agribusiness News

Minnesota Governor Signs Bill Aiding Farmers Facing Foreclosure

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill that stops farm foreclosures until Dec. 1 for farmers struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic who elect to take part in creditor mediation. Minnesota’s Farmer-Lender Mediation Act requires any creditor …

Damage to Iowa Ag Industry from Virus Will Be Huge, Economists Say

A group of agriculture economists said on April 15 the coronavirus pandemic will cause billions of dollars in damage to Iowa’s crop and livestock industries. In a report released from Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, the …

Cattle Ranchers Worry Despite Having Tech to Track Diseases

Before June 2018, finding cattle that were potentially exposed to diseases was time-consuming and complicated, requiring a patchwork of information from auction houses, feedlots, producers and meatpacking plants. That’s when Kansas spearheaded U.S. CattleTrace, filling a void when it comes …

Despite China Deal, U.S. Farmers Still Dependent on Government Aid: Analysis

As U.S. President Donald Trump touted the signing of a U.S.-China trade deal in January, he told cash-strapped farmers they would soon need bigger tractors and “a little more land” to meet additional Chinese demand for U.S. agricultural goods. His …

Sheriff Says Midwest Crop Thefts Are a ‘Major League Operation’

A “well-organized machine” of thieves appears to be behind the theft of tons of apples and pumpkins from orchards and farms in Michigan and Indiana, according to authorities. An estimated 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms) of apples were discovered missing Oct. …

More Charges Filed in Texas Against Louisiana Cattle Theft Suspect

A man previously accused of involvement in a Louisiana cattle theft ring has been indicted in Texas on charges he also stole cows from a rancher there. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said in a news release that …

Extreme Heat May Hurt Farms, Agriculture Industry: Report

As many as nine states could see heat indexes above 100 degrees for more than a quarter of the year by 2036, according to a new report. The impact of climate change will push the number of days with heat …

Census: Number of Kansas Farms Drops 5% in 5 Years

The government’s latest Census of Agriculture for Kansas shows the number of farms in the state has dropped 5% from the count taken five years earlier. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that there were 58,569 farms in Kansas …

Hub International Acquires Assets of Minnesota’s Corey Steinbach Insurance Agency

Chicago-based global insurance broker, Hub International Limited (Hub), has acquired the assets of Corey Steinbach Insurance Agency LLC (Corey Steinbach Insurance) in Felton, Minnesota. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Corey Steinbach Insurance is a full-service firm specializing in …

Washington Blizzard Killed 1,850 Cows, Yakima Farmers Reeling

The unexpected blizzard that swept through the Yakima Valley on Feb. 9 was just one more clobbering for the region’s dairy farms. The number of dairy farms in the state has plummeted from 2,500 in 1993 to 377 in 2018, …