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Sales fraud in the horse industry

Many people still believe that the old rule of “buyer beware” hold true for every transaction, including horse sales. But according to Julie Fershtman, who is considered to be one of the nation’s leading attorneys in the field of equine law, nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, Fershtman says, buyers can have... Read more »

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A.G. upholds Wisconsin land ownership rule

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has issued an opinion upholding the state’s restrictions on foreign ownership of agricultural land. Non-resident aliens cannot own more than 640 acres in the Badger State. Van Hollen issued the opinion at the request of State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos following an attempt by Governor Walker to repeal the... Read more »

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Missouri foods in spotlight at Ag Conference

Missouri food products were in the spotlight at the kick-off of the 45th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agriculture at Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach. The Taste of AgriMissouri Reception featured food and drinks promoted through the state Ag Department’s AgriMissouri program. Diana and Kevin Duncan of Duncan Farms in Centertown were given the Missouri Grown... Read more »

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EPA announces coal ash standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the first national regulations for the safe disposal of coal ash from power plants. The ash is categorized as a “nonhazardous waste”.  It does mean coal ash cannot be disposed in landfills and certain other facilities that do not properly protect groundwater.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the... Read more »

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Milk production up 3.4% in November

Milk production in the United States totaled 16.5 billion pounds up 3.4 percent from November of last year. The U.S. dairy herd increased 82,000 head to 9.28 million cows and production per cow increased 42 pounds to average 1,782. In the 23 major dairy states, November production totaled 15.5 billion pounds up 3.5 percent from... Read more »

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Dairy markets mixed

Cash cheese barrels decreased 3.75 cents while blocks increased a quarter-cent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. Butter gained a penny and nonfat dry milk increased 1.25 cents.  Class III futures for January increased 17 cents, February was up 19 cents, March added 21 cents but June declined 8 cents. For the week: cash... Read more »

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Grains, oilseeds end week on lower note

Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling. The trade’s watching weather around South America and at least right now, weather looks mostly good. There is a chance for flooding over the next few days in parts of Southern Brazil. Soybean meal was steady to lower and bean oil was modestly higher, with both squaring... Read more »

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U.S. cattle on feed up 1%

USDA’s most recent set of cattle on feed numbers showed drops in placements and marketings, against a slightly larger on feed figure. During November, placements on feed were 1.792 million head, 4% less than in November 2013, and the second lowest for the month since the series of reports started in 1996. By weight, placements... Read more »

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Boxed beef is sharply lower

Feedlot country remained slow on Friday afternoon with scattered activity reported in several states. A few cattle traded in Nebraska at 251.00, and Colorado at 160.00. There appears to be several packers that would still like to buy cattle before calling it a week. However some feedlots raised their asking prices to around 160.00 in... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: December 19, 2014

Mar. corn closed at $4.10 and 1/2, down 1/2 cent Jan. soybeans closed at $10.30 and 1/2, down 4 and 1/2 cents Jan. soybean meal closed at $363.50, down $1.80 Jan. soybean oil closed at 31.97, up 8 points Mar. wheat closed at $6.32 and 1/4, down 23 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $160.75, up $2.05 Feb. lean hogs closed at $81.90, up 2 cents Jan. crude... Read more »

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Top sorghum yield is 246 bushels per acre

The top yield in this year’s National Sorghum Producers’ Yield Contest was 246 bushels per acre. It was produced by Henson Land & Cattle of Texas in the conventional-till irrigated category. Other first place winners in each category are: Cody Sassmann of Missouri in the No-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 207.98 bushels per... Read more »

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Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer awards

Indiana Farm Bureau will be well represented next month at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in San Diego.  Chris and Marah Steele of Adams County will compete for the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Ag Award.  In addition to working off the farm, the Steele’s own and operate a corn maze and you-pick... Read more »

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Indiana Wines for the holidays

It’s the holiday season and with 80 wineries around the state, it’s pretty easy to find the perfect wine for your holiday meal. Indiana Wines marketing director Jeanette Merritt says start by stopping in your local winery.  “Tell the folks behind the counter what kind of food you’re going to be serving for those holiday... Read more »

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Iowa Soybean CEO celebrates 25 years

As the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) celebrated its 50th anniversary this week, its CEO was recognized for being there for half of it. Kirk Leeds celebrated his 25 years of service at the ISA 50th Anniversary Symposium and Banquet on Wednesday in Des Moines. “I am humbled by the recognition and I have appreciated the opportunity... Read more »

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Cuban market potential is big for agriculture

Approximately 50 percent of the Illinois corn crop is exported.  Kenneth Hartman, Illinois Corn Growers president says this week’s announcement to normalize trade relations with Cuba is a good move for agriculture.  “I think it’s a big positive for any farmer,” he says. And,  it’s a market that is easily accessible.  “When you look at... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

DTN is reporting a few cattle have sold in Nebraska at 251.00 today. There are also renewed bids of 158.00 on a live basis there. There was a light trade yesterday in some areas at mostly steady money with Wednesday’s decline. Asking prices on the cattle left on the showlists are around 160.00 in the... Read more »

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Biodiesel exec: More certainty needed

The chairman of the nation’s largest biodiesel producer is calling for more “certainty” in U.S. renewable energy policy. Jeff Stroburg of Iowa-based REG—Renewable Energy Group—says the down-to-the-wire extension of the biodiesel tax credit for 2014 is an example of the uncertainty the industry faces. “We’re glad to see that get passed—it’s unfortunate that we didn’t... Read more »

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NCGA announces 2014 Yield Contest winners

The National Corn Growers Association announced their 2014 Yield Contest Winners today (Friday).  Eighteen winners in six production categories have verified yields averaging more than 383.6 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 173.4 bushels per acre. The all-time high yield record of 503 bushels per acre was set by Randy Dowdy... Read more »

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‘Urban Ag’ is focus of new Nebraska program

A new Urban Agricultural Education program is being launched in the Omaha area. It’s a joint effort between University of Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and the Omaha Home for Boys. Officials say the program will provide hands-on learning in local food production and help aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start their... Read more »

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Nebraska adds another ‘Livestock Friendly’ county

Another Nebraska County is “Livestock Friendly”. Saunders County is the latest to receive that designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. With the addition of Saunders County, there are now 29 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the state program. To apply for a livestock friendly county designation, the county board must hold a public... Read more »

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Indiana Pork partners in Operation Christmas

Indiana Pork is partnering with the Metro Baptist Center of Indianapolis to provide hams for its annual Operation Christmas initiative.  Indiana Pork donated $2,500 towards the purchase of 600 hams for Christmas food baskets. Tom Polak, executive director for the Metro Baptist Center says without Indiana Pork’s partnership this wouldn’t be possible.  “Indiana Pork’s donation... Read more »

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Farmers are facing a time of moderation

Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt calls 2013 and 2014 transitional to the crop sector.  He tells Brownfield prices were transcending from very high prices to more moderate ones.  “The ’13 crop, as an example, averaged about $4.50 a bushel,” he says.  “It looks like this very large ’14 crop $3.50 a bushel.  Is coming down... Read more »

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All I want is…

The universal question of the season is “so, what do you want for Christmas?”  Feel free to amend that question with Hannukah, Kwanzaa or your holiday of choice.  In any event,  I’m not one of those who demurs and says, “Don’t bother, I’ve got everything I need.”  Nope, I hit ‘em with my list, detailed... Read more »

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More beneficial moisture for the Pacific West

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry but rather cloudy weather prevails. Temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels in the upper Midwest, but cool conditions linger across the remainder of the Corn Belt. On the Plains, mild air in Montana and the Dakotas is eroding winter wheat’s protective snow cover. Farther south, cool, rainy weather prevails... Read more »

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A change in the pattern ahead for next week

Generally mild weather can be expected nearly nationwide during the next several days. Meanwhile, periods of rain along the Gulf Coast and in the southern Atlantic States will result in 5-day totals of 1 to 3 inches. Early next week, rain will also shift northward into the Mid-Atlantic region. Farther west, high-elevation snow will spread... Read more »

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Vilsack won’t pursue second beef checkoff

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is scrapping his proposal to create a second beef checkoff. Vilsack announced the plan in November, but a policy rider in the spending bill recently passed by Congress prevents him from proceeding with the rule. Several state cattle groups welcomed the withdrawal. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association(ICA) says a second... Read more »

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Survey shows Iowa farmland down nine percent

Farmland prices in Iowa are down nine percent from one year ago, according to the latest update from Iowa State University. That’s the largest annual decline in 28 years. But Michael Duffy, a retired Iowa State economics professor who conducted the survey, says it wasn’t unexpected given the declines in commodity prices and farm income.... Read more »

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Addressing myths around succession planning

Succession planning is one those things that is easy to put off “until next year”. But Eryka Morehead, a Nebraska-based financial consultant with Farm Bureau Financial Services, says there’s no time like the present to begin working on that succession plan. In an interview at the recent annual meeting of Nebraska Farm Bureau, Morehead discussed... Read more »

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John Deere sells crop insurance business

John Deere has sold its crop insurance division to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH). John Deere entered the crop insurance business in 2005.  The company announced in September that it was prepared to sell the crop insurance division, saying it wanted to focus on its core manufacturing business. A leader in the... Read more »

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Wisconsin ag department adds two specialists

To help producers meet growing demand, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is adding two new staff positions to support organic, grazing and specialty crop sectors. Theresa Feiner is a market development specialist and will work with agribusinesses to develop markets for Wisconsin-grown organic and specialty crops. Feiner most recently had... Read more »

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What Section 179 means to your farm

In anticipation of President Obama signing the tax extenders legislation; Section 179 tax credits will be reinstated for 2014. Eric Gullicksrud is Tax and Accounting Manager for Badgerland Financial in Mondovi, Wisconsin, he says given what farm income was this year, especially for dairy and livestock producers, you may be tempted to run-out and make... Read more »

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World Dairy Expo names judges

World Dairy Expo has named their list of judges for the 2015 show;   International Ayrshire Show           Mary Creek, Hagerstown, Maryland. International Brown Swiss Show           Paul Trapp, Taylor, Wisconsin. International Guernsey Show           Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, Wisconsin. International Holstein Show           Nathan Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio International Junior Holstein Show           Chad Ryan,... Read more »

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Cash cheese steady, butter increases

No activity in the cash cheese market on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday. Cash butter increased 4.5 cents on one unfilled bid while nonfat dry milk slipped a half-cent on 3 sales and 2 unfilled bids all at 99 cents. The Class III futures rebounded; January increased 48 cents to go back over $16,... Read more »

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New exports support corn, soybeans, wheat

Soybeans were higher on fund and technical buying. China bought 1.5 million tons of 2015/16 U.S. beans and the weekly export numbers were solid. Demand remains strong, but crop conditions around South America look good. Soybean meal and oil were higher, following beans. In an early release from USDA, 2015 soybean acreage is expected to... Read more »

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Koster still believes in dismissed California egg court case

The Missouri Agribusiness Association – MO-AG, as it’s commonly known – recognized Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster for his support of agriculture in Missouri.  After accepting the organization’s Advocate for Agriculture Award, Koster said that policy makers should do all they can to protect agriculture in Missouri. “So whether it be intrusion via eminent domain... Read more »

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Livestock futures stage a turnaround

Scattered cattle business was evident in several areas Thursday afternoon, but for the most part country trade remained limited. A few cattle traded in Nebraska on a live basis at 159.00, and in Iowa and Nebraska at 250.00 dressed. Trade volume totals suggest we should see more activity surface on Friday. It will be interesting... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: December 18, 2014

Mar. corn closed at $4.11, up 2 and 3/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.38, up 8 cents Jan. soybean meal closed at $365.30, up 60 cents Jan. soybean oil closed at 31.89, up 12 points Mar. wheat closed at $6.55 and 1/4, up 6 and 3/4 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $158.70, up $2.27 Feb. lean hogs closed at $81.87, up $1.40 Jan. crude oil closed at... Read more »

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Christmas tree farm provides more than trees

Dave Reese of Kaleidoscope Farms in Hancock County Ohio began selling Christmas trees 23 years ago. For those 23 years the Reese family has had to change the way they celebrate the Christmas holiday. “It helps remind us of the reason for the season and the importance of family,” Reese said. “We now share our... Read more »

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Lawmakers on Cuba deal’s impact

President Obama’s announcement on relaxing trade and travel barriers with Cuba is met with both concern and optimism by various members of Congress. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says he’s one of the few members that has travelled to Cuba and he believes the decision “is a good first step in removing trade and travel barriers... Read more »

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Good week for soybean, product, wheat exports

  USDA reports corn export sales for the week ending December 11 were within pre-report estimates, while soybeans, soybean products, and wheat were all above analysts’ expectations. Physical shipments of soybeans were larger what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat were both short of their respective... Read more »

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Midday livestock prices

Cattle country is slow to see action so far on Thursday. Some cattle traded yesterday in Nebraska at 249.00 to 250.00 on a dressed basis, down 6.00 to 7.00 from last week’s weighted average. Kansas and Texas also moved a few cattle from 156.00 to 157.00, 7.00 lower than last week. Asking prices on the... Read more »

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Tough choices for many

The countdown is on!  Christmas is days away.  Our halls are decked, most of the presents are wrapped, and you can hear Faron Young singing Christmas carols when you step in the back door of our house. I feel blessed in many ways this Christmas season.  I feel especially blessed that, unlike many people in... Read more »

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Managing tighter margins in 2015

In a world where margins are tighter, Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt says farmers are going to have to make some adjustments. Starting in the short term.  “We look very quickly at capital expenditures,” he says.  “This would be cutting back on purchases of new machinery, cutting back on things like irrigation, tiling, and cutting... Read more »

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Weed survey

Based on information collected for the latest weed survey by Ohio State University Extension educators and a group in the weed science department at Ohio State, the major weeds in Ohio remain marestail and giant ragweed. Extension weed specialist, Mark Loux, says overall, farmers are making progress when it comes to controlling weeds in the... Read more »

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Preparing for lower dairy prices

2014 was certainly a record year for dairy producers but what goes up, must come down and all indications are prices will definitely be down in 2015. Eric Meyer with HighGround Dairy says hopefully producers are better-prepared for the coming bear market.  He talks about the options.

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Missouri governor calls for Beef Summit

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced a beef industry summit in early January to “develop strategies to maximize the potential of Missouri’s cattle industry and spur economic development in rural areas.” Nixon says he wants participants to identify ways cow-calf operators can grow their herds. While Missouri ranks second in cow-calf inventory in the nation,... Read more »

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Wisconsin couple named to AFBF Young Farmer committee

Tim and Danielle Clark of Beaver Dam have been appointed by the American Farm Bureau Federation to its Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2015-2017 term beginning in March. National committee members are nominated by their state Farm Bureau. Tim Clark recently completed a three-year term on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and... Read more »

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Dairy just keeps nudging lower

Cash cheese barrels increased a penny to $1.5875 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, blocks held steady at $1.6075, butter lost another 5.5 cents to $1.555 and nonfat dry milk slipped a penny to 99.5 cents per pound. Class III futures for December, January, February and March saw slight increases, April was unchanged and... Read more »

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Wheat continues to soar

Soybeans were higher on fund and technical buying. There was just no real fresh news for beans and weather around South America looks generally good. Demand’s strong, but beans may continue to drift over the next couple of weeks. Soybean meal was higher and bean oil was steady to weak, adjusting product spreads. Corn was... Read more »

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Hogs closed sharply lower

USDA Mandatory reports cattle trading has been limited Wednesday afternoon in Kansas on light to moderate demand. Early sales traded 7.00 to 8.00 lower than the bulk of last week at 156.00 to 157.00. DTN reported a few cattle sold on a dressed basis in Iowa at 250.00. Trading remained inactive in all other regions.... Read more »

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