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05 May, 2017, 11:06 ET Rising Demand, Evolving Markets Fueling Optimism and Change in Feed Business

A prolonged period of low feed prices combined with steadily growing demand for animal protein continues to fuel profitability and optimism for...


17 Apr, 2017, 15:18 ET CoBank to Redeem Floating Rate Subordinated Notes due 2022 on June 15, 2017

CoBank, ACB ("CoBank"), a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the...


13 Feb, 2017, 16:07 ET Rising Demand for Organic and Non-GMO Grains Outpaces U.S. Production

Increasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016—prompting food manufacturers to...


08 Dec, 2016, 17:00 ET Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

After a few years of significant challenge, the outlook for U.S. milk producers is beginning to improve, according to a new report from CoBank....


08 Dec, 2016, 13:32 ET Global Commodity Oversupply and Industry Consolidation to Reshape U.S. Grain and Farm Supply Industries

A confluence of market factors will dramatically reshape the U.S. grain and farm supply industries between 2017 – 19, according to a new...


05 Dec, 2016, 13:58 ET Record Crop Yields Lead to Grain Storage Crunch, Higher Profits For U.S. Elevators

Exceptional harvests have created a storage capacity crunch at U.S. elevators and are contributing to a brighter economic outlook for elevator...


21 Nov, 2016, 14:39 ET CoBank Launches "No Barriers" Program For Veterans with Disabilities From America's Rural Communities

CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, today...


27 Oct, 2016, 16:30 ET Growing Demand For Feed Wheat May Ease Storage Crunch At U.S. Elevators

Grain handlers are anticipating an uptick in orders for feed wheat, which should allow them to move excess wheat inventories as farmers bring in a...


30 Aug, 2016, 14:01 ET Struggles Likely To Continue For U.S. Coal Industry

More than 20 percent of current U.S. coal production could be shuttered in the next few years, reflecting the ongoing woes of an industry hampered...


25 Aug, 2016, 13:01 ET Farm Supply Co-ops and Other Ag Retailers Face Tighter Margins, Cyclical Challenges

 Accounts receivable at farm supply co-ops and other ag retailers are growing and so are their challenges, according to a new report from...


27 Jun, 2016, 17:41 ET U.S. Milk Powder Producers Adding Capacity Despite Short-Term Global Supply Glut

 U.S. producers of milk powder are set to bring significant amounts of new production capacity online over the next two years despite an...


15 Jun, 2016, 12:03 ET Dairy Farmers Turning To Genetics To Improve Profit Margins

 Tough conditions in the dairy industry are prompting U.S. dairy farmers to rely increasingly on genetics to improve their profit margins,...


03 Jun, 2016, 10:27 ET Tom Halverson To Succeed Bob Engel As CoBank's Chief Executive Officer

 CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States,...


02 Jun, 2016, 10:40 ET CoBank CEO Bob Engel Announces Plans To Leave In 2017

Robert B. Engel, Chief Executive Officer of CoBank, announced today that he will leave CoBank upon the completion of his current employment...


19 May, 2016, 17:16 ET U.S. Tree Nut Supply Poised To Increase By 35 Percent Or More In Next Five Years

 The U.S. tree nut industry's golden run may be winding down as it prepares to absorb a significant increase in supply in the face of weakening...


10 May, 2016, 14:55 ET U.S. Grain Elevators Facing A Host Of Challenges In New Crop Year

 U.S. grain merchandisers are beginning the new-crop growing season facing significant challenges, according to a new research report by...


14 Mar, 2016, 16:30 ET Colorado River Basin Facing Challenges To Its Ability To Meet Growing Water Demands

 CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division in partnership with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education (CFWE) today released a new report on the...


21 Jan, 2016, 13:01 ET CoBank Report Predicts Easing Of U.S. Protein Glut In 2016

 The supply glut that plagued U.S. beef, pork and poultry markets last year and ratcheted down margins is expected to ease in 2016, according...


17 Dec, 2015, 14:21 ET China's Agricultural Imports to Challenge Market in 2016

China's slowing economic growth has been well documented in the last year due to concerns that it could derail several industries globally....


07 Dec, 2015, 12:30 ET Growing Municipal, Industrial Demand for Water to Reduce Agricultural Acres Throughout Colorado

 Colorado agriculture is a $40 billion industry and a dominant water user in the state accounting for 86 percent of its total water...


28 Oct, 2015, 17:09 ET Domestic Nitrogen Fertilizer Production Set for Takeoff, Reversing Two-Decade Decline

 The U.S. nitrogen fertilizer market stands at the cusp of transformative growth, as domestic producers are set to boost production in response...


14 Oct, 2015, 11:35 ET Live Cattle Prices Expected to Rally in Closing Months of 2015

 Live cattle prices are poised for a strong year-end rebound following the steepest 30-day decline since the 2003 discovery of mad cow disease...


05 Oct, 2015, 15:37 ET Large Inventories, Strong Dollar, Chinese Economy All Weighing Down on U.S. Agriculture Prices

Farm income in the United States will continue to be challenged by a confluence of global economic factors – mounting supplies of grain and...


01 Oct, 2015, 17:24 ET U.S. Ethanol Producers Looking at Thin Profit Margins for 2015-16; Production and Exports to Remain Strong

 Following 18 months of record earnings, the U.S. ethanol industry has rebalanced in 2015. As energy prices collapsed in late 2014, so did...


09 Sep, 2015, 16:18 ET CoBank Releases Report on Protein Supply

Record meat production in the United States and a swing in the international net trade balance are signaling a change in protein supply that could...