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Rails, Rivers and Roads: A Snapshot of U.S. Infrastructure Spending

May 17, 2019 |

The backbone of the American economy is our infrastructure system – the roads we drive on, the bridges we cross,and the waterways we use for shipping. With a new infrastructure spending bill on the mind of many on Capitol Hill, this Market Intel will shed some light on current and historical spending patterns on America’s roadways and waterways.

Major Planting Delays Across Corn Belt

May 14, 2019 |

USDA’s May 13 Crop Progress report revealed the U.S. corn crop at 30% planted, down 36 percentage points from the five-year average of 66% complete at this point in the planting season and down 29 percentage points from 2018 progress. Analysts had projected corn plantings at 35% complete. Similar delays are being realized in the U.S. soybean crop with only 9% planted, down 20 percentage points from the five-year average of 29% planted and down 23 percentage points from last year. Soybean plantings are down 6 percentage points from analysts’ expectations of 15%.

More Tariffs on the Chinese Horizon

May 9, 2019 |

At 12:01 tomorrow (Friday, May 10) morning, the United States is expected to increase tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese products. The increase in these particular tariffs were delayed twice since the investigation determination was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 21, 2018. The rate of additional duties in effect since Sept. 24, 2018, was 10%.

Latest Round of China Trade Tensions Negatively Impacting U.S. Farmers

May 22, 2019 | Newsline

American farmers and ranchers are suffering from the ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China. Chad Smith has more.
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AP Op-ed: Rural America on Wrong Side of Digital Divide

May 22, 2019 |

“Hamilton County has an abundance of many things – wheat, sorghum and dairy for starters – but broadband isn’t one of them,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall wrote in an op-ed published by the Associated Press.

New Bill Would Improve Broadband Maps

May 22, 2019 |

A recently introduced bill would enhance the accuracy of broadband coverage maps, a key step toward boosting high-speed broadband access in rural areas.

Honoring America’s Heroes

May 22, 2019 |

You don’t have to travel far into America’s heartland to see how much we love this country.

Minnesota Farmfest 2019 Announces Second Annual National Anthem Contest

May 21, 2019 | News Releases

IDEAg Group LLC announces its second annual National Anthem Contest for this year’s Minnesota Farmfest. Farmfest will take place Aug. 6-8 in Redwood County, Minnesota; the deadline to apply for the contest is July 5.
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Farm Bureau Statement on Lifting of Agricultural Tariffs

May 17, 2019 | News Releases

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.
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State Farm Bureau Communicators Honored for Outstanding Work

May 17, 2019 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation honored top communications specialists at the organization’s National Communications Conference.
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