IFB News


BIDEN’S ELECTRIC VEHICLE AMBITIONS LEAVE ETHANOL SECTOR ON EDGE – The president is under pressure to include ethanol and other biofuels in his climate and infrastructure plans, which are tilted toward supporting electric vehicles and charging stations. (Politico)


CORN HITS 8-YEAR HIGH AS DRY WEATHER IN BRAZIL RAISES SUPPLY CONCERN – Chicago corn futures rose on Monday, building on strength seen last week to hit their highest since March 2013 as dry weather in Brazil raised concerns about global supplies. (Successful Farming)


U.S. ROUNDTABLE FOR SUSTAINABLE BEEF REPORTS PROGRESS – The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), America’s leading beef sustainability initiative, reiterated the importance of sustainability amid the economic and emotional challenges facing the beef industry following the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came at the organization’s virtual 2021 General Assembly meeting. (Feedstuffs)


AMERICA’S BIGGEST MEAT COMPANY GIVES FAUX BURGERS ANOTHER SHOT – On Monday, Tyson unveiled a lineup of 100% vegan meat products including fresh patties, ground “beef,” fake bratwurst and Italian sausage. It’s the company’s most ambitious bet on alternative proteins, and builds on recent moves by other meat giants, including JBS SA and Marfrig, to cash in on the rapidly growing market. (Bloomberg)


NEW BIG MUDDY FARMERS MARKET OPENS IN HURST – Dozens made their way to Hurst Sunday afternoon for the first-ever, Big Muddy Farmers Market. Vendors and food trucks filled the parking lot at Big Muddy Hogs, which is hosting the event. Produce, fresh meats, crafts and much more were available. (WSIL)


ILLINOIS #4 ON FOOD & WINE’S 10 BEST ‘PIZZA STATES’ IN AMERICA – The editors at Food & Wine recently published their own list of the best “pizza states” in America. Illinois ranked fourth, thanks to its deep-dish pizza and thin-crust varieties. (NEXSTAR)




U.S. FARMERS LOOK FOR GOVERNMENT HELP TO SUPPORT BIDEN’S CLIMATE PLANS – A White House goal to slash U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions hinges in part on farmers and agriculture companies changing the way they manage fields and feedlots. The farm sector says it will need the government’s help to make it happen. (Wall Street Journal)


IFB COMMENTS TO USDA ON CLIMATE CHANGE, AG – One of the toughest challenges facing agriculture has remained the same over generations – inclement weather, variability and climate. The ongoing climate policy discussion is one that Illinois farmers intend to stay engaged in as solutions are developed. (Morning Ag Clips)


FROM THE FARM: SELLING CROPS – Farmers have the chance to sell both their old and new crops at amazing prices. (WCIA)


MARKET WAGON CREATES NEW TYPE OF FARMERS MARKET – As American consumers turn more and more to online grocery shopping, an up-and-coming Indianapolis-based tech startup is seeking to expand Central Illinois farmers' customer base. (The Pantagraph)


AFBF PROMOTING WAYS TO ADVANCE RURAL BROADBAND – Getting broadband developed throughout rural America is a priority for the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Emily Buckman says rural residents, along with farmers and ranchers, need access to broadband connections. (KMA Land)


MAY MARKS THE FIRST DAY FOR THE BLOOMINGTON FARMER’S MARKET – Saturday was the opening day for the Museum Square Farmers’ Market that ran from 7:30 a.m. until noon. (WMBD)




PORK PLANTS FACE SLOWER HOG SLAUGHTER AFTER COURT RULING – The U.S. pork industry faces a new speed limit on hog slaughtering, the result of a court ruling that worker groups welcomed and industry officials warned could disrupt farmers and processing plants. (Wall Street Journal)


FIRST CAME TOILET PAPER SHORTAGES. NOW CHICKEN WINGS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY, FORCING SOME RESTAURANTS TO CALL OFF WING NIGHT SPECIALS – Wing prices typically increase in the run-up to the Super Bowl before returning to more normal levels, Chicago-area restaurant owners said. But this year, prices kept on rising thanks to growing demand and supply that’s been slightly below 2019 levels. (Chicago Tribune)


LAKE COUNTY FARM BUREAU DONATES MORE THAN $3,100 IN FOOD – The Lake County Farm Bureau sponsored its annual Race For Hunger Wednesday, April 7, at the Antioch Piggly Wiggly. (Daily Herald)


FARM FAMILY OF THE WEEK | IT'S NONSTOP THIS TIME OF YEAR – On Tuesdays and continuing through harvest season, The News-Gazette’s Dave Hinton will spotlight a Farm Family of the Week. This week’s article features the Wilcox-Muehling family of rural Cissna Park. (The News-Gazette)


MCDONALD'S CHICKEN SANDWICH SALES ARE EXPLODING AS THE FAST-FOOD GIANT FINALLY LAUNCHES A WORTHY CHICK-FIL-A RIVAL – Executives said Thursday that the three new crispy sandwiches released in February are selling "substantially more" than previous versions, confirming a trend the chain's franchisees first reported earlier this month and solidifying the Golden Arches' place in a highly competitive field. (Business Insider)



US FARMERS FINALLY SEE BETTER OUTLOOK AFTER 2 ODD YEARS – As farmers begin planting the nation’s dominant crops of corn and soybeans, they’re dealing with another shift — the strongest prices in years and a chance to put much of the recent stomach-churning uncertainty behind them. (ABC News)


GROUPS POINT TO CLIMATE LEGISLATION AS ROADMAP TO EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES IN AG – Agriculture interests on the front lines of charting a climate course for farmers and ranchers say there may never be another time like the present to expand conservation and other carbon-sequestration programs. (DTN)


FOOD IS STILL GLORIOUS AS PANDEMIC FADES, INFLATION RISES – Packaged-food companies have been major beneficiaries of the pandemic as at-home dining soared. Now investors are concerned that sales will start to falter as people head back out to dine, even as margins are hit by rising input costs. Both concerns are starting to look overdone. (Wall Street Journal)


FROM THE FARM: BEAN LEAF BEETLES – With newly planted crops emerging, farmers have barely had time to go from planting to crop scouting. WCIA 3’s Ag Reporter Stu Ellis is covering Bean Leaf Beetles in his report, From the Farm. (WCIA)


SOY-SHIPPING TURMOIL DEEPENS WITH ARGENTINE MINISTER’S DEATH – Argentine farmers struggling to ship their crops through increasingly shallow rivers may soon face a new obstacle: One of the world’s key soy waterways needs to be dredged, and there’s no firm plan for who will do it. (Bloomberg)



US SEEKS TO LEAD ON CLIMATE WHILE FINALIZING DETAILS ON PLAN – The Biden administration is expected to lay out more details for a domestic road map for how to achieve its climate goals and put more pressure on foreign countries to increase their own commitments in the coming months. (The Hill)


FARMERS, RETAILERS FACE TIGHT CHEMICAL SUPPLY, SHIPPING DELAYS – Some agricultural chemicals such as herbicides and fungicides are in tight supply this spring as shipping backlogs and pandemic-related delays have run headlong into higher demand from increased row-crop acres this year. (DTN)


U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD CASE – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on how to interpret federal law requiring renewable fuels to be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply. (Iowa Public Radio)


ORGANIC FARMERS SEEK SUCCESSORS, STABILITY AFTER STRONG YEAR – Organic food growers have seen a boost in demand since the pandemic began. There's also demand for more people to farm the land. But as more farmers get set to retire, it’s unclear if there will be enough farmers to take their place. (Peoria Public Radio)


HOW THE HIGHEST CORN PRICES IN OVER A DECADE COULD HIT AMERICAN WALLETS HARD – While corn is a summer staple for people’s picnics and get-togethers, it’s a vital component of a number of other products, all of which could see their prices increase as futures soar. (Fortune)


UBER TWEAKS APP TO FURTHER INTEGRATE FOOD DELIVERY WITH RIDES – Uber Technologies Inc. is adding features to its app that will further entwine the rides and food-delivery businesses as it steers toward a future when a vaccinated public starts traveling, going to work and potentially ordering-in less frequently. (Wall Street Journal)

About Leader Page: This collection of articles from mainstream and agriculture media is designed to keep you informed as a member and leader in our organization. The articles here are not intended to represent Illinois Farm Bureau policy or positions, but rather to give you an idea of what is being reported regionally, nationally and globally.