National Ag News for June 9, 2022

NPPC Sets a Pathway for Change

The National Pork Producers Council announced the culmination of a strategic planning and repositioning effort that will help shape the future of the next generation of pork producers. Under the direction of new leadership, NPPC unveiled a new brand identity to symbolize the organization’s transformation and focus on driving growth in the U.S. pork industry. With the food-production landscape changing and increasing complexity of issues facing U.S. pork producers, a task force of industry leaders developed a five-year strategic plan to ensure focus on the top priorities of NPPC stakeholders. “It’s never been more important to plan for our future,” says NPPC CEO Bryan Humphries. “The task force identified trade, foreign animal disease, labor, and preserving producers’ freedom to operate as priority advocacy issues for NPPC.” The new logo reinforces NPPC’s mission as the unified global voice for the U.S. pork industry in Washington, D.C., across the country, and in the global marketplace.

Crop Insurance Options for Producers Considering Double-Cropping

The USDA wants to remind producers that options are available for them to insure double-crop soybeans, grain sorghum, and other crops where the practice isn’t allowed. Producers in counties where the Following Another Crop practice isn’t allowed may be able to request coverage through their insurance agent under a couple of conditions: If they plant soybeans and other crops after wheat or other small grains, or if producers in some areas work soybeans into wheat using a relay-cropping practice. It’s important to remember that requests have to get submitted to crop insurance agents by July 15. In addition to these 2022 crop year options, the Risk Management Agency is actively working with stakeholders to identify areas to expand double-cropping coverage for the 2023 crop year. This initiative may include expanding where the FAC practice is allowed permanently or considering other flexibilities and expanding where written agreements are allowed.

Senate Confirms Jacobs-Young as USDA Undersecretary

The Senate confirmed Chavonda Jacobs-Young as the USDA’s new Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics. The vote was 95-4. In a floor statement before the vote, Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow called Jacobs-Young extremely qualified and says she’ll be the first woman of color to serve in the USDA’s highest scientific post. The Hagstrom Report says Stabenow also thanked Ranking Member John Boozman (BOZE-man) for his help in advancing the nomination. Jacobs-Young has served as administrator of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service since February 2014. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association congratulated Jacobs-Young after the confirmation vote took place. “The research, economics, and education arm of USDA provides data and analysis that’s crucial to cattle producers around the country as they make business decisions and monitor new scientific developments,” says Ethan Lane, NCBA’s Vice President for Government Affairs. “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Jacobs-Young and her team.”

Barchart Cuts U.S. Production and Yield Forecasts for Corn and Soybeans

Barchart announced its initial 2022 yield and production forecasts for America’s 2022 corn and soybean crops. The numbers are lower than USDA’s projected figures from the May WASDE report. The organization says it’s thrilled to provide commodity professionals with their estimates for U.S. corn and soybeans. The initial Barchart end-of-season forecast shows U.S. corn production at 14.2 billion bushels with a yield of 174 bushels an acre. That compares to USDA’s prediction of 14.5 billion bushels and a yield of 177 bushels an acre. The end-of-season soybean production is forecast at 4.4 billion bushels with a yield of 49.5 bushels per acre. This compares to a USDA forecast of 4.6 billion bushels and a 51.5 bushel per acre yield. “This has been somewhat of an unprecedented year for the commodity markets,” says Barchart CEO Mark Haraburda (Har-ah-BURR-dah). “We provide producers with as much information as possible for their marketing decisions.”

Pork Board Elects New Officers

The National Pork Board elected new officers to lead the 15 producer-directors representing 60,000 American pig farmers who pay into the National Pork Checkoff. The checkoff is a program that funds research, promotion, and education efforts for the benefit of the whole pork industry. Indiana pork producer Heather Hill was elected to serve as president of the National Pork Board for the 2022-2023 term. “Real Pork is about real farmers leading efforts to ensure the public understands our product is Real Nutritious and Real Sustainable,” says Hill. The new president owns a 600-sow farrow-to-finish operation in Indiana with her husband and his parents. The family farm also grows corn, soybeans, and wheat. “We will deliver real results to help protect producer freedom to operate and promote continuity of business should a foreign animal disease like African Swine Fever threaten the U.S. herd,” Hill adds. Bob Ruth of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is the new Vice-President.  

Fields of Corn Photo Contest is Open

The National Corn Growers Association’s “Fields-of-Corn” photo contest is now open and accepting entries for the 2022 event. The contest began in 2014 and has seen almost 3,000 pictures submitted across various categories. The NCGA added a new category this year called Farm Babies. “Our winners in last year’s contest knocked it out of the park,” says NCGA Graphic Communications Manager Beth Musgrove. “I can’t wait to see what gets entered this year. Other popular categories include growing field corn and the farm family lifestyle, just to name a few.” A total of 26 cash prizes will get awarded. The photo with the most Facebook likes will win a $500 grand prize and first, second, and third-place awards will be given in each of eight categories. A panel of judges will select a Grand Prize winner who will get $500. For more information or to submit photos, go to


By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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