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Ag loans increase, survey finds

Agriculture loans increased in the fourth quarter along with lowering profits for crop producers – according to the national Survey of Terms of Bank Lending to Farmers issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Most of the gains were from borrowing for current operating expenses. Farm loan debt – outstanding as of September... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock market

There is still not a lot of movement in cattle country on Thursday, with just a few bids noted in Kansas and Texas at 156.00. Packer inquiry is expected to improve as the day progresses, although significant trade volume could be delayed until later today or tomorrow. Asking prices are around 162.00 in the South,... Read more »

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Soybean, wheat sales top expectations

  USDA reports soybean and wheat export sales for the week ending January 22 were larger than expected, while corn and soybean meal were within their respective anticipated ranges and soybean oil was below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were more than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year,... Read more »

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Dairy producers should be well represented in new Congress

Dairy producers should have a large, regionally diverse group of representatives in the new U.S. Congress. According to the National Milk Producers Federation, the Dairy Farmer caucus in the 114th Congress is expected to be at least as large as the 85 member caucus in the 113th Congress. Eight members of the U.S. House of... Read more »

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Missouri trade trip to Cuba in March

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is taking commodity group leaders with him to Cuba for a trade trip in early March. Nixon tells Brownfield Ag News that ag products will be the leader in exports from Missouri to Cuba as trade relations are eased, “Soybeans and corn have really solid potential there – we also think rice.... Read more »

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Demand is key in 2015

For the second straight year, American corn farmers have produced a record crop.  Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association says looking to 2015 the key is demand.  “How we can continue to grow our biofuels market is going to be important to the success of corn farmers,” he says.  “Ensuring that we... Read more »

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Cattle inventory numbers out Friday

USDA’s cattle inventory report Friday may not show a rapid pace of herd expansion, but it should show signs of an end to contraction. That’s at least partially due to more favorable pasture conditions and cheaper feed costs. According to Dow Jones Newswires, all cattle and calves on January 1 are expected to be down... Read more »

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Renewable fuels industry is ‘stuck in neutral’

The executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the renewable fuels industry is poised for rapid growth and “ready to roll”. But Monte Shaw says the industry is currently “stuck in neutral”.  Shaw says a strong and growing Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) is needed to break “the petroleum monopoly” and increase consumer access... Read more »

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Food Labels: What DO we want?

What consumers want on food labels drives food makers decisions – but what DO we want?  A recent survey by the Iowa Food and Family Project shows a growing number of shoppers—77 percent—say food labels are helpful in making food purchases.  But it also indicates the way consumers interpret those labels can vary widely. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM... Read more »

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Looking ahead for dairy

There is no doubt farm milk prices are going to be significantly lower in 2015, University of Wisconsin Extension dairy policy analyst Mark Stephenson expects the average price to be at least $7 below last year. However, low feed prices, high cull cow prices and risk management tools should help producers weather the storm.

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House Ag subcommittees named

The House Agriculture Committee has announced the subcommittee appointments for the 114th Congress:   General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Jurisdiction: Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodities including barley, cotton, cottonseed, corn, grain sorghum, honey, mohair, oats, other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, rice, soybeans, sugar, wheat, and wool; the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management policies... Read more »

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Groups want EPA to control air around CAFOs

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and other groups has filed two lawsuits demanding the Environmental Protection Agency do something about controlling air pollution from large farms. The group says there are more than 20,000 large farms housing billions of animals in the U.S. which “release noxious air pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic... Read more »

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Suit to block information release is dismissed

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is disappointed over the dismissal of its lawsuit to block EPA from releasing personal information of livestock and poultry farmers. The information, released by the EPA in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, includes names, addresses, GPS locations and telephone numbers.  The court says the farmer’s personal... Read more »

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West Coast truck chassis issue resolved

Reports are a tentative agreement has been reached on one of the major sticking points in the West Coast dock workers dispute. The Long Beach Press says the Pacific Maritime Association representing shippers and terminal operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have come to terms on maintaining truck chassis at 29 West Coast... Read more »

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State councils provide additional challenge

State councils for HSUS (the Humane Society of the United States) have been popping up in agricultural states around the country.  Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst says these councils present another challenge for the nation’s livestock producers.  “We in agriculture are used to working together,” he says.  “We’re used to basically agreeing on most... Read more »

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Wisconsin DNR to assess frac sand mines

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will seek public input on industrial sand mining. The effort will be part of a broader agency strategic analysis to update a 2012 report on sand mining in the state.  DNR staff will collect input in February and March as to what topics should be addressed in the report. ... Read more »

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Dollar sends grains, oilseeds lower

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, along with spillover from the outside markets. The trade’s watching weather in South America, which looks good overall at this time, with more rain headed for dry areas of Brazil. According to Allendale, Brazil’s new crop is 7.7% harvested, compared to 5.8% a year ago. Beans... Read more »

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Hog futures end with limit gains

Cattle country remained at a standstill on Wednesday afternoon with significant trade volume postponed until Thursday or Friday. A few bids were reported by private sources in Nebraska at 249.00. Some asking prices are around 162.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. The kill totaled 112,000 head, 2,000 more than last week,... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 28, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.73 and 1/4, down 8 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.70 and 1/4, down 3 and 1/2 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $337.40, up 80 cents Mar. soybean oil closed at 30.34, down 83 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.05 and 1/4, down 13 and 3/4 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $153.95, up $1.12 Feb. lean hogs closed at $71.52, up $2.10 Mar. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Food safety all the way home

James Theuri, local food systems educator with the University of Illinois Extension, says food safety begins at the farm level with proper hygiene, safe water and proper manure handling. It continues through the manufacturing and processing chain. And, it He says we must WASH produce before we eat it at home. And, he stresses that... Read more »

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Bill would create single food safety agency

A single food safety agency is the aim of a bill introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate, sponsored by two Democrats. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut says the Safe Food Act of 2015 would fix the “fragmented, outdated patchwork system of food safety” which “puts lives at risk.” She says the Government Accountability... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock market

It is pretty much the same old story in cattle country on Wednesday with bids and asking prices still not well defined. A few showlists have been priced around 162.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. It is always possible to see some mid-week trade, but significant business will probably wait until... Read more »

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The faces of agriculture’s future

The Agribusiness Council of Indiana’s annual conference provides attendees an update on issues crucial to the agriculture industry.  ACI president, Beth Bechdol says while issues like trade, regulations, and risk are key components to agriculture – they can often be “heavy topics”.  “There could be the potential that someone could walk out of this conference... Read more »

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An active pattern for the Plains, Corn Belt

For the remainder of Wednesday, the lingering effects of a departing coastal storm will continue to wind down across New England. However, a fast-moving disturbance will produce additional snow—albeit mostly light—in the Great Lakes and Northeastern States Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, a developing storm will result in widespread precipitation in the Southwest, starting on Friday.... Read more »

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Wide-range of temperatures across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, warmth is pushing eastward, although chilly conditions linger across the middle Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Wednesday’s high temperatures could reach 70° in western Missouri. On the Plains, record-setting warmth continues to leave winter wheat devoid of a protective snow cover. On Tuesday, high temperatures in Kansas soared... Read more »

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Never a better time to be involved in agriculture

Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University says there’s never been a better time to be involved in agriculture. Catlett says for agriculture the stars are aligned and it started when people around the world began having more money. Audio: Dr. Lowell Catlett, New... Read more »

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Beef checkoff working group reports ‘progress’

After three years of negotiations, the group tasked with finding ways to improve the current beef checkoff is reporting “progress”. The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has drafted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining proposed changes to the program. Scott Stuart, CEO of the National Livestock Producers Association, serves as the co-facilitator of the working... Read more »

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Missouri corn growers push for higher hauling limits

Missouri corn growers lobbied state lawmakers for higher grain hauling limits Tuesday.  The current limit is 80,000 pounds, but Missouri Corn Growers President Kevin Hurst says members favor a year-round exemption for grain, allowing weights that many other states have. “Most of [surrounding states] run 85,500 pounds or better, and we would like to be... Read more »

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Cautious optimism in dairy

Things continue to nudge higher in the dairy markets. Cash cheese barrels increased 2 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday.  Blocks gained a half-cent, butter increased a nickel and nonfat dry milk gained a penny.  Class III futures were a little lower for some of the near months but July through December, 2015... Read more »

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USDA organic survey underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey of organic agriculture in the United States. The survey seeks to get a complete inventory of all certified organic producers, those transitioning to certified production and those exempt from certification. The survey looks at many aspects of organic agriculture during the 2014 calendar year including production,... Read more »

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Cranberry production slipped last year

U.S. cranberry production was lower in 2014: 8.7 million barrels (144,000 tons) compared to 8.9 million barrels (147,000 tons) in 2013. Cranberry acreage was reduced 1,500 acres to 40,500 while yield was a little higher at 211.6 barrels (10.8 tons) per acre. 8.29 million barrels of the crop were processed and 279,000 barrels were sold... Read more »

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It was a good year for apple production

Total apple production in the U.S. last year was 11.2 billion pounds compared to 10.4 billion in 2013. Harvested acreage was slightly less but yield was 17.2 tons per acre compared to 15.8 the previous year. The 2014 apple crop is valued at $2.9 billion compared to $3.1 billion in 2013 as the price per... Read more »

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Dry winter not a reason to worry

  It has been a relatively dry winter around much of the Midwest. However, Iowa State University Climatologist Elwynn Taylor tells Brownfield that, overall, subsoil moisture is actually quite good, “The soil moisture outlook right now we consider excellent, even though the winter’s been dry. That moisture will still be there at planting time and... Read more »

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TTIP negotiations complex

An advisor for U.S. agriculture says Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations are very complex but potential benefits for both the U.S. and the European Union are great. Gina Tumbarello, director of International Trade Policy for the American Feed Industry Association, says there are many differences. She tells Brownfield Ag News, “There are... Read more »

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Soybeans lower on Chinese cancellation

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, taking profits after Monday’s gains. Unknown destinations bought 111,000 tons of U.S. beans, but China canceled on 120,000 tons. The activity was for the 2014/15 marketing year. The trade’s watching weather in South America, with rain headed for some dry areas. Still, parts of eastern Brazil are... Read more »

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Pork and beef close sharply lower

Feedlot country remained at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon with initial packer bids essentially absent. A few of the showlists have been priced around 162.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. While both sides remain cautious given recent price volatility feedlot managers are at least temporarily encouraged by sharply higher futures. The... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 27, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.81 and 1/4, down 2 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.73 and 3/4, down 9 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $336.60, down $2.30 Mar. soybean oil closed at 31.17, up 9 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.19, down 1 and 1/2 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $152.82, up $3.00 Feb. lean hogs closed at $69.42, down $1.40 Mar. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Cattlemen facing big issues

Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says when it comes to the big issues facing cattlemen, they are similar, state-by-state. “When you look at the big issues of trade, taxes, environmental regulations, animal activists you see common themes state-to-state, which is a good thing because that means... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices not well defined, although a few showlists have been priced around 162.00 plus in the South and 258.00 plus in the North. Aside from some risk managers taking advantage of the extraordinary strong basis, cash cattle trading is likely to remain limited... Read more »

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A record popcorn crop in Indiana

Farmers in Indiana planted a record number of acres to popcorn in 2014.  Despite abnormally wet conditions, those acres produced a record crop.  The 90,000 harvested acres yielded 432 million pounds of popcorn, 16 percent more than 2013. Even though the average price received was down $2.80 per hundred weight from last year, the crop... Read more »

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Applications sought for national checkoff board

Indiana Soybean Alliance is accepting applications for directors of the national soybean checkoff organization, the United Soybean Board.  While the US Secretary of Agriculture appoints directors to the USB board, ISA selects and submits candidate names to the US Department of Agriculture for the Secretary’s consideration. Dave Lowe, ISA president says the USB Board is... Read more »

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Analysts say land prices have stabilized

Farmland values in Iowa have dropped 15 to 20 percent from their highs in 2013. But Kyle Hansen, land broker with Hertz Real Estate Services, says prices have stabilized since the completion of the 2014 harvest. “We’ve actually seen a fairly steady market over the last 60 days,” Hansen says. “We hope that continues, and... Read more »

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Dairy markets nudge a little higher

Prices were a little higher in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday. Cash cheese barrels and nonfat dry milk each gained a half-cent and butter was a quarter-cent higher.  All 2015 Class III contracts were higher with February up 26 cents, March increased 22 cents and April up 21 cents. Cooperatives... Read more »

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Dairy producers in good shape going into 2015

After struggling for a few years, things have improved significantly for Accelerated Genetics. Chief Executive Officer Joel Groskreutz says the cooperative enjoyed growth of nearly 14 percent for the Fiscal Year which ended on September 30th.  He credits good milk prices, strong beef prices and “getting the right people on board.”  “Creating that vision so... Read more »

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How to safely freeze meat

How do you freeze meat?  There’s a right way and a wrong way. In this Healthy Living, we find out from Jeannean Schweihofer, a meat quality extension educator with Michigan State University. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – How to freeze meat (1:30 mp3):  

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Group reports ‘progress’ in beef checkoff talks

After three years of negotiations, the group tasked with finding ways to improve the current beef checkoff is reporting “progress”. The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has drafted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining proposed changes to the program. Scott Stuart serves as the co-facilitator of the working group. “The MOU covers, I think, the... Read more »

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Soybeans start week higher

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Crop development conditions around South America look good overall with more rain expected in central Brazil. Still, there are definitely parts of that country that need rain with the crop in the pod-filling stage. Demand looks strong with another solid week for export inspections. Soybean meal was... Read more »

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Hog slaughter running ahead of last year

It was very quiet in feedlot country on Monday afternoon with bids and asking prices not fully defined. New showlists appear to be mixed, larger in Kansas, Texas and Colorado, but smaller in Nebraska. Significant trade volume may not develop until the second half of the week. But some packers are very close to the... Read more »

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Egg prices skyrocketing in California

When California voters passed an initiative in 2008 to require the state’s poultry farmers to house hens in significantly larger cages, the California legislature realized it would put the state’s farmers at a disadvantage.  In 2010, it required that eggs imported from other states come from farms meeting the same cage requirements. That went into... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 26, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.84, down 2 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.83 and 1/2, up 10 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $338.90, up $7.40 Mar. soybean oil closed at 31.08, down 52 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.20 and 1/2, down 9 and 1/2 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $149.82, down 52 cents Feb. lean hogs closed at $70.82, up $1.52 Mar. crude oil closed... Read more »

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