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Aug 17, 2017, 13:33 ET Increase in Ethanol Production Likely to Outpace Near-Term Demand

According to a new report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division, the ethanol market will soon face worsening slim-to-negative profit margins,...


Jun 15, 2017, 15:01 ET U.S. Pork Industry Expanding in Response to Rising Global Demand and Strong Profitability

Strong profitability and rising global demand create a strong incentive for U.S. pork processors to expand capacity. The impending increase in...


Jun 08, 2017, 17:49 ET Surging Demand for Organic Produce Widens U.S. Supply Gap

Produce processors and retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to secure sufficient supplies of organic produce, as domestic demand...


May 05, 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...


Apr 17, 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...


Feb 13, 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...


Dec 08, 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....


Dec 08, 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...


Dec 05, 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...


Nov 21, 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...


Oct 27, 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...


Aug 30, 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...


Aug 25, 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...


Jun 27, 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...


Jun 15, 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,...


Jun 03, 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,...


Jun 02, 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...


May 19, 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...


May 10, 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...


Mar 14, 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...


Jan 21, 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...


Dec 17, 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....


Dec 07, 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...


Oct 28, 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...


Oct 14, 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...