agribusiness News

Farmers in Oklahoma Fear Impact of Government Shutdown

The ongoing government shutdown could soon have a negative impact on Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, who are facing limited access to important data and funding sources, according to agriculture experts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering limited statistical services …

Northeast Oklahoma Sees Fewer but Larger Poultry Farms

The number of poultry operators in northeast Oklahoma is dropping but the farms are raising more birds per facility, according to data from the state. The Tulsa World requested 20 years of data on poultry operations from the Oklahoma Department …

Wet Harvest Leads to $77M Loss for Arkansas Soybean Farmers

Arkansas soybean farmers have lost at least $77 million this year after heavy rainfall interrupted harvest season and damaged the quality of the crop, according to a recent report by agriculture experts. Wet conditions starting with Tropical Storm Gordon in …

50K or More Hens Died in Illinois Egg Farm Fire, Company Says

A company spokesman says 50,000 or more hens died in a fire that destroyed two barns of an egg farm in rural northeastern Illinois. Mussman’s Back Acres Inc. spokesman Brian Burch says 275,000 to 300,000 hens survived the Tuesday fire …

Fraud Forces Minnesota Agribusiness Giant CHS to Lower 5 Years of Profit

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota-based CHS Inc. has lowered five years of profits by nearly $158 million as the global grain, energy and food company recovers after a freight trader falsified records. The farmer-owned cooperative, which also provides farm and ranch …

Arkansas Plant Board Reviewing EPA Decision on Dicamba Herbicide

The Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB), a division of the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD), announced it has begun the process of reviewing the announced EPA label changes for the herbicide dicamba and will be considering the appropriate framework for the …

Possible Mold in Grain Harvest May Threaten Wisconsin Farmers’ Profits

Wet weather this year has delayed Wisconsin’s grain harvest and caused widespread mold problems in farm fields, according to agriculture experts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects Wisconsin farmers to harvest a record amount of soybeans this year, but farmers …

Lingering Texas Drought Has Ranchers Reducing Herds

A growing number of Texas ranchers and farmers are trimming their livestock, or selling them altogether, as the persistent drought has eliminated water supplies and forage for the animals. Some landowners describe a boom-and-bust cycle playing out with increasing frequency …

Jury Orders Pork Producer to Pay $473.5M in North Carolina Nuisance Lawsuit

A federal jury decided Friday that the world’s largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks. The jury found that Smithfield …

Pork Giant Smithfield Foods Ordered to Pay $25M in Nuisance Lawsuit

A federal jury in North Carolina has punished the world’s largest pork producer, deciding Smithfield Foods should pay two neighbors more than $25 million for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks after an industrial-scale hog grower …