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Category: Ag News

Pelanda named Ohio’s new director of agriculture

Dorothy Pelanda, who is no stranger to agriculture, was sworn in as the 39th Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture this week. She tells Brownfield she is looking forward to working with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to grow the state’s agriculture industry.   “I look at my role as director as working in consort …

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NFU calls for immediate reopening of government

The Board of Directors of the National Farmers Union is calling for an immediate reopening of the government. “It is having such a ripple effect all throughout the economy and out in rural America,” says Rob Larew, NFU’s senior vice president for policy and communications. He says the board has adopted a resolution (Friday) calling …

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Missouri producer ‘loves being a dairy farmer’

A dairy farmer tells Brownfield he loves the business despite the extended slump in milk prices. Jay Fogle milks cows close to the growing Kansas City metro footprint. “I love being a dairy farmer,” Fogle told Brownfield Ag News at the Heartland Dairy Expo in Springfield Thursday. “Being a poor dairy farmer is not as …

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Wheeler plants E15 caveat during confirmation hearing

A U.S. Senator is concerned Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has given himself an out if the rulemaking for year-round E15 isn’t finished in time for the summer driving season. Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith says during his confirmation hearing Wednesday, Wheeler was not clear on how the government shutdown might affect the process of removing …

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Direct cattle trade slow to develop

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mostly higher, closing before the start of the week’s widespread direct cash business. Traders seemed fairly optimistic and boxed beef was firm to sharply higher at midday. February was down $.57 at $126.52 and April was up $.47 at $127.37. Feeder cattle were mostly higher on the same …

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Pesticide applicators prepare for drift with mock trial

Pesticide applicators are preparing for a worse case drift scenario as part of training.  Michigan Agri-Business Association Vice President Tim Boring tells Brownfield increased attention on pesticide drift issues inspired a mock trial during their annual meeting where applicators could walk through the process. “We’ve got some great, real life attorneys to help us with …

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Soybeans, corn supported by South American weather

Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. Hot, dry weather in portions of Brazil is affecting early yields and parts of Argentina are expected to receive more rain, leading to flooding in some areas. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange did lower its planted area estimate for soybeans slightly, citing heavy rainfall. Beans also have …

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Early soybean planting is changing field observations

Shawn Conley speaks to Wisconsin Agribusiness Association’s 2019 Agribusiness Classic A soybean researcher says producers are changing production practices, and that is bringing field observations they’re not used to.  Shawn Conley with the University of Wisconsin says more soybeans are flowering before June 21st and it’s all about farmers pushing super-early soybean planting. He says, …

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Is pork fat a health food?

You might have seen a list of health foods circulating that includes pork fat, aka lard. Ok, it’s not a health food, but it does have some healthy fat properties. Continue reading Is pork fat a health food? at Brownfield Ag News.      

Minnesota Cattlemen at the Capitol

Brownfield’s Mark Dorenkamp will be in St. Paul on Tuesday, February 26 with Minnesota Cattlemen at the Capitol. Continue reading Minnesota Cattlemen at the Capitol at Brownfield Ag News.      

Early SHP cover crop data shows no yield drag, increase in organic matter

Insights from data collected by the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) shows that cover crops do not result in a yield drag. “I think farmers are concerned that when they adopt a cover crop that they’re going to see a yield drag,” said Dr. Maria Bowman, lead scientist for the Soil Health Partnership, “and the fact …

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What to know about FSA temporarily reopening

Earlier this week, USDA announced it would be temporarily reopening some FSA offices while the government shutdown continues. Farmers now have today and next Tuesday to visit their local office, and a state director says you should only contact FSA regarding existing farm loans. Minnesota State FSA executive director Joe Martin says the limited reopening …

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A positive outlook for ag equipment

A regional sales manager with Kubota says the market for ag equipment remains strong despite the down farm economy. David Lease says farmers are investing in both new and used equipment as they continue to face tight margins. “As the economy stays a little bit stale in the farming sector, equipment is going to wear …

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Seasoned Illinois farmer compares drones to tractor cabs

A farmer of 50 years says using a drone on his farm makes farming more fun and allows him do more. “I think back to when we first got cabs on tractors. Were they worth it? No.  But, would you do it without it? No. So, we just go ahead and do it.” Paul Taylor …

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Shutdown causing hardships for farmers

A Minnesota farmer is seeing a lot of pain caused by the government shutdown. Brian Ryberg of Buffalo Lake says with the temporary reopening, he and many others will be attempting to get into their local FSA offices. “I’m going to try to get in there these next couple days, but I’ve heard a lot …

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Wisconsin dairy resolution defeated at AFBF meeting

Wisconsin’s Farm Bureau President says his delegates unsuccessfully asked the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention to change its dairy policy to consider supply management. Jim Holte says, “The position that our delegates took in December in our annual meeting (was) not either to oppose it or support it, but to consider it, and that’s …

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Ohio Pork Congress

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Amie Simpson will cover the Ohio Pork Congress February 13 in Columbus, OH. Continue reading Ohio Pork Congress at Brownfield Ag News.      

Indiana Pork Producers 2019 Taste of Elegance

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Amie Simpson will be on the ground for the Indiana Pork Producers 2019 Taste of Elegance in Indianapolis on February 11. Continue reading Indiana Pork Producers 2019 Taste of Elegance at Brownfield Ag News.