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Rebounding livestock futures left the crop markets behind Wednesday

Financial market action apparently depressed the ag markets Wednesday. News that Argentine farmers are planning a three-day selling strike to protest government policies might have supported U.S. grain and soy markets overnight, since that might shift buyer interest back to the U.S. However, the crop markets suffered general losses, which probably reflected equity market weakness and the concurrent U.S. dollar index surge to a fresh 11-year high, both of which are negative for demand.


Commentary: 3 reasons we must solve the perception gap around science

Recently, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey on what scientists and the American public think about several issues. On some topics, these two groups largely agreed. But on many others, they didn't. Sometimes the gap was pretty wide. And unfortunately, we're already seeing consequences of these gaps between what science tells us and what people believe.


Tips for effective and efficient crop water use

Common questions agricultural producers in Kansas have regarding water use typically relate to conserving the Ogallala Aquifer in the western part of the state and reservoir sedimentation concerns in the eastern part of the state.


Murphy: GMO — OMG!

Turns out that ‘The Science Guy’ revised his opinion of genetic engineering (to a positive take) after a sit-down with — of all people — a bunch of scientists! Who could have predicted that?


Pork groups urge Congress to pass TPA

This week, the National Pork Producers Council and 39 state pork associations urged Congress to approve legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) so that major trade deals can be finalized and implemented to help the U.S. economy. Failure to do so would allow other countries to write the rules for international trade, according to the organizations.


Gasoline prices still rising

The average price for gasoline across the U.S. is now $2.36. Prices rose 10 cents over the last week to start March with the highest prices the U.S. has seen in a month and a half.


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