Understanding USDA Corn and Soybean Production Forecasts:
An Overview of Methods, Performance and Market Impacts
This publication attempts to clarify the USDA's motives, methods
and procedures used to arrive at production forecasts for U.S.
corn and soybean crops
StarLink: What If You Received a Notice That Your Claim
This brief article provides practical information, including examples,
of how a farmer might respond if he has just received notice that
his previously filed, StarLink-related Corn Loss Proof of Claim
is deficient. In most cases, some action is required not later
than Saturday, November 15 to cure the problem identified by the
Through the efforts of five Midwest universities (Ohio State University,
Purdue University, Iowa State University, Penn State University
and University of Kentucky), grain and livestock producers now
have a one-stop shopping web site. Information included are what
are the types of mycotoxins, chemicals released by fungi that
are toxic to animals and humans, moldy grains and mycotoxins,
feeding problems associated with them, preventive practices, feed
concentrations and plant diseases associated with mycotoxins,
as well as Internet links for additional information and an article
on where to send grain for analysis.
Farm Income and Costs
The Farm Income and Costs briefing room provides indicators of
economic performance for the U.S. farm sector and major crop and
livestock farm groups. Farm balance sheet estimates are used by
USDA and other public and private sector clients to form a perspective
about the financial health of the U.S. agricultural economy. Distributional
analyses identify sub-sectors and business types that are performing
well relative to past trends and to other groups and types of
farms. Identification of these businesses enables analysts to
more closely examine factors contributing to financial performance,
such as assessment of debt-repayment difficulties of specific
farm types, industry sub-sectors, and regions of the country.
The 2003 forecast net value added of $93.2 billion is up $2.4
billion from this year's initial forecast and is 25 percent higher
than the revised 2002 forecast. The 2003 forecast is also eight
percent above the 1993-2002 average. Net farm income--the residual
after payments to stakeholders and investors--is forecast to be
$46.2 billion, up 53 percent from 2002. However, average farm
operator household income for 2003 is forecast at $65,795, up
just seven percent from last year. Increases in crop and livestock
receipts and government payments are causing the farm income component
of total household income to recover from the year-ago low.
Buckwheat Production in Illinois: Analysis of Production
Practices and Marketing Possibilities
An overview of growing buckwheat in Illinois and its potential
Meat Regulations in Illinois
A guide of things to consider when producing meat products in
Step-by-Step Guide To Starting a Small Business in Illinois
This guide will inform you of various legal requirements and direct
you to additional resources. For more information contact the
First Stop Business Information Center of Illinois or call 800-252-2923.
A searchable list of alternative Ag growers in Illinois. It is
searchable by product, county or town.
Production Costs Critical To Farming Decisions
This article outlines the relevance of production costs- both
operating and total (including capital costs)- in farmers’
decisions about production levels and mix, and about exit from
Multilateralism And Regionalism: Dual Strategies for
The article describes the U.S. strategy in the area of agricultural
trade reform. The strategy contains two distinct but reinforcing
elements: (1) multilateralism, in which the United States actively
participates in the agricultural trade negotiations at the World
Trade Organization; and (2) regionalism, in which the United States
pursues regional trade agreements with like-minded trade partners.
Structure of the Global Markets for Meat
Meat trade flows among countries and world regions are determined
largely by differences among countries in their resource base,
their preferences for meat types and cuts, the extent and character
of barriers to trade, and the industry structure. Trade growth
is likely to feature greater complexity in trade patterns, with
more countries engaging in trade, and with an increased tendency
for individual countries to import and export meat cuts and offal
from the same animal species.
North American Agricultural Market Integration and Its
Impact on the Food and Fiber System
Economic change and market dynamics have fundamentally altered
the structure and performance of agricultural markets in the United
States, Canada, and Mexico within the last 25 years. Many factors
have helped shape the current North American food and fiber system,
including technological change, domestic farm policies, international
trade agreements, and the economic forces of supply and demand.
Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.
This data product summarizes the extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant
and insect-resistant genetically engineered crops in the United
States. Three tables devoted to corn, cotton, and soybeans cover
the 2002-2003 period, by state.
Integrated Pest Management: Current and Future Strategies
This report offers a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of the
issues involved in pest control. The report gives educators and
policy makers a look at the changes taking place with in these
Inoculation of Forage Legumes, AGR-90, Agronomy, University
An overview of how and when to use inoculation.
Policy Major Barrier to Adopting Sustainable Ag Techniques
Government policy ranks as one of the top challenges facing farmers
who are trying to adopt alternative production systems, according
to farmers surveyed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A team led by
Land Stewardship Project conducted the surveys of 1,600 sustainable
farmers, farm lenders, and agricultural educators.
MOSES Releases Revised Organic Directory
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service has released
the fourth edition of its Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory.
The directory includes resource groups, certification agencies,
suppliers, buyers, and more. See www.mosesorganic.org
or contact MOSES at firstname.lastname@example.org