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Bird flu confirmed in Iowa egg laying facility

An outbreak of the avian flu virus has been confirmed in a commercial egg laying facility in Osceola County in extreme northwest Iowa. According to a news release from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Osceola County facility has 5.3 million hens. It’s the second case of the avian flu reported in... Read more »

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U.S., Japanese negotiators discuss trade issues

There are still some significant sticking points in U.S. and Japan trade issues that may become part of the broader Trans-Pacific Partnership.  It’s reported that progress has been made, but remaining contentious issues include expanded U.S. access to Japan’s rice market and expanded access for Japan to ship auto parts to the U.S. The U.S.... Read more »

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El Nino could mean bumper corn crop

Warm ocean waters could help boost corn yields this year. DTN meteorologist Bryce Anderson says that rising water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean indicates a likely El Nino scenario throughout the growing season. He says – that is good for farmers.  “That leads to a generally mild temperature trend for the Corn Belt, along with... Read more »

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Commercial demand supports soybeans, wheat

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Demand remains strong and while there’s some talk of increased acreage due to corn delays, it’s still early. The USDA expects its first soybean planting estimate of the growing season in next week’s crop progress report. Brazilian truckers are meeting with government officials this week and it... Read more »

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Hopes for property tax relief in Nebraska start to fade

With each passing day, hopes that the Nebraska legislature will provide substantive property tax relief for Nebraska farmers and ranchers start to fade. But Jay Rempe, vice president for governmental relations with Nebraska Farm Bureau, says they haven’t given up the fight. “There’s still some bills in Revenue Committee that they’re still looking at and... Read more »

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Just enough rain to slow planting

Central Illinois farmer Bill Graff started planting corn last week into what he calls some of the best soils he’s ever planted in to.  “We were getting dry enough, we needed a rain,” he says.  “We had a couple fields that we put on spring anhydrous that were worked corn stalks and they could use... Read more »

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Cattle futures get hammered

Cattle country is quiet this afternoon following the distribution of the showlists. The new offering appears to be generally larger with only Colorado showing fewer ready steers and heifers. Some asking prices have been suggested around 163.00 in the South and 263.00 plus in the North. The kill totaled 110,000 head, 1,000 more than last... Read more »

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Nebraska family honored for conservation efforts

A south-central Nebraska farming and ranching operation has been honored for its work to preserve grasslands and wetlands. Shaw Family Farms, which operates in the Fairfield-Deweese area south of Hastings, received the 2015 Leopold Conservation Award Friday in a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol. Brian Shaw, who farms with his father Steve, played football... Read more »

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9% of U.S. corn planted

The U.S. corn planting pace improved over the past week, but continues to trail the average pace with a wet start to the growing season in many areas. As of Sunday, the USDA reports 9% of corn is planted, compared to 2% last week and the five year average of 13%. 16% of the winter... Read more »

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Rain will stabilize wheat, but damage is already done

Some of the driest areas of the hard red winter wheat belt, including northwest Kansas and western Nebraska, received as much as two to four inches of rain over the weekend. Lucas Haag, a Kansas State University agronomist based at Colby, says that while the rain is certainly beneficial to the wheat, it won’t reverse... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 20, 2015

May corn closed at $3.78, down 1 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $9.77 and 1/2, up 8 and 3/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $318.50, up $3.50 May soybean oil closed at 31.57, up 7 points May wheat closed at $4.98 and 3/4, up 4 and 1/4 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $155.35, down $2.45 Jun lean hogs closed at $75.52, down 75 cents Apr. crude oil... Read more »

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87th Missouri FFA Convention a wrap

Missouri FFA convention, like others across the U.S., is a coming together, a celebration of awards, rewards and friendships. It’s about saying ‘hello’ to new state officers and ‘goodbye’ to old ones.  Shaylee Wallace, had just left the stage as outgoing Missouri State FFA Vice President last Friday. “It’s one of the most emotional roller... Read more »

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Quiet cash markets but Class III moves higher

A very quiet day in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  No activity in the cheese and nonfat dry milk markets while one unfilled bid pushed butter 2.25 cents higher.  Dairy Market News says butter makers would like to make more butter and store it for future use but current demand... Read more »

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Ohio Barns Conference

An organization with an interest in preserving a part of the rural landscape in Ohio will be meeting in Findlay, Ohio this weekend. Friends of Ohio barns will hold their Ohio Barns Conference this Friday and Saturday. Sarah Woodall says they’ll begin the conference with a tour of historic barns in Hancock County on Friday.... Read more »

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National Guard called upon to help fight H5N2 in Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker issuing a couple of executive orders on Monday calling up the Wisconsin National Guard to help with threats to agriculture in the state. Executive Order #156 authorizes the Guard to assist in the response to avian influenza cases in Jefferson, Juneau and Barron Counties.  “We must act quickly and efficiently to contain... Read more »

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MSU offers college credit to FFA students

Students that received their Michigan FFA State Degrees this spring will be the first high school students to earn college credit at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Randy Showerman, Michigan FFA Association State Advisor says this accomplishment was a few years in the making. “We looked at what was the content that was being taught... Read more »

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Nebraska works to address shortage of ag ed teachers

Due to a tremendous growth of interest in agricultural education and FFA, many states are now facing a shortage of ag education teachers. Take Nebraska, for example.  Matt Kreifels, director of ag education in the Nebraska Department of Education, says more and more Nebraska schools want to add ag education and FFA programs, but there aren’t... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock prices

Cattle country is quiet on Monday with both buyers and sellers busy counting heads. Bids and asking prices have yet to be established. Last week’s Southern live trade was mostly $2.00 to 3.00 lower at 160.00, while Northern dressed business ranged from 256.00 to 260.00, generally $3.00 to 4.00 lower than the previous week. Choice... Read more »

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Corn, wheat inspections up on week

  The USDA reports soybean export inspections remain on pace to meet or surpass projections for the 2014/15 marketing year. Wheat inspections for the week ending April 16th were 564,502 tons, up 92,828 from the week ending April 9th and 56,374 higher than the week ending April 17th, 2014. For the 2014/15 marketing year to... Read more »

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Franken calls poultry restrictions “bogus”

  The USA Poultry and Egg Export Council estimates between 30 and 40 countries have imposed restrictions on U.S. poultry because of the avian influenza outbreak. Minnesota Senator Al Franken calls these boycotts bogus, saying “I think these boycotts of products are really bogus.  They should know that we (U.S.) would not be exporting anything that has... Read more »

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Students learn about soy through FoodPlay

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee has partnered with FoodPlay Productions as part of Soy Foods Month this April to educate elementary children about health and wellness.  Gail Frahm, Executive Director of the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, says the plays incorporate soy foods and soy farmers into the presentations. AUDIO: Interview with Gail Frahm (1:59 mp3):

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There are challenges in milking sheep

Steven Read and his wife milk about 200 head of sheep.  In 1994 both traded their jobs in town for a life of sheep dairying near Northfield, Minnesota.  They milk 200 head and every drop of that milk – about 600 pounds a head per 200 day lactation – is used to make cheese.  Read... Read more »

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What to do with unwanted horses

Kelsey Schueler is a Master’s Degree candidate in Ag Education and Leadership at Illinois State University in Normal.  She is conducting an on-line survey to assess perceptions of horse owners, non-horse owners and those in the equine industry on the current methods of dealing with unwanted horses in Illinois.  She talks about the effort: The... Read more »

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Wisconsin State Vet limits poultry movement

In an effort to prevent the spread of avian influenza, Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw has issued a ban on poultry movement to shows, exhibitions and swap meets in Jefferson, Juneau or Barron counties.  The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed in flocks in those counties.  McGraw says, “Gathering poultry... Read more »

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Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board approves budget

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board of Directors unanimously approved a $30.3 million budget for FY 2016.  The spending plan represents a nearly $1.5 million increase over FY 2015 thanks to increased milk production in the state. WMMB will continue to fund national cheese advertising, in-school nutrition education, Fuel Up to Play 60 and statewide promotions for... Read more »

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Solid close to the week in the dairy markets

Cash cheese and butter moved higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday with Class III futures responding accordingly. For the week: cash cheese barrels gained 1.5 cents, blocks slipped a quarter-cent, butter increased 5.5 cents and nonfat dry milk is a half-cent lower.  Class III futures for April gained 11 cents, May increased 22... Read more »

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Corn up on commercial demand

Soybeans was mixed in end of the week consolidation trade. May and July were both up on commercial support, while other months were steady to lower. Demand continues to be strong, but the supply fundamentals are becoming more and more bearish. There have been some harvest delays in Argentina, but nothing all that serious. Soybean... Read more »

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Wet fields and the forecast for more rain

For Jeff Wuebker who farms in Darke County, Western Ohio, spring planting remains on hold. “Last week we had two and half inches of rain right in through here, now you go a little farther north and they had almost an inch less,” Wuebker said. “We’re pretty wet, I haven’t really thought about it, I... Read more »

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A light cattle trade

The trade volume in the cattle was generally light on Friday afternoon. Final totals are likely to be very small. A few deals included extra delivery days. A few cattle traded in Kansas and Texas from 160.00 to 161.00, 2.00 to 3.00 lower than last week. Several pens in Nebraska and Iowa were marked at... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 17, 2015

May corn closed at $3.79 and 3/4, up 3 and 1/2 cents May soybeans closed at $9.68 and 3/4, up 2 and 3/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $315.00, up $2.60 May soybean oil closed at 31.52, down 24 points May wheat closed at $4.94 and 1/2, unchanged Apr. live cattle closed at $157.80, down $3.00 Jun lean hogs closed at $76.27, down 10 cents Apr. crude oil... Read more »

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Husker Food Connection helps ‘bridge the gap’

Students on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) city campus had the opportunity Thursday to learn more about where their food comes from during Husker Food Connection. Lukas Fricke, an animal science major from Ulysses and one of the organizers of the event, says it’s designed to bridge the gap between the farm and ranch students on ag... Read more »

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Keeping nutrients on the field

With the emphasis on water quality and nutrient management these days, there’s more for farmers to do than just planting their crop. Ohio State University Extension specialist Greg LaBarge says when surface applying fertilizer, farmers should pay attention to rain events and take a good look at soil tests before going to the field. “Those... Read more »

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Farmers are responding to market signals

As the 2015 planting season gets underway, University of Illinois professor John Newton says the US could be entering a third year of declining acres planted to corn. He says farmers are responding to market signals.  “The market signal in the corn market has been the declining corn prices ever since we started to build... Read more »

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House votes to repeal federal Estate Tax

The U.S. House has voted to repeal the federal estate tax.  American Farm Bureau president Bob Stallman says the house passage of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 is one step closer to tax reform that would help farm families invest in the future and pass their farms on to the next generation. Tennessee... Read more »

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Ethanol leader not convinced EPA understands concerns

One of the EPA’s top advisors on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) spoke Thursday at an Ethanol Forum in Omaha. Paul Argyropoulos, senior policy advisor in the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, talked about the recent consent decree which sets firm deadlines for proposing and finalizing the ethanol volume requirements for 2014, 2015... Read more »

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Nebraska’s governor announces first trade mission

Agriculture will be a big focus of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ first foreign trade mission. The governor, along with state agriculture and economic development officials, will travel to Denmark, Belgium and Italy in June.  Among the stops will be a major European food show in Milan, Italy and a meeting with officials of Danish biotechnology... Read more »

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Central Nebraska farmer welcomes rain

The rain falling in central Nebraska today is going to delay corn planting for a few days.  But that’s okay with Paul Kenney, who farms north of Kearney near Amherst.  Kenney says they’re about four inches behind normal in precipitation this year. “It’s just pretty tough to catch up if you’re that far behind,” Kenney... Read more »

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Food labeling needs to be “natural”

The issue of whether a consumer has the “right” to know if a food product contains a genetically modified (GM) ingredient by mandating GM labeling of foods is consuming a lot of newsprint and electrodes these days.  Opponents contend such a label “demonizes” a food by implying there’s something unsafe about biotech; proponents contend the... Read more »

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Take your business to the schools

One of the challenges facing agribusinesses in rural areas is getting local young people interested in a career in their area.  Karri Neils heads-up Human Resources for Sargento Foods in Plymouth, Wisconsin.  They are working with local high schools and technical colleges to make students aware of what is available. One of the projects involved... Read more »

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Missouri Ag Director tells FFA kids to reach high

Reach out of your comfort zone — that was the message at the opening session of the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. Former FFA student Richard Fordyce, who is now director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, told members they should reach high, “I will tell you that there are kids right now, I think,... Read more »

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Missouri’s Champion Livestock Auctioneer

The champion livestock auctioneer in Missouri is Leon Caselman of Long Lane, Missouri.  He scored the highest in this week’s 7th Annual Missouri Livestock Marketing Association Auctioneering Contest. The competition was held in Boonville.  

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Midday cash livestock markets

Private sources are reporting a few more bids on the cattle at midday from 159.00 to 161.00 in the South, and 159.00 live and 255.00 to 260.00 dressed in the North. Feedlot managers continue to price cattle on a firm basis from 165.00 to 166.00 in the South, and 265.00 plus in the North. Boxed... Read more »

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Blue Earth County farmer begins corn planting

  The planting season began earlier this week for Blue Earth County farmer Karl Duncanson and family. He tells Brownfield they started working ground Tuesday and planting corn Wednesday. He says the field conditions vary a little, but the ground is very good. “We are a little on the dry side.  We’re better off if... Read more »

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Four new cases of avian flu in Minnesota

Four more commercial turkey farms in Minnesota have been infected with avian influenza. The US Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Thursday flocks in Ottertail, Roseau, Kandiyohi and Stearns Counties have been affected. That brings the total number of cases in the state to 26 in 14 different counties affecting over... Read more »

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Starting off a lot like 2012

The 2015 planting season is starting off much differently than normal for eastern South Dakota farmer Keith Alverson.  “It’s warm and its dry,” he says.  “Planting conditions are pretty good because normally we have a lot of spring moisture – when most of South Dakota gets the bulk of its moisture and planting conditions are... Read more »

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Beneficial rains for the Great Plains

Looking ahead, the slow-moving spring storm complex currently centered over the Great Plains will expand in coverage and move eastward, with heavy rain reaching the Atlantic Coast over the weekend. Five-day rainfall totals are expected to exceed 2 inches or more locally from the Gulf Coast to Coastal New England, and severe weather will be... Read more »

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Mild, drier weather for now in the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mild, sunny weather dominates the Midwest, warming top-soils for germination and helping to alleviate excessive wetness on low-lying fields. On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms continue from Nebraska to Texas, and severe weather is again possible, though the moisture is timely for winter wheat and germination of summer crops. Spring wheat... Read more »

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Slight shifts in Michigan corn acres

Farmers are starting to make progress in the field.  Jim Zook, Executive Director for Michigan Corn, says most corn acreage will remain the same in the state.  He does expect a slight decline in some regions with farmers increasing their dry bean acreage. AUDIO: Interview with Jim Zook (1:59 mp3):

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New Missouri FFA President from Trenton

The 87th Missouri FFA Convention is in full gear in Columbia, Missouri. The theme of this year’s convention is Show Me Opportunity, Discover Success. New FFA President Adam Kirby with Trenton FFA says he’s excited about the year ahead and the continued role of young people in agriculture. Kirby tells Brownfield, “FFA is helping to lead... Read more »

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Holte named interim CAO for Wisconsin Farm Bureau

Wisconsin Farm Bureau president Jim Holte will serve as interim Chief Administrative Officer for the Federation.  The Elk Mound farmer will continue his duties as WFBF president and American Farm Bureau board member while they search for a new, permanent CAO. The action follows the departure of Stephen Freese who became CAO of the organization when Roger... Read more »

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