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Study finds the dairy farmers care for animals

A National Milk Producers Federation report indicates dairy farmers continue to adopt high-quality animal care. Federation spokesman Chris Galen says the report quantifies the practices of farmers participating in the industry’s National Dairy FARM Program – Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. “The FARM Program is about continuous improvement, it’s not about trying to flunk people out... Read more »

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Groundwater contamination issue in Wisconsin

Six environmental groups have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to investigate groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin.  The petition charges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has failed to protect residential drinking water through its powers to regulate groundwater and oversight of large livestock operations.... Read more »

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Cash cheese drops

Cheese prices dropped on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday.  Barrels lost 8 cents while blocks fell 21.25 cents.  A couple of uncovered offers setting the prices.  Cash butter lost 9 cents.  Class III futures responded accordingly with November losing 73 cents, December dropped 57 cents and January fell 44 cents. Milk production is strong... Read more »

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Another strong session for soybeans

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. China bought another 118,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. beans and it was a strong week for export sales numbers. That new sale to China followed up on Wednesday’s purchase of more than 400,000 tons. Harvest forecasts look mixed, with more rain in some areas. Soybean meal and... Read more »

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USDA funds rural water system improvements

The USDA is providing more than $350 million in loans and grants for rural water and wastewater system upgrades to help ensure access to clean water. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the initiative today (Thursday) at a speech in Anchorage, Alaska.  In making the announcement, Vilsack said the projects are critical to address the... Read more »

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Red meat production 1% above year ago

According to USDA, U.S. red meat production during September 2014 was 3.959 billion pounds, up 1% from September 2013. Beef was reported at 2.067 billion pounds, a little bit less than a year ago, with the kill down 3% at 2.530 million head and the average live weight gaining 31 pounds to 1,344 pounds. Veal... Read more »

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Poultry production jumps 7%

  USDA reports poultry production for September 2014 was 3.854 billion pounds, a 7% increase from the September 2013 total. Most of that was chicken, 3.349 billion pounds, with turkey at 493.480 million. The preliminary live weight of all poultry was 5.087 billion pounds, also 7% more than a year ago. Young chickens slaughtered averaged... Read more »

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Harvest is picking back up in Ohio

Harvest started out in full speed for central Ohio farmer Allen Ett in September – but when the calendar turned to October that all changed.  “It kind of turned on us a little bit,” he says.  “We’ve been fighting rain like everyone else, I assume.  It’s been slow on the bean harvest – which is... Read more »

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Cattle trade at record high prices

USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was light to moderate in the Texas Panhandle, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado on very good demand on Thursday afternoon. A limited number of cattle have traded at 170.00, $5.00 to 6.00 higher than last week.  The $170.00 price level set new records in all regions. Trading was still slow in all... Read more »

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Pence joins Governors in opposition of WOTUS

Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined eleven other governors in voicing opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act. In a statement released Thursday, the Governor said, “Congress did not intend for the Clean Water Act to apply to every instance where a drop... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 23, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.59 and 3/4, up 6 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.93 and 1/4, up 30 and 1/2 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $352.40, up $14.40 Dec. soybean oil closed at 32.67, up 53 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.26 and 3/4, up 4 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $169.05, up $1.00 Dec. lean hogs closed at $88.72, down $1.02 Nov.... Read more »

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Training on dairy Margin Protection Program offered

Purdue Extension will offer a series of training sessions to help dairy producers understand the details of the Margin Protection Program as part of the new farm bill. The first four meetings will be presented by Chris Wolf, Michigan State University ag economics professor who was integral in developing the analytical tools for MPP; the... Read more »

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Study raises no-till yield concerns

A study on the global yield impact of no-till farming says it shows promise in dryland areas but may not be the answer to increased yields as predicted elsewhere. The University of California-Davis led the international research analysis of the conservation agriculture method. A University of Illinois Crop sciences researcher co-authored the study. They examined... Read more »

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FDA settlement on additives issue

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to finalize its rule on food additives it deems “Generally Regarded as Safe” (Also known as GRAS). The rule was proposed 17 years ago but last year, the Center for Food Safety sued the FDA accusing the agency of allowing companies to sell products that had not been... Read more »

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Thursday midday cash livestock prices

Cattle country remains in quiet mode on Thursday with bids and asking prices few and far between, but the expectation is packer inquiry will improve as the day progresses. Significant trade volume may be delayed until sometime on Friday and may wait until until after the release of the cattle on feed report at 2:00... Read more »

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Soybean sales nearly 80 million bushels

    USDA reports corn and soybean export sales for the week ending October 16 were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year. Physical shipments of soybeans were also more than what’s needed to meet the Ag Department’s expectations. Wheat came out at 299,400 tons (11.0 million bushels), down... Read more »

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Assess your Johne’s risk

Ken Olson is Outreach Coordinator for the Johne’s Disease Integrated Program which has joined with other interested parties to form the Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals Multi-State Initiative.  They have expanded their work to not only Johne’s disease but Bovine Tuberculosis as well.  Olson says they have developed a process for farmers to determine the risk... Read more »

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Nominations sought for Beck’s Beyond the Fence awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Awards.  The award program honors individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.  For the fourth year, the awards are sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind. in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Scott Beck, vice-president... Read more »

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Apply now for a $30k VFW scholarship

The deadline for a $30,000 VFW scholarship is fast approaching. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay scholarship is available to high school students. Home school or home study students are also eligible. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship. Other national winners receive $1,000-$16,000. First-place winners from each state are also flown to Washington D.C., courtesy... Read more »

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Cheese up, butter down on the CME

Cash cheese prices increased on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday. Barrels increased 3.5 cents and blocks added 4.5 cents expanding the barrel-to-block spread to 30 cents.  Cash butter lost 4.25 cents slipping below $2 to $1.99.  Class III futures were a little lower except for November which gained a nickel.   National Dairy Products... Read more »

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Cheese and butter stocks decline

Monthly Cold Storage Report from the National Ag Statistics Service shows 1.013 billion pounds of cheese in the nation’s warehouses at the end of September.  Down 3 percent from August and 5 percent lower than the end of September, 2013.  American-type cheese stocks stood at 631 million at the end of September, also down 3... Read more »

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NCBA “unlawfully lobbying” says R-CALF

The head of R-CALF USA says the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and affiliates are engaged in unlawful lobbying in a letter urging Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to abandon his plans for a second beef checkoff program. Bill Bullard tells Brownfield the NCBA and 45 of its state affiliates are prohibited from lobbying because they... Read more »

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Wisconsin water use declined in 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says surface and groundwater use declined six percent in 2013 compared to 2012 reaching a three-year low.  The Department’s annual Wisconsin Water Use and Withdrawal Summary cites cooler temperatures and more normal rainfall as the main reasons for the decline compared to the drought of 2012. A total of... Read more »

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Soybeans decline late

  Soybeans were modestly lower on profit taking and technical selling, unable to follow through after the earlier gains. The trade does expect solid harvest progress in the near term. China bought 419,000 tons of U.S. beans and unknown picked up 113,000 tons, both for delivery during the current marketing year. Demand remains strong and... Read more »

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Red meat stocks down 8%

  USDA reports red meat stocks on September 30 were down 8% on the year at 960.361 million pounds. Beef came out at 373.344 million pounds, 16% less than last year, and pork was pegged at 544.998 million pounds, 4% lower than a year ago. Poultry supplies declined 10% to 1.102 billion pounds. Chicken made... Read more »

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Livestock futures contracts settle higher

It was another quiet afternoon in cattle country and significant business will not develop until the end of the week. Private sources did report a few bids on the table in Kansas at 162.00 live. Asking prices are around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South, and 260.00 plus dressed in the North. The kill totaled... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 22, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.53, down 3 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.62 and 3/4, down 1 and 1/2 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $338.00, down $4.90 Dec. soybean oil closed at 32.14, up 38 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.22 and 1/4, up 3 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $168.05, up $1.50 Dec. lean hogs closed at $89.75, up $1.30 Nov. crude oil closed at... Read more »

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Bayer researcher discusses need for increased R&D in wheat

In recent years, major ag companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Pioneer have increased their spending on wheat research.  But, Catherine Feuillet, head of trait research and development for Bayer CropScience, says even more investment is needed in order to make wheat more competitive with other crops. We visited with Feuillet at the recent... Read more »

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APH could be ‘lifeline’ for drought plagued growers

The new farm bill provision called Actual Production History Yield Exclusion (APH) has the potential to be a lifeline for farmers following crop losses due to bad weather.  Texas Panhandle farmer Wade Cowan tells Brownfield he’s had four years of drought that were preceded by a hail-out. “Basically we’ve been sitting for the last five... Read more »

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Scholarships offered through Agriculture Future of America

Agriculture Future of America offers several scholarships to qualified students. Though the application date is next year – applications are due by March 20, 2015 – it is never too early to apply. Community scholarships These $3,200 scholarships are awarded through community partnerships in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Click here... Read more »

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Expect to see more ‘non-traditional’ data management partnerships

Monsanto’s 2013 acquisition of The Climate Corporation is an example of the “non-traditional” data management partnerships that farmers and ranchers can expect to see more of in the future. So says Chris Tingle, head of water optimization in North America with Syngenta. “Where the gap in the expertise really is, in the sector right now,... Read more »

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What to feed babies on vegetarian/vegan diets

Registered Dietitian Andrea Giancolli says parents need to make careful choices for their newborns if they are to be on vegetarian or vegan diets. For one, she says, if babies are born to vegan moms and they are not breast fed, those moms need to feed their babies soy-based formula. As babies transition to solid foods,... Read more »

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Preparing your operation for PEDv

During the Purdue Extension PED conference, Extension educator Lindy Miller told attendees that proper planning for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus can be the difference between an operation surviving a PEDv break or a break bankrupting a farm.  “You need to know it will likely affect your cash flow,” he says. “And know what that... Read more »

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Managing inputs for 2015

The potential for tighter margins has farmers looking closer at their expenses for 2015.  Monticello, Ind. farmer Brian Scott says there are a few changes they may make next year to reduce input costs.  “We talked with our dealer about putting on dry fertilizer,” he says.  “Based on soil tests, he thinks we probably won’t... Read more »

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New Iowa beef processor to begin operations

A tight beef supply has forced several beef packing plants across the U.S. to close their doors in recent years.  But a new beef plant in east-central Iowa hopes to buck that trend. Iowa Premium Beef of Tama will begin operations in early November and plans to be slaughtering 1,100 head of cattle per day... Read more »

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Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

We could start to see packer inquiry improve today with a few bids on the cattle showing up as the day progresses. At this point it is likely to be one of two options, initial bids may be strong, and draw active trade into the market before the end of the day, similar to last... Read more »

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NCBA says COOL has to go

Following the latest rebuke by the WTO of the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is renewing its call for COOL to be repealed. “We have looked at this every way we possibly can and there is no change that the Secretary of Agriculture can make that would... Read more »

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Big bucks involved in Oregon’s GMO labeling battle

The battle over labeling of genetically modified food is officially Oregon’s most expensive ballot fight ever. According to the Statesman Journal, opponents and supporters of Measure 92 have raised a total of 17.6 million dollars.  Opponents of the proposition have raised 11.1 million dollars while supporters have raised 6.5 million. The opposition campaign’s largest donors... Read more »

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Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

October is harvest time in Wisconsin; Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks has taken-in cranberries, ginseng and apples to mention a few Wisconsin products.  As part of Farm-to-School Month, she is promoting the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch this Friday.  Students and others across the state and the Great Lakes region are asked to bite into... Read more »

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Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide enough nutrients

Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide enough nutrients.  Generally, vegetarians don’t eat meat but consume other animal products. Vegans eat no animal products. Andrea Giancolli is a Registered Dietitian with the Beach Cities Health District, says those meat-free diets can supply all nutritional needs if they are carefully planned and adhered to. She says extra considerations... Read more »

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Texas dairy tour

  The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin hosting a Texas dairy tour in November.  The two-day event will feature Hilmar Cheese Company, Dalhart Jersey Ranch, Avi-Lanche Jerseys, Del Rio Dairy, High Plains Dairy and Dairy Fountain dairy farms.  There are rotary parlors, unique housing and other features on the farms which range from 2,700 to... Read more »

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Pesticide drift rating available

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program for pesticides.  The goal is to reduce pesticide drift, reducing costs and protecting neighbors.  EPA says up to $640 million is lost each year to pesticide drift. With DRT, manufacturers can test technologies including nozzles, spray shields and drift reduction... Read more »

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CDFA offers drought assistance

The State of California continues to work on ways to save water as they suffer through a fourth year of drought.  The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for a second round of State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) funding.  Farmers can get financial assistance to install systems which save water... Read more »

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Dairy markets mixed

A mixed day in the dairy markets on Tuesday as most viewed Monday’s September milk production numbers “about as expected.”  Cash cheese barrels on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange fell 7.25 cents while blocks held steady.  The barrel-to-block spread is now at 29 cents.  Traders know that needs to narrow but the question is: will barrels... Read more »

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R-CALF says COOL is working

The head of R-CALF USA says regardless of what is going on with the World Trade Organization on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling, the program is working. “Consumers are preferring a domestic product. They’re looking for the labels. And, that makes the Canadian and Mexican beef less competitive in our marketplace. That’s why problems that... Read more »

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Commercial demand resurfaces in soybeans

  Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. China’s third quarter GDP results weren’t great, but they were better than expected and demand remains strong. Harvest is slower than average, but is expected to catch up, in most areas, thanks to a better weather outlook. Soybean meal was higher, also attracting new commercial demand,... Read more »

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COOL Reform Coalition urges compliance first

A coalition of U.S. business groups wants Congress to intervene now that the World Trade Organization has ruled that the USDA’s remedy for Country of Origin Labeling is lacking. Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, one of the coalition groups, says without intervening, the standing of the U.S. in... Read more »

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South Dakota leads in soybean harvest progress

The weather has had an effect on harvest progress with rain cutting into field work in many Midwestern states over the past week or so.  The weather through the growing season has also had an effect on crop development, putting corn harvest significantly behind where it normally would be by now. The picture for soybean... Read more »

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Beef closes steady but pork was lower

It was a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices still not well defined although a few showlists have been priced around 167.00 to 168.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume will likely be delayed until the second half of the week. The kill totaled 115,000... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 21, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.56, up 7 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.64 and 1/4, up 20 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $342.90, up $13.50 Dec. soybean oil closed at 31.76, up 6 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.19 and 1/4, up 5 and 3/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $166.55, down $1.35 Dec. lean hogs closed at $88.45, down 70 cents Nov. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Wrightsman Cooling