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Harvest-time yield assessments dictate insurance indemnities

Farmers with corn or other crops damaged by this summer's thunderstorms or dry weather will have to wait until harvest to know whether they will qualify for crop insurance indemnity payments. FULL STORY »

Poll: Who is responsible for food safety?

- Processors
- Retailers
- Farmers
- Consumers
- All of the above
- None of the above


Back-and-forth block trade underpins Class III

Class III opened under selling pressure Wednesday morning, following heavy overnight trading that pushed prices to as much as 37 cents lower (Sept). Volume continued to grow at a steady pace into the spot market, which saw more of the same back-and-forth activity that we’ve become accustomed to. FULL STORY »

Iowa State Fair to feature unique food and farming celebration

Thousands of canned food items and a committed team of volunteers will converge at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11-21 to create a first-of-its-kind exhibit at one of the most popular celebrations of food, fun and agriculture in America. The “Together We CAN!” exhibit, presented by the Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP), will feature the work of Canstruction®, the most unique food charity in the world. FULL STORY »

Block cheese down slightly to $2.15

Class III Prices were under slight pressure early Tuesday prior to the weak gDT auction results. It was those figures mixed with aggressive block offers that made a bearish trading cocktail Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Blocks close lower; Class III spreads narrow

Class III futures kicked off the month of August on a mostly firm note as concern over hot temperatures Midwest temperatures and high feed costs keep selling at bay. The Midwest weather is controlling the market, tightening both available milk production and available fresh cheese production over the past few weeks. FULL STORY »

Farm bill unlikely to cover “local food” growers

At a time when budget cutting is center stage in Washington, D.C., those who grow organic and farmer market fruits and vegetables are bemoaning the lack of any government assistance or “safety net” similar to what commodity grain producers have enjoyed over the years. FULL STORY »

Dairy markets end July on firm note

Class III prices on Friday continued to climb early on, but were more subdued following a spot session that had the same pattern as most of the week’s activity. Unchanged offers on both the block and the barrel opened the session, but prices were then offered lower to 2.1450. FULL STORY »

Farmland values: Shaping more than farm income

Farmland values are often viewed as the bellwether for the U.S. farm sector. Historically, booming farm incomes have been quickly capitalized into farmland values. Over the past year, cropland values in the Corn Belt have jumped more than 25% above year ago levels according to various university and Federal Reserve surveys. FULL STORY »

Poll: Do you support the proposed U.S. Postal Service post office closings?

- Yes
- No
- Not sure
- Don't care


Block cheese remains at $2.155

On Thursday, futures prices came out of the gate strongly with prices moving sharply higher on large volume prior to the spot session. September climbed all the way to 20.90 at one point — up 35 cents. FULL STORY »

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