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Preparing for lower dairy prices

2014 was certainly a record year for dairy producers but what goes up, must come down and all indications are prices will definitely be down in 2015. Eric Meyer with HighGround Dairy says hopefully producers are better-prepared for the coming bear market.  He talks about the options.

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Missouri governor calls for Beef Summit

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced a beef industry summit in early January to “develop strategies to maximize the potential of Missouri’s cattle industry and spur economic development in rural areas.” Nixon says he wants participants to identify ways cow-calf operators can grow their herds. While Missouri ranks second in cow-calf inventory in the nation,... Read more »

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Wisconsin couple named to AFBF Young Farmer committee

Tim and Danielle Clark of Beaver Dam have been appointed by the American Farm Bureau Federation to its Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2015-2017 term beginning in March. National committee members are nominated by their state Farm Bureau. Tim Clark recently completed a three-year term on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and... Read more »

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Dairy just keeps nudging lower

Cash cheese barrels increased a penny to $1.5875 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, blocks held steady at $1.6075, butter lost another 5.5 cents to $1.555 and nonfat dry milk slipped a penny to 99.5 cents per pound. Class III futures for December, January, February and March saw slight increases, April was unchanged and... Read more »

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Wheat continues to soar

Soybeans were higher on fund and technical buying. There was just no real fresh news for beans and weather around South America looks generally good. Demand’s strong, but beans may continue to drift over the next couple of weeks. Soybean meal was higher and bean oil was steady to weak, adjusting product spreads. Corn was... Read more »

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Hogs closed sharply lower

USDA Mandatory reports cattle trading has been limited Wednesday afternoon in Kansas on light to moderate demand. Early sales traded 7.00 to 8.00 lower than the bulk of last week at 156.00 to 157.00. DTN reported a few cattle sold on a dressed basis in Iowa at 250.00. Trading remained inactive in all other regions.... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: December 17, 2014

Mar. corn closed at $4.08 and 1/4, up 2 and 1/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.27, up 3 and 1/2 cents Jan. soybean meal closed at $359.30, up $2.70 Jan. soybean oil closed at 31.77, unchanged Mar. wheat closed at $6.48 and 1/2, up 25 and 1/4 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $156.42, down $2.55 Feb. lean hogs closed at $80.47, down $1.20 Jan. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Barge user fee increase passes

A nine-cent increase in the barge user fee on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers has passed the U.S. Senate by a wide margin. The U.S. House passed the same bill earlier this month. The increase, from 20 to 29 cents a gallon for diesel fuel used to power barges, will be used to help upgrade... Read more »

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USDA confirms bird flu in wild birds

The USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in wild birds in the extreme northwestern county of Washington state. Whatcom County is just across the border from Canada’s Frazer Valley where five farms were quarantined last week after H5N2 was confirmed in chickens and turkeys. Wild birds are suspected in those infections.... Read more »

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Members make the difference

Farm Bureau’s members are at the heart of the organization’s success.  Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says it is the members that make the difference.  “The president (of FB) can go to Washington, DC or go to the State House or Farm Bureau staff that are very talented can go,” he says.  “But, quite... Read more »

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U.S. to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba

President Obama announced a change in U.S. relations with Cuba on Wednesday morning. For starters, the President has instructed the Secretary of State to immediately initiate discussions on the re-establishment of normal diplomatic relations with Cuba.  Those relations were cut in January of 1961.  The U.S. will move toward the establishment of an embassy in... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

Cattle country is quiet so far today with just a few scattered bids reported in Kansas at 158.00. There are reports of asking prices around 160.00 to 164.00 in the South and 254.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume could be delayed until Thursday or later. Cattle futures have been trading limit down in... Read more »

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More beneficial moisture ahead for the western U.S.

A series of Pacific storms will maintain unsettled weather across the western third of the nation, bringing much-needed rain and mountain snow to drought areas from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast States. Rain and snow associated with the lead disturbance will shift from the Four Corners into central and southern portions of the Plains... Read more »

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Typical mid-December weather returns to the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers linger across the Great Lakes region, where final summer crop harvest efforts are again on hold. By December 14, Wisconsin’s corn harvest was 91% complete — although approximately one-fifth of the crop remained in the field in the north-central and northeastern part of the state. On the Plains, cool,... Read more »

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Planning for retirement

For self-employed farmers, retirement isn’t always top of mind.  Jim Hughes, financial security consultant for Country Financial says – it should be. Hughes says there are never “too earlys” when it comes to planning for the future.  But, he says, there can be “too lates”.  In this Managing for Profit Hughes provides some tips to... Read more »

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Senate passes tax extenders package

The Senate has approved the tax extenders package on a 76-16 vote. It now heads for the White House for approval. The bill, which retroactively extends a package of expired tax breaks for 2014, holds key provisions for small businesses such as section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation. It also includes the dollar-per-gallon biodiesel tax... Read more »

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Young Ag Professionals to hold conference

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professional’s will hold their annual winter leadership conference on January 30 and 31 in downtown Columbus. Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Highland County chair the YAP committee. Nathan says the conference program will begin the evening of January 30. “We have a nice evening of networking and just a social... Read more »

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Butter drops 23 cents

It what may be a hint of post-holiday butter prices: cash butter dropped 23 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday. A couple of uncovered offers set the price but there was an unfilled bid at 99 cents.  Butter makers have been very busy filling holiday orders but everyone expects once those orders are... Read more »

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Pork value down sharply

Cattle country was quiet on Tuesday afternoon, a few asking prices were noted around 165.00 to 166.00 in the South and 260.00 in the North. It is expected feedlot operators will lower their prices due to the significant fall in cattle futures. Bids of 252.00 on a dressed basis in Nebraska were reported to DTN... Read more »

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South America pressures soybeans

Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling. Growing conditions around South America look good with no real weather threat in the forecast. Demand remains strong, but there was no fresh supportive news. Soybean meal and oil were lower, following beans. AgRural reports 96% of Brazil’s soybean crop is planted. ABIOVE has left its Brazilian... Read more »

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Purdue offers new agronomy course online

Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy is offering a distance education course to give farmers and those in the agriculture industry a better understanding of agronomy.  Agronomy Essentials aims to expand agribusiness professional’s knowledge of crop production to enhance communication with farmer clients. The course was designed by Bruce Erickson.  It includes six units with multiple... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: December 16, 2014

Mar. corn closed at $4.06, down 2 and 1/2 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.23 and 1/2, down 16 cents Jan. soybean meal closed at $356.60, down $8.80 Jan. soybean oil closed at 31.77, down 50 points Mar. wheat closed at $6.23 and 1/4, up 4 and 1/4 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $158.97, down $3.00 Feb. lean hogs closed at $81.67, down $1.60 Jan. crude oil closed at $55.93, up 2... Read more »

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Involving Young Ag Professionals

Jack Fisher, Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau addressed members and delegates during the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Fisher talked about the importance of involving more young people in the organization. The challenge Fisher says is how they do that. “There are a few exceptions, some... Read more »

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Southeast Missouri tops in soybean contest

Southeast Missouri growers swept the Missouri Soybean Association’s yield contest this year for first place in each of three categories. Their yields were upwards of 90 bushels per acre. John Engram of Scott County got more than 99 bushels an acre on his irrigated cropland in Sikeston. First place for no-till acres, was won by... Read more »

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Iowa ag coalition releases ‘Big Data’ report

A new report from an Iowa agricultural coalition offers strategies to help farmers capture value from “Big Data”. The report was developed by The Hale Group at the direction of Iowa AgState, a coalition of farm organizations, agribusinesses, state government and Iowa State University. AgState officials say it provides a roadmap for how agricultural data... Read more »

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Reports: China signals lifting of MIR 162 ban

Chinese government officials have reportedly informed some grain traders that the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has approved the lifting of its ban on Syngenta’s MIR 162 corn variety, also known as Agrisure Viptera. However, there has been no official confirmation from the Chinese or U.S. governments, or from Syngenta. On Monday, a Syngenta spokesman told... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock prices

Cattle country is quiet on Tuesday with bids and asking prices still not well defined. A few showlists have been priced around 166.00 in the South and 260.00 in the North. The new showlists distributed on Monday look generally smaller than the previous week, especially in Texas. DTN reports, the complete lack of commercial buying... Read more »

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Grassley pushes USDA on ‘actively engaged’

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants the USDA to create a new rule to better define who can qualify as “actively engaged in farming” when it comes to receiving federal farm payments. Grassley has sent a letter—co-signed by several of his congressional colleagues– to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, reminding him that the clarification of “actively engaged”... Read more »

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Meat exporters hope for progress in labor dispute

Increasing congestion at West Coast ports, where longshoremen have been working without a contract for nearly six months, is a growing concern for the U.S. meat industry. While about one-third of U.S. beef and pork exports travel to Mexico and Canada by ground transportation, the remainder relies almost entirely on ocean freight. And, according to... Read more »

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Sasse, Ernst to join Senate Ag Committee

Newly-elected U.S. senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa will have seats on the Senate Agriculture Committee in the new Congress. Sasse replaces retiring Mike Johanns of Nebraska on the committee. Ernst takes the spot held by Tom Harkin of Iowa, who is also retiring. Her appointment means Iowa will retain two... Read more »

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GDT index increases 2.4%

An increase in the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) Index this morning. The semi-monthly auction saw the overall index increase 2.4 percent from the December 2nd sale.  Other than a couple of “blips” in June and October, this is the first increase in the index price since February 4th.  During that time the index plunged by... Read more »

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Farmers will face property tax issues again in 2015

Heading into 2015, Indiana farmers will be facing some of the same challenges they’ve seen in recent years. Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says farmers continue to fight the property tax issue within the state.  “Our members and farmers all across the state have had a 33 percent increase over the last three years,”... Read more »

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Delegates reelect Chism as 2nd vice-president

Indiana Farm Bureau delegates reelected Isabella Chism as the organization’s second vice-president during their annual meeting.  Chism was first elected in 2006.  In addition to serving as second vice-president and a member of the board of directors for Indiana Farm Bureau and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, she chairs the 10-member INFB Women’s Leadership Committee. Chism... Read more »

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Managing weeds in cover crops

Mark Loux, Extension weed specialist at Ohio State University says along with increased acres of cover crops come questions, from controlling weeds in cover crops, to using cover crops for weed control. Audio: Mark Loux, Extension weed specialist, Ohio State University

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Company addresses Iowa farmers’ pipeline concerns

Public informational meetings in Iowa to discuss the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline are drawing large crowds, including farmers whose land will be impacted by construction of the pipeline. Tad Wesley is an agronomist with Illinois-based Key Agricultural Services, which is helping Energy Transfer Partners address farmer concerns. “One of the big concerns that they... Read more »

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WMMB names top dairy promotion efforts

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) has cited 25 individual county dairy groups for outstanding promotional efforts from November of 2013 through October of 2014. Entries included dairy breakfasts, dairy promotions and classroom projects. A three-judge panel considered event originality, educational purpose, media coverage, visibility and suggestions for future events. Award winners were: School Promotion/Education... Read more »

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Cash cheese a little higher

A couple of unfilled bids pushed cash cheese higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday. Butter lost a nickel and nonfat dry milk declined 2.5 cents.  Class III futures for January slipped 19 cents, February lost 27 cents, March closed below $15 and June is below $16.   The last Global Dairy Trade auction... Read more »

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United Soybean Board’s budget tops $86 million

The United Soybean Board’s (USB) new treasurer, John Motter, says based on anticipated checkoff collections, the USB annual budget is about $86.5 million.  As a new officer of the board, one of the priorities of Motter, who is from Ohio, is to work on public acceptance of biotechnology. “There are so many traits out there... Read more »

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“A muddy mess”

“A muddy mess” is how most are describing Wisconsin fields this week. The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service, Wisconsin Field Office says farmers took advantage of the clear weather early in the week to combine corn and haul manure but temperatures climbed into the 40’s by the weekend and the... Read more »

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MPP signup deadline is Friday

A reminder the sign-up deadline for the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers is this Friday, December 19th.  U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the declining milk prices of the last few weeks has prompted producers to take another look at the program.  “I think people are beginning to realize the good prices we have... Read more »

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South Dakota’s 100-bushel barrier broken

Southeastern South Dakota farmer Scott McKee is the first person to break 100-bushels in the South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest.  McKee, who farms in Union County, broke records and took Overall First Place with a yield of 103.7 bushels per acre.  Planting more seeds per acre contributed to the high yield, according to McKee. “We... Read more »

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Limit losses in feeder futures

Feedlot country is typically quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. The ready numbers appear to be generally smaller than last week, especially in Texas. A few showlists have been priced around 166.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. The cattle kill was estimated by USDA at 122,000... Read more »

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South Dakota soybean growers to launch ‘Hungry for Truth’ initiative

South Dakota soybean growers are inviting the people of the state to discuss how farmers raise food. “We want to reach out to consumers, have a conversation with them, give them a chance to ask any questions they may have about agriculture in our state, and give farmers a chance to answer those questions,” said... Read more »

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Wheat supported by Russia questions

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Development conditions look good around South America, with no real weather threat in the forecast. Also, the November NOPA crush was a little smaller than expected at 166.211 million bushels and the FSA prevented planting number only had a slight increase from last month, up 2,000... Read more »

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Gasoline prices continue to fall

Over the past few months, crude oil prices have fallen over $45 a barrel.  For the last few years, crude has run about $105 a barrel and last week was $59.  Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner anticipates prices continuing to decline. The decline in prices has been enough to increase the US gross domestic... Read more »

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Iowa Soybean leaders assume national roles

Several Iowa Soybean Association farmer-leaders were elected and appointed to national positions at the recent soybean industry meeting in St. Louis. One of them was ISA president Tom Oswald of Cleghorn, who was officially seated as a director on the United Soybean Board (USB). Oswald fills the seat held by Jim Stillman of Emmetsburg.  Stillman... Read more »

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Hadley’s named Indiana Farm Family of the Year

Roger Hadley rented his first farm ground when he was a freshman in high school.  Since then, his love of agriculture and passion for farming continues to grow. During Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual meeting this past weekend, Hadley and his family were recognized as Indiana’s Farm Family of the Year.  “The recognition is very humbling,” he... Read more »

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Nebraska Farm Bureau seeks infrastructure improvements

Nebraska Farm Bureau members are expressing concern about what they say is the declining condition of the state’s rural roads and bridges. “There’s a lot of areas that producers are having to travel a substantial distance around to get their commodities to market,” says Mark McHargue of Central City, vice president of Nebraska Farm Bureau.... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: December 15, 2014

Mar. corn closed at $4.08 and 1/2, up 1 cent Jan. soybeans closed at $10.39 and 1/2, down 7 and 3/4 cents Jan. soybean meal closed at $365.40, down $7.60 Jan. soybean oil closed at 32.27, down 9 points Mar. wheat closed at $6.19, up 12 and 1/2 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $161.97, down 7 cents Feb. lean hogs closed at $83.27, up 2 cents Jan. crude oil closed at... Read more »

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Missouri Corn Scholarships applications available

The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will award seven $1,000 scholarships to successful applicants.  Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related area of agriculture. High school senior applicants must be Missouri residents from a Missouri... Read more »

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