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Senate passes TPA bill

  The U.S. Senate has approved Trade Promotion Authority legislation on a bi-partisan vote of 62 to 37.  The bill now goes to the House for consideration. Several commodity organization leaders issued statements immediately following the vote. Here is a sampling of the reaction. National Corn Growers Association president Chip Bowling: “Thank you to the senators who... Read more »

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Renewable Fuels Standard due June 1.

The Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to finally deliver a Renewable Fuels Standard by June 1st.  They are to announce the proposed standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Renewable Fuels Association senior vice president Geoff Cooper says EPA and the White House have been very quiet on this so they have no idea what the... Read more »

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A little decline ahead of the long weekend

Cash cheese nudged a little higher while everything else was a little lower in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. For the week, cash cheese barrels are down a quarter-cent, blocks lost 3 cents, butter fell 8.25 cents and nonfat dry milk is a quarter-cent higher.  Class III futures for June... Read more »

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USMEF official: U.S. needs TPP to stay competitive

A top official of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says the U.S. needs to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement if it wants to remain competitive in the world market. USMEF president and CEO Phil Seng says other countries are “stepping up their game” when it comes to meat exports. “We better pass TPP... Read more »

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NPPC applauds ‘Walmart’s commitment’

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is applauding, what it calls “Walmart’s commitment to sustainable and responsible farming”.  NPPC spokesman Dave Warner says that’s something that America’s pork producers do every single day. “The specific policy that Walmart is asking its suppliers to adopt, we align pretty well with most of those,” Warner says. Especially... Read more »

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Grains, oilseeds lower ahead of Memorial Day

Soybeans were lower on fund and speculative selling, with November closing at a new contract low. Soybean planting has been delayed in some areas by rain, with the next set of estimates out on Tuesday. Weekly export inspections are also delayed until Tuesday. Demand continues to be strong, but the supply is only getting larger.... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 22, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $3.60, down 5 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.24 and 1/4, down 14 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $304.20, up 10 cents Jul. soybean oil closed at 31.64, down 61 points Jul. wheat closed at $5.15 and 1/4, down 6 and 3/4 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $152.12, down 25 cents Jun. lean hogs closed at $83.72, down 5... Read more »

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Slow pre-holiday livestock trade

Cattle country was quiet with business done for the week, although it is possible there may be a little more cleanup trade in Nebraska. The kill totaled 109,000 head, 2,000 below last week, and 5,000 smaller than last year. Boxed beef cutout values were lower on light demand and light to moderate offerings. Choice beef... Read more »

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NPPC’s reaction to Walmart’s announcement

In response to Walmart’s announcement of stricter guidelines around animal welfare and the use of antibiotics in farm animals, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) released the following statement: “The National Pork Producers Council applauds Walmart’s commitment, announced today, to sustainable and responsible farming, which America’s pork producers make every day. By using antibiotics responsibly... Read more »

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Pork producers set to thrive

A Brazilian consultant says the animal protein market is changing.  Dr. Osler Desourzart, CEO of Brazil based OD Consulting says pork currently accounts for 33 percent of the total demand for protein – and he expects that to increase. So what does that mean for pork producers?  “Get ready to purchase more pork, guys,” he... Read more »

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Food Dialogues – Toledo

The next U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Food Dialogues event is coming to Ohio. Following last summer’s water crisis in Toledo, when 500,000 people were without water due to harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, Food Dialogues – Toledo will feature a discussion on the challenges of balancing food production and water quality. “Making sure... Read more »

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Custom rate estimates released

Farmers can compare custom rates with a new report from Michigan State University Extension. The annual Farm Machine Work Rate summary, created by the Farm Information Resource Management Extension team, is a guide for farmers to use when hiring custom operators.  The summary includes equipment, labor and fuel cost estimates.  Dennis Stein, Farm Business Management... Read more »

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April egg production modestly higher

  U.S. egg production during April 2015 was modestly higher than in April 2014, according to the USDA. Production totaled 8.212 million eggs, including 7.114 billion table eggs and 1.098 billion hatching eggs. For the hatching eggs, 1.01 billion were for broilers and 87 million were egg-type. The number of layers during April averaged 358... Read more »

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Walmart, welcome to our world

Walmart announced May 22 a “new” position on animal welfare.  Perhaps the position is new to Walmart; it reflects business as usual for U.S. animal agriculture. In any case, I commend the company.  In addition, Walmart publicly stated this week its policy on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.  Again, nothing game-changing in the... Read more »

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Animal rights groups applaud Walmart’s move

Animal rights groups are applauding Walmart’s announcement of stricter farm animal welfare policies. Leah Garces, USA director for the group Compassion in World Farming, says it marks “a historical tipping-point”. “This is the largest retailer in the country and much of their merchandising is groceries.  So the impact of such a market leader in taking... Read more »

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Red meat, poultry stocks surge

  The U.S. red meat supply in cold storage at the end of April 2015 was up sharply from the end of April 2014. That’s likely because of increased pork production, the relatively high price retail price of beef, and a wet, cool weather pattern in many areas delaying the start of grilling season. The... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

Cattle country was relatively quiet on Friday morning following light to moderate trade in the North on Thursday. Best early guesses are that around 10,000  to 12,000 head moved in Nebraska with a range of 251.00 to 253.00, mostly 252.00, the 253.00 was to a regional packer. A few head moved in Kansas at 159.50... Read more »

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USDA: cattle on feed up 1%

  The USDA’s latest set of cattle on feed numbers reflects at least some expansion of the U.S. herd. The total number of cattle on feed in the U.S. on May 1st was up 1% on the year at 10.640 million head and marketings during April were down 8% at 1.639 million head, the lowest... Read more »

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Largest Minnesota farm hit by avian flu

The Rembrandt egg facility in Renville has become the largest Minnesota farm infected by avian influenza. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed the positive test result last week and under the quarantine order, Rembrandt will be required to depopulate the entire site affecting 2 million chickens. According to a news release, Rembrandt will temporarily... Read more »

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Stewardship bill passes Michigan House

Legislation funding Michigan’s voluntary environmental stewardship program passed in the State House this week.  Representative Dan Lauwers, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee and sponsor of HB-4391, says it now moves to the Michigan Senate. “The bill was passed by the full House exactly how it was reported out of the House Ag Committee so... Read more »

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Congressional Propane Caucus formed

A bipartisan Congressional Propane Caucus has been formed. Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Tim Waltz (D-MN) formed the caucus to educate members of Congress on the many uses of propane, its importance to constituents and the issues both the propane industry and consumers face. “Propane is vital to our every day lives; it heats our... Read more »

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Celebrating one of Indiana’s specialty crops

Specialty crops play a vital role in Indiana agriculture. Jeanette Merritt, marketing director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team says when consumers think about Indiana agriculture, corn and soybeans are top of mind. But the number of vineyards across the state are on the rise as more people are looking to get back into agriculture. ... Read more »

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TPA bill a step forward in Senate

A Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill has taken a step forward in the U.S. Senate.  Senators voted 62 to 38 to limit debate on the bill, ending any chance of a filibuster. Votes on amendments are still being allowed by Senate leaders. One of those is a bipartisan measure to allow negotiators to work on... Read more »

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Challenges in the Missouri River bottoms

This planting season has had its challenges for farmers across the Corn Belt. Much of west central Missouri farmer Adam Casner’s corn crop is at least partially underwater. As he tells Brownfield, it never is a good time for the crop to be underwater – but he’s especially worried right now.  “A lot of our... Read more »

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Walmart announces stricter animal welfare policy

Walmart has announced stricter guidelines around animal welfare and the use of antibiotics in farm animals. The new policy calls for the elimination of gestation stalls in pork production and battery cages in egg production. The guidelines also call for antibiotics to be used only when medically necessary, with oversight of a veterinarian, and eliminating... Read more »

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Cab Conversations, Get Growing No. 4

In this week’s episode, Meghan Grebner, Indiana Farm Director, talks to three farmers from Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska about spring planting and being voices for accuracy in agriculture. Zach Hunnicutt, Aurora, Nebraska Theresia Gillie, Hallock, Minnesota Carla Wardin, St. Johns, Michigan Show Notes:The conversation, multi-generation farming, planting, fighting misconceptions  Meghan Grebner: She begins by asking Carla to talk about... Read more »

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Is multi-hybrid planting in your future?

If variability in your fields is costing you bushels and dollars at harvest time, then multi-hybrid planting—placing specific hybrids at optimum zones in the field—may be part of the solution. Keaton Krueger is an ag technology specialist with Winfield.  He’s been working with Iowa-based SciMax Solutions this spring on a multi-hybrid planting project.  They’ve used... Read more »

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TPA moves one step closer in Senate

  Trade Promotion Authority cleared what looks like the final hurdle before a full vote in the Senate.  The legislation was advanced on a 62-38 cloture vote with 13 Democrats joining 49 Republicans in support. The measure was held-up until Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to bring legislation to renew the charter for the Import-Export... Read more »

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AgReliant collaboration provides access to weather data

A seed company and a weather prediction company are coming together to give farmers access to vitally important weather information. Noah Freeman, precision ag technologies manager for AgReliant Genetics says weather directly impacts every element of a farmer’s business and the collaboration between AgReliant Genetics and Weather Trends International will give farmers access to the... Read more »

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Agreement expands Geographical Indications

  The use of names like parmesan and champagne could be more restricted under a deal signed Thursday.  Delegates to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference on the Lisbon Agreement signed a pact expanding the protection of appellations of origin to include geographical indications and expanding the protections granted under the international registry. Geographical... Read more »

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Grain inspection bill advances

A bipartisan bill to reauthorize the federal Grain Standards Act has passed the Senate Agriculture Committee and includes steps the US Ag Secretary would have to take to avoid port shipment slowdowns. Sponsored by Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ranking Chair Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, the bill would require the Secretary to... Read more »

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Strength in dairy

The dairy markets continue to show strength, cash cheese barrels gained another quarter-cent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday.  Blocks increased a penny, nonfat dry milk added a half-cent while butter held steady. Class III futures contracts added a few cents each. Dairy Market News reports the spring flush is in full-swing and there... Read more »

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Iowa cancels live bird exhibitions

The Iowa Department of Agriculture says it is cancelling all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair and other events due to avian influenza. The department is also prohibiting live birds from being sold at livestock auction markets, swap meets and exotic sales. Officials says they’re trying to minimize the risk of... Read more »

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Wheat, corn up with new export sales

  Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling. Weekly export numbers were solid and there are some near term shipping delays out of Argentina. Allendale reports a strike at the Rosario port, in addition a ship running aground, leaving nearly 50 ships unable to enter the port. Most analysts do expect at least... Read more »

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Iowa company develops avian flu vaccine

Iowa-based Harrisvaccines has developed a vaccine that could protect poultry from the H5N2 avian flu virus. Joel Harris, head of sales and marketing, says they are currently testing the vaccine with the USDA and other agencies. “We’ve also submitted documentation to get a conditional approval from the USDA,” Harris says. “So we’re kind of waiting... Read more »

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April red meat production up 1%

  The USDA reports commercial domestic red meat production during April 2015 was up 1% from April 2014 at 4.016 billion pounds. For 2015, production is 15.899 billion pounds, also up 1% from 2014. Year to year, that includes a 7% rise for pork, against declines of 4% for beef, 23% for veal, and 7%... Read more »

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Missouri farmer has been battling spring rains

Adam Casner farms in West Central Missouri and says this spring has been challenging from the very beginning. Early on the ground was saturated – but then things changed.  “We finally got in the field to plant corn and we had honestly gotten pretty dry,” he says.  “The last couple of fields we planted were... Read more »

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Cattle and hog futures close higher

With the exception of a few trades in the North from 159.00 to 160.00 live and 252.00 dressed, the cash cattle trade was relatively quiet on Thursday afternoon. Further business could be delayed until later today, or tomorrow. Asking prices are around 255.00 plus in the North and 162.00 plus in the South. The kill... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 21, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $3.65, up 5 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.38 and 1/2, down 2 and 3/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $304.10, down 40 cents Jul. soybean oil closed at 32.25, up 5 points Jul. wheat closed at $5.22, up 9 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $152.37, up $1.02 Jun. lean hogs closed at $83.77, up $1.22 Jul. crude oil closed at $60.72, up $1.74 Jul. cotton closed... Read more »

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Planting nearing completion in NW Ohio

A good couple of days and the 2015 corn and soybean crop should be planted in Fulton County Ohio in Northwest Ohio. Eric Richer, Ohio State University Extension educator says with 80-90 percent of the corn and nearly half the soybeans planted, the remainder should be in the ground by the weekend. “And many of... Read more »

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Threats to sugarbeets in Red River Valley

The sugarbeet growing season in the Red River Valley is off to its fastest start in recent memory.  Mohamed Khan is a sugarbeet specialist for North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota Extension and says as temperatures warm up this week, the threat of disease increases. “If it becomes warm, we have to keep... Read more »

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Names of 12 Princess Kay finalists

On Sunday, twelve dairy princesses from across Minnesota were named finalists to become the next Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Sherry Newell of the Midwest Dairy Association says Princess Kay is a great testament to the way dairy farmers display their pride in where they come from. “The farm families that have young women... Read more »

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Fate of Minnesota buffer bill unknown

The version of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s buffer proposal that passed both the House and Senate would require a 50 foot buffer around all public waterways and a 16 ½ foot buffer for public drainage ditch systems. Doug Busselman, public policy director for Minnesota Farm Bureau, says the buffer legislation is part of an omnibus... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

Cattle country is relatively quiet so far today following yesterday’s somewhat light activity. DTN reports cattle traded in Kansas and Texas at mostly 161.00 live, fully steady with last week’s business. In the North cattle on a live basis traded at 159.00 to 160.00, with some dressed business at 252.00. Asking prices are around 161.00... Read more »

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Preserve the culture

Commentary. Not unlike school kids anxious to be released into the “wilds” of summertime, I am counting the hours until my vacation begins.  Memorial Day week-end is upon us and there is much to do before the picnics and parties. It is sad to think that there are many people who have little to no... Read more »

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Concerns about the pollinator health plan

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) says they’re encouraged by the White House’s proactive approach to promote pollinator health. But, ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne says they do have some concerns.  “As we look at any of the proposals or any of the issues that have been raised, especially when you deal with neonicotinoids,... Read more »

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Corn, soybean, beef exports up on week

  The USDA reports corn, soybean, soybean product, and wheat export sales for the week ending May 14th were within pre-report estimates. Physical shipments of corn and soybeans were what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, while wheat was short of its’ mark. The 2014/15 marketing year for wheat ends May... Read more »

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World Pork Expo is June 3-5

World Pork Expo is June 3-5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), World Pork Expo presents a wide range of activities, including the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, and swine shows and sales. “World Pork Expo is a showcase of pork production,” says... Read more »

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Extending the TPA debate in the U.S. Senate

A Democratic Senator hopes to put the brakes on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by extending the debate in the U.S. Senate. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he’s not opposed to trade, but with American jobs on the line, the Senator says it’s important to have an open and informed debate on trade policy. “If... Read more »

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Ag retailers educate on stewardship

Ag retailers are involved with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. Clay Martz, manager of the Crop Production Services Woodbury Farm Center in Mid-Michigan, says the partnership has helped educate about new technologies and potential hazards. “A lot of our employees along with myself have offered training for some of the MAEAP verified farms or... Read more »

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Wrightsman Cooling