After Covid’s chill, a hot recovery is at hand

The U.S. economy could grow at its fastest rate — 7 percent — in nearly four decades, with the farm sector sharing in the energetic recovery from the pandemic, said CoBank on Thursday. "Many in the agricultural industry are experiencing the best market conditions since 2013," said the lender in a quarterly assessment of the sector.

Food prices climb for 10th month in a row

Global food prices are the highest they've been since June 2014, according to a monthly index compiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The Food Price Index rose by 2.1 percent, its 10th increase in a row, said the FAO on Thursday.

Today’s quick hits, April 9, 2021

Another dicamba product shelved: After announcing in February that it would discontinue sales of FeXapan, a dicamba weedkiller, Corteva Agriscience said it had withdrawn a developmental herbicide intended to be a less-volatile version of the chemical from EPA review. (DTN/Progressive Farmer) …

Food insecurity drops to lowest level of the pandemic

Hunger in the United States has dropped to its lowest level of the yearlong pandemic, according to Census Bureau data released on Wednesday. Analysts credited government stimulus checks, increased federal food assistance, and the economic recovery for the sharp improvement.

Corn may be king, but soybeans rule U.S. exports

By a wide margin, soybeans are the most valuable U.S. farm export, accounting for 18 cents of every $1 in sales during calendar 2020, said the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service on Wednesday.

Today’s quick hits, April 8, 2021

Fears of 30×30: The Biden administration proposal to conserve 30 percent of U.S. land and coastal waters by 2030 is causing anxiety in rural America because of a lack of details about what it means or how it would be achieved. (DTN/Progressive Farmer) Philippines wants pork: The Philippine …

At dawn of carbon markets, farmers get up to $20 per acre

A small fraction of U.S. farmers who have pursued contracts for capturing carbon in the soil – an incentive for climate mitigation – say the going rate is $20 an acre or less, said Purdue University on Tuesday. Companies that sell carbon credits to companies trying to offset their greenhouse gas emissions say the market is still in its infancy and prices will become more robust as demand rises.

After a year of pandemic, food system workers still face risks

Although media reports and public data about Covid-19 cases among food system workers dropped off significantly after a first wave of outbreaks last spring, the virus quietly returned in waves at dozens of plants last year, writes Leah Douglas in FERN's latest story. No paywall

Petition calls for EPA regulation of large dairy and hog farms

Two dozen environmental and consumer groups, including the Sierra Club and Government Accountability Project, petitioned the EPA on Tuesday to regulate large dairy and hog operations under federal air pollution laws. "The EPA has the duty and authority to regulate these methane super-emitters under the Clean Air Act as part of the administration's larger strategy to prevent catastrophic and irreversible climate change," said the groups.