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F2F Genetics Network aims to cut seed costs

A farmer network has created an independent seed brand which will offer seed at 40 percent of the current market price. Farmer’s Business Network’s head of seed Ron Wulfkuhle will lead the F2F Genetics Network. He tells Brownfield they’ve cut extras compared to traditional seed companies and will sell direct through an e-commerce platform.  “Our …

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Live cattle higher on wholesale support

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures ended the day higher on strength in wholesale values.  Feeder cattle were mostly lower on commercial spread trade.  August live cattle closed $.77 higher at $107.95 and October contracts closed $.57 higher at $108.72.  August feeder cattle closed $.27 higher at $148.92 and September feeder cattle closed …

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Farmers face late season disease pressure

A regional technical manager with FMC Corporation says many farmers in the Midwest are facing late season disease pressure in soybeans. Gail Stratman says frogeye leaf spot continues to expand into the Corn Belt. “Growers are going to have to become more cognizant and more knowledgeable about this disease because it can be fairly devastating …

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U.S. sugar policy protects farmers from glut

A sugarbeet leader says the sugar industry has its own trade issues as a global surplus weighs on the market. Luther Markwart with the American Sugar Alliance tells Brownfield subsidized production of sugar in countries like India and Thailand has more to do with social stability, “When you’re subsiding an industry not based on market …

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White House official says deal with Mexico is ‘very, very close’

A top White House official says the U.S. and Mexico are in the final stages of reaching a deal to update NAFTA. “The deal with Mexico is very, very close. The team has been working overtime, going through what I would almost characterize as the final details,” says Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House …

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Baltimore police officer charged for disturbing beating caught on video

Instagram/@otm.twinchin(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore police officer Arthur Williams, seen on video repeatedly punching a civilian, has been charged with first and second-degree assault, as well as misconduct of an officer, for the Aug. 11 incident, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced at a press conference Tuesday. “It is important that the community knows there is one …

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Southwest Airlines announces new rules for emotional support animals

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday that it will soon enforce new restrictions on customers traveling with emotional support animals. Beginning September 17, only one dog or cat, either in a carrier or on a leash, will be allowed per customer on Southwest flights. “Our updates are based on a careful review of the …

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CommonGround Nebraska hosts ‘Banquet on the Farm’

CommonGround Nebraska recently held its first-ever “Banquet on the Farm” on a farm north of Omaha. Hilary Maricle, a farmer from Albion, Nebraska, was one of the CommonGround volunteers working at the event. “What we do is invite those food influencers—your nutritionists, fitness trainers, chefs—and really try to let them get a taste of what …

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More than 70% of SD corn crop at dough stage

Corn development in the state is well ahead of last year at this time. As of Sunday 72% was at the dough stage. Eleven percent was dented. Three-fourths of the corn crop is in fair to good condition. South Dakota soybean blooming is on pace with last year and condition is nearly 70% good to …

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Illinois corn development way ahead

Corn development is well ahead of last year in Illinois. As of Sunday, 90 percent had reached the dough stage, compared to 74 percent a year ago. Forty-five percent has reached the dent stage. Seventy-seven percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent condition. Soybeans setting pods is ahead of last year at …

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Nearly half of Missouri’s corn crop doing poorly

As of Sunday, nearly 50% of Missouri’s corn crop was in poor to very poor condition. Only 22% is good. Corn development is ahead of last year. According to the USDA’s Missouri NASS office, more than one-third of the state’s soybean crop is poor to very poor. Nearly two-thirds of Missouri’s soybeans is rated fair …

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Concern NC ag nuisance lawsuits target entire pork industry

The president of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association suspects those behind the ag nuisance lawsuits in North Carolina are trying to take down the entire industry. Greg Boerboom runs a farrow-to-finish farm near Marshall in southwest Minnesota. “I think they are targeting an industry (and) trying to take an industry down.  I read something (recently …

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Vienna named world’s most livable city

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Move over, Melbourne — the world has a new most livable city. Vienna now tops the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual ranking, which is based on 30 factors including access to health care, education, infrastructure, culture, the environment and political and social stability. This year, the Austrian capital, home to 1.76 million people, …

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Details of Monday’s fatal crash on I-90 east of Mitchell

One person died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday morning on I-90 east of Mitchell. A westbound Buick LaCrosse had slowed down due to traffic being backed up because of a crash on I-90 at mile marker 333. A westbound 2012 Dodge Ram pickup rear-ended the LaCrosse, causing …

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Legacy Seeds acquired by investment firm

A Michigan investment company has announced its second acquisition of an independent regional seed company. Tillerman Seeds has acquired Wisconsin-based Legacy Seeds Inc. which produces alfalfa, corn, wheat, soybeans and cover crop seeds. The deal will buy out the ownership but maintain operations and all jobs in Wisconsin and Idaho. Legacy Seeds will collaborate with …

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EPA chief fails to alleviate Iowans’ E15 and RFS concerns

Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler says there is no decision yet on regulations that would allow E15 to be sold year-round. “I can’t tell you the timeline,” Wheeler says. “We are mindful of needing to have a decision on that before the growing season next year.” Wheeler spoke with reporters Monday after meeting privately with Iowa …

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Rains expand on the Great Plains

  Across the Corn Belt, showers are overspreading drought-affected areas in Missouri and environs. The rain is largely too late for corn but should benefit pastures and later-developing summer crops such as soybeans. On August 12, Missouri led the country in corn (45%) and soybeans (37%) rated in very poor to poor condition. On the …

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Beneficial rains for much of the central, southern Plains, Corn Belt

  Late-summer heat will persist in the West and spread eastward across the nation’s northern tier, reaching the northern High Plains by mid-week and the Great Lakes region by week’s end. Meanwhile, showery weather will prevail across large sections of the country. During the next 5 days, some of the heaviest rain (locally 1 to …

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Mother struck, killed by car while trying to save students outside Texas elementary school

iStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) — When a car careened toward a woman and students outside a Texas elementary school, she put herself in front of the children before being struck and killed, according to the school district. The woman and three students were struck by a driver who had apparently hit the accelerator instead of the …

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Search concludes for US Marine reported overboard west of Philippines

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a five day search that covered approximately 13,000 square nautical miles, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are ending a search and rescue operation for a missing Marine, the Marine Corps said on Tuesday. The Marine was reported overboard by the USS Essex on the morning of August 9, …

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