Its been a strong start for dairy markets in 2014. The February Class 3 price is up over $2 dollars from January and over $6 stronger than February of 2013...and even if prices falter as expected in the second half of the year, on the whole dairy margins will be strong all year long.
Its the annual question at commodity classic...what are you going to plant?...and how many acres? Its also the question ag reporter Mike austin put two a c ouple of well respected market analysts
With the passage of the Farm Act of 2014 dairy has a new risk management tool. Reaction to the program and its value and impact on dairy producers was discussed at a recent midwest cooperative meeting held in Appleton.
With this being an election year, this current legislative session is the only opportunity this year for agriculture to get its priority issues addressed.
Ag Report 02/27/14
All throughout the ag industry, producer's prices are on the rise.
Cheese Curd Crawl Dairy News 02/21/14
Now that an agreement has been reached on the passing of a new farm bill, some relief has come for farmers.
Mike Austin talks about the planting season
Mike Austin has the day's Ag Report
If there is such a thing as a milk cliff, we may be slipping off it, as cheese and dairy prices have taken quite a dip with a block down almost 25 cents since Friday.
Beef supplies are expected to be tight in 2014...and feed costs are expected to be down. That should mean good profit margins for prooducers if demand remains strong despite higher consumer prices.
The Fox Valley Area hosted nearly 60 students for this year's Midwest Dairy Challenge.
Nearly 400 state farmers spent a day in Madison to get insights into key ag legislation in the state. Producers found out that there are two pieces of legislation they hope to pass before spring planting.
With agriculture competing on a world stage...the importance of exports continues to grow. And the good news is the increasing percentage we see of U.S dairy exports on the international market.
During the UW-Madison 2014 Ag Outlook Conference, participants spoke of the importance of passing a new farm bill.
The University of Wisconsins' College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hosted its annual ag outlook forum. One of the speakers was UW Extension Marketing Specialist Brenda Boetel who shared her outlook for corn and soybeans.
With the declining commodity market...many are saying that land values may have peaked. However.... one ag economist says that may not be the case here in Northeastern Wisconsin.
It looks as though the farm bill conferees may have found a compromise that everyone can accept when it comes to dairy legislation. Prior to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday It was announced that a compromise plan that keeps margin insurance, but without supply management..may be in the works.
Despite some challenging weather..the entire National FFA Officer Team spent an entire week in Wisconsin discussing the benefits of the organization and how they can expand its impact on today's youth.
The creation of a new long term farm bill has run into another hurdle as there is disagreement over dairy legislation. While the conferees are looking at a supply-management element to the bill...House Speaker John Boehner says that would be a deal breaker for him
Even though 85% of U.S. milk products are sold domestically...it is our growing share in world dairy markets that are helping to raise prices estimates for 2014 milk.
The USDA'S first production report of the year had a few surprises for the market. While soybeans numbers were pretty close to expectations.. there were surpise in the wheat...corn and even dairy numbers
Even though it is the first report of the year... alot of attention is given to the USDA January Production and Stocks Report. Ag Reporter Mike Austin looks at how the report may impact commodity and dairy prices.
2014 is off to a solid start for the dairy markets with cheese well above two dollars a pound and several class 3 prices are above $19.00 per hundred. What is supporting these higher prices?...Dairy Economist Mark Stephenson shares his insights.
This years' farm bureau outstanding farm couple shares their insights on challenges and opportunities they feel the industry faces into the new year and beyond
With the arrival of a new year also comes the hopes for better days ahead.
One of the main challenges facing agriculture into the future is will they be able to produce enough food to feed a growing world population. Here in Wisconsin the prospects look good.
Although void of the problems the drought of 2102 provided. Growers faced some new weather challenges in 2103 and the end result was a fair to poor crop year for most Wisconsin growers.
While 2103 may be remembered on the ag front as a fairly forgettable year, 2014 may be just the opposite as a valley area ag banker sees both some challenges and opportunities in 2014.
For area farmers, 2013 fell short in many areas including both legislation and crop production. That is why many are hoping for belated Christmas gifts that bring them a more productive 2014.
Young people in agriculture generally feel good about their industry and their future in it. However, they do have some concerns and one of the biggest is the growing disconnect between farmers and consumers.
With forecasts now being released for commodities in 2014....one of the more positive outlooks is for beans. USDA officials and most analysts agree that with ending stocks being tight and demand expected to remain strong, producer returns should be good.
The term sustainability has transformed from one of the latest buzz words in agriculture to a focal point on many operations. With population growth expected to continue and concerns over the environment, sustainability practices are a key to food production efficiency
In light of the recent animal abuse video that was released here in Northeastern Wisconsin more people want to know what focus is being placed on the well being of animals on our livestock operations. Amy Stanton the UW Extension Animal Well Being Specialists explains the attention given to this by producers and the research the University is doing to increase cow care and comfort.
Even though Agriculture is big business in Wisconsin. There is a disconnect between producers and consumers. Young producers are concerned about this information void and have made it a priority to make sure consumers have the facts
One of the highlights of the annual Wisconsin farm bureau convention are the competitions. This year an ag educator and dairy industry advocate was honored with the excellence in agriculture award.
Its was a record crowd at this years' Wi. Farm Bureau convention. Besides, work shops, seminars and contests, the organization discussed policy and passed a series of resolutions
It's been another disappointing session for ag interest this year. Besides the lack of a new farm bill the funding for the locks and dams system on the Mississippi River seems to be in limbo, despite both the Senate and the House passing their own version of the bill
Once again the ag community looks to be coming up short on their hopes of a new long term farm bill. Even though progress has been reported in the conference committee, with the House scheduled to adjourn on friday, it looks like the Farm Bill will have to wait until at least January of next year
With the end of the year, forecasts are coming out with their projections for dairy prices for 2014. As expected it will be another year of volatility and that is why many commodity brokers are encouraging producers to look at a fence position.
With 90% of Wisconsins' milk going into cheese, and 90% of Wisconsin cheese being sold outside of the state, the Holiday season is an important one for moving Wisconsin cheese
Demand for protein sources have been strong this year, especially on the export market. This news is encouraging for not only beef, but also pork and poultry producers as well
Most analysts agree with the USDA price forecasts for 4 dollar corn and 12 dollar beans for 2014. Knowing that, what should farmers know if they want to sell or need to buy those commodities
2013 has been another strong year for agricultural exports both here in wisconsin and throughout the country. One of the major reasons for the consistent rate of growth has been the buying power of China in the U.S. ag market
Dairy prices are expected to falter in 2013. So what can producers do to protect themselves and to get the best possible returns. Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin gets some insights from several market brokers.
Mike Austin's ag report for Wednesday from Kansas City.
Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin's daily ag report from Kansas City.
In an effort to get more bang out of their promotional dollars the wi. milk Marketing Board has been forming partnerships with the food industry. According to CEO James Ropson there are several success stories to share.
While attending trade talk in Kansas City, Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin met with Farm Bureau Lobbyist Mary Kay Thatcher about the possibility of getting a long term farm bill passed this year, and she seemed optimistic