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Dec 14, 2017, 14:02 ET CoBank Announces 2018 Board Officers

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


Dec 14, 2017, 12:00 ET Rural Electric Cooperatives to Benefit from Late Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Urban centers across the country are experiencing strong growth in electric vehicles, driven by high customer satisfaction and financial subsidies....


Dec 08, 2017, 12:59 ET Growing Global Dairy Demand Sets Stage for US, EU, Oceania Competition

A growing global demand for milk, coupled with increased production in the U.S., the EU and Oceania, will create aggressive competition for new...


Dec 05, 2017, 12:00 ET Meatless Meat Unlikely to Have Significant Impact on Protein Market in the Near-Term

Protein products derived from plant sources, insects and cultured meats will be among the top food trends to watch in the coming years. The effect...


Nov 29, 2017, 12:00 ET Grain Elevators Weigh Opportunities for Improved Margins

The coming year is likely to offer opportunities for grain elevators to secure positive margins, according to a new report from CoBank's Knowledge...


Nov 22, 2017, 12:52 ET CoBank Contributes $250,000 To National Rural Water Association

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


Nov 14, 2017, 16:15 ET NRWA Announces Partnership with DOL on Apprenticeship Program

The National Rural Water Association, the nation's largest water utility association with more than 31,000 members, today formerly announced a...


Nov 08, 2017, 11:30 ET Cautious Optimism for Next Three Years in Grains, Ethanol Market

Rising incomes worldwide will underpin global demand and create opportunities for US exports in grains, oilseeds and ethanol according to a new...


Oct 19, 2017, 11:00 ET Consolidation of Rural Water Systems Prompts Industry Dialogue

As an increasing number of rural water utilities wrestle with regulatory compliance issues and costly infrastructure needs, debate surrounding the...


Sep 26, 2017, 16:18 ET U.S. Packing Capacity Well Prepared for Expanding Beef Production

As the U.S. beef cattle herd expands over the next two years, beef production is projected to keep pace and increase another three to five percent...


Sep 21, 2017, 15:30 ET Electric Cooperatives Stepping in to Fill the Rural Broadband Gap

Broadband telecommunications and internet access have become essential infrastructure for any community's future prosperity. However, today, people...


Sep 12, 2017, 14:59 ET Dairy Processors Stretched by Milk Production Gains

Every year, U.S. dairy farmers produce 3 billion more pounds of milk than the year before. For the past few years, production growth has outpaced...


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...