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China rumors prop up hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed firm to higher ahead of widespread direct cash business.  Early bids indicate there could be some positive support from this week’s cash trade.  February live cattle closed $.75 higher at $122.90 and April live cattle closed $.37 higher at $124.90.  January feeder cattle closed $.27 higher at $147.57 …

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U.S. ethanol production, stocks down

U.S. ethanol production declined last week and stocks got a little tighter. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.046 million barrels a day, down 23,000 on the week, with some plants restricting hours because of poor margins. The Renewable Fuels Association says the four-week average for production is now 1.051 million barrels per …

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McDonald’s has new antibiotic plan for beef

One of the world’s largest restaurants plans to source most of its beef from cattle that have not been treated with “medically important” antibiotics. Details of McDonald’s plan are posted on its website with the target at the end of 2020. McDonald’s says the goal is to reduce the overall use of antibiotics important to human health, …

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Stabenow pleased with strong Senate farm bill vote

One of the leaders of the farm bill effort in the Senate says she’s pleased it has passed. “We know for a fact and looking back at history it’s the largest vote in the history of farm bills. So, we’re very proud of the fact that there was such strong bipartisan support.” Michigan Senator Debbie …

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Exploring your soybean options for 2019

As farmers finalize their planting decisions for next year, lower commodity prices put added importance on making sound agronomic decisions. In this Managing for Profit, Eric Riley and Neha Rana talk about some of the options growers can consider as they are making those decisions for next year. Continue reading Exploring your soybean options for …

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NACD is pleased with farm bill Conservation Title

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is happy with the continued investment in the Senate-passed farm bill Conservation Title. “The biggest priority for us was making sure that the Conservation Title maintained funding from the 2014 Farm Bill levels,” said Coleman Garrison, director of government affairs at the NACD. “That has occurred in this …

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Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, House next

The 2018 Farm Bill has is now up to the House after Senators overwhelmingly supported it Tuesday.  Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts encouraged his colleagues to support the bill.  “It’s a good bill that accomplishes what we set out to do.  Provide, again, provide certainty and predictability for farmers and families and rural communities.” Before the …

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Syngenta $1.51 B corn settlement approved

A Kansas judge has given final approval of $1.51 Billion dollars in Syngenta’s corn class action settlement. Payments would likely go out in the second quarter of 2019. More than 650-thousand farmers are represented in the class action case. Continue reading Syngenta $1.51 B corn settlement approved at Brownfield Ag News.      

Nebraska Farm Bureau passes meat labeling resolution

Nebraska Farm Bureau delegates, at their recent annual meeting, supported a resolution to prevent plant-based and lab-produced protein makers from using the word “meat” or other meat-related terms to describe their products. Farm Bureau first vice president, Mark McHargue of Central City, who is a pork producer, says the labeling issue is an important one. …

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Grassley says he’ll vote against the farm bill–again

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he will vote against the 2018 farm bill because it expands the loopholes on farm subsidy payments. Grassley, a long-time proponent of tighter payment limitations, voted against the 2014 farm bill for the same reason. But he says this bill widens those loopholes even more. “You could already drive a …

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Options for improving cover crop establishment

University of Wisconsin Ag Agent Ken Schoeder talks about possible management changes to improve cover crops and he will explain how one farmer had good results when it was too wet to get traditional equipment into the fields. Continue reading Options for improving cover crop establishment at Brownfield Ag News.      

2018 Farm Bill Conference Report signed, sent to House and Senate

The 2018 Farm Bill has been signed by Conference Committee leaders and has been sent to the full House and Senate for consideration. House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway and Pat Roberts and Ranking Members Collin Peterson and Debbie Stabenow released the text of the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill conference report Monday …

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Workshops generate employer feedback

A series of Farm Labor Management Workshops has generated feedback indicating that traditional farmers want employees with skills already in place. Joe Horner, workshop organizer, says large farms recruit workers with no experience. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Continue reading Workshops generate employer feedback at …

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Upper Midwest soybean growers address Japanese non-tariff barriers

Northern U.S. growers argued the Japanese method for measuring soybean quality has created a non-tariff barrier during a USTR hearing on trade with Japan. Minnesota Soybean CEO Tom Slunecka testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission Monday, saying Japanese buyers largely procure soybeans from America’s Gulf of Mexico ports due to outdated and misleading technical …

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Cattle feeding operation expansion denied

The Missouri Clean Water Commission upheld the recommendation of the state’s Administrative Hearing Commission to deny an expansion permit for a western Missouri cattle operation. Valley Oaks Steak applied to expand from a 999-head to a 6,999-head concentrated animal feeding operation. The application ran into opposition from neighbors like Karen Lux, who tells Brownfield the …

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Roderick on trade, infrastructure, legal defense policy resolutions

Delegates at the recent Illinois Farm Bureau convention adopted a resolution in support of improved trade. Blake Roderick, executive director of the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau, explains, “We want Farm Bureau to continue to join with other businesses and organizations to pursue actions that allow our farmers, our members and businesses to compete in the marketplace. …

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Mexican milk production expected to increase

The U.S. Foreign Ag Service has raised it’s 2019 forecast for fluid milk production in Mexico as it’s steadily growing to meet cheese demand.  However, a lack of high quality and value-added ingredients means imports are filling gaps. Retaliatory tariffs reduced U.S. exports of cheese to Mexico in July and although imports into Mexico have recovered …

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Minnesota Department of Ag releases state dicamba restrictions for 2019

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has released state-specific guidelines for dicamba use in 2019. In addition to federal regulations, Minnesota will again restrict the use of the herbicide after June 20th. The state will not enforce a temperature cutoff like it did in 2018. MDA Commissioner Dave Frederickson says they now have two years’ worth …

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Farmers need certainty through trade agreements, farm bill

Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron says although he’s encouraged by the trade truce between the U.S. and China, there are still a lot of issues to resolve. “My concern would be that we send false market signals to other countries and they start expanding acres because their prices are better than ours because China …

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Iowa Soybean Association works to grow markets, besides China

With Chinese soybean purchases on hold, many U.S. soybean groups are working to grow other markets around the world. “I think we found out, through all the trade wars, that you’re probably better off to have a few eggs in a lot of baskets than to put all of your eggs in one basket,” says …

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