Top News Top News Stories Mike's Blog | Transition Part I May 22, 2017 A few repeated questions have surfaced after the recent announcement regarding my transition soon from President and CEO of ProAg to Chairman of the Board and then, in 2018, to full retirement. These frequently asked questions give me a chance to jump start the blog and dispense what might pass for wisdom or at least interesting observations. USDA Approves Modifications to Margin Protection Plan of Insurance May 16, 2017 The RMA announces greater crop insurance options for farmers against unexpected decreases in their operating margin. Mississippi Planting Soybeans Early, U.S. Could Set Record May 16, 2017 A warm winter and spring have let Mississippi farmers get soybeans into the ground early, and they expect to exceed last year’s planting. 2017-18 Market Prospects for Corn and Soybeans May 16, 2017 The USDA projections for marketing year consumption levels provide essential information in forming expectations for corn and soybean prices in the 2017-18 marketing year. ISU Survey Shows Cash Rent Down 4.8% in 2017 May 16, 2017 Cash rental rates fall for a fourth consecutive year in Iowa.