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NCBA official warns of water rule’s ‘significant impact’

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is encouraging its members and all cattlemen to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. NCBA environmental counsel Ashley McDonald says, in the case of cattlemen, the impact of the rule will be significant. “If you increase regulation by the federal government to include things like […]
     


NCBA hammers away at EPA’s water rule

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is encouraging its members and all cattlemen to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. NCBA environmental counsel Ashley McDonald says, in the case of cattlemen, the impact of the rule will be significant. “If you increase regulation by the federal government to include things like […]
     


New USTR ag negotiator Vetter discusses trade issue

Nebraska native Darci Vetter, the new chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, spoke at the recent U.S. Grains Council summer meeting in Omaha.  In a news conference with reporters Vetter touched on several topics, including TPP, T-TIP, COOL, China and other trade issues.  Here are some excerpts from that news […]
     


Study: Soybean checkoff pays dividends

New research indicates that U.S. soybean farmers receive $5.20 in profits for every dollar they invest in their checkoff. Gary Williams, Ph.D., an agricultural economics professor from Texas A&M University conducted the study and tells Brownfield Ag News that 5 percent of soybean growers’ revenue is the result of the checkoff’s research and marketing efforts. […]
     


Opening day at the Wisconsin State Fair

The Wisconsin State Fair opens its ten-day run on Thursday.  Brian Bolan is Ag Director at the fair and he says once again they are expecting good numbers to fill the barns.  More than 900 head are entered in the junior dairy show in what is considered the largest junior dairy show in the world.  […]
     


U.S. poultry could be caught-up in Russian sanctions

U.S. poultry exports could be caught-up in the sanctions battle between the U.S. and Russia.  President Obama announced increased sanctions against Russian state-owned banks, oil companies and weapons makers this week.  They also target some close personal friends of Vladimir Putin.  The European Union has agreed to go along with the sanctions in an effort […]
     


Base milk prices increase

There will be a little more in the milk check this month, after declining for the last two months, the base milk prices increased a little for July.  Class II base is $24.41 per hundredweight up 47 cents from June and $5.19 above July of 2013.  The Class III base for July is $21.60, up […]
     


Foremost Farms installing reverse osmosis in Michigan

Foremost Farms USA and Michigan Milk Producers have formed a strategic alliance to balance milk intakes with processing capacity.  Foremost Farms has purchased and is installing reverse osmosis technology at Michigan Milk’s Constantine plant in south-central Michigan.  The technology removes water, concentrating three loads of milk into one for transportation to Foremost cheese plants in […]
     


Dairy industry wary of European GIs

National Milk Producers Federation vice president and U.S. Dairy Export Council member Shawna Morris told a Senate subcommittee the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement would be a fine model for the Trans Pacific Partnership…with one exception; Geographical Indicators. Morris told the Senate Finance Committee trade subcommittee that the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement eliminated nearly all […]
     


Wheat up, corn follows

Soybeans were lower on fund and speculative selling. There are some dry areas around the Midwest, but forecasts for next week do have a better chance for precipitation. Contracts, especially old crop, tried to rally, but were unable to follow through. Past that – the trade’s continuing to keep an eye on the export market. […]
     


Feeder cattle futures continue to set record highs

It was another quiet day in cattle country with asking prices around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 265.00 to 270.00 in the North, but so far not even a token bid on the table. Significant trade volume will be delayed until Thursday or Friday. The kill totaled 113,000 head, 1,000 below last week, […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 30, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.61 and 3/4, up 1/4 cent Aug. soybeans closed at $12.20 and 1/2, down 6 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $387.60, down $7.80 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.05, down 20 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.27 and 1/4, up 7 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $159.85, up $1.07 Aug. lean hogs closed at $119.15, down $2.30 Sep. crude […]
     


Southwest Indiana corn looks great

According to the latest Crop and Weather report 75 percent of Indiana’s corn crop is in good to excellent condition.  Joe Steinkamp farms in southwest Indiana and he says the crop looks great.  “We haven’t hardly hurt for moisture this year,” he says.  “The corn is not fired up from the bottom – meaning we […]
     


Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

The country is quiet and so far no bids on the cattle have been reported. Significant trade will likely be delayed until Thursday or Friday. Asking prices are around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 265.00 to 270.00 in the North. The boxed beef cutout value is significantly higher with the choice up 1.69 […]
     


CountryMark fuels the 2014 Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is just a few days away – and it again will be powered by CountryMark. As CountryMark vice president of marketing Jon Lantz explains – from the state fair shuttles, to the carnival rides, and even the antique tractors – CountryMark keeps the Indiana State Fair moving. The 2014 ISF runs August […]
     


COOL is top of mind in Denver

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s summer conference is getting underway in Denver.  Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) will be one of the main topics discussed. NCBA’s Colin Woodall says the World Trade Organization’s ruling on COOL is expected to be made public in September.  If the revised COOL rule is found to be in violation […]
     


Manure application technology on display

How technology can help address water quality and nutrient management concerns will be the focus of field day on Thursday, July 31, near Maria Stein, Ohio. Terry Mescher, Ag Engineer with the Division of Soil and Water at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) says some of the manure application technology being featured has […]
     


More cool weather ahead for the Heartland

Locally heavy showers will shift eastward from the central and southern Plains, reaching the southern Atlantic States during the weekend. Meanwhile, somewhat drier weather will prevail in the Southwest, although showers will linger across the central and southern Rockies. Most of the remainder of the West will remain mostly dry, except for scattered showers across […]
     


Cool pattern continues across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather continues to benefit reproductive to filling corn and soybeans. However, patchy dryness has developed across the Midwest during July, following near-record to record-setting June wetness. Still, at least half of the pastures are rated in good to excellent condition in every Midwestern State, while only Nebraska—at 16%—has more than […]
     


The cost of herbicide resistant weeds

Herbicide resistant weeds are an increasing problem for farmers in the Corn Belt.  Purdue University weed scientist Dr. Bryan Young says if the weeds aren’t controlled they can rob yield and reduce profitability. But just how costly are those herbicide resistant weeds? AUDIO: Bryan Young, Purdue University (3:00mp3)
     


New programs for sheep producers

Two new programs to assist sheep producers with the production and marketing of their products has been announced. USDA has added sheep to the USDA Grass Fed Program. The program targets producers that market lambs produced from 99 head of ewes or less per year. Producers certified under the new program will receive certificates that […]
     


Six ways to save on beef at the store

Looking to save on beef at the grocery store?  Red meat prices have gone up this summer along with pork.  The Beef Chcekoff offers six ways to save on beef at the store.  The first one is to consider the price per serving —  If a pound of beef is $4.56 that works out to […]
     


Joint Ag Committee’s meet at OSF

The Ohio House and Senate Agriculture Committee’s held a joint hearing at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 29. District 27 State Senator Frank LaRose says it’s important to bring the two committees together at the State Fair. “There are thousands of young folks and industry groups and commodity groups that are out here […]
     


Money available for minority, veteran farmers

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of about $9 million in assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans who are new to farming and ranching. The funding enables community-based organizations to work with these groups to acquire and operate farms and ranches and to take advantage of USDA programs. At the […]
     


Mandatory COOL upheld in appeals court

The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia upheld mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat and meat products.  The 9-2 decision supports an earlier appellate court ruling which determined that labeling was needed to prevent deception.  Judge Stephen Williams cited consumer interest and health concerns, saying the government’s interest in country-of-origin […]
     


Soybeans, corn give back gains

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, in “Turnaround Tuesday” type activity. There are some weather concerns and the condition rating declined over the past week, but the trade continues to expect a big crop. Also, forecasts for the coming week do have a little more precipitation than what we saw on Monday. Demand […]
     


Fonterra reduces milk price estimate

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2014/15 season from $7 (NZ) to $6 (NZ) per kilogram of milk solids.  The cut translates into about a $1.6 billion reduction from the co-op’s earlier prediction and around $4 billion less in total farm income compared to last year. Fonterra […]
     


Sediment closes upper Mississippi

Part of the Mississippi River between Wisconsin and Minnesota is closed to barge traffic.  Sand bars high enough to ground towboats have formed near Winona and Wabasha forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to close the river from Winona to Red Wing.  Dan Cottrell, channel maintenance coordinator with the Corps says they found three areas […]
     


FFA American Star Finalists named

The National FFA Organization has named the finalists for each of the American Stars: American Star Farmer Alan Barka, Litchfield FFA Chapter (Minnesota) – Barka owns a dairy cattle operation, in which he manages and sells the milk produced. Josh Stutrud, Rugby FFA Chapter (North Dakota) – Stutrud manages his own diversified agricultural livestock and […]
     


Boxed beef cutouts end sharply higher again

Feedlot country was at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon. Clearly, significant trade volume will be delayed until at least Wednesday or Thursday. Some showlists have been priced around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 265.00 plus in the North. The slaughter totaled 115,000 head, 1,000 more than last week, but 9,000 less than last […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 29, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.61 and 1/2, down 6 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.26 and 1/2, down 10 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $395.40, down $7.40 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.25, down 27 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.20, down 14 and 3/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $158.77, down 27 cents Aug. lean hogs closed at $121.45, down $2.22 Sep. crude oil […]
     


Tuesday Midday cash livestock markets

It is typically quiet in cattle country on Tuesday. Bids and asking prices are not fully developed. However, a few showlists have been priced around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South, and 265.00 to 270.00 in the North. Significant trade volume will probably be delayed until the second half of the week. Boxed beef cutout […]
     


Making Farm Bill decisions

The decisions farmers will be making when sign-up begins for programs in the new Farm Bill will be important decisions. So where should a farmer be in the process right now? Dr. Carl Zulauf in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University says thinking about base acres and base yields […]
     


California drought affecting Pacific NW organic dairy

Even though the California drought does not stretch up into Oregon and Washington it is having an impact on organic dairy producers in the Pacific Northwest.  Washington and Oregon do not raise quite enough organic hay to meet demand, organic dairy producers are finding they have to bid against California organic dairy farmers for the […]
     


Emmi Roth to expand New York yogurt capacity

Another expansion of the yogurt business in New York State.  Emmi Roth USA will expand operations in Orangeburg and Penn Yan, New York, to grow its market share in the U.S.  The Penn Yan facility produces Siggi’s yogurt as well as bag-in-box milk and creamers for foodservice dispensers.  Cheese Market News says the $11.6 million, […]
     


Subcommittee hears pros, cons of SNAP

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition held a hearing addressing the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Among those delivering testimony, Robert Doar, a Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute testified that SNAP doesn’t do enough to lift people from poverty. “I have been a […]
     


Illinois company revamping Chinese operation

The CEO of Illinois-based OSI Group says he will not try to defend or explain the actions of his company’s meat plant in Shanghai.  In a statement on the company website, Sheldon Lavin states “what happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable” and he promised they will take all the steps needed; “to make sure […]
     


Brownfield states crop progress report

Weekly Crop Progress Reports from the National Ag Statistics Service as of Sunday, July 27: Illinois corn crop is 94 percent silked, up 12 points for the week and 9 points ahead of the five year average.  25 percent is in dough, should be 29 percent by now.  Soybeans 83 percent blooming up 14 points […]
     


Wisconsin could use some rain

Cool and dry becoming the norm in Wisconsin.  The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service, Wisconsin Field Office says temperatures were 3 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal last week while topsoil moisture fell sharply.  As of Sunday, topsoil moisture is 7 percent surplus, 70 percent adequate, 20 percent short […]
     


As harvest nears, rail concerns continue

One of the speakers at the summer meeting of the U.S. Grains Council in Omaha was Hasan Hyder, assistant vice president for grain and grain products with Union Pacific Railroad.  Hyder says UP is ramping up in preparation for another big grain harvest this fall.  By the end of the year, he says, the railroad […]
     


Missouri corn crop ‘looking great’

Missouri averaged about a quarter-inch of rain this past week. Topsoil moisture supply is 61 percent adequate to surplus, but about a third of the state is short on topsoil moisture.  Corn silking is about complete with a third of the crop in the dough stage.  The crop is 84 percent good to excellent. Brian […]
     


Exports, weather concerns support soybeans

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Demand continues to be strong, with China buying 420,000 tons of U.S. new crop, along with 66,000 tons of optional origin, and some areas of the Midwest do need rain as we head into August. USDA reports 76% of soybeans are blooming, compared to the five year […]
     


U.S. corn, soybean condition ratings decline

The national corn and soybean condition ratings both dipped slightly over the past week. As of Sunday, USDA reports 75% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 1% from the week before, but that is still well above this time last year. 78% of the crop is silking, compared to 67% a year […]
     


Feeder cattle sell higher at Monday auction

Feedlot country was quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. The late July offering appears to be somewhat larger than last week. Although asking prices are not well defined, a few producers have priced cattle around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 255.00 to 270.00 in the North. The slaughter […]
     


Indiana corn crop well ahead of last year

Dry conditions last week had farmers hoping for a late July rain shower as corn and soybean plants were rolling up to conserve moisture. Overall – 75 percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent with 14 percent of the crop in the dough stage and 88 percent silked.  By region, corn doughing […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 28, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.67 and 3/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.36 and 1/2, up 24 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $402.80, up $4.80 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.52, up 43 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.34 and 3/4, down 3 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $159.05, down 5 cents Aug. lean hogs closed […]
     


Property taxes are big topic in Nebraska

Property taxes being paid on farm and ranch land in Nebraska continue to skyrocket.  Laura Field, director of legislative affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen, says those taxes increased an average of 29 percent statewide over the past year. Field says her group will resume its push for property tax relief in the 2015 legislative session. That […]
     


Talk about interactive

One of the most interactive areas at the 2014 Ohio State Fair is the Land and Living exhibit in the Nationwide Donahey Ag and Hort Building. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation intern Maggie Dean of Marion sat down with Dave Russell and talked about some of the interactive activities fairgoers can do while in the building. […]
     


A successful pollination

This July is on pace to be one of the coolest on record and Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says overall he doesn’t anticipate it hindering the crop.  “I don’t think the temperatures have been low enough to cause an actual negative impact on the crop,” he says.  “And it represents very, very moderate […]
     


Everything from kayaking, to fishing

First opened in 1966, Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Fair is one of the areas that provides fairgoers with activities of all types, from kayaking, to fishing, to Frisbee golf. To find out about some of the other things being showcased at Natural Resources Park, Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with ODNR Director, Jim Zehringer. Audio: […]
     


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