The Golden Spread Agri-Business Hour


Listen weekday mornings from 5am-6am for the latest Agri-business news updates with James Hunt, Shannon Gray and Tony Klein. James, Shannon and Tony will keep you informed with Ag news headlines, featured stories, weather news and stock reports concerning Agri-business.

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Special Labeling for GMO's?

Congress is now looking at what, if anything to do, in response to calls for special labeling for foods made with GMO ingredients. The latest news is that a bill has been filed in the U.S. House to block states from adopting their own biotech labeling laws. The bill by Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo also would create a new USDA program to certify foods that don’t have GMO ingredients, similar to what USDA does now with organic products.

Meat Industry Speaks on Dietary Guidelines

The report released by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee five weeks ago remains highly controversial, and the meat industry continues to hope for better treatment when the Guidelines’ final version is issued by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Adria Sheil-Brown of the National Pork Board says it would be highly unusual for the agencies involved to significantly revise the advisory committee’s language, but it could happen this time around because the panel allowed non-nutrition issues to influence its work.

"This is the first time that sustainability has been an issue written into the report," Sheil-Brown said. "So there's been a lot of controversy around that, in regards to that that is the scope of the advisory committee's practice, they're not experts, they can't make nutritional guidelines off something they're not familiar with or have no expertise in."

Drop in Commodity Prices

With crop and livestock production at high levels in recent years, the resulting supply has led to a drop in commodity prices. Thus, USDA expects producers will be cutting back on what they produce.

But with our growing global population, demand for food products will escalate, so USDA economist Paul Westcott says...

"The implications of this type of near term adjustment and then longer term development is that prices are projected to bottom out in the next several years and then begin to increase gradually," Westcott said.

Farm Payment Limits Proposed

USDA has issued a proposed rule that would implement additional limits on farm payments made to non-farmers. For more information and to offer comments about the proposal, go here



USDA Announces Grants

USDA has announced the availability of approximately $97 million in grant money to fund projects to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts. For more information, go here

AgriLife Sorghum Meetings

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering two regional sorghum education meetings. Topics will include soil, irrigation and weed management. The meetings will take place March 26 in Dimmitt and April 6 in Levelland. For more information, go here…


Dietary Guidelines Report Released

The full report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committtee has been released. Beef and cattle organizations have been very critical of the Committee's recommendations regarding meat consumption. See what you think by reading the report, which is available here 



USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Farmers are faced with some difficult decisions related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here

For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here


KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour

The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.

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