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World and U.S. Wheat Supply and Demand

Did you know about half of the wheat grown in the United States is exported to customers overseas? What does that mean for global supply and demand with the recent decline of U.S. wheat production due to drought and market volatility? Join us for our next From the Field: Farm Chat with Idaho Wheat as we sit down with Mike Spier, Vice President of Overseas Operations for U.S. Wheat Associates, to talk about the current world and U.S. wheat supply and demand situation, and how U.S. wheat contributes to global wheat supply.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Any death by suicide is a deeply sad occasion. It is extremely painful for close family members and friends left behind who cannot understand why it happened. Inevitably, their sadness is multiplied as they ask themselves what they could have done to prevent the untimely death. There are more than 700,000 deaths by suicide worldwide every year – each one a tragedy, with far-reaching impact on families, friends and communities. Preventing suicide is not the responsibility of governments alone. Each of us has a role to play, watching out for our friends, families and colleagues and offering them our support when we think they might need it. It can make all the difference.

Changes in Agriculture Accelerating Faster Than Anticipated

A new Aimpoint Research report, which delves into the psychographics, demographics, and behavioral data of U.S. farmers in a post-pandemic but still volatile environment, indicates the pace of change across American agriculture is moving at a faster rate than previously predicted. The “Farmer of the Future 2.0” analysis builds on the firm’s 2018 Farmer of the Future report and attempts to identify “what they will require of us in the industry and the organizations that ultimately serve them,” Aimpoint Research CEO Brett Sciotto said in an interview with Agri-Pulse.

Eating Bread When Scared?

Pola Carballo was bringing a cup of coffee to one of her patrons when she felt like the world was coming to an end amid an eerie rumble and things crashing all around her. It was the magnitude 7.7 earthquake that shook Mexico City on Sept. 19, 2022. “It was a very big fright; one always thinks that everything is going to fall,” said Carballo, a 53-year-old Indigenous woman who owns Café de Raíz in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood.

Tight Global Wheat Story is Stuck on Repeat, Supporting Market Bears

Chicago wheat futures this week hit their lowest levels in almost three years, yet relative to demand, exportable global wheat supplies are expected to approach historic minimums by mid-2024. In theory, that news should limit further slippage in world wheat prices, but there is one problem: this is a recurring story that has yet to become reality. Russia’s early 2022 invasion of Ukraine sent wheat prices to new highs as the two countries account for nearly 30% of global exports. Concerns over Ukraine’s production and export potential have lingered ever since, though this has largely been a bearish factor for prices rather than a bullish one.

National Study Finds Cover Crops, Reduced Tillage Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines

A new study of 30 geographically diverse farms suggests growers who consistently employ soil health management practices such as cover crops and reduced tillage can spend less on inputs and make more money. The numbers generated by the study led by the Soil Health Institute and National Association of Conservation Districts are not trivial: On average, soil health management systems, or SHMS, boosted net farm income by $65 per acre across 29 farms. One organic farm was not included in the average because its relatively high revenue from organic price premiums would have skewed the results.

Loan Supports Nigeria Wheat Production

Scaling up wheat production in Nigeria has received support from a $163 million African Development Bank (AfDB) loan, the government said. 50,000 hectares in Jigawa State and 10,000 hectares in Kebbi would be utilized as part of the wheat project, which would be launched Nov. 10 as part of the government’s commitment to agriculture and food security. Nigeria, with a population of about 217 million people, has the largest market in Africa. Despite its substantial arable land area, the country relies on imports to meet its food and agricultural product needs, according to the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the US Department of Agriculture

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