets and alfalfa hay cubes sold steady. Buyer inquiry was good with several out of... (full story)


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REPORTING OFFICE: SEATTLE APR 18 2019 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: WED APR 17 2019 * MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED ... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: PHILADELPHIA APR 18 2019 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: WED APR 17 2019 *MODE IS TRUCK... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: SEATTLE APR 18 2019 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: WED APR 17 2019 *MODE IS TRUCK... (full story)


We’re not even a third of the way through 2019, but we already have a frontrunner for a political fact-checker’s annual “Lie of the Year” award: the trendy yet incorrect political/media narrative that if we all just cut back on eating delicious real... (full story)


Brownfield’s Tom Steever will be on the ground in Columbia for the Missouri FFA Convention April 25 and 26, 2019. Continue reading Missouri FFA Convention at Brownfield Ag News.           (full story)


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