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United Nations Names 2016 International Year of Pulse Crop

The United Nations has declared 2016 as the International Year of the pulse crop. “Pulse” is another term for legumes such as dry beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. These crops are gaining in popularity, not just in the United States but internationally. The word “pulse” comes from a Latin name for “thick soup.” “We’re working... Read more »

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Get better before you get bigger

As annual meeting time is in full-swing across farm country, one of the busiest guys in the country is Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. This year he is travelling the country talking to farmers about what he sees coming down the road for agriculture. Kohl says agriculture is coming... Read more »

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Japan movement in TPP, says NPPC

A Japanese news agency reports Japanese negotiators are prepared to cut high import tariffs on beef and pork and ease tight restrictions on rice imports for U.S. producers in Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks. Nick Giordano, with the National Pork Producers Council, tells Brownfield there HAS been some movement forward,  “Yeah, there’s been progress in... Read more »

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ARC or PLC?

Farmers have some decisions to make in the coming weeks regarding allocation of base acreage for their farm and then participation in the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Production Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. University of Wisconsin Extension economist Dr. Paul Mitchell has run the numbers on both programs. He says for starters, landowners need to... Read more »

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More dairy cows and replacements

USDA’s National Ag Statistic Service reports there were 9.3 million dairy cows in the United States on January 1st, up 1 percent from a year ago.  Replacement heifers were up 1 percent at 4.6 million head with nearly 3 million expected to calve within the year. California started the year with 1.78 million dairy cows,... Read more »

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A good week for the dairy markets

A solid close to a good week in the dairy markets on Friday. Cash cheese barrels on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange increased a quarter-cent, blocks added 2 cents, butter was up 4.5 cents and nonfat dry milk gained a half-cent.  Class III futures were mixed. For the week: cash cheese barrels up 6 cents, blocks... Read more »

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Dollar pressures soybeans, corn, wheat

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, along with spillover from the higher dollar. The trade’s watching weather in South America, which looks generally good around most growing areas. Safras & Mercado project Brazil’s soybean crop at 95 million tons, down from their previous estimate, but still a new record. Past that –... Read more »

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Ag conference to discuss getting next generation into agriculture

Agriculture needs to do a better job of recruiting the next generation, according to Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.  That, he says, is one of the highlighted subjects of his inaugural Agriculture Conference March 4-5. “As I’m sure many people know, the average of a producer here in the state is 56,” said Governor Ricketts, in... Read more »

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Cattle end the week about steady

A light cattle trade developed in the North on Friday afternoon with dressed deals at 254.00, about steady with last week’s weighed average basis Nebraska. It looks like business just may be done for the week in the South. The weekly kill totaled 563,000 head, 13,000 less than the previous week and 9,000 less than... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 30, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.70, down 1 and 1/2 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.61, down 7 and 1/4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $329.90, down $8.00 Mar. soybean oil closed at 30.00, up 46 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.02 and 3/4, down 5 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $154.85, up $1.32 Feb. lean hogs closed at $67.47, down $1.07 Mar. crude oil closed at $48.24, up $3.71... Read more »

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Education found lacking

Commentary. Column for the week of January 26, 2015 “I don’t know how to read a tape measure.” I thought when one of our 20-something friends made that statement, he was joking in an effort to lighten the mood because the topic of discussion was serious and emotional.  The despair in his eyes quickly confirmed... Read more »

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NBB blasts EPA decision on Argentina

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is blasting the EPA for its decision to allow streamlined biodiesel imports from Argentina to the U.S.  NBB CEO Joe Jobe has written to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and has asked for a meeting. Jobe told reporters this morning, “This is a discretionary decision that they made and their statement says... Read more »

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Cattle inventory up 1%

  USDA’s cattle inventory report is showing signs of expansion, with all major categories coming out above pre-report estimates. On January 1, 2015, all cattle and calves in the U.S. totaled 89.800 million head, 1% more than on January 1, 2014. All cows and heifers that have calved were 39.000 million head, 2% above a... Read more »

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Lamb, sheep, goat inventories increase

USDA reports all sheep and lambs in the U.S. on January 1, 2015 totaled 5.280 million head, 1% above January 1, 2014. The breeding herd was pegged at 3.935 million head, 1% more than a year ago, with ewes one year old or older at 3.110 million head, also up 1%. Market sheep and lambs... Read more »

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The way the system is supposed to work

The bill was marked for a veto before it even came out of committee.  It is after all a political poke with in the eye of the Obama administration as the Republican Congress moves full speed into the 114th Congress, a legislative exercise of power and control.  However, while it was tagged “purely political” from... Read more »

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Wisconsin Corn-Soy Expo is growing

The popularity of the Wisconsin Corn-Soy Expo continues to grow. A joint effort of the Wisconsin Corn Growers, Wisconsin Soybean Association and Wisconsin Pork Association has drawn record-attendance this year around 1,700.  Bob Karls is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin Soybean Board, he says the appeal of the trade show,... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock prices

A few bids on the cattle are being reported at 252.00 on a dressed basis in Nebraska on Friday, following a light trade yesterday with just a few cattle reported selling at 250.00. On a live basis cattle sold in Kansas, Texas and Nebraska from 159.00 to 160.50, about steady to $1.00 lower than last... Read more »

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What goes around, comes around

The livestock industry saw record profits in 2014 and is expecting another profitable year in 2015.  Mike Boehlje from Purdue’s Center for Food and Agriculture Business says they shouldn’t get too comfortable – as grain farmers were in a similar position just a few years ago. “The lessons are very clear,” he says.  “The lessons... Read more »

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Improving genetic selection in the sheep industry

Taking a page from others livestock species, the sheep industry is putting an emphasis on genetic improvement. Reid Redden, chairman of the National Sheep Improvement Program (NISP) says in order for the sheep industry to remain profitable, sheep producers will need to do a better job when it comes to genetic selection. To help with... Read more »

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Missouri corn and soybean prospects in Cuba

Missouri ag leaders are on board with expanding ag trade with Cuba and the head of the state’s Corn Growers Association says it’s a great opportunity to market Missouri corn. Gary Marshall tells Brownfield Ag News,  “We raise a lot of corn in southeast Missouri and a lot of that goes right down the Mississippi river... Read more »

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Kopperud: Agriculture needs more effective messaging

Agriculture needs to find more effective ways of communicating with consumers. That was the message conveyed to Iowa Pork Congress attendees by Steve Kopperud, Washington, D.C. ag lobbyist and author of Brownfield’s “Inside D.C.” blog. Kopperud says agriculture is doing a better job of fighting back against its critics.  But he says it has a... Read more »

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Getting back in the sheep business

Lealand Schoon of White River, South Dakota is one of the SheepSD participates attending the ASI Annual Convention in Reno. When Lealand decided to get back in the sheep business SheepSD wasn’t available, that came about a year later. Since then, Lealand has found the networking and mentorship opportunities SheepSD provides a big help. To... Read more »

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Sailing through rough waters

At a recent LEAD Alumni Conference in Kearney, Nebraska, we asked farm consultant Moe Russell of Iowa-based Russell Consulting Group for his thoughts on the grain markets and some things farmers can do to keep their ships afloat through the current down cycle. AUDIO: Moe Russell

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Fonterra cuts milk production forecast

The worsening drought in New Zealand prompted dairy giant Fonterra to reduce its milk volume forecast for the 2014-15 year by 3.3 percent. Fonterra says total milk volume for the co-op this season will be 1.53 billion kilograms of milk solids, 3.3 percent below the record 1.58 billion last year. (3.36 billion pounds this season compared to 3.47... Read more »

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SheepSD completes third year

Dave Ollila, Sheep Field Specialist with South Dakota State University Extension updated the ASI Let’s Grow committee during the ASI Annual Convention in Reno, Nevada. Talking with Brownfield’s Dave Russell, Ollila said SheepSD is making a difference with young producers participating in the program expanding their operations. Audio: Dave Ollila, Sheep Field Specialist, SDSU Extension... Read more »

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Let’s Grow making a difference

Let’s Grow committee member Stanley Poe of Franklin, Indiana feels good about the work the committee is doing. Brownfield’s Dave Russell sat down with Stanley at the ASI Annual Convention in Reno, Nevada. Audio: Stanley Poe, Franklin, Indiana

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The American Sheep Industry – past and future

‘Celebrating Our History’ is the theme of the 2015 American Sheep Industry’s Annual Convention being held in Reno, Nevada. ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick says the 150th celebration is an opportunity for the sheep industry to not only reflect on it’s past, but look to the future. Audio: Peter Orwick, Executive Director, American Sheep Industry... Read more »

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ASI Convention underway in Reno

Representatives of the U.S. Sheep Industry are in Reno, Nevada for a milestone event. This is the American Sheep Industry Association’s 150th Anniversary. With pre-registration numbers alone at a 15 year high, the celebration is generating quite the buzz here in Reno. Groups representing various segments of the sheep industry, from the National Lamb Feeders,... Read more »

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Milk futures, cash dairy prices higher

  Chicago Mercantile Exchange class three milk futures were sharply higher Thursday, with most of the strength concentrated in the February through December 2015 contracts. Over in the spot market, cash cheese was higher. Barrels were up two and three quarters cents at $1.5025. The last bid unfilled was on one load at the closing... Read more »

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Soybeans try to rally, but can’t follow through

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Contracts tried to rally but were unable to follow through. Weekly export sales were up sharply on the week, China was the leading buyer, and shipments were strong. Still, that information was relatively old by the time the report was out and South American weather generally looks... Read more »

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Light cattle trade at lower prices

Some light cattle trade was reported in Kansas, Nebraska and a handful of sales in Texas from 159.00 to 160.00. These live sales are generally steady to 1.00 lower than last week’s business. Private sources reported a few bids in Nebraska from 250.00 to 252.00, but no sales were reported. Asking prices are around 161.00... Read more »

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Margins may be tight – but there is opportunity

Farmers are looking at tighter margins heading into 2015.  Dr. Mike Boehlje from Purdue’s Center for Food and Agriculture Business says there are a few things farmers need to remember as they look at their balance sheets.  “Create strong working capital positions by not having too much debt,” he says.  “Focus the attention on cost... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 29, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.71 and 1/2, down 1 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.68 and 1/4, down 2 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $337.90, up 50 cents Mar. soybean oil closed at 29.54, down 80 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.07 and 3/4, up 2 and 1/2 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $153.52, down 42 cents Feb. lean hogs closed at $68.55, down $2.97 Mar.... Read more »

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Deadline approaching for program application

The America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program provides scholarships to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Elizabeth Vancil, a youth and community outreach manager for the Monsanto Fund says the agriculture industry needs diverse and qualified talent to be successful in the future.  “Making sure those young students obtain that college... Read more »

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Ag loans increase, survey finds

Agriculture loans increased in the fourth quarter along with lowering profits for crop producers – according to the national Survey of Terms of Bank Lending to Farmers issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Most of the gains were from borrowing for current operating expenses. Farm loan debt – outstanding as of September... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock market

There is still not a lot of movement in cattle country on Thursday, with just a few bids noted in Kansas and Texas at 156.00. Packer inquiry is expected to improve as the day progresses, although significant trade volume could be delayed until later today or tomorrow. Asking prices are around 162.00 in the South,... Read more »

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Soybean, wheat sales top expectations

  USDA reports soybean and wheat export sales for the week ending January 22 were larger than expected, while corn and soybean meal were within their respective anticipated ranges and soybean oil was below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were more than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year,... Read more »

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Dairy producers should be well represented in new Congress

Dairy producers should have a large, regionally diverse group of representatives in the new U.S. Congress. According to the National Milk Producers Federation, the Dairy Farmer caucus in the 114th Congress is expected to be at least as large as the 85 member caucus in the 113th Congress. Eight members of the U.S. House of... Read more »

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Missouri trade trip to Cuba in March

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is taking Missouri commodity group leaders with him to Cuba for a trade trip in early March. Members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) representing national ag groups will also be on the trip. Nixon tells Brownfield Ag News that ag products will be the leader in exports from Missouri to... Read more »

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Demand is key in 2015

For the second straight year, American corn farmers have produced a record crop.  Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association says looking to 2015 the key is demand.  “How we can continue to grow our biofuels market is going to be important to the success of corn farmers,” he says.  “Ensuring that we... Read more »

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Cattle inventory numbers out Friday

USDA’s cattle inventory report Friday may not show a rapid pace of herd expansion, but it should show signs of an end to contraction. That’s at least partially due to more favorable pasture conditions and cheaper feed costs. According to Dow Jones Newswires, all cattle and calves on January 1 are expected to be down... Read more »

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Renewable fuels industry is ‘stuck in neutral’

The executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the renewable fuels industry is poised for rapid growth and “ready to roll”. But Monte Shaw says the industry is currently “stuck in neutral”.  Shaw says a strong and growing Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) is needed to break “the petroleum monopoly” and increase consumer access... Read more »

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Food Labels: What DO we want?

What consumers want on food labels drives food makers decisions – but what DO we want?  A recent survey by the Iowa Food and Family Project shows a growing number of shoppers—77 percent—say food labels are helpful in making food purchases.  But it also indicates the way consumers interpret those labels can vary widely. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM... Read more »

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Looking ahead for dairy

There is no doubt farm milk prices are going to be significantly lower in 2015, University of Wisconsin Extension dairy policy analyst Mark Stephenson expects the average price to be at least $7 below last year. However, low feed prices, high cull cow prices and risk management tools should help producers weather the storm.

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House Ag subcommittees named

The House Agriculture Committee has announced the subcommittee appointments for the 114th Congress:   General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Jurisdiction: Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodities including barley, cotton, cottonseed, corn, grain sorghum, honey, mohair, oats, other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, rice, soybeans, sugar, wheat, and wool; the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management policies... Read more »

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Groups want EPA to control air around CAFOs

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and other groups has filed two lawsuits demanding the Environmental Protection Agency do something about controlling air pollution from large farms. The group says there are more than 20,000 large farms housing billions of animals in the U.S. which “release noxious air pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic... Read more »

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Suit to block information release is dismissed

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is disappointed over the dismissal of its lawsuit to block EPA from releasing personal information of livestock and poultry farmers. The information, released by the EPA in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, includes names, addresses, GPS locations and telephone numbers.  The court says the farmer’s personal... Read more »

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West Coast truck chassis issue resolved

Reports are a tentative agreement has been reached on one of the major sticking points in the West Coast dock workers dispute. The Long Beach Press says the Pacific Maritime Association representing shippers and terminal operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have come to terms on maintaining truck chassis at 29 West Coast... Read more »

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State councils provide additional challenge

State councils for HSUS (the Humane Society of the United States) have been popping up in agricultural states around the country.  Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst says these councils present another challenge for the nation’s livestock producers.  “We in agriculture are used to working together,” he says.  “We’re used to basically agreeing on most... Read more »

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Wisconsin DNR to assess frac sand mines

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will seek public input on industrial sand mining. The effort will be part of a broader agency strategic analysis to update a 2012 report on sand mining in the state.  DNR staff will collect input in February and March as to what topics should be addressed in the report. ... Read more »

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