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Category: Ag News

Study: Women in ag say there has been progress but challenges remain 

Women in agriculture around the world say that although there has been progress, there is still gender discrimination in the ag industry, according to a study by Corteva Agriscience. Krysta Harden, senior vice president of external affairs and chief sustainability officer, says more than 50 percent of women surveyed in the U.S. and nearly 80 …

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Hemp can diversify operations as farmers face a down farm economy

Mark Boyer is the first Indiana farmer to grow industrial hemp in a production setting since World War II. The northwestern Indiana farmer was able to grow hemp this year through a research agreement with Purdue University. “This past growing season I was able to secure a permit to grow for-research industrial hemp on my …

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Pork cutout props up hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mixed ahead of widespread direct cash business.  Contracts were pressured by less than stellar weekly export sales totals and weakness in the stock market.  December live cattle closed $.05 lower at $117.80, February live cattle closed $.27 lower at $121.52, and April live cattle closed $.15 higher …

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Beef board will spend more on producer communications

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board, which administers the one dollar per head national beef checkoff, has increased its budget for producer communications in 2019. Board chair Joan Ruskamp of Nebraska says they haven’t done a very good job of communicating “the great story of the checkoff”. “What concerns me, as I’ve watched thing unfold around our …

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Farmers Union official hopes farm bill provides ‘stability’

A vote on the 2018 farm bill is expected next week. National Farmers Union senior vice president of public policy, Rob Larew, says passage of the bill should help provide some certainty for farmers at a time when it is badly needed. “Even though we don’t expect to see dramatic changes—and we would certainly prefer …

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Wheat leads on new export demand

Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. Weekly export sales were larger than expected, with Argentina the big buyer. Those beans will likely be processed and resold, at least partially to China, following an agreement between Buenos Aires and Beijing. The trade continues to wait for signs of new outright demand for U.S. soybeans …

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: December 7, 2018

Dec. corn closed at $3.74, up 2 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $9.16 and 3/4, up 7 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $309.10, down 90 cents Dec. soybean oil closed at 28.50, up 3 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.19 and 1/2, up 14 and 1/4 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $117.90, down 5 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $54.25, down 27 cents …

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Livestock sector unsure if Farm Bill will require FMD vaccine bank funding

The livestock sector still isn’t sure if the Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank will be funded in the next farm bill. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president-elect Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tennessee, says she expects the vaccine bank to be authorized with some degree of funding in the 2018 Farm Bill. “Obviously, we asked for …

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The ‘incoherence’ of White House trade talk

If you, as I, watch the noontime financial shows to track investments, retirement accounts and such, you’ve had serious stomach issues the last 10 days or so.  If I hear one more trader or investment analyst explain 500-point drops in the stock market by pointing to “uncertainty” relative to U.S.-China trade, I’m going to do …

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Wisconsin farmer-led watershed group saves money on cover crop inputs

A leader of a farmer-led watershed group says producers save a lot of money when planting cover crops by leaving the USDA out of the plan. John Eron farms near Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  He says, “A person going to their NRCS, FSA office and wanting to try something like cover crops, they would have to …

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Ohio senator stresses importance of farm bill

An Ohio senator and farm bill conferee says the House and Senate will act on the final farm bill legislation in the next week or two. Sherrod Brown says the 2018 Farm Bill needs to be passed sooner rather than later. “It’s a farm bill, but it’s a food bill, a jobs and economic development …

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Pork producer says he’s pleased with trade progress

An Indiana pork producer says he’s encouraged that the U.S. and China are working toward a trade agreement. Joe Baldwin is the president of Indiana Pork. “Some of those issues- the trade inequities- are being rectified and we appreciate the work the administration is doing to give us more access to those markets and fair …

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Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates centennial

Farmers in Ohio came together a century ago to form an organization to address agricultural issues in the state. Frank Burkett says he’s honored to be serving as president of Ohio Farm Bureau as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary. “It speaks huge volumes that farmers came together 100 years ago with the idea of …

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The potential impact of the trade truce on pork producers

US pork producers are positioned to see great benefit from the trade truce with China if retaliatory tariffs are lifted.  With an exceptionally large protein outlook heading into 2019, access to countries like China will be vitally important to US pork producers’ profitability. In this Managing for Profit, Brett Stuart, president of Global AgriTrends talks …

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USDA says some crops remain in the field

A USDA meteorologist says there are still regions of the U.S. where farmers are having a tough time harvesting crops because of fall weather conditions.  Brad Rippey says, “Of the states reporting this week, we still see five percent of the soybeans left in the field as of December 2nd.” Rippey says the soybean harvest is the …

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Cheesemakers announce award winners

Ten cheese industry leaders will be recognized by their peers during an April awards ceremony. The Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association says Vice President John Epprecht of Great Lakes Cheese in Hiram, Ohio will receive a Life Member Award. Retired Foremost Farms CEO Dave Fuhrmann and former Sargento CEO Lou Gentine will be named 2019 WCMA Cheese …

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Manganese an important micronutrient for soybeans

An agronomist says as soybean farmers focus more on nutrient management, research is bringing the value of certain micronutrients to light. Jon Zuk with Winfield United tells Brownfield manganese is important for photosynthesis and supplies nitrogen to the plant. “Manganese is kind of the signaling nutrient for telling that soybean plant to coax the nitrogen …

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Expansion of cover crops should improve sustainability

A representative of Bayer Crop Science says the expansion of cover crops should improve sustainability well into the future. Charlie Foresman, Sustainable Agriculture Systems Lead tells Brownfield he expects to see more cover crops on farms in the coming years, based on current trends. “We’re about 17 million acres in the U.S. cover cropped, but …

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Blunt: Big challenge getting USMCA through Congress

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says it will be a big challenge getting Congress to approve the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, “If the administration anticipates that what they’ve done with hourly wages in Mexico is going to get the level of support from Democrats they would need, in a new Congress, I think it’s going …

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U.S. ethanol production climbs

U.S. ethanol production last week hit a multi-month high. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.069 million barrels a day, up 21,000 on the week for the highest daily average since late August. The EPA last week maintained the conventional portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but some in the ethanol industry criticized …

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