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Turkey Talkline

There’s a number to call for help when cooking your turkey. It’s 1-800-Butterball (800-288-8372).  Learn about it in this Healthy Living program in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Turkey, by the way, is a significant source of dietary protein which is essential for good health. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Turkey talkline help (1:30 mp3):    

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Is there risk in storing the crop?

Commodity markets are signaling farmers to store this very large corn crop.  And that is exactly what they are doing. While it is a good idea now – are there things farmers need to keep in mind a few months down the road?  Steve Nicholson, grain and oilseed analyst with Rabo AgriFinance says there are... Read more »

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Cheese continues to decline

Cash cheese barrels slipped another 1.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday. Blocks held steady but butter lost 3 cents and nonfat dry milk declined 2.25 cents per pound.  Class III futures for January lost 14 cents, February fell 25 cents. The continued decline in cash cheese prices has buyers being cautious: no... Read more »

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The significant drop in Chinese dairy imports

A report from HighGround Dairy points out how much China has pulled-back on dairy imports. Citing Chinese Customs data from October: whole milk powder imports were down nearly 85 million pounds or 72 percent, skim milk powder imports are 13 million pounds or 27.5 percent lower, whey products imports are down 14 percent from a... Read more »

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Tax planning and accounting seminars offered

With lower farm grain and milk prices comes a greater need for tax planning. Paul Dietmann with Badgerland Financial says in a year like this, people have been investing in machinery and structures, perhaps they delayed some grain sales and with lower prices, they may find themselves with a large tax liability without the cash... Read more »

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Commercial demand back for soybeans

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. The trade’s continuing to look at a record crop balanced out by expected record demand. There was no real fresh news, but the trade decided to buy back the losses from Monday and then some. Soybean meal was higher on commercial demand, while bean oil was firm,... Read more »

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Poultry production up 2% on year

USDA reports U.S. poultry production for October 2014 was 4.145 billion pounds, up 2% from October 2013. Chicken accounted for most of the total at 3.571 billion pounds with turkey at 561.5915 million. The preliminary live weight of all federally inspected birds was 5.470 billion pounds, also 2% more than a year ago. Young chickens... Read more »

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FDA finalizes calorie label rule

Every restaurant chain, grocery store take-out counter, convenience store, amusement park and movie theater would have to post calories for most or all of their menu items under a final rule by the Food and Drug Administration. So would most vending machines. The FDA says Americans consume about one-third of their calories away from home... Read more »

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ASA proposes all countries dropping sugar subsidies

The American Sugar Alliance (ASA) wants the world to function as a subsidy-free sugar market, according to ASA spokesman Phillip Hayes, who tells Brownfield Ag News that subsidies paid to producers in the world’s big three sugar countries, Brazil, Thailand and India, are being expanded to keep market share from each other.  The result, he... Read more »

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Pork was lower and beef was higher

The cash cattle trade remained untested on Tuesday afternoon with both bids and asking prices poorly defined. Some showlists are priced around 175.00 in the South and 272.00 to 274.00 in the North. Packers and feedlot operators will try to complete business by Wednesday afternoon, ahead of the Thanksgiving break. The slaughter totaled 113,000 head,... Read more »

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State beef group works on ’85 checkoff

The Federation of State Beef Councils says it’s working to develop a more workable beef checkoff. Jennifer Houston, vice chair of the Federation, tells Brownfield a second beef checkoff proposed by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is not a good option – and – that’s why they’re working toward improving the 1985 Act that established the... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 25, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.74 and 1/4, up 6 and 3/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.51, up 17 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $390.60, up $15.70 Dec. soybean oil closed at 33.42, up 22 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.51 and 1/2, up 9 and 1/4 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $170.15, up 65 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $90.95, down 37 cents Jan. crude... Read more »

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MO Farm Bureau against wind energy line

The Missouri Farm Bureau has submitted written testimony to the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) – opposing a proposed wind-energy generated electric transmission line. The proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line would stretch from Kansas – eastward. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst tells Brownfield the line would cut clear across north Missouri, “I tell... Read more »

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Presidential turkeys arrive in Washington, D.C.

The two Presidential turkeys have made the trip from Mercer County Ohio to Washington, D.C. Cole Cooper of Cooper Farms has been the caretaker of the Presidential Turkey Flock, raising the birds from the time they were hatched until now, 20 weeks later. So what was the process to select the two turkeys to make... Read more »

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Cranberries for health and holidays

Cranberries are rich in vitamins and nutrients essential to good health. The next time you have some at the holiday table or any time, remember that. Wisconsin is the leading state for cranberry production. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Cranberries healthy (1:30 mp3)

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Missouri Farmers Union took lead on Big Data discussion

Missouri Farmers Union President Richard Oswald says the group is forward thinking in its policy formation.  Oswald, who farms near Clarence, Missouri, in Atchison County, tells Brownfield Ag News that the state’s Farmers Union gets the attention of its national counterpart. “Missouri tends to sort of be at the cutting edge of policy because a... Read more »

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On-farm security

In the past, on-farm security was limited, but technology is changing that. And with wireless technology, Rob Cleminson with VideoSurveillance.com says on-farm surveillance has changed even more. Audio: Rob Cleminson, VideoSurveillance.com

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Northey hopeful EPA’s delay is a good sign

Reaction from ag leaders has been mixed following the EPA’s announcement that it is once again delaying its decision on 2014 ethanol blend requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says that while he is disappointed with the continued delays, he is hopeful that the EPA is reconsidering its... Read more »

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Tuesday midday cash livestock prices

The cash cattle trade remains unestablished on Tuesday with both bids and asking prices poorly defined. Some showlists are priced around 175.00 in the South and 272.00 to 274.00 in the North. Packers and feedlot operators will probably try to complete business by Wednesday afternoon, making plenty of time for feasting and football, but that... Read more »

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Congress wrestles with tax extenders

Congress continues to wrestle with the tax extenders package. Republicans and Democrats are reportedly working on a compromise that would make permanent a few of the tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013 and extend others through 2015. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley hopes they’ll have it ready for a vote by next week.... Read more »

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A-FAN works to expand Nebraska’s livestock industry

When you think about the livestock industry in Nebraska, the beef industry is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But Willow Holoubek, executive director of the A-FAN, says there’s plenty of opportunity to expand other livestock sectors as well. “Beef is our foundation,” Holoubek says, “but the pork, dairy and poultry industries all... Read more »

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Grassley hopes for tax extenders vote by next week

Congress continues to wrestle with the tax extenders package. Republicans and Democrats are reportedly working on a compromise that would make permanent a few of the tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013 and extend others through 2015. Of particular interest to agriculture are the biodiesel tax credit and the Section 179 deduction... Read more »

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Winter-fall-winter in Wisconsin

Snow and temperatures in the single-digits slowed harvest activity in Wisconsin last week. Frost did allow some manure hauling.  The weekend warm-up melted what had been a significant snow cover over much of the state but then winter returned on Monday. There was a little progress combining corn, 73 percent of the corn-for-grain is in... Read more »

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A slow finish to harvest

Harvest is slowly winding down in Indiana as cold temperatures and snow showers proved to be a mixed blessing for farmers last week. According to the latest crop and weather report, 91 percent of corn and 96 percent of soybeans have been harvested.  Moisture content for corn averaged 18 percent and soybeans averaged 13 percent. In other... Read more »

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Fairlife will be on store shelves in December

Coca-Cola says it will have its new “Fairlife” milk product on store shelves nationally in December. Developed by Mike and Sue McCloskey of Fair Oaks Farms, the milk is filtered into five components then recombined in different proportions. Fairlife doesn’t have any lactose, has 50 percent more protein, 30 percent more calcium and 30 percent... Read more »

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Groups seek to force GMO moratorium

The Centers for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice have filed papers in federal district court in Honolulu seeking to enforce a moratorium on the planting, growth, testing or cultivation of genetically modified crops in Maui County, Hawaii. On November 4th; citizens of Maui County voted to halt the cultivation of GE crops until an environmental... Read more »

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USDA to buy cranberry products

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Ag Marketing Service will purchase up to $55 million worth of cranberry products to mitigate the impact of oversupply on growers. The purchase should cover up to 68 million pounds or 680,000 barrels of cranberries which will be distributed through food pantries. Wisconsin’s U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin led... Read more »

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Incoming NCBA president on 3 T’s

The incoming president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sees potential for progress with the new Republican-led Congress next year. Phillip Ellis says he’s identified ‘the three T’s” as priorities for NCBA, “We could maybe move along now Trade Promotion Authority which the president wants and a Republican congress might support. TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership.... Read more »

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Ohio’s harvest drags on

It’s shaping up to be a challenging end to the 2014 corn and soybean harvest, with heavy snow and wet fields causing the latest slowdown. According to the Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS), corn harvest advanced six points from the previous week, while soybean harvest gained only two points. As... Read more »

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Corn, soybeans start week on a lower note

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. It looks like it may be a quiet week heading into Thanksgiving, with harvest just about wrapped in many areas. According to USDA, 97% of U.S. soybeans are harvested, compared to 98% on average. China bought 235,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. soybeans and Thailand picked up 174,000... Read more »

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94% of U.S. corn, 97% of soybeans harvested

  In what should be the last national crop report for the growing season, USDA says the U.S. corn and soybean harvests are nearly complete. As of Sunday, 94% of the corn crop is harvested, compared to 94% this time last year and the five year average of 92%. 97% of soybeans are harvested, compared... Read more »

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Vesicular Stomatitis found in two Nebraska cattle herds

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reports the livestock disease Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed in cattle on two farms in Wheeler County in north-central Nebraska. Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach says they are working to determine the source of the disease. And because the disease can be transmitted by nose to nose contact, Ibach... Read more »

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Cattle futures close lower

Feedlot country is typically quiet with packers completing the collection of the new showlists. The new offering appears to be generally larger than last week. Some ready steers and heifers have been priced around 175.00 plus in the South and 272.00 to 274.00 in the North. Both sides would like to complete business by Wednesday... Read more »

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Food safety when cooking for a crowd

Is the whole gang coming for Thanksgiving dinner? Are you cooking dinner for a crowd elsewhere? If so, food safety considerations are magnified, all the way from the grocery store through meal preparation and clean-up after the meal. A food safety specialist with the University of Missouri and Kansas State University says if you’re buying large... Read more »

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Growing wealth buoys U.S. meat exports

The value and volume of meat exports from the U.S. has grown significantly.  Through September the value of beef and pork exports have each exceeded $5 billion, according to Leann Saunders, the Chairperson of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. “If you look at that achievement compared to, say, three years ago, in those years we... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 24, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.67 and 1/2, down 5 and 1/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.33 and 3/4, down 5 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $374.90, down $3.50 Dec. soybean oil closed at 33.20, up 51 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.42 and 1/4, down 5 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $169.50, down $1.40 Dec. lean hogs closed at $91.32, up 67 cents Jan. crude... Read more »

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Globally, farmers face many challenges

If predictions are correct and there will be 9 billion people on this planet by 2050, farmers around the world will need to double current production. Many face challenges today that could limit that expansion. Farmers from several countries spoke about those challenges they face during the recent Bayer CropScience Corn Soy Future Forum held... Read more »

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Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

How Ohioans can effectively engage and improve their local communities will be the focus of the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum on December 10 in downtown Columbus.  David Rule, Sr. Director of Organizational Development at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation says sessions will range from community engagement, to farm advocacy to on-farm drones.  “Four... Read more »

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Monday midday cash livestock markets

The main item of business in cattle country on Monday is the distribution of the new showlists. On Friday USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was light on Moderate demand in Kansas with live sales at 173.00. Trading in the Northern Plains and Iowa was moderate on very good demand with live sales in Nebraska from... Read more »

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Food banks to benefit from poultry donation

For the 67th consecutive year, representatives of the Indiana State Poultry Association donated Indiana poultry products to the state’s food bank network.  Over the next few weeks, the donation, 130,000 pounds – or 65 tons will be distributed to local food banks. In accepting the donation, Governor Mike Pence told attendees the importance of helping... Read more »

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The market is sending a message

A record corn crop combined with the lowest commodity prices in recent years is sending a message to farmers.  Steve Nicholson, grain and oilseed analyst with Rabo Agrifinance tells Brownfield the market is telling farmers to store their crop – and that’s exactly what they’re doing.  “They market is going to pay them to store... Read more »

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Good week for corn, soybean inspections

  USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections for the week ending November 20 were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, while wheat missed the mark. Wheat came out at 447,353 tons, up 304,809 from the week ending November 13 and 104,529 higher than the week ending November... Read more »

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Soil health boosts yields

There aren’t many acres on Indiana farmer Mike Shuter’s farm that aren’t no-till.  As he talks to farmers around his area – he finds out his yields are pretty comparable.  “I think we even have some fields that yield better than some of the other operations where they’re doing a lot of tillage,” he says. ... Read more »

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OCA replacement female sale

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association will hold a replacement female sale on Friday, November 28 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction in Zanesville. John Grimes, Extension beef coordinator at Ohio State University says consignments include mature cow, less than five years of age and bred heifers. “And we do have a good bit of breed diversity this... Read more »

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Value of meat exports growing

In the last few years, the value of meat exported from the U.S. has grown significantly.  Contributing to that growth is that many countries enhanced their wherewithal to afford meat, according to Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colorado, who chairs the U.S. Meat Export Federation. AUDIO: Leann Saunders (3 min. MP3)  

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Training a horse by personality type

Eunice Rush has learned a lot about matching the right horse with the right rider.  In fact, she’s written the book on it.  Her book, “Know You, Know Your Horse“ focuses on matching the horse with the rider, which she discussed in an earlier program.  Another area discussed in her book is training and how... Read more »

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Cover crops benefit soil health

Soil health is a vital component to sustainable farming. Indiana farmer Mike Shuter has been no-till farming for nearly 30 years. He says cover crops play a significant role in maintaining soil health on his farm.  “We’re trying to keep something green and growing on the field all year round,” he says.  “It helps build... Read more »

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Are farmland values set to decline?

Crop prices are at the lowest levels they’ve been in recent years.  That, combined with expectations that interest rates are expected to increase in the coming years leads Purdue University ag economist Michael Langemeir to believe the decade-long increase in farmland values may soon be over. However, Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial... Read more »

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It’s a profitable time for pork producers

For pork producers that weren’t hit with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, 2014 has been one of the most profitable years on record.  But what about farms that were hit with PEDv? Paragon Economics president Steve Meyer says, “Even those that have been hit with PEDv – the corn cost are going to go down... Read more »

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Cooperative Network honors four

Cooperative Network recognized four individuals with the Cooperative Builder Award at the organization’s annual meeting in La Crosse this week. Pete Giacomini of Cooperative Resources International; Bill Berg, president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, Jim Hager, general manager of Harmony Country Cooperative and Kim Sponem of Summit Credit Union were recognized for their long... Read more »

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