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Working at Louisiana Farm Bureau, my coworkers and I get to travel the state telling stories for farmers on our TV show, This Week In Louisiana Agriculture. What we’ve found is that there are a lot of interesting aspects that don’t make it into the finished story you see on the show. This podcast is our way to more fully tell that story. Our hope is that you better understand the issues farmers face every single day, and that he or she isn’t much different from you and I. We want this podcas ...
 
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Welcome to the Weekend market report… It’s a nice 55 degrees this morning in Boise’s Treasure Valley. The smoke has started lifting, the burn ban is still in effect, but it's going to clear out soon across the state. It's colder in Poky and IF lows in the 50’s! Still a little warm for digging spuds in the afternoon. Northern Idaho its 55 in CDA and…
 
New data shows the wheat crops of the two nations are very good, so much that they could greatly add to already record world-wheat production numbers and supplies. Rod Bain has more: Farm groups are asking Congress to ensure the USDA has the tools to help farmers. Chad Smith tells us they’re requesting funding to the Commodity Credit Corporation. T…
 
Welcome to the Weekend market report, and 2020 continues…yes I have a cold. It’s a nice 55 degrees this morning in Boise’s Treasure Valley. Its colder in Poky and IF, lows in the 40’s! Northern Idaho its 55 in CDA and Sandpoint…. Afternoon temps in the 70s and 80’s The warm temperatures are back for a few days, fire danger remains high. On the mark…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic created a record gap between what consumers pay for beef and pork and the money received by farmers. Micheal Clements tells us how big the gap is.. The Idaho dry bean harvest is starting to wrap up…we checked in with Winegar farms in Washington County. China continues to expand purchases of U.S. agricultural products. Gary Cra…
 
Good Friday morning! It’s a warm 66 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. We’re having another heatwave. It’s a cool 57 in Poky a bit cooler in IF. Northern Idaho, low 60s…. WE have warmer temps in store for the weekend, Perfect harvest weather. Corn futures rallied 5 cents on Thursday…Sep 20 Corn holding steady at $3.44, up a penn…
 
This week, we talk to Sen. John Boozman after one of his recent farm visits this week, and we hear from Cooperative Extension Service expert Julia Fryer on produce safety issues after Hurricane Laura. We also catch up with the Benton County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee's Brenda Patton about the challenges her group has faced during COVI…
 
A look at USDA's latest farm product price index report shows declines for many products, with a few notable exceptions. Gary Crawford has more: A new NRCS conservation compliance rule falls short of farmers' needs, that's according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Micheal Clements reports; US Ag Secretary Perdue is optimistic about agricult…
 
Good Friday morning! It’s a cooler 58 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a cool 55 in Poky a bit cooler in IF. Northern Idaho, 53…. WE have cooler temps in store for the weekend, Perfect harvest weather. Corn futures rallied 5 cents on Thursday…Sep 20 Corn opens at $3.45, up 10 cents this past week. Winter wheat futures ral…
 
This week, weather takes center stage. We hear from a National Weather Service Senior Forecaster John Lewis, Ag Extension Rice Agronomist Jarrod Hardke and Sevier County livestock and poultry grower Bruce Jackson about how excessive winds and rainfall from Hurricane Laura could impact Arkansas agriculture. We also get some tips and information for …
 
Increased new-crop sales to China have the attention of U.S. Agriculture. But as Micheal Clements shares, China needs to buy more to meet trade promises. USDA predicts Idaho will have the nation's highest yields for both fall and spring wheat. I checked in with the biggest broker in Southwest Idaho. Are retail food prices finally starting to come d…
 
Good Friday morning! It’s a warm 62 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a warm 62 in Poky a bit cooler in IF. Northern Idaho, 60…. WE have warm temps but we’ll have cooler temps this coming week. Perfect harvest weather. Corn is staying steady with all that storm damage in the Midwest. Sep 20 Corn opens at $3.27, up a few mo…
 
Back in Washington, There are Changes to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and there will be more relief to producers. Micheal Clements reports: After a very rough year for ranchers, The beef sector is gradually returning to some semblance of normalcy. Gary Crawford reports: The milk market has been a rollercoaster ride the past 5 weeks in Id…
 
Good Monday morning! It’s a warm 70 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a cooler 64 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, 63…. WE have warm temps but we’ll have slightly cooler temps this coming week, but perfect farm weather for the week. With all the storm damage in the midwest Corn prices up with double-digit gains over the wee…
 
This week, we learn about a new partnership involving the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and UAMS to help with COVID-19 testing in rural areas and we hear about more funding for rural broadband in the state. We also talk to Sara Gardner, who was recently named to the National 4-H Council’s Young Alumni Advisory Committee.…
 
It’s a cool 58 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a cooler 55 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, 55. We have a cooling trend but we’ll have hot temps this coming week, should be perfect farm weather for the weekend. Corn still looking better with double-digit gains over the week: Sep 20 Corn opens at $3.25, up 10 3/4 cents At …
 
Farm groups applaud the Department of Agriculture action to extend the deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Micheal Clements shares why farmers and ranchers need more time to access the program. USDA has programs that can help small-scale meat processors. Stephanie Ho has more: The U.S. and China are working jointly on the investig…
 
It’s a cool 55 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a cooler 57 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, 55…. We have a cooling trend after hot temps this week, which should be perfect farm weather for the weekend. Corn still looking flat and Sept. 19 corn futures opens at $3.11 in Chicago, that just up a quarter-cent and trending dow…
 
This week, we talk to the new, interim director of the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, and we learn about new funding for research on improving management of crop burns. We also hear from University of Arkansas Professor Steven Ricke, who was recently honored for his work on poultry broilers and food safety and we get details on th…
 
Washington—Farm bankruptcies continue to rise, but the rate of new filings is slowing. Chad Smith says bankruptcy filings up eight percent from last year. The Senate introduced legislation last week that includes additional coronavirus relief funding for the Department of Agriculture. Funding that’ll help farmers and ranchers. Consolidation in the …
 
Good Monday morning! It’s a warm 60 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a cooler 57 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, 55…. The triple-digit temps we saw over the weekend are gone and it’ll be much cooler today across Idaho. With clear skies. Corn still looking flat Sept.19 corn futures opens at $3.15 in Chicago, that just up a…
 
It’s a toasty 66 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a warm 60 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, 66….its going to be a great farming day with this heatwave continuing through the weekend, and into next week with clear skies. Let's take a look at corn: Sept. 19 corn futures opens at $3.15 in Chicago, that's up a quarter-cent. W…
 
This week, we get an update on cotton from Extension Cotton Agronomist Bill Robertson; we learn about the latest research on blackberries, peaches and grapes; and we talk to Scott Bray from the State Plant Board about the mysterious seed packages some people have been receiving in the mail. We also hear from Dr. Nathan Slaton of the Arkansas Agricu…
 
An extensive review by the American Farm Bureau Federation concludes with recommended changes to Federal Milk Marketing Orders. Micheal Clements shares what Farm Bureau members recommend to improve the program. The USDA has released a report on beef prices, they want to know why US ranchers are not seeing profits while meat prices soar. And after t…
 
It’s a warm 60 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a chilly 57 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, 51….its going to be a great farming day with clear skies and hot summer temps in the forecast over the weekend. Let's take a look at corn: Sept. 20 corn futures opens at $3.28 in Chicago, that's up a 1/2 cent. The wheat markets ope…
 
This week, we learn about a major donation by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation to support the Arkansas Discovery Farms Project and we get the latest on the federal Paycheck Protection Program. We also talk to Altus Mayor Veronica Post about the cancellation of three agriculture-related festivals her community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…
 
On the eve of this year's Idaho dry bean harvest, Beans are in short supply and prices have doubled. Some changes being made to the Livestock Gross Margin Insurance program and may make it a more desirable option for cattle producers. The pandemic has really cut into beef exports and the US may import more beef than we export this year. And the U.S…
 
This week, we talk about a new multi-million dollar infrastructure project at the Little Rock Port, learn the importance of written legal documents when leasing farmland, and hear the latest on LeadAR, the two-year leadership development program of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.…
 
It’s a warm 62 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's a 64 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, 54….its going to be a great farming day with clear skies and hot summer temps in the forecast over the weekend. Corn trading down this morning. Sep 20 Corn closed at $3.30 1/4, up 4 cents, Wheat futures fell back double digits following b…
 
The American Farm Bureau Federation wants improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program in the next coronavirus relief package. Micheal Clements has more. The USDA says U.S. corn production will be down in 2020. Stephanie Ho reports from Washington: Wheat exports are a big deal to our producers here in Idaho, this report should interest them, Wor…
 
It’s a warm 62 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. Its a bit colder 55 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, 53….its going to be a good farming day with clear skies and hot summer temps in the forecast over the weekend. Corn trading down this morning. Jul 20 Corn futures open at $3.51, up 3 cents. The U.S. wheat markets open higher on …
 
Two new bills just introduced in Congress will help the livestock industry better serve consumers. Micheal Clements has more. Idaho ranchers are seeing changes in the cattle industry. With COVID-19, the supply chain has been disrupted, now consumers are going straight to ranchers. It's smaller than it used to be, but the U.S. still has an agricultu…
 
It’s a warmer 61 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. Its a bit colder 57 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, morning lows in the 50s…. it's going to be a good farming day with clear skies and warm temps in the forecast over the weekend. Corn trading down this morning. Jul 20 Corn futures open at $3.42, that down 5 cents. Friday opens…
 
This week, we talk about the impact of the pandemic on Arkansas’s 4-H programs, and we get to know Dr. Bob Scott, the new director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. We also hear from the man whose shoes he will have to fill, Dr. Rick Cartwright, who retired at the end of June. We also talk t…
 
It’s been a long road to get here, but the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement takes effect on July 1st. Chad Smith has more. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the United States is ready for this monumental trade agreement. Whether you call it USMCA or NAFTA 2.0, that three-way trade U.S./Mexico/Canada trade agreement will be put into…
 
Good morning! It’s a warmer 64 degrees this morning in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It's 53 in Poky and IF. Northern Idaho, morning lows in the 60s…. it's going to be an excellent farming day with clear skies and warm temps in the forecast over the weekend. Corn trading a little down this morning. Jul 20 Corn futures open at $3.17, down 7 cents. …
 
The Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection rule went into effect this week, a welcomed move by farmers and ranchers. Micheal Clements has more. Warm weather is back in the Western US and with the heatwave, there’s the number one concern in the heat: Beef supplies are increasing. Wholesale prices are tumbling. Will this mean lower prices…
 
Wheat and barley crops in Idaho doing very well. Winter wheat is currently rated at 74-percent good to excellent. Spring wheat and barley 78-percent good to excellent and 68-percent respectively. Dry farms have received good rainfall over the past couple of weeks and have helped those crops tremendously.…
 
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