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Disagreements apparent over proposal for elected ag director

The Missouri Farm Bureau is against a proposed constitutional change that would shift the Missouri Director of Agriculture from a governor’s appointee to an elected position.  State legislative affairs director Ashley McDonald says Missouri’s 73 to 27 percent split between urban and rural voters is hard to overcome to elect someone who best represents farmers.... Read more »

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Wisconsin Ginseng Board nominations

The Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection is now accepting nominations for three seats on the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin. DATCP will mail nomination forms to eligible growers.  Completed forms must include the signatures from at least five eligible growers other than the nominee and the notarized affidavit of eligibility.  Forms must be... Read more »

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Pheasants Forever hires Farm Bill biologist

Pheasants Forever has hired Cody Tromberg as the organization’s new Farm Bill wildlife biologist in northwest Wisconsin. Partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Pheasants Forever Farm Bill wildlife biologists are experts in conservation programs and habitat planning. The purpose of a Farm Bill biologist is to... Read more »

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Iowa State Herbicide Guide offers weed management strategies

As herbicide resistance continues to spread, producers will need to employ “a greater diversity of tactics” to combat resistant weeds in 2015. So says Iowa State University Extension weed scientist Bob Hartzler. Hartzler and his ISU colleague Mike Owen have recently updated the Herbicide Guide for Iowa Corn and Soybean Production for 2015. “Every year... Read more »

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Dairy markets drift lower

Cash cheese held steady while butter, nonfat dry milk and Class III futures were all lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday. There were 16 loads of butter sold pulling the price down 3 cents just one day after 16 loads sold pushed the price 8.5 cents higher.   The Global Dairy Trade auction... Read more »

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Antibiotic bill in Senate aimed at animal ag

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate called the “Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act” is directed at livestock agriculture production. The bill, sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Susan Collins of Maine (and co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York), would require the FDA to withdraw its... Read more »

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Wheat, corn post gains

  Soybeans were mixed, adjusting old crop/new crop spreads, with old crop down and new crop up. The truck strike in Brazil isn’t over, but there are fewer blockades reported this week. In southern Brazil, soybean stocks at the key Paranagua port are dwindling, while the BR-163 highway in Mato Grosso is free of stoppages... Read more »

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Cattle and hog futures close lower

Feedlot country was at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon with little trade expected until late in the week. Some asking prices are around 162.00 in the South and 255.00 to 260.00 in the North. The kill was estimated by USDA at 109,000 head, the same as last week, 4,000 smaller than 2014. Boxed beef cutout... Read more »

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Ethanol exports ramping up

Some 800-million gallons of U.S. ethanol have been exported – this past year – through a cooperative program that involves the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). Alan Tiemann, past chair of the Nebraska Corn Board and Vice Chair of the USGC board, tells Brownfield it’s about increasing markets for U.S. corn production, “We’ve got a partnership... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 3, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.82, up 3 and 1/4 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $10.08 and 3/4, down 2 and 1/2 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $341.80, down $2.50 Mar. soybean oil closed at 32.80, up 15 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.08 and 3/4, up 3/4 cent Apr. live cattle closed at $151.05, down $2.40 Apr. lean hogs closed at $65.60, down $2.07 Apr. crude oil closed at $50.52, up 93 cents... Read more »

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New label for grass fed meat

There’s a new label for consumers wanting to purchase grass-fed meat. Andrew Gunther, program director of Animal Welfare Approved says they wanted to give consumers assurances they might not get otherwise. He says their Certified Grass Fed label goes beyond USDA standards for grass-fed meat. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Grassfed meat Certified label (1:30 mp3):... Read more »

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GDT index increases

The Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday saw an overall increase of 1.1 percent. This is the sixth consecutive increase at the auction and the highest the index has been since last July. On Tuesday, butter increased 2.4 percent from the last sale, skim milk powder was 5.9 percent higher, butter milk powder was up... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock prices

Cattle country is typically quiet on Tuesday with bids and asking prices not fully defined. A few showlists have been priced around 162.00 to 163.00 in the South, and 260.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume could be delayed until the second half of the week. Boxed beef cutout values were up 1.03 at... Read more »

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Evaluating risk in the short term

After a couple of really strong years in the agriculture economy, a Purdue ag economist says farmers liquidity or working capital looks pretty good. However, Mike Boehlje with the Center for Commercial Agriculture says there is potential for operating losses in 2015.  “With our current lower commodity prices our numbers are showing that even with... Read more »

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Diversification helps manage risk

Commodity prices are a big concern heading into the 2015 growing season. Dave Williams farms in Elsie, Michigan and heading into this year’s growing season, he tells Brownfield his farm took a proactive approach to managing risk on their farm. “We’ve decided to diversify more than we have in the past,” he says.  “We’re going... Read more »

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Food-grade soybean shipments affected

Shipments of food grade soybeans have been slowed down by the West Coast port situation but should be clearing up with the recent labor agreement. Wayne Fredericks, president-elect of the Iowa Soybean Association spoke with Brownfield at Commodity Classic about it, “A lot of them go into the tofu food grade market. Most of our... Read more »

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Commodity groups set priorities

Corn and soybean growers set their policy for the upcoming year.  And while the commodity organizations are different, their goals are similar. National Corn Growers Association president Chip Bowling says the nation’s corn farmers identified three major priorities in 2015. “Biofuels, ethanol and preserving the Renewable Fuels Standard, trade and Trade Promotion Authority were at the... Read more »

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Saturated buffers help reduce nutrient runoff

Saturated buffers are one of the innovative new conservation practices being used by Iowa farmers to reduce nutrient runoff. At the Iowa Soybean Association Research Conference in Ames, we visited with Roger Wolf, ISA’s director of environmental programs and services, about how this new practice fits in with the many other water quality efforts that are currently underway in... Read more »

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Agronomist works closely with ISA’s On-Farm Network

Sheila Hebenstreit is a big fan of the Iowa Soybean Association’s On-Farm Network. Hebenstreit, a farmer, FC Coop agronomist and ISA board member from Jefferson, tells Brownfield she has been active in the On-Farm Network “from the very beginning”. Fifteen years ago, she formed a research group with local farmers and has been doing strip... Read more »

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USDA studying possible use for drones

Drones could help USDA conservation experts do a better job of assessing farmlands and other lands. But Jason Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says before the use of drones can happen, USDA is trying to figure out not only how remote sensing can be done under the proposed FAA guidelines, but also how... Read more »

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Managing herbicide resistant weeds

There may be snow on the ground, but Joe Armstrong, Dow AgroSciences field scientist says it isn’t too early to start thinking about weed management.  “Early season weed control is important regardless of the crop, but in a crop like soybeans, eliminating that early season weed competition is what sets you up for success for... Read more »

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Dairy cow prices decline with milk

Lower milk prices have prompted lower dairy cow prices over the last three months. The USDA National Ag Statistics Service says the average dairy cow price in the U.S. as of January 31st was $1,990 down $130 from the end of October. California saw the biggest decline with the average dairy cow dropping $400 from... Read more »

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U.S. beef exports to Dominican Republic up 63 percent

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says U.S. beef exports to the Dominican Republic in 2014 were what the USMEF calls outstanding.  They were valued at $55.5 million.  Marketing strategies helped expand demand for U.S. beef in the Dominican Republic, according to Gerardo Rodriguez, director of trade development for the Dominican Republic and Central America... Read more »

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Farm prices lower in January

The prices received by farmers in January were down 2 percent from December. Livestock prices decreased 3.2 percent with lower prices for milk, hogs and calves.  Crop prices were unchanged from December. The average corn price in January was $3.81 per bushel up 3 cents from December. Soybeans averaged $10.30 per bushel, unchanged from the... Read more »

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Organic dairy continues to grow

Organic dairy products enjoyed another growing market year in 2014. The National Ag Statistics Service says organic dairy products made up 5.2 percent of total dairy product sales in 2014. The weighted average advertised price for a half-gallon of organic milk was $3.38 last week down 33 cents from the previous week.   A half-gallon of... Read more »

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Butter up; Class III futures down on the CME

Cash cheese and nonfat dry milk held steady on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday but butter jumped 8.5 cents on 16 sales. Butter inventories have been building, stocks jumped 43 million pounds in January however demand is strong especially with Passover and Easter on the horizon. There is a bit of regional disparity: Dairy... Read more »

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Grains, oilseeds start March lower

Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling. The truck strike in Brazil is ongoing, but there are fewer blockades reported. Crop weather conditions around South America look good for development. There are some harvest delays, though. Soybean meal and oil were lower, following soybeans. Corn was lower on fund and commercial selling. Corn’s also... Read more »

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Cattle showlists are about steady

Cattle country was very quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. Although the numbers are larger in Texas and Colorado while smaller in Nebraska and Kansas, the overall offering appears to be about steady with last week. A few asking prices have been voiced around 162.00 in the South and 250.00... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 2, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.78 and 3/4, down 5 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $10.11 and 1/4, down 19 and 1/2 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $344.30, down $9.40 Mar. soybean oil closed at 32.65, down 15 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.08, down 9 and 1/2 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $153.45, up $1.75 Apr. lean hogs closed at $67.67, up 20 cents Apr. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Most Central Valley farmers unlikely to get federal water–again

It’s not a big surprise, but the federal government has announced it won’t be sending any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley of California for the second straight year. That means farmers in California’s agricultural heartland will probably have to idle more land — and produce fewer crops — because there is simply... Read more »

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MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year

Greg and Mary Reynolds of Delano, Minnesota were honored as the Organic Farmers of the Year at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference this past weekend. Riverbend Farm is about 30 miles west of Minneapolis, it has been certified organic since 1994.  They grow about 10 acres of organic vegetables plus a few acres of cover... Read more »

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Grow Biointensive

John Jeavons is known around the world for his biologically intensive approach to farming. Jeavons says the technique draws upon Chinese, Greek and Mayan traditions from thousands of years ago.  “It was successful then and it is successful now.”  He has spent the last 44 years learning how to do it, discovering the principles behind... Read more »

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Teaching the tradition of draft animals

Tillers International is a 33-year-old not-for-profit organization that helps educate people about rural heritage. Peter Robertson says while they are based in Michigan, they train people throughout the world.  Among the programs they train people how to use draft animals be it horses, oxen or other animals around the globe. He says the “local foods”... Read more »

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Organic research grants

The Ceres Trust is a private family foundation that offers grants for organic agricultural research in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The trust offers grants to land grant universities and graduate students in the 12-state area. The university grants are $180,000 over a three-year period,... Read more »

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Other states look to Iowa on water quality issues

Water quality issues were a big topic of discussion last week at Commodity Classic in Phoenix. Tom Oswald, president of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), says other states are turning to Iowa’s leadership in addressing water quality. “A lot of people are looking to the things we’ve done, seeing how they can incorporate those,” Oswald... Read more »

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Syngenta expands Duracade storage

Syngenta says it has expanded the network of grain handling facilities that can store its Agrisure Duracade grain domestically. At Commodity Classic, product lead Duane Martin, said they have a network of more than 16-hundred “accepting” grain facilities, built with the help of their partner Gavilon, “Including grain elevators, feedlots, feed mills, ethanol plants. It’s... Read more »

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China restricts Canadian beef imports

China has joined the list of countries that are temporarily restricting imports of Canadian beef products due to concern over a case of BSE found in Alberta in mid-February. China, which represents two percent of Canada’s market for beef, joins Taiwan, Korea, Peru, Indonesia and Belarus in restricting Canadian beef imports. The six countries combined... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock prices

Cattle country is quiet on Monday, with both buyers and sellers busy taking inventory, Bids and asking prices have yet to be established. Last week’s trade took place mostly late Friday afternoon with Southern live sales at 159.00, mostly 1.00 lower than the previous week. Northern dressed business was generally steady with the bulk of... Read more »

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Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy is closely watched

Iowa’s voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy is being closely watched by farmers, environmental groups, politicians, government officials and others from all over the country. The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) was formed last year to help implement the the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Sean McMahon, executive director of IAWA, says they’re working to “increase the pace and... Read more »

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Finding the right reproductive vaccine program

At the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio we visited with Dr. Daniel Scruggs, managing veterinarian in beef technical services with Zoetis, about the importance of finding the right reproductive vaccine program for your herd. AUDIO: Dr. Daniel Scruggs

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Corn inspections top 1.2 million tons

  USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections for the week ending February 26 remain ahead of what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year. Wheat came out at 450,093 tons, down 78,945 from the week ending February 19 and 159,774 lower than the week ending February 27, 2014. For the... Read more »

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New website helps farmers manage risk

When commodity prices were at record highs, Rosalind Leeck, director of grain marketing for the Indiana Soybean Alliance says the state’s farmer leaders recognized that those prices weren’t going to be around forever.  For that reason, she says the board wanted to provide growers a way to determine and manage risk. The Indiana Soybean Alliance... Read more »

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A gradual pattern shift ahead for the Heartland

A final push of bitterly cold air will arrive on the northern Plains by Tuesday and expand into the southern and eastern U.S. by week’s end. On March 5-6, sub-zero temperatures can be expected in the Midwest along and north of a line from Iowa to Ohio. In contrast, late-week warmth will overspread areas from... Read more »

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Mid-Winter look & feel across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cold conditions persist. Monday morning’s temperatures fell below 0°F in parts of the upper Midwest. Farther east, Ohio locations such as Mansfield, Youngstown, and Cleveland recently completed their coldest February on record. A deep snow cover exists across the eastern Corn Belt, where current snow depths include 10 inches in Indianapolis,... Read more »

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Farmer: Price outlook “pretty bleak”

The price of commodities is an overarching concern among growers. Wayne Fredericks is president-elect of the Iowa Soybean Association and a director on the board of the American Soybean Association. He says the price outlook is pretty bleak, “The outlook at the moment is down, although we’ve seen a really good rally in soybeans the last... Read more »

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Farm to School Act of 2015

Legislation to expand the USDA’s Farm to School grant program has been introduced. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) have introduced the Farm to School Act for 2015. The legislation not only expands participation in the program, the legislation also increases annual funding from $5 million to $15 million. “I have seen... Read more »

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Pork, poultry production increasing, beef slower to catch up

Pork and poultry production are increasing.  There are more of them, and they’re heavier.  Beef production, on the other hand, will take a while to catch up.  Market consultant Darrell Holaday with Advanced Market Concepts tells Brownfield Ag News that more plentiful feed supplies have resulted in corresponding increases in supplies of pork and poultry. ... Read more »

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Shuter honored for conservation efforts

The National Corn Growers Association honored Frankton, Indiana farmer Mike Shuter with its Good Steward Award during Commodity Classic. For over 20 years, he has been implementing conservation practices on his farm to not only protect and improve the soil, but, he says, to increase yield.  “Back in the mid-80’s we were no-tilling corn into... Read more »

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Benefits of using probiotics in horses

Probiotics used in the equine industry help to regulate the intestinal bacteria flora.  Kevin Roche, CEO of ProBiostatin Livestock says the use of probiotics helps to provide the protection the horses’ immune system and intestinal tracts need.

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Cold wave pattern covers much of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, frigid conditions are maintaining stress on livestock, although most of the Midwestern winter wheat crop retains a protective snow cover. Friday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° as far south as the middle Mississippi Valley and fell below -20° in parts of the upper Midwest. On the Plains, cold weather persists. The... Read more »

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