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Japanese worker docked for starting lunch 3 minutes early

iStock/Thinkstock(KOBE, Japan) — Officials in the western Japanese city of Kobe made a public apology on Thursday to a municipal employee for docking his pay after he took his lunch break three minutes early. “It is very regrettable that this misconduct has happened. We’re very sorry,” a city official said at the press conference, according …

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Trump administration may house up to 20K migrant children at US military bases

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration is considering housing up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on U.S. military bases, according to a U.S. official. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the request to the Department of Defense (DOD), and Congress has been notified, the official said. The story was first reported by The …

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Growers say enough with Turkey dumping cherries into the U.S.

Tart cherry growers are taking issue with Turkey and its dumping into the U.S. Phil Korson with the Cherry Marketing Institute tells Brownfield they recently met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and testified before the International Trade Commission to revoke Turkey’s duty-free access to the U.S. cherry market.  “We had invested heavily into health …

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Crop and Soil Management Workshop

Brownfield’s Tom Steever and Rhiannon Branch will be at the Bradford Research Center in Columbia, Missouri on July 12, 2018 for Training Agricultural Professionals: Crop and Soil Management Workshop.   Continue reading Crop and Soil Management Workshop at Brownfield Ag News.      

National FFA announcement

Brownfield’s Amie Sites will be on the ground when National FFA makes an important announcement on Monday June 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Continue reading National FFA announcement at Brownfield Ag News.      

Iowa ag leader has mixed feelings on China trade dispute

Like many farmers, Bill Shipley of Nodaway, Iowa expresses mixed feelings about the trade dispute with China. On the one hand, Shipley says there are many long-running trade issues with China that needed to be addressed. “I agree that we need to take on the inequality of trade we have with China—and I think most …

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John Bolton heads to Moscow to plan potential Putin-Trump summit

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump may finally get his wish – a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin – as his National Security Adviser John Bolton heads to Moscow to discuss a potential meeting between the two leaders, a National Security Council spokesperson confirmed Thursday. This would be the first formally-arranged meeting between Trump and …

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Iowa farmer will join NCGA leadership ranks

Iowa farmer Kevin Ross will become first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) this fall. The vote by NCGA’s Corn Board puts Ross in line to become the organization’s president in October of 2019. Current first vice president Lynn Chrisp of Nebraska will become president this October, succeeding current president Kevin Skunes …

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Another quiet week for export sales

The USDA reports soybean, soybean product, and wheat export sales for the week ending June 14th were within most pre-report expectations. The 2018/19 marketing year for wheat got underway June 1st, while 2017/18 runs through the end of August for corn, soybeans, and sorghum and the end of September for soybean products. Wheat came out …

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Chinese tariffs on U.S. wheat would cause significant harm

Steve Mercer with U.S. Wheat Associates says Chinese retaliatory tariffs would cause significant harm. “There’s the African saying that when the elephants fight, the grass suffers.  Unfortunately in this case, I think the grass is the wheat growing in farmers’ fields.” Mercer says he’d prefer the Trump Administration work through the World Trade Organization to …

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EU tariffs on U.S. ag goods making waves

The European Union’s 25 percent tariff on nearly 200 U.S. products including corn is set to go into effect Friday and is causing concern. The EU has said it will impose the tariff on $3.2 billion worth of U.S. goods including corn, dry beans, cranberries, orange juice, rice, and peanuts.  The EU Trade Commissioner says …

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SE Minnesota farmer finds fish swimming in soybean field

A southeast Minnesota farmer says he was astonished by what he saw during a field check Wednesday. Ryan Buck tells Brownfield he was in northern Goodhue County near the Mississippi and Vermilion Rivers, where several inches of rain has fallen in recent days. “I was driving along checking (fields) yesterday and had gone past the …

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Family of unarmed teen shot dead doesn’t ‘want him to have died in vain’

Antwon Rose/Facebook(PITTSBURGH) — The family of an unarmed teenager shot and killed by police while he was fleeing a traffic stop doesn’t “want him to have died in vain,” a family attorney said. Antwon Rose, 17, who was African-American, was shot dead by an East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police officer Tuesday after the teen and two …

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U.S. Supreme Court rules in South Dakota’s favor in a major decision

By a narrow 5-4 vote the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld South Dakota law saying that out of state on-line or mail order businesses must collect state sales tax on purchases. Attorney General Marty Jackley says it’s a big win. “I couldn’t be prouder of South Dakota, I mean we led this challenge all the …

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Supreme Court opens up possibility for online sales tax

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In a case that could likely mean consumers paying more nationwide, the Supreme Court on Thursday opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on purchases from online retailers even if that company doesn’t have a physical presence in that state. The court overturned a longstanding rule that states can collect sales …

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First day of summer brings flooding, extreme heat in some parts of US

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thursday marks the first day of summer and the longest day of the year across much of the Northern Hemisphere. New York City will experience 15 hours and 6 minutes of daylight, while Los Angeles will see 14 hours and 26 minutes of daylight. In Fairbanks, Alaska, residents will experience a whopping …

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Indiana FFA names Stars over Indiana

Four FFA members have been named Stars over Indiana for their Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. Tyler Jester of Monroe Central FFA was named the Indiana FFA State Star Farmer. He raises calves, goats, and pigs. Jester, who started working with animals when he was 7 years old, says it’s incredible to see his hard work …

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Hawaii authorities arrest people taking selfies near Kilauea volcano

U.S. Geological Survey(HONOLULU) — Lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island in Hawaii makes for very photogenic selfies and social media posts, but authorities are cracking down on thrill-seekers who are getting too close for comfort. Since the volcano first erupted on May 3, bubbling lava, molten rock and fissures have forced …

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Could SAT and ACT scores become a thing of the past?

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — After the University of Chicago announced late last week it’s scrapping a requirement for applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores, some experts predict other colleges may soon do the same. “I know other schools will follow,” Bob Schaeffer, public education director at the nonprofit National Center for Fair and Open Testing, …

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What you need to know about Instagram’s new video platform

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Instagram, which just hit 1 billion users, announced a new video format is coming to the platform, and its creators are calling it the “most exciting feature to date.” Vertical videos up to 60 minutes long will now appear in a new tab in Instagram and in a stand-alone video app, IGTV, …

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