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USDA says Trump to send team to China

President Trump is sending his Treasury Secretary and U.S. Trade Representative on a trip to China over trade tariffs, “We’re having Secretary Mnuchin, Bob Lighthizer, heading over to China at the request of China and we’re having very substantive discussions on trade.” USDA’s Jason Hafemeister told farm broadcasters President Trump’s strong position with China has …

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Ethanol production down on week, stocks up

  U.S. ethanol production last week averaged less than a million barrels a day for just the second time this year. The last time below that mark was the first week of 2018. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 985,000 barrels a day, 24,000 lower than the previous week, with some plants off …

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Feeding dairy cattle while milk prices remain low

  A professor emeritus at the University of Illinois has some advice for dairy farmers trying to stay profitable during this tight margin environment. Mike Hutjens points to some measurement tools that look at the quality of forages at harvest, during fermentation, and even manure samples, in an effort to increase efficiency.     Continue …

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Fieldwork remains delayed in many areas

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with cool, showery conditions in the Ohio Valley. By April 22, corn planting had not begun, and was at least 10 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace, in Iowa and Minnesota. During the 4-week period ending April 22, there were less than …

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CME dairy prices mixed Tuesday

Dairy prices were mixed Tuesday at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Class Three April milk was unchanged at $14.52 a hundredweight.  May was up $.04 at $15.13. June was up $.06 to 15.55. July was up $.06 to $15.99.  The milk futures from August through next March ranged from one to nine cents higher. Grade AA …

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Ag economist says a corn rally possible

A University of Illinois ag economist says there could be significantly lower corn production this year, “I do see corn setting up for a possible rally. There’s a very bullish outlook currently. Monitoring the weekly (USDA) planting progress reports is going to be important in the next few weeks.” Todd Hubbs says corn consumption continues to …

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Senate Dems ask Perdue for help with Farm Bill partisan divide

Several Democrats on the Senate Ag Committee asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to help calm the waters and the partisan divide over the House Ag Farm bill that was approved last week along party lines. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar shared her concern with Perdue at the committee hearing Tuesday on the ‘state of rural America.’ …

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Pruitt says hardship waivers are not subjectively granted

The EPA administrator says so-called hardship waivers are not granted subjectively.  Scott Pruitt says granting the controversial waivers for Renewable Volume Obligations is under statutory constraint. Speaking Tuesday at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Washington Watch, Pruitt said even if a refinery is part of a large company, waivers are considered plant by plant …

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A warm-up ahead for the Heartland

A slow-moving storm will drift northward along the Atlantic Seaboard, reaching New England on Thursday. Additional rainfall associated with the storm could reach 1 to 2 inches in the middle and northern Atlantic States. Meanwhile, a smaller disturbance will trail the initial storm, following a similar path across the Plains, South, and East, and delivering …

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Hog futures down on pork supply, demand pressure

  Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mixed, mostly lower on a lack of follow through buying and position squaring ahead of this week’s widespread direct cash business. Also, while beef was higher at midday, it wasn’t up to the degree it had been in previous sessions. April was down $.62 at $121.10 and …

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Agriculture Education touted as a broad degree

A high school agriculture instructor in southeast Minnesota says a degree in ag education can lead to many successful career paths.   Paul Aarsvold teaches at Plainview-Elgin-Millville. He says there is a huge shortage of ag educators, but sees enthusiasm for the profession increasing because of the value of the degree. “You can go into …

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The 117th day of January

One of my friends on social media suggested last week that it was not mid-April, but the 117th day of January. Blizzards, wildfires, flooding and drought all occurred somewhere in the heartland of this country on that day. I was ashamed of myself for complaining about snow flurries and icy winds when I learned of …

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FFA gives Minnesota member opportunity she never expected

The state treasurer for Minnesota FFA says the organization gives members opportunities they’d never expect.   Spencer Flood of the Dassel-Cokato chapter in central Minnesota says she was surprised to receive an invitation to be part of the National Ag Day ceremony while visiting Washington, D.C. last month. Flood was asked to introduce Ag Secretary …

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Ernst questions Perdue about Pruitt and the RFS

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, appearing this morning before a Senate Ag Committee hearing on the state of rural America, was asked about issues surrounding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his handling of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Iowa Senator Joni Ernst thanked Perdue for his defense of the RFS, but expressed her concerns about the so-called “small …

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Corn planting 30 percent behind

  An ag meteorologist says last week’s winter storm across the Upper Midwest has set back corn planting for much of the Corn Belt. “We are seeing a number of states at least 10 percentage points behind their average five-year pace.” USDA’s Brad Rippy says Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri are among the states behind …

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Winter weather stalls Minnesota planting

Wintery weather kept Minnesota farmers out of the fields last week.  The USDA says part of the state received snow and the areas that didn’t were still too cold and wet for any fieldwork. Only a handful of producers were able to spread manure in selected fields where the ground would support equipment. USDA officials …

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Soil and water conservation practices cost money

Iowa State soil and water expert Rick Cruse is urging more farmers to practice good conservation techniques but admits it costs money Continue reading Soil and water conservation practices cost money at Brownfield Ag News.      

Missouri FFA President reaches years-long goal

The new Missouri FFA President has long maintained what he calls a service mindset.  Paxton Dahmer of Nevada, Missouri fulfilled a years-long dream with his election as the State FFA President. “Yeah, seventh grade I set the goal to just be a State FFA Officer,” Dahmer told Brownfield Ag News at the Missouri State FFA …

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Wisconsin urging farmers to report storm losses

Wisconsin’s Ag Secretary wants farmers impacted by snowstorm damage to report their losses.  Sheila Harsdorf says property damage and livestock losses should be reported to county FSA offices. Harsdorf says, “It is critical that farmers document and report land damage to their local FSA office because they may be eligible for disaster assistance programs.”  She …

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Iowa Swine Day

Brownfield’ Ken Anderson will be on the ground in Ames for Iowa Swine Day on June 28, 2018. Continue reading Iowa Swine Day at Brownfield Ag News.