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Security needs to go beyond disease threats for livestock farms

Security on livestock farms is reaching new heights as animal activists become more of a threat. Hannah Thompson-Weeman with the Animal Agriculture Alliance tells Brownfield radical transparency on farms can offer consumers a look into modern food production but needs to be done with caution. “Being more transparent, showing more of what we do is …

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Hog futures supported by sharply higher cash prices

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day higher on follow-through buying and optimism about higher cash trade this week.  Feeder cattle were higher on the same factors.  Beef, along with pork is eligible for tariff waivers out of China.  February live cattle closed $.60 higher at $121.42 and April live cattle closed …

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Governor Noem promotes Grain Bin Safety Week by recalling her father’s death

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has proclaimed February 16-22 Grain Bin Safety Week. “The purpose of this week is to promote the education and awareness of hazards and safe work practices in an effort to reduce the number of accidents associated with grain handling and storage,” in a statement provided by the USDA. Statistics from …

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Wheat sharply higher on smaller Australia crop

Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling. China says nearly 700 U.S. ag goods, including soybeans, are eligible for one-year tariff waivers, now Beijing has to actually start issuing those waivers. That might take some time. Crop conditions look good in most of South America and Brazil’s beans are cheaper than U.S. supplies, …

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AFT works to increase cover crops on rented lands

Photo courtesy Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship It’s estimated that 40 percent of Midwest farmland is rented or leased—and that’s been a barrier to increased planting of cover crops, according to Brian Brandt with American Farmland Trust. “Conservation practices can require additional investments by either the landowner or the farmer,” Brandt says, “and …

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Illinois Farm Bureau: Keeping trade a priority through the election year

President Trump has his signature on trade deals with China, Japan, Canada and Mexico, so where does trade go from here? Illinois Farm Bureau national policy director Adam Nielson says although major trade negotiations have been secured, it is important to keep the trade momentum going this year. “It doesn’t hurt to be in negotiations …

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CME milk futures higher, spot market mixed, GDT index falls

Milk futures were mostly up, and cash dairy prices were mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Tuesday.   February Class III milk was down $.01 at $16.98.  March was unchanged at $17.01. April was up $.10 at $17.16.  May was up $.12 at 17.24. The milk futures from June through next January ranged from zero to …

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Ohio Master Farmer Awards at the Ohio Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Amie Simpson will be on the ground in Ada, Ohio on March 3, 2020 for the Ohio Master Farmer Awards at the Ohio Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference. Continue reading Ohio Master Farmer Awards at the Ohio Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference at Brownfield Ag News.      

DFA will purchase Dean Foods assets

Dairy Farmers of America has announced it plans to acquire Dean Foods processing facilities, direct delivery system, and additional assets for $425 million. DFA president and CEO Rick Smith says it’s important to ensure continued secure markets for members’ milk and minimal disruption to the U.S. dairy industry and he’s pleased they have come to …

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Organic weed control with propane

Organic farmers have an uphill battle with weeds. The few chemicals available are very expensive and labor-intensive mechanical weed control is also cost-prohibitive. Mechanical engineering professor George Gogos at the University of Nebraska has developed equipment that eliminates weeds using propane generated flame. It’s effective but also qualifies as an organic method of killing weeds. …

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Corps of Engineers’ plan includes deepening river channel

Tom Steever spoke to Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, who says the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to deepen the lower Mississippi River channel is welcome news for soybean growers. The Corps will dredge 256 miles of channel downstream from Baton Rouge, Louisiana from a depth of 45 feet to 50 …

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What to do with those prevent plant acres

Following a record 20 million prevented plant acres across the U.S. in 2019, an unprecedented number of farmers are trying to put together a plan for those fields outside their normal rotation. WinField United agronomist Jon Zuk says one big consideration is what was or was not done to those acres last year. Continue reading …

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Bayer/Monsanto to appeal dicamba verdict – says soil root rot cause of damages

A federal jury has awarded a southeast Missouri peach grower 15 million dollars in compensatory damages and 250 Million in punitive damages in its dicamba drift case against Monsanto and BASF. The trial concluded Saturday which meant the gag-order was lifted. Monsanto Attorney Chris Hohn said after the trial, “I think it goes without saying …

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Jury awards $265 Million in dicamba peach case

A federal jury in Cape Girardeau, Missouri has awarded a southeast Missouri peach grower 15 million dollars in compensatory damages and 250 Million in punitive damages in its dicamba drift case against Bayer and BASF. Bayer CropScience says it will appeal.  BASF is looking at its post trial options. Attorneys for Bill Bader of Bader …

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Jury awards peach farmer $15 Million in dicamba case

A federal jury in St. Louis has ruled in favor of a southeast Missouri peach grower who sued dicamba makers Bayer and BASF for drift damage. The jury has awarded Bill Bader of Bader Farms in Dunklin County 15 million dollars in damages. Punitive damages are to be decided Saturday, most likely. Continue reading Jury …

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South Dakota House passes hemp bill

The South Dakota House this week passed a bill approving industrial hemp and the measure now goes to the state Senate. But, the bill does not have one of the four guardrails that Governor Noem said must be in any hemp legislation – and that is the funding mechanism. Her spokesperson says the governor continues …

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Soybeans down, still up on week

Soybeans are lower on profit taking and technical selling, put still posting week to week gains. China’s tariff cuts went into effect Friday, the 30-day implementation period for Phase One ends Saturday, and expectations are for China to start issuing tariff waivers soon. That’s because the tariff on U.S. beans will remain at 27.5%, allowing …

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Cattle futures higher on follow-through buying

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day higher on follow-through buying and stronger wholesale values during the session.  Feeder cattle were higher on the same factors with support from the day’s lower move in corn.  February live cattle closed $1.37 higher at $120.82 and April live cattle closed $1.80 higher at $120.32.  …

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Bayer says new herbicide years away

Bayer CropScience says it’s excited about its newly identified herbicide molecule but it is years away from commercialization. Bayer spokesman Darren Wallis tells Brownfield that the molecule discovery is in the very early stages but Bayer scientists are also working on new biotech crop traits to go with it. “What’s really exciting is that we …

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association focuses on creating a climate for change

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is focusing on resiliency, challenges created by extreme weather events, and the role farmers can play in addressing climate change. A Climate for Change is the theme of the 41st annual OEFFA conference. Lauren Ketcham, communications director with OEFFA, says they are dedicated to creating a climate to …

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