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Ag export growth celebrated while NAFTA debate continues

As the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues, agriculture is being reminded of the crucial importance of exports markets. Last week U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced some fairly robust export numbers while also considering the massive agricultural ramifications if NAFTA negotiations prove unfruitful. “I …

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Long 2017 crop year not yet over

It has been a very long planting season, which set the stage for a long 2017 for Zach Profit and his family on their Van Wert County farm. “I’m 29 and in my short career, 2017 was the most challenging spring I have ever been a part of, my dad …

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Felines afield

I hunted with a cat the other evening. I was after deer while the feline was stalking smaller mammals as I watched it undetected from my treestand above its perch. We shared a small swamp flanked by harvested bean and corn fields and accessed by narrow, overgrown fencerows connecting to …

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Of steak and sizzle (and antibiotics)

It has always been the case, but is amplified by social media and the 24-hour news cycle. Society demands — and rightfully so — that those in positions of accountability to others do what is generally believed to right, good and honorable. This is the steak. In the case of …

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Big corn yields and narrow trading ranges

Corn harvest this month had many Ohio producers scrambling for completion. The huge amount of corn and soybean acres replanted earlier this spring pushed maturity several weeks behind normal. The time change the first weekend of November brought the stark reality that harvest conditions had dramatically changed. Gone were the …

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Straddles vs. accumulator contracts

The USDA announced a record yield resulting in a 2.5 billion bushel carryout. Therefore, I think it’s unlikely that corn will sustain a major rally until summer 2018. A soybean rally won’t help corn prices either unless there is a devastating drought in South America. If there is a 2 …

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We’re converting Agri Country to digital

I take great pride in being a farm broadcaster, an opportunity in no small part thanks to the rich history of agricultural communication in Ohio. A huge figure in this industry was the remarkable Ed Johnson, the founder to our company today. It’s hard to go around and not hear …

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Celebrating hunting and fishing

Although National Hunting and Fishing Day has traditionally been celebrated in September, on the final Saturday of the month, the federal government is moving to declare October as National Hunting and Fishing Month beginning next year. The new agreement will call on recreational fishing, boating and hunting stakeholders to plan …

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