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Category: Ag News

Wide-ranging weather dominates the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, wintry precipitation is overspreading the middle Mississippi Valley and the middle and lower Missouri Valley. The remainder of the Midwest is experiencing cold weather and thickening cloudiness as precipitation approaches from the south and west. Lower Midwestern river levels remain substantially elevated; for example, moderate flooding is occurring on the White …

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An active, stormy pattern to build across the Heartland

For the remainder of Friday and Saturday, a significant winter storm will continue to unfold from the northern and central Plains into the Northeast. Storm-related livestock stress may be greatest across the upper Midwest—including the eastern Dakotas, western Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa—where Blizzard Warnings are in effect for Friday night and much of Saturday. A …

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USDA invests in Iowa and Minnesota rural broadband projects

The USDA will invest $11 million to improve broadband access in rural Iowa and Minnesota. The money will be spread among three infrastructure projects that will create or improve connectivity for nearly 1,400 rural households and 120 businesses throughout several counties in northern Iowa and Minnesota. Deputy Ag Secretary Stephen Censky says the task of …

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Fungicides do a lot more than fight crop diseases

A Minnesota agronomist suspects fungicides do a lot more than fight plant diseases.  Mark Glady with WinField United says part of his job involves evaluating treated and untreated fields. “This year doing three different times in mid-July, late July, and mid-August, I was really hard-pressed to find any foliar diseases. Yet we still came back …

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USDA seeks feedback to build out biofuels infrastructure

The USDA is formally gathering feedback on ways to boost sales of ethanol and biodiesel. The Department announced in the Federal Register Wednesday it is looking to build upon the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. Speaking to Brownfield at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Thursday, Deputy Ag Secretary Stephen Censky says they already have several …

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Climate FieldView launches on-farm assistance

The Climate Corporation has launched climate activation specialists to help farmers get the most out of Climate FieldView™. Stephanie Lynch is the company’s customer experience manager and tells Brownfield Ag News, “In a lot of ways, digital ag is relatively new to farmers.” She says Climate Corporation learned lots of lessons about that in 2019, …

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Illinois House Ag Committee focused on awareness and diversity

Increasing awareness, diversity and equity in agriculture are goals for the Illinois House Agriculture and Conservation Committee in 2020. Representative Sonya Harper of Chicago chairs the committee. She tells Brownfield she has had productive conversations with Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and the Illinois Environmental Council. “We are looking forward to increasing the overall knowledge of …

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Group of states sues USDA over SNAP cuts

Michigan and Minnesota are among 14 states, New York City and the District of Columbia suing the USDA over its new work requirements for food stamp recipients. The plaintiffs say the rule would move more than 600-thousand people from the SNAP program which is unlawful as well as “arbitrary, capricious (and) an abuse of discretion.” …

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Get aggressive with new crop sales in 2020

A farm management specialist says marketing is going to be the most important decision grain farmers make in the next six months. Steve Johnson with Iowa State University Extension tells Brownfield he expects US farmers to plant 3-4 million more corn acres and 7-8 million more soybean acres in 2020, so this is the year …

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Missouri family on hemp experience

A Missouri family, through trial and error, finds first-year hemp growing and processing success. Row-crop and cattle farmer Michelle Poindexter and her family, of Adrian, in west central Missouri, had to switch their plans last year to grow hemp on their farm because state approval was not in place, “Our family decided to go into …

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China trade deal is a “game-changer” for US beef

The president of the NCBA says the Phase One trade deal with China is a game-changer for the US beef industry. Jennifer Houston says the agreement lays the groundwork for US beef to be a major player in the world’s largest market, but not without some work.  “Our industry will have to gear up to …

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Missouri workforce development benefits rural communities too

Governor Parson did not directly mention agriculture in his State of the State address Wednesday, but he tells Brownfield other programs he talked about will have impacts on rural Missouri. “I think the workforce development piece would be key to that,” Parson said. “The infrastructure is so important to the agriculture side of it.” Parson …

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Making farm bill decisions

The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs with some modifications and the deadline to enroll is approaching.   A Farm Service Agency representative says farmers have until March 15 to sign up for the ARC, ARC-County, or PLC program. Daniel Ford is the LaPorte county FSA …

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UNL climatologist says this spring’s weather is hard to predict

University of Nebraska state climatologist Al Dutcher says, by mid-January, he’s usually pretty confident in his spring weather forecast.  This year, not so much. “This is probably going to be one of my toughest years for forecasting, simply because of all of the different dynamics at play here—and the potential for us to go in …

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Biofuels groups still unsure what Phase One entails for ethanol

Biofuels groups are trying to figure out where U.S. ethanol fits into the Phase One trade agreement with China. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says ethanol and co-products like dried distillers grains will be included in the preliminary trade deal. “But we don’t know any of the specifics, and I don’t know if we will …

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USMCA passes Senate, heads to President Trump’s desk

The US Mexico Canada Agreement is now on its way to President Trump’s desk after an 89-10 final vote of approval by the Senate. On Wednesday President Trump said he plans to sign the USMCA next week.  Mexico has already passed the agreement so finalization will depend on Canada and USDA undersecretary for trade Ted …

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Removing pork tariffs could be mutually beneficial

USDA’s chief economist Rob Johansson says the U.S. pork industry could be the first to realize the benefits of the trade deal with China as struggles with African Swine Fever continue. “At the end of the year they were still suffering from African Swine Fever and having a difficult time in repopulating their pig barns,” …

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Tart cherry ruling unexpected

The International Trade Commission has decided not to impose tariffs on imports of dried tart cherries from Turkey contrary to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final decision that Turkey has been selling products at less than fair values into the U.S. The Dried Tart Cherry Trade Committee filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with the …

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Exports mostly quiet ahead of phase one signing

China bought routine amounts of U.S. pork and soybeans ahead of the signing of phase one of the trade agreement. During the week ending January 9th, China purchased more than 200,000 tons of U.S. soybeans, along with less than 2,000 tons of U.S. pork and 400 tons of U.S. beef. Mexico was the biggest buyer …

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A shift in the global protein picture

There have been some disruptions to the global protein supply and the US beef and pork industries could benefit. In this Managing for Profit, ag economist Derrell Peel details some of the contributing factors and how it could result in increased demand for US beef on the global market. AUDIO: Derrell Peel, Managing for Profit …

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