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Fed report hints at ‘growing risk’ in farm sector

There are signs of growing risk in the farm sector because of surging demand for farm operating loans. That’s according to the latest ag finance report from the Federal Reserve System. Nathan Kauffman who heads up the Omaha branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, tells Brownfield they’ve seen a steady increase in large operating loans over... Read more »

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Dairy still unresolved at TPP talks

As of late Friday afternoon, dairy policy remained a sticking point at the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Hawaii. Reports say Canada has made nothing more than a token offer but no formal proposal to open its market. As a result the Australian Broadcasting Company says the United States stated that if Canada doesn’t increase... Read more »

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Young entrepreneur combines passion for farming, tech

The InfoAg Conference, which took place this week in St. Louis, is about blending high technology with agriculture.  Jesse Vollmar is a young man that has made a success out of his passion for both. Vollmar co-founded FarmLogs four years ago and describes his company in terms that could describe many of the InfoAg exhibiters.... Read more »

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U.K. dairy producers want help

Dairy farmers in Northern Ireland met with Minister of Agriculture Michelle O’Neill and members of their national assembly Agriculture Committee on Thursday in an effort to get the United Kingdom to do something about milk prices. The producers have requested a meeting with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. The Belfast Telegraph says the more than 200... Read more »

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WOTUS lawsuits consolidated

A dozen lawsuits against the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers on its Clean Water rule – formerly named Waters of the U.S. – have been consolidated. A report by Agri-Pulse says the EPA and Corps asked to have the petitions grouped together and a judicial panel agreed. The 6th Circuit Court – which covers... Read more »

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Bayer reportedly not interested in Syngenta

Several reports say Bayer is not interested in acquiring its competitor Syngenta – as Monsanto continues to pursue Syngenta. Bayer’s CEO told CNBC that Syngenta is “not a logical acquisition target for Bayer” because of a lot of overlap of crop protection products in the businesses. Syngenta continues to reject Monsanto’s offers.

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AFBF: WOTUS memos reveal EPA misconduct

Army Corps of Engineers internal memos connected to the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule reveal what the American Farm Bureau says is dysfunction, secrecy and misconduct at the EPA.  The corps memos were released Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Don Parrish says the memos... Read more »

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Commodity Carnival in its third year

Fairs across the country are providing a unique opportunity for young fairgoers to learn about the business of agriculture. Dave Lehman, Managing Director of Agricultural Research & Product Development at CME Group tells Brownfield Commodity Carnival is a game that teaches what it takes to raise a pig. “The costs that are associated with that... Read more »

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Dairy markets rebound

Despite the big drop on Monday, dairy markets recovered quite nicely by the end of the week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. On Friday barrels slipped 1.25 cents, blocks gained a quarter-cent, butter increased 4 cents and nonfat dry milk was a quarter-cent higher. Class III futures were mixed. Compared to a week ago, cash... Read more »

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Groups urge DOJ investigation of pork deal

Several ag, consumer and competition groups are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the proposed merger of JBS and Cargill. The American Antitrust Institute, Food & Water Watch, Iowa Farmers Union, the National Farmers Union and the Missouri Rural Crisis Center have written a white paper about their concerns. The crisis center’s Rhonda... Read more »

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Chinese cancellation sends soybeans lower

  Soybeans were lower on fund and speculative selling. China canceled on 200,000 tons of previously purchased new crop U.S. beans, confirming some recent market chatter. Near term crop weather forecasts are non-threatening with seasonal temperatures and rainfall for much of the Midwest. Soybean meal and oil were lower on spillover from beans. Friday was... Read more »

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Dairy program recognized by Neb. Dept. of Health

  The Nebraska Department of Health has presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” to the Midwest Dairy Association, in recognition of that group’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the dairy industry in collaboration with the National Football League and USDA.... Read more »

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Cattle trade at higher prices

USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading and demand was moderate in Kansas Friday afternoon. Compared to last week, live sales were 2.00 higher at 147.00. Trading was light in Nebraska on moderate demand. Compared to the previous week, live and dressed sales were 2.00 higher at 147.00 to 148.00 live, and 234.00 dressed. Dressed sales in... Read more »

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Contract hog finishing expanding in Nebraska

Contract finishing of hogs is expanding in Nebraska. One of the newest facilities is on John Tyson’s farm north of Blair in Washington County. “I raised hogs from 1980 to about 1998 and then I finally got out of hogs,” Tyson says. “Now the boys are back on the farm and we need to diversify... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 31, 2015

Sep. corn closed at $3.71, down 2 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $9.80 and 3/4, down 9 and 1/2 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $354.60, down $2.50 Aug. soybean oil closed at 29.98, down 30 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.99 and 1/4, up 2 and 3/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $145.70, up 47 cents Aug. lean hogs closed at $78.50, down $1.17 Sep. crude oil... Read more »

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New AURI director has background in biotech

The new executive director of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) has a background in biotechnology. Shannon Schlecht was formerly Vice President of Policy for U.S. Wheat Associates. “In my previous role a lot of the work was on everything that was happening on biotechnology.  Whether it be new research and innovation, new traits, tolerance... Read more »

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Forage quality is a concern

Forage quality is another casualty of this year’s excessive rainfall.  Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson says forage testing is going to be vital to livestock producers. He says as plants age – they take on more fiber and become less palatable to the animal.  “It reduces the intake and crude protein is reduced as... Read more »

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Indiana seeks disaster declaration

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is requesting a secretarial disaster declaration for counties with crop loss from this year’s excessive rainfall. In joint letter to Secretary Vilsack, the Governor, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana FSA state director Julia Wickard say the losses are ongoing. FSA’s Julia Wickard tells Brownfield 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties have been impacted. ... Read more »

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Beating multinationals at the climate change game

This has been a week of subtle rumblings regarding climate change.  The White House held a ceremony for multinational corporations “pledging” to do the right thing, while the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, in stout bipartisan fashion, beat back a “provocative” amendment from presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, VT) to formally acknowledge climate... Read more »

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Midday livestock markets

The feedlot cattle trade is very slow to start on Friday with just a few more bids on the table from 143.00 to 145.00 live, and 230.00 dressed. Bids are still a long way from the current asking prices of 148.00 in the South and 236.00 plus in the North. Packer inquiry should start to... Read more »

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Collin Peterson says American trade policies partly to blame for poultry restrictions

U.S. trading partners are threatening to restrict more poultry exports if a vaccine is used to treat avian influenza. Congressman Collin Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, says our own politics are partly to blame. “This has been a worldwide knee-jerk reaction to any kind of an animal disease outbreak, including Foot-and-Mouth... Read more »

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Favorable weather continues across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid crop development pace. In addition, current conditions are helping to ease the effects of lingering wetness across the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On the Plains, warm, dry weather prevails, aside from scattered showers in western Oklahoma and neighboring areas. Overall conditions remain mostly... Read more »

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Grand Champion Market Lamb selected

Opening Day of the 2015 Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, July 29, ended with the selection of the Grand Champion market lamb.   Judge Cade Wilson of Texas spent the day looking at 660 market lambs and in the end a crossbred wether exhibited by 10 year old Bailee Amstutz of Richwood was named Grand Champion. ... Read more »

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Cooler days ahead for much of the Corn Belt

During the next 5-days, heavy showers (locally 1 to 3 inches) can be expected in parts of the Southwest and lower Southeast. Much higher totals (possibly 6 inches or more) may occur in portions of Florida. Some of the Southwestern showers will spill onto the southern Plains, primarily across western Oklahoma and the panhandle of... Read more »

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Ohio State Fair sets opening day record

The 2015 Ohio State Fair began its 12 day run with record attendance. The Wednesday, July 29 Opening Day attendance of 59,324, topped the previous Opening Day record of 58,897 set in 2013. “We strive to enhance our Fair every year with diverse entertainment, activities and competitions,” said General Manager Virgil Strickler. “Ohioans have really... Read more »

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MSU funds research with syrup

Michigan State University’s newest forestry research is tapping into its own resources for funding. The MSU Department of Forestry is tapping 2,000 trees to compare the economic benefit of tapping sugar maples verses harvesting trees for timber. The project will also compare the growth of tapped and untapped trees at the Fred Russ Research Forest... Read more »

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Get your fair food on

Why deprive yourself of fair food if you’re trying to eat healthy?  You can manage, or balance, that food so you’re not on fair food overload. No one wants to hear it but you just have to be careful. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Fair food balance (1:30 mp3)

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Corn prices fade as crop concerns ease

Corn futures prices increased about 90 cents per bushel from mid-June to mid-July. The increase was driven by a combination of a smaller-than-expected USDA estimate of June 1 stocks and production concerns stemming from record June rainfall in much of the eastern Corn Belt. But over the past couple of weeks, the corn market has... Read more »

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Wheat yields good at MU test plots

Despite heavy rain and related disease pressures in wheat, yields have been good at most test sites in the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program. Southeast Missouri sites are showing the highest yields. While yields varied from site to site, seven varieties yielded 100 bushels or more per acre in southeast Missouri’s Scott County. Plots... Read more »

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A little less-profitable on the farm in June

The Index of Prices Received by Farmers in June decreased 1.9 percent from May. Lower prices for cattle, broilers and hay more than offset higher prices for eggs, onions and lettuce. The Crop Index was 2.2 percent lower; corn averaged $3.58 per bushel down 4 cents from May. Soybeans were 2 cents lower at $9.58,... Read more »

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Prices a little higher on the dairy farm

The June all-milk price gained 20 cents to $16.90 per hundredweight. Prices range from $20.90 in Florida; up 40 cents from May to $15.72 in California up 60 cents from May. The June Milk-to-Feed Ratio is 2.06 compared to 1.96 in May and 2.20 in June of 2014. The price of dairy cows increased in... Read more »

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Cheese and butter up again

Another good day in the cash cheese and butter markets on Thursday. Barrels increased 2 cents, blocks gained 4.5 cents and butter was 4.25 cents higher. Nonfat dry milk slipped 2.5 cents per pound.  Class III futures increased with the cheese market, August gained 8 cents, September added 24 cents and October increased 18 cents.... Read more »

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Upgrades for historic MO State Fair buildings

A couple of the oldest buildings on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia are getting some much needed repairs. Nearly 4-Million dollars has been appropriated to fix up the Coliseum, which will get electrical and roof and window repair… “In the Women’s Building we’re talking about a new roof and window replacement in some of that... Read more »

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Minnesota farm income mostly falling month to month

Minnesota farmers made less money for most commodities in June. According to USDA’s monthly Agricultural Prices report, the average price for corn in the state was $3.46 per bushel, a dime lower than May and nearly a dollar below 2014. The average price of soybeans in June was also 10 cents below the previous month... Read more »

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Ag economist warns about postponing cuts

Midwest farmers experiencing lower net incomes because of the drop in grain prices WILL have management options but an ag economist raises a red flag. Gary Schnitkey, with the University of Illinois, says some farmers will use their financial strength built up during higher incomes between 2006 and 2013 to postpone making tough decisions for... Read more »

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Corn, soybean support limited by weather

  Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. Weekly export numbers were neutral to a little supportive and unknown bought 140,000 tons of new crop U.S. beans. Crop weather forecasts for the Midwest are generally non-threatening. Soybean meal and oil were higher, following beans. Meal outgained oil by a significant margin due to commercial... Read more »

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Boxed beef firms

Boxed beef cutout values were steady to firm on moderate demand and light to moderate offerings. Choice beef was up 72 at 233.34, and select was .25 higher at 229.32. Cattle trade was untested on Thursday afternoon with bids and asking prices separated by $4.00 to 5.00 on a live basis. Asking prices are generally... Read more »

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Congress passes three-month transportation extension

Congress has passed a three-month highway and transportation extension on Thursday.  This is the 34th extension since 2009.  National Corn Growers Association says they are disappointed that it wasn’t a long-term package.  NCGA President Chip Bowling says once again Congress kicked the can down the road. “Farmers rely on our nation’s infrastructure system every day. We need safe, reliable... Read more »

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Michigan corn yield tour planned

Michigan Corn will be hosting the first statewide corn yield tour this summer. The Between the Rows Tour will be making eight stops at farms across Michigan.  Angel Jenio with Michigan Corn says the events will run from August 17 through September 3. “At each stop we’re going to perform some yield checks in the... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 30, 2015

Sep. corn closed at $3.73 and 1/4, up 5 and 1/2 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $9.90 and 1/4, up 7 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $357.10, up $7.10 Aug. soybean oil closed at 30.28, up 7 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.96 and 1/2, up 1/4 cent Aug. live cattle closed at $145.22, up 30 cents Aug. lean hogs closed at $79.67, down 17 cents Sep.... Read more »

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More than 30 Minnesota turkey farms hit by A-I have birds back in barns

More Minnesota turkey farms hit by avian influenza have birds back in their barns. The Board of Animal Health says 43 farms now have restocking agreements in place and at least 31 have birds on the property. The restocking process involves a complete cleaning and disinfecting, sample testing and a 21 day down-time period. The... Read more »

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Farm groups in Argentina to protest ahead of election

One of the world’s largest soybean producing countries is dealing with political unrest heading into a presidential election this fall. Argentina trails only the U.S. and Brazil in soybean exports and three farm associations there are threatening to start protests after the August ninth primaries. According to the president of the Argentine Rural Society, the... Read more »

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Take responsibility for your actions

Commentary. I think I could write a book about the crazy things that happen in my daily life.  I could at least write a sad country song.  I have already penned the first verse:  “I got rear-ended in the drive-thru at my local Chick-fil-A. . “ Not only did the man who drove his uncle’s... Read more »

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Day Two of Farmfest all about ag policy

The focus of day two at Farmfest next week has to do with policy issues important to agriculture. Kent Thiesse helped plan the seminar schedule and says Mark Schultz of Northstar Commodities will kick things off Wednesday morning by talking about the grain and livestock markets. The forum at 10:30 is called Addressing Key Ag... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

There are a few more scattered bids in the cattle at midday at 143.00 to 144.00 on the live basis and 228.00 dressed. The bids are far below the asking prices of 148.00 and 236.00 plus. Packer inquiry should improve today, but it is possible significant trade volume will be delayed until Friday. Boxed beef... Read more »

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Managing weeds this year

The wet growing season has made weed management especially challenging for farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt. Bryan Young, Purdue Extension Weed Specialist says at this point farmers need to look closely at the infestation in fields.  “Farmers need to determine if weeds are going to reduce yields,” he says.  “Is there enough out there... Read more »

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APHIS preparing for return of avian flu in fall

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service is preparing for a return of avian influenza this fall. Deputy Administrator John Clifford testified before a House Ag Subcommittee Thursday saying much of the focus in recent weeks has been on the future. “We’ve been meeting with our state and industry partners to plan for any... Read more »

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Kathleen Jacobs is Indiana’s national officer candidate

Kathleen Jacobs will represent Indiana FFA as its National FFA officer candidate.  Jacobs was a member of the Huntington North FFA chapter and most recently served as the 2014-2015 State FFA Treasurer. She participated in several leadership Career Development Events – and placed fourth in the nation in extemporaneous public speaking. Jacobs plans on attending... Read more »

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Strong week for pork exports

  The USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending July 23rd were above pre-report estimates, while soybeans and corn were within expectations. Physical shipments were below what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the current marketing year. Wheat came out at 699,400 tons (25.7 million bushels), up 39% from the week ending July... Read more »

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Take a #FarmerSelfie to help feed the hungry

Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) is making it easy for Indiana State Fair attendees to help feed the hungry.  It is the Year of the Farmer – and all fair goers have to do is find a farmer (or an image of one) on the fairgrounds, take a selfie and post it to social media... Read more »

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