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As trade spat grows, China hits U.S. sorghum imports with hefty deposit

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Reuters reports that last night China announced plans to “slap a hefty temporary deposit on imports of U.S. sorghum after finding the U.S. grain has damaged the domestic industry in a preliminary antidumping ruling, stirring trade tensions between the world’s top two economies.” Read more below…

Agricultural Confidence Index

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Since it’s inception the DTN/Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index has largely tracked CBOT crop prices. In times of low prices, farmer pessimism seems to abound, but the tides seemed to have changed for the better if the February/March results are any indication. Read more below

See the latest WASDE report (4/10/18) by the USDA below…

Monday, April 16, 2018

“US-China trade war”

Monday, April 16, 2018

Local Chinese paper says “China not expecting any soybean supply problems in short term, agriculture ministry says.

Bulk of China’s imports in first half of year will come from South America, but situation will be continuously monitored.” Read more below…

“The $66 billion Bayer-Monsanto merger just got a major green light — but farmers are terrified.”

Monday, April 16, 2018

Business Insider says “Bayer, a German pharmaceutical and chemical company, has won approval in the US to buy agricultural giant Monsanto. But farmers are worried about what the consolidation might mean for prices and their future business. Whereas Bayer and Monsanto claim the move will spur innovation, other analysts have expressed skepticism.” Read more in the full article below…

“Trump Ethanol Moves May Be Worse for Farmers Than Soy Tariff”

Monday, April 16, 2018

As the Ag industry mulls potential effects of China’s retaliatory soy tariffs on imports from the US, worries over US corn are lurking in the shadows. This Bloomberg article talks about potential changes to the RFS biofuel mandate being floated by the Trump Administration and how it could spell trouble for US corn demand while growers are already facing trade fears and burdensome supplies.

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Panel Discussion at Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance Sparks Debate

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance had its 2015 Annual Meeting and Forum on Feb 3rd and 4th.The Conference focused on the challenges that GMO'S bring to our food and feed systems. One discussion sparked quite a debate and was the subject of article below by the Saratogian.

The End of Affordable Food in the USA?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

First it was the government’s decision to divert base food stocks (primarily corn) from the food supply chain for use in energy production (the economics of such is still highly debatable), and now uninformed, shortsighted efforts by groups such as this Green America and its use of economic blackmail tactics in terms of use of genetically modified products, that are insuring that no longer will it be a goal to provide wholesome and nutritious  food to our citizens at a reasonable and affordable cost (see link below).  Both efforts result in reduced production of feed stocks and, thus, results in higher prices for foodstuffs.  With the ethanol process highly questionable from an economic perspective, and this non-GMO effort based mis-truths and with no basis in scientific study and analysis, one has to wonder what the true objectives are in these efforts.  It is time that the agriculture industry take a strong and forceful stand regarding issues such as these and get the REAL story out about the value of our industry to the long term sustainability of a plentiful, reliable and affordable food chain.  (Comment by Rich Casler, President FITC).

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Viability of GMO Produced Foods

Monday, June 23, 2014

Probably one of the most important issues facing agriculture today and its ability to produce food to satisfy ever growing demand from a hungry world is that of the viability of GMO produced foods.  As most know, Vermont has passed a GMO labelling law and New York State has legislation currently under consideration.  Follow the link below to get an update on the progress of the NYS legislation and the potential challenges to the Vermont law.


Friday, May 30, 2014

   Vermont’s recently passed legislation requiring labeling of all products that contain any GMO produced ingredients is sure to meet resistance from a number of interested parties.  In the article below, the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association plans to file suit in federal court to overturn Vermont’s initiative.   Follow the link below to read about this effort which is probably just the first of a wealth of challenges that Vermont will likely face. 



Friday, May 30, 2014

Milk prices have been very good for the last year to year and a half.  These have allowed producers to retire debt and make needed capital improvements to their operation.  However, the milk market is expected to drop by at least $2.00 per cwt as we head into the second half of this calendar year.  But, will these prices stay lower for any considerable period of time??   Follow the link below to a news article from the Wall Street Journal that examines this issue in light of the seemingly pent up worldwide demand for milk.


Logistical Woes

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It is no new news to our customers that logistical issues have been a major issue through this most brutal of winters.  But, just how bad has it really been??  Click on the link below to get an update on the situation and what it is going to take to rectify it.  Please Click Here

Corn Prices This Year

Monday, December 02, 2013

With a large corn crop in the bin from this year’s harvest, it is only natural to expect some pressure on corn prices thru this crop year.  But, factor in a reduction to one of the more significant demand items for corn, i.e. ethanol, and prices could fall to levels that would reignite subsidy payments to farmers that far surpass those of the past few years, putting even more demand on the federal government and its needs to cut spending.  For more info on how the ethanol requirements set by the EPA figure into the “equation“ on corn prices and potential government subsidies, please go to the link.


Monday, December 02, 2013

All in all, it was a pretty good year for most sectors of the agricultural production in New York State.  Corn production was at an all time high.  And, while soybean production may have been down overall, that can be attributed to a reduction in acres as the yield reached a high of 47 bushel to the acre.  Read more about New York’s agricultural production for the 2012-2013 crop year.


Friday, November 22, 2013

USDA has reported today this crop year’s production figures for New York State for both corn and soybeans.  While not one of the major grain producing states in the nation, New York continues to grow respectable amounts of grain to supply not only our regional feed markets, but also the ethanol plants here in the each and the containerized export programs off the Atlantic Coast.  Attached is the article on New York State’s grain production in the 2012-2013 crop year.


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Have you sensed that MAYBE your cars of ingredients have been getting to you a little faster??  Maybe there have been fewer derails, terminal congestion, and maybe even better local service??  Well, maybe it hasn’t been you imagination.  In a recent report by the Soy Transportation Coalition, the CSXT has been named the top ranked railroad in the US, surpassing the UP which has held that distinction for the past two years.  Even the NS improved its ranking in the report, moving up from fourth to third place.  Don’t you CPRS end users get all excited though.  The CP came in dead last in the rankings for the third year in a row.  See the complete article,.


Monday, August 12, 2013

We have all heard the hype both for and against genetically modified organisms, in our case GMO seed and crops.  The debate for and against has been “lively” at the very least.  Click to learn more about the pros and cons of genetically modified crop and their role in supplying a growing world population with food over the coming decades


Friday, August 09, 2013

Might the US lose its preeminent position in the world as the major exporter of food and agricultural products???  Our current Secretary of Ag seems to be fearful of that. Reduced exports would result in more domestic supplies and, theoretically, lower prices for the very products you, our customer, needs to make feed. See the article for his view on this critical issue.


Friday, August 09, 2013

As most had expected, the MMA has filed a petition in bankruptcy in the wake of its disastrous train wreck in southern Quebec a little over a month ago.  The liabilities of the rail line as a result of that accident, coupled with its tenuous financial situation prior to the accident, tipped its future in the direction it has taken.  The line is expected to continue to service its customers to some degree as it works to pull things together.  More on this situation can be found at the following site:


Thursday, July 25, 2013

The massive train wreck on the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) has resulted in considerable heartache and personal misery in the Quebec city of Lac-Mégantic.  And, it has threatened the very continued existence of the railroad itself.  Questions about the extent of its insurance coverage and know news that it has not paid companies hired to handle the clean up in Lac-Mégantic just deepen those thoughts.  For a recent update on the situation, click here.

Will the Greek yogurt boom help dairy farmers?

Friday, July 19, 2013

We’ve all heard the talk……how the Greek yogurt business is going to be such a boon for the New York State dairyman. Huge demand across the country for Chobani yogurts and other greek yogurts are going to drive demand for milk here right thru the roof. But, what is the reality of the implications of that demand on the average dairyman here in the east?? Is it really going to be the panacea for our struggling dairy industry?? The article below outlines real life implications on those who we all hope will be the beneficiaries of this Greek yogurt bonanza.
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Northeast Crop Progress: Summer Still Soggy

Friday, July 19, 2013

Want to get a quick synopsis of crop conditions so far this growing season here in the Northeast?? Or maybe you would just like to know what conditions are like overall in your “neck of the woods”?? Well, take a peek below for where things seem to be right now. We will try to keep you updated as we progress thru the 2013 growing season.
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Contemplating the Brazilian dilemma: Abundant grain/inadequate storage

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Brazil and other South American countries are becoming more and more important in the world’s supply og grain.  However, even though the production growth there is phenomenal, they are experiencing inadequacies in their infrastructure that will hamper this continued growth if not addressed in the near future.  This article deals with the inadequacy of storage for soybeans in Brazil’s province of Mato Grosso.  Read the full article for an understanding of the problems faced there and in other fast growing grain production areas of the world.

Bunge and Twin Rivers Technologies (TRT ETGO) TO GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS

Thursday, July 11, 2013

On 6/28/2013, Bunge ETGO, LP announced to the industry that the partnership between Bunge and Twin Rivers Technology Enterprises would be dissolved effective Aug. 31, 2013.  We have reproduced the letter from Bunge ETGO of this date here for your reference.  As of this date announcements have not been made regarding personnel who would be assuming the roles of marketing TRT’s various soybean and canola by-products.
Click here for the announcement

U.S. dairy farms are converging into “cow islands” | CALS News

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Looks as if the Northeast is back in the dairy business and growing. It seems as if dairy cows are relocating both further away from densely populated areas (cities) and away from warmer climates. They are moving further north and west throughout the country, but of interest to us is the growth in dairy units relocating to western New York State in particular. For further detail on this trend, please see the complete story at this link.

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