Category: Ag News

Operation Weed Eradication Radio Road Show 3/20/20

BASF is leading an initiative to defend acres in new ways and eradicate pigweeds on the farm. Operation Weed Eradication takes a balanced approach of utilizing cultural and mechanical practices, chemical control and eradication diligence to help growers take a step in the right direction towards a weed-free future. In this Operation Weed Eradication Radio …

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RFA officials warn of ‘potential collapse’ of ethanol industry

The coronavirus and its deep impact on the energy markets has hit the ethanol industry hard. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper says the industry needs help. “To help our industry survive these disastrous market conditions, we are calling on Congress and the administration to take action immediately to avert a potential collapse in the …

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RCALF urges emergency relief for cattle producers

The head of RCALF USA has sent what he calls an “emergency” letter to President Trump urging stopgap and permanent measures to help cattle producers avert the collapse of their industry. Bill Bullard tells Brownfield Ag News they are urging the decision to allow raw Brazilian beef into the U.S. be suspended, “Because this announcement …

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Ag groups ask administration to be mindful of challenges

More than 40 agricultural groups sent a letter to President Trump asking the administration to be mindful of supply chain and workforce impacts on the ag community during the coronavirus pandemic. With spring planting approaching, farmers and ranchers face the potential for weather and price-related challenges as well as new uncertainties. The groups say challenges …

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Solid gains for corn, soybeans, wheat

Soybeans were sharply higher on commercial and technical buying but closed under the session’s highs. Contracts are oversold and there was spillover from meal on concerns about shipping delays from Argentina, along with coronavirus precautions. Argentina is the world’s biggest exporter of soybean products and expectations are for Chinese demand for meal to rise as …

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U.S. Senator says MFP could be part of coronavirus economic relief for farmers

Part of President Trump’s economic stimulus proposal could include a type of market facilitation program that compensates farmers whose markets are harmed by the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Senator Tina Smith tells Brownfield Congress and the White House are looking at existing needs with plans to respond quickly. “On Monday cattle futures just fell through the …

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ACE tells White House ethanol industry must have help

The American Coalition for Ethanol is calling on the President and Congress to develop a stimulus plan to help save the biofuels industry from economic disaster. ACE senior vice president Ron Lamberty says the coronavirus is just the latest in a series of headwinds facing ethanol producers. “We buy corn (and) turn it into fuel, …

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Thompson discusses importance of restoring, rebuilding rural America

Congressman Glenn GT Thompson says his vision for the House Ag Committee in terms of policy is to restore a robust rural economy and rebuild rural America. “That means every farm family is doing well, we need to have rural communities be financially viable and it starts with agriculture,” he says. “Number two, my second …

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National Pork Board response to coronavirus pandemic

The National Pork Board is gathering resources for producers, consumers, and others along the supply chain during the coronavirus outbreak. CEO Bill Even tells Brownfield NPB has been compiling information online. “Pork.org takes you to a number of very credible resources that everybody can look to for some guidance, including a farm level crisis plan …

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Today, Tomorrow, and the Long View Ep. 5

In this episode of Today, Tomorrow, and the Long View Brownfield’s Meghan Grebner speaks with Lance Albin, president of UMB Bank’s Agribusiness Division about the importance of working capital ratio and how farmers can work to maintain or improve theirs in these tough economic times. Working capital ratio is computed by dividing current assets by …

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Perdue says food system alive and well

Ag Secretary Perdue says the food system is alive and well in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on a Florida radio station Wednesday, Perdue said USDA meat inspectors are on the job, food is being produced, processed and transported even with all the restrictions, and, with fewer workers in some cases, “These are …

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Farm Bureau highlights immediate issues facing agriculture

American Farm Bureau has released its first assessment of the impact on farmers and ranchers as the nation addresses the coronavirus pandemic.   President Zippy Duvall says AFBF has been in contact with administration officials about the challenges farmers and ranchers are facing. “I’ve been on the phone with Ag Secretary Perdue conveying our concerns …

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Labor concerns rise as visa processing halts in Mexico

The National Pork Producers Council is calling on the US government to prevent the already severe labor shortage situation from becoming a crisis. Jen Sorenson, the president-elect of the NPPC, says the decision by the US Department of State to suspend visa processing in Mexico could worsen the labor situation in the US pork industry.  …

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Thune, Stabenow sponsor cover crop flexibility bill

A bipartisan bill to provide flexibility for harvesting and grazing cover crops on prevented plant acres has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Senators John Thune of South Dakota and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan say the bill would make permanent the penalty-free haying and grazing of cover crops allowed last year prior to November 1st. …

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Milk futures lower, cash dairy mostly lower Wednesday

April Class III milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed 32 cents lower at $15.67.  May down 41 at $15.06.  June through August contracts 37 to 45 cents lower Wednesday. Dry whey down $0.0050 at $0.32.  Two trades were made, ranging from $0.32 to $0.3225. Blocks steady at $1.8725.  Barrels down $0.0675 at $1.4325.  …

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COVID-19 is not a food safety issue

The CDC says COVID-19 is not a food safety issue. But, as always, people should continue to practice good food safety measures including washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before, during, and after preparing and eating food. Listen for more tips. Healthy Living ~ COVID-19 is not a food safety issue … …

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Producers could be hurt by potential postponements of farmers markets

COVID-19 has created unprecedented disruptions to local production cycles and could lead to the postponement or cancellation of farmers markets. Amanda Deering is a clinical assistant professor at Purdue University. “I think this is going to be a very difficult time for growers not just in Indiana but around the country because they’re looking for …

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Does the corn market have a floor?

Ag commodities have followed equity markets down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For corn, University of Illinois ag economist Todd Hubbs says he has no idea where the bottom might be. “It’s down there. We’re seeing the May contract close at $3.36 1/2 (Wednesday), and there’s still some downside there depending on how we …

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Soybeans, wheat mixed as corn moves to new lows

Soybeans were mixed on spread adjustments. Contracts remain oversold, with the most active months up modestly, even with the demand concerns linked to the COVID-19 spread. There was also support from dry weather in parts of Argentina and Brazil, which has led some to lower their production outlooks. The Brazilian Soybean Producers Association reduced its’ …

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Cattle, hog futures stumble into back half of the week

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day sharply lower on profit-taking and broader market pressure.  Feeder cattle were sharply lower again today on the same factors as the live pit.  Losses were limited by the day’s lower corn trade. April live cattle closed $4.25 lower at $92.10 and June live cattle closed …

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