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Sticky Halloween candy a cavity culprit

Kids will be kids and they’re going to eat Halloween candy.  But from a dentist’s perspective, it’s the sticky candy kids eat that is more likely to lead to tooth decay. In this version of Healthy Living – a dentist says he does NOT believe in denying kids’ candy – but wants parents to be... Read more »

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Fighting back against soybean seedling diseases

Farmers and agronomists across the Midwest are reporting more problems with soybean seedling diseases in the spring, especially phytophthora and pythium. Dr. Alison Robertson, Iowa State University plant pathologist, says some of that is due to the earlier planting and minimum tillage that is taking place.  She says “up-and-down” spring weather conditions are also a factor.... Read more »

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Midwest ground zero for glyphosate resistance

Unless action is taken – and soon – farmers may lose a key tool in fighting weeds. Weed resistance is a challenge for farmers around the world.  Stephen Powles, grain farmer and Professor at the University of Western Australia says nowhere is it a greater problem than for farmers in the Midwestern United States. “They’ve... Read more »

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Holistic, integrated solutions for farming

Mathias Kremer, Head of Strategy for Bayer CropScience welcomed attendees to the Corn Soybean Future Forum in Frankfurt, Germany Thursday by laying out his company’s commitment to the future of these crops. “The strategic focus for Bayer,” said Kremer, “is to be a solution provider.” He said Bayer CropScience remains committed to innovation and to... Read more »

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An open arms approach to membership

National FFA Officer candidate and Illinois state FFA President Sam Detweiler wasn’t your typical FFA member. In fact, Detwiler was more your typical teenage young man, hoping athletics would pay off in the long run. But, in an instant, that all changed. “In my Junior year, when I tore my ACL – that really put... Read more »

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Growing ag leaders

Monsanto president Brett Begemann says there’s no better place to see the future of agriculture than the National FFA convention. In front of more than 60,000 FFA members, Begemann announced Monsanto’s new America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program.  “The Ag Leaders program is about helping these young people here become leaders in the community and... Read more »

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Dairy trending higher

Dairy markets quietly nudging higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week.  On Thursday the cash cheese barrels were steady but blocks increased 2 cents, butter gained 4 cents on 6 sales.  Seems the holiday buying is picking-up. Milk production in the Central U.S. is running ahead of year-ago levels and Dairy Market News says... Read more »

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Soybeans sell-off

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Harvest is progressing in many areas, so we’re seeing an increased amount of available soybeans. Still, the record crop’s being balanced out by record demand, with China buying another 132,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. beans. Soybean meal was lower and bean oil was higher, adjusting product spreads.... Read more »

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Beef and pork values end lower

A few bids on the cattle were reported by private sources in Kansas on Thursday afternoon from 165.00 to 167.00. But overall the market was generally quiet. Buying apathy suggests significant trade will be delayed until Friday. Asking prices are around 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. Cattle slaughter... Read more »

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Harvest is good time to evaluate herbicide program

Harvest is a good time to evaluate your herbicide program and look for resistant weeds, according to Dawn Refsel, a field market development specialist with Valent. “You’re covering every acre with your combine, going back and forth, and so you get a really good sense of scale of what’s escaped through your herbicide program that... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 30, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.74, down 1 and 1/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $10.24 and 1/4, up down 1/ and 3/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $380.00, down $17.20 Dec. soybean oil closed at 34.31, up 13 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.36, down 2 and 1/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $170.50, up $1.50 Dec. lean hogs closed at $87.20, down $1.40 Nov.... Read more »

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GMO advocate: Science always wins in the end

GMO labeling initiatives will be on ballots next week in two states—Colorado and Oregon. They are just the latest efforts by anti-GMO activists to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Bill Horan, a farmer from Rockwell City, Iowa and chairman of the organization Truth About Trade and Technology, says although the anti-GMO... Read more »

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NACD expresses concerns with WOTUS rule

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has joined the long list of organizations asking the EPA to withdraw its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. In comments filed with the EPA, NACD says the proposed rule would “substantially expand” Clean Water Act jurisdiction, granting EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers “broad authority and... Read more »

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Ag director gets to ‘harvest’ from office

Missouri’s director of agriculture is also a farmer – and with technology – he is able to stay close to the farm. Richard Fordyce tells Brownfield although he’s not involved in the day-to-day operations on his northwest Missouri farm, he can see what’s going on. “So, I was actually in my office yesterday, here in... Read more »

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Soybean exports top 1.3 million tons

  USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending October 23 were larger than expected, while soybeans and soybean products were within the anticipated ranges and corn was below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat fell... Read more »

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COOL Reform asks Congress to act

Retaliation fears from Canada and Mexico are fueling concerns by the COOL Reform Coalition which has written a letter to Congress asking for immediate action on Country of Origin Labeling to prevent Billions of dollars in lost sales. Given the latest World Trade Organization ruling that the U.S. continues to discriminate against muscle cuts of... Read more »

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Will you come back to milk?

Dairy Management Incorporated (DMI) has formed partnerships with seven companies in an effort to reverse the downward trend of fluid milk consumption.  The companies: Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk Incorporated and Coca-Cola have committed more than $500 million collectively... Read more »

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Thursday midday cash livestock market

We should start to see the packer inquiry into the cattle improve as the day progresses, however significant trade may not develop until Friday. So far on Thursday no bids have been reported. Asking prices are around 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. Boxed beef cutout values were near... Read more »

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GMO labeling controversy

Commentary. Ask shoppers at a local farmers market whether or not they try to avoid GMOs, or better yet, ask them what a GMO is and you will quickly understand how little many consumers know about genetically modified organisms.  A video created when late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel sent a crew out to ask... Read more »

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Cover crop management

Now that most cover crops have been seeded, Jim Hoorman, Ohio State University Extension educator in Putnam County Ohio says farmers need to be thinking about how they are going to manage those cover crops next spring. Audio: Jim Hoorman, Extension educator, Putnam County Ohio

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Pumpkin is A+

Pumpkin is good for you – you can tell by its color. Pumpkins are vegetables and their orange color indicates they are loaded with beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an antioxidant which is good for your body because it can reduce the risk of heart disease and certain... Read more »

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National Milk Producers welcome new members

The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday. The new cooperative members are Bongards’ Creameries, Norwood, Minnesota; Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative, Cortland, New York; Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association, Mount Joy,... Read more »

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Milk moves to reclaim the beverage market

Dairy Management Incorporated has entered into marketing partnerships with seven companies in a reformed effort to build fluid milk consumption.  The seven partners are Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.  DMI CEO Tom... Read more »

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Sandeen named chancellor at Wisconsin

Dr. Cathy Sandeen has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and U.W. Extension.  Sandeen has been vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. since 2012.  Prior to that she served as dean of Continuing Education for UCLA Extension from 2006 to... Read more »

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The rebound continues in dairy markets

Cash cheese barrels gained 5.5 cents and blocks increased 1.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday.  The 30-cent barrel-to-block spread of a week ago has shrunk to a nickel.  Butter gained 8 cents on 4 sales and Class III futures with some nice gains across the board. Holiday orders are increasing with more... Read more »

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Another questionable dairy study

A new study published in the British Medical Journal this week says people who drank three-or-more glasses of milk a day not only saw no reduction in broken bones but were twice as likely to die earlier than those who consumed less than one glass a day. The study conducted by Uppsala University in Sweden... Read more »

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The heroic horsewoman

Patricia Kelly is a Hartford, CT resident who is using horses to motivate at-risk children in Hartford, Connecticut. Her nonprofit, Ebony Horsewomen, provides horseback riding lessons and teaches animal science to more than 300 young people a year.  Kelly was recently named one of CNN’s 2014 Top Ten CNN Heroes. Kelly will receive a $25,000 grant... Read more »

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Soybeans lead gains on Wednesday

There were large gains in soybean futures on Wednesday.  The gains extended to soybean meal and soybean oil.  DTN says its weather forecast will make harvest a breeze for the next 10 days with the exception of light shower chances in the eastern Midwest. However, January soybeans are now paying more attention to the demand... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 29, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.75 and 1/4, up 10 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $10.43, up 35 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $397.20, up $22.10 Dec. soybean oil closed at 34.18, up 139 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.38 and 1/4, up 7 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $169.00, down 20 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $88.60, down $1.60... Read more »

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OH Soybean Council Foundation scholarships

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) will be awarding undergraduate and graduate scholarships totaling $36,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. “The OSCF scholarship program helps offset the cost of education for those who are strengthening Ohio’s soybean industry,” said Kevin Flax, OSCF scholarship selection committee member and soybean farmer from Clark county. “In order to... Read more »

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Concerns with crop quality

As harvest delays continue, should farmers be worried about the quality of the grain that is still in the field? Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says in certain conditions crop quality should be okay.  “As long as the ears are not on or near the ground – than within reason the grain quality is... Read more »

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Cattle buying interest limited

Private sources reported a few bids on the cattle in Kansas at 168.00 live and in Nebraska at 165.00. 263.00 was bid on a dressed basis in Nebraska, but generally buying interest remained quite limited. Asking prices are firm at 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. Business looks to... Read more »

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ISDA names Local Foods Program Manager

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has named David King as the Local Foods Program Manager. ISDA Director Ted McKinney says King’s extensive experience in the marketing and management industries is invaluable to the department and will aide in catapulting ISDA programs to the next level. In his role, he will lead the Local foods... Read more »

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Margin Protection Program deadline extended

  USDA is extending the signup period for the dairy Margin Protection Program to December 5th.   Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told the annual meeting of the National Milk Producers Federation; “We want dairy producers to have enough time to make thoughtful and well-studied choices.” In addition, the Secretary announced the deadline for comment on the... Read more »

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Bee health dollars for Midwest farmers

The USDA is providing more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance to farmers in five Midwestern states to improve the health of honey bees:  Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Midwest has more than 65% of commercially managed honey bees in the country. The agency says the Farm Bill made... Read more »

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NCBA files WOTUS comments with EPA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has filed its official comments on the proposed “waters of the U.S.” rule, calling on the EPA to withdraw the rule and start over. “There are so many issues, both substantively and procedurally, that the agency must withdraw the rule and start the process over,” says Ashley McDonald (pictured),... Read more »

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Some progress in TPP negotiations

Officials report some progress was made in recent negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  But they say there are still significant areas of disagreement, including the United States’ insistence that Japan lower its barriers to agricultural imports. Following a recent TPP negotiating session in Australia, Japan’s economic minister said that while there is “no prospect... Read more »

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Slowing ag economy impacts equipment makers

More signs of a slowing ag economy. AGCO reports net sales of its farm equipment in the third quarter were down 12 percent compared to the third quarter of last year. For the first nine months of the year, AGCO’s net sales were down eight percent from the same period in 2013. And the Racine... Read more »

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Vilsack: No COOL appeal until 2015

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says if the U.S. appeals the recent WTO ruling on Country of Origin Labeling, it won’t be filed until after the first of the year. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is in the process of considering an appeal. Meanwhile, Vilsack says the USDA will try to find a compromise for COOL.... Read more »

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Fall is good time to evaluate weed management program

According to Dawn Refsel, a field market development specialist with Valent, fall is a good time to evaluate your herbicide program and look for resistant weeds.  In this interview at a recent Valent event in Omaha, Refsel also talked about what they’ve seen in 2014 as far as weed resistance is concerned, and offers some... Read more »

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Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

There is not a lot of action in cattle country so far on Wednesday. Bids and asking prices are still a little sketchy, but some ready steers and heifers have been priced around 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. This week’s cattle slaughter is expected to drop back toward... Read more »

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Action is goal of Future Forum

Input and engagement followed by action is the ultimate goal for hosts of an agricultural forum underway this week. A diverse network of professionals is gathered in Frankfurt, Germany for Bayer CropScience Corn Soybean Future Forum 2014.  Among those topics to be discussed are market trends, cultivation challenges for sustainable cropping, innovative solutions and new... Read more »

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A colder pattern gets underway

Across the Corn Belt, near-normal temperatures are arriving in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Dry, breezy weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, although clouds and a few showers linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. On the Plains, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Wednesday across portions of Kansas and eastern... Read more »

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A wetter pattern ahead for the eastern Corn Belt

By week’s end, the coldest air of the season will invade the eastern half of the U.S. At the same time, cool air will arrive in the West, leaving a narrow ribbon of warmth across the nation’s mid-section. The Eastern cold snap will be short-lived, as temperatures will begin to rebound early next week. Showers... Read more »

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Bee health discussed at Future Forum

Contrary to some reports, bees are not vanishing. Dr. Alan Ayers, Director of Stakeholder Relations and Stewardship with Bayer CropScience told attendees at Corn Soybean Future Forum 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany this morning that over the past 50 years bee colonies have increased 45 – 50% globally. Despite the fact that there are currently 2.6... Read more »

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Cover crop management

Jim Hoorman, Ohio State University Extension educator in Putnam County Ohio says now that most cover crops have been seeded, farmers need to be thinking about how they are going to manage those cover crops next spring. Audio: Jim Hoorman, Extension educator, Putnam County Ohio

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FDA update on supplement/drug interactions

What should we know about taking supplements with medications? We should know it is potentially unhealthy. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer update warning of the potential interactions between medications and dietary supplements. The FDA saus some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication and others may decrease it. The... Read more »

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Corn is good, soybeans are better

Eugene and Betty Steiger raise corn and soybeans near Bloomington in southwestern Wisconsin.  Last year they had three, 300 bushel-plus entries in the national corn yield contest including a 315.2-bushel entry which won the AA No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated category.  Gene says while the crops are good this year, he doesn’t think his corn will equal last... Read more »

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Immigration and trade up next for NMPF

The leadership of the National Milk Producers Federation says immigration reform and further opening of foreign markets are the top priorities for 2015.  Speaking the group’s annual meeting in Texas on Tuesday: NMPF board chair Randy Mooney and president and CEO Jim Mulhern said while they will continue to work with USDA if fine-tuning the... Read more »

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U.S. works to regain lamb business in Taiwan

U.S. lamb producers are trying to regain access to international markets that are still closed because of issues related to the 2003 bovine spongiform encephalopathy case in Washington state. U.S. Meat Export Federation technical services manager Travis Arp says an especially attractive high-value market for U.S. lamb is Taiwan. “The hotel and restaurant sector is... Read more »

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