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Upcoming Missouri State Fair, showing off ag

Students and teachers of agriculture will be in the spotlight at the upcoming Missouri State Fair in August. Fair Director Mark Wolfe tells Brownfield there will be demonstrations put on by 4-H and FFA students, “It gives them an opportunity to tell the world, you know, what they’re doing, how they do it. It really... Read more »

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China’s stock market plunge continues

While most of the global economic news centers on Greece, the Chinese stock market has lost $3.25 trillion.  The Shanghai Composite Index has lost more than 25 percent of its value since mid-June, the Shenzhen Index is down even more.  The latest reports say more than 700 companies, roughly one-fourth of all the businesses on... Read more »

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General Mills refreshes animal welfare policy

Minnesota-based General Mills has released a refresh of the company’s global policy on animal welfare.  The changes are based upon the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare:             Freedom from hunger, thirst and nutrition             Freedom from discomfort             Freedom from pain, injury and disease             Freedom from fear and distress             Freedom to engage in... Read more »

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Dairy cattle entries now open for WDE

Dairy cattle entries are now open for the 2015 World Dairy Expo.  Entry forms are available online through the Dairy Cattle Entry system or for print on the World Dairy Expo website.  All entry information, schedule of events, rules and changes can be found in the Premium Book on the Expo website as well. Entry... Read more »

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Dairy markets mixed, CWT assists in cheese and powder sales

A mixed day for the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday.  Cash cheese barrels and nonfat dry milk were steady, blocks gained 2.25 cents and butter lost a penny.  Class III futures were 12 cents higher for July, a penny higher for August and a few cents lower for the rest of... Read more »

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State officials collecting acreage information

Farm Service Agency officials are urging farmers to report flood and crop damage to their local FSA offices as soon as possible. FSA state director Julia Wickard says the sooner the information is collected the sooner the state can work towards a disaster declaration.  “As we look across the state – we don’t have that... Read more »

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Dollar pressures grains, oilseeds

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, along with the higher dollar. Farmer selling increased after the recent rally, which added more than a dollar to prices in just a couple of weeks. There are weather issues, but commodities and the broader market are concerned about the economic health of Greece. As of... Read more »

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Lt. Governor’s meeting will highlight agriculture

  Agriculture will be one of the highlights of this week’s National Lt. Governors Association Meeting. Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann says hosting the conference will be an opportunity to showcase how agriculture plays a vital role in the state’s economy.  “We will have panels representing our best companies – all those involved in agriculture... Read more »

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Judge says GMO seed moratorium invalid

A federal judge has struck down a voter-approved ban in the state of Hawaii on GMO seed work. The judge overturned the GMO moratorium passed by voters in November that would have made it illegal to grow or test GMOs in Maui County – until the seeds are “proven safe.” The judge said the moratorium... Read more »

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Boxed beef values sharply lower

The cash cattle market was untested with bids and asking prices poorly defined. Some have suggested asking prices around 152.00 to 153.00 in the South and 245.00 plus in the North. Business will probably be delayed until sometime on Thursday or Friday. The kill was estimated at 110,000 head, 4,000 less than last week, and... Read more »

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Court upholds EPA plan for Chesapeake Bay

A federal appeals court has upheld the EPA’s water clean-up plan for the Chesapeake Bay, a plan opposed by a number of national agriculture groups. The court says the agency was acting within its legal authority when setting the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on pollutants a body of water can hold and still meet... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 7, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $4.15 and 3/4, down 2 and 3/4 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $10.02, down 31 and 3/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $349.90, down $4.50 Jul. soybean oil closed at 32.41, down 123 points Jul. wheat closed at $5.79 and 1/2, down 9 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $151.07, up 57 cents Jul. lean hogs closed at $79.30, up 52 cents Aug.... Read more »

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Cherry harvest just beginning

The nation’s largest tart cherry producer will see slightly lower production numbers in 2015. Phil Korson, President of the Cherry Marketing Institute, says a lot of production in Northwest Michigan was damaged in a May freeze. “Today Michigan produces 75 percent of the U.S. supply of tart cherries and almost half of that production is... Read more »

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Iowa water quality projects receive grants

Four Iowa water quality projects have been selected to receive funding through the state’s water quality initiative. One of those projects will look the value of incorporating cover crops into row crop production in operations with ruminant livestock.  It will be led by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI). “We have six livestock farmers recruited from... Read more »

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Updated fees will improve environmental resources

Changes to Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program funding will provide more resources to farmers.  The voluntary program walks farmers though assessments to improve farming practices that protect water quality and the environment. Jim Johnson with the Michigan Department of Agriculture says the Michigan legislature approved fee changes that will expand funding. “There was a lot... Read more »

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To combine wheat or wait

When it comes to deciding whether or not to combine wheat, why take a chance with Mother Nature.  For Ardie Good, who farms in Northwest Ohio, near Dola, in Northern Hardin County, the decision to go ahead and combine his wheat on Monday, July 6, was made a little easier with a forecast for rain. ... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

The new cattle showlists distributed on Monday are smaller than last week especially in Nebraska and Texas. The country is at a standstill, typical of a Tuesday and significant trade volume is not expected until late in the week. Early asking prices are around 153.00 in the South and 245.00 plus in the North. Boxed... Read more »

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Groups urge Congress to reject RFS defunding bill

More than two dozen renewable fuels-related groups and companies are urging Congress to reject any proposals “that amend, repeal, defund or otherwise modify or interfere with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They point out an amendment proposed by Congressman Barry Loudermilk of Georgia that would defund the RFS. It would amend the Fiscal Year 2016... Read more »

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Grilling like a PRO

Grilling meat and poultry like a PRO – can help keep you safe from foodborne illness this summer. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says the P in pro stands for placing the thermometer. The R is for reading the temperature. The O is for taking off the grill and placing the meat on a... Read more »

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Poor wheat quality is costly

Quality issues are hitting wheat farmers hard in the pocketbook.  DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Kurt Marvel says Ohio, Indiana and Illinois are experiencing very extreme crop conditions. “There were some pretty good pictures out on Twitter in some different places of combines cutting ruts, trying to harvest the crop, following it with a tillage tool... Read more »

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Wheat harvest underway in NW Ohio

For some farmers in Northwest Ohio the 4th of July holiday was the beginning of wheat harvest. Randy Preston, manager of the Heritage Coop Branch at Dola says the crop in northern Hardin County is better than he was expecting. “Test weight has been 54 to 60 and we’ve had anywhere from 13.3 to 20.5... Read more »

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Taking a negative and turning it positive

Some areas of the Midwest and especially the Eastern Corn belt has had its share of challenges this planting season. From crops not planted, to planted, only to be flooded out. But Allen Dean, who farms in Northwest Ohio, near Bryan in Williams County, says there may be a way to turn a negative into... Read more »

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Early season fruit harvest ramping up

Cooler nights and wet fields are still slowing crop progress in southern Michigan.  USDA NASS reports slightly more than five days were suitable for field work as of Sunday. Michigan’s corn crop condition is 65 percent good to excellent, down just 1 percent from last week. Soybean condition is 59 percent good to excellent, also... Read more »

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Rain brings further recharge to South Dakota topsoil moisture

Showers and thunderstorms this past week brought South Dakota topsoil moisture to 82 percent adequate to surplus. Corn is 82 percent fair to good, and 13 excellent. Soybeans are 74 percent fair to good. Seventeen percent of the soybean crop is blooming, which is behind normal. Spring wheat is 81 percent fair to good, and... Read more »

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Donnelly surveys flood damaged crops

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly spent Monday morning surveying crop damage from June’s excessive rainfall. During his stop at Rusty and Jeannette Merritt’s farm in north central Indiana Senator Donnelly said the damages are wide spread.  “We’re going to continue to focus on this and we have crop insurance in place through the Farm Bill,” he... Read more »

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Crop ratings slip again in Ohio

Ohio’s crop conditions continue to slip. As of the Sunday, June 5, the condition of the Ohio corn crop was 77 percent fair-to-good, down two points from a week ago. 4 percent of the corn crop is silking, that’s six points behind the 5-year average. 73 percent of the Ohio soybean crop is in fair-to-good... Read more »

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It was a very good week in Wisconsin

Wisconsin enjoyed one of the nicest weeks of the year last week with 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork.  Topsoil moisture went from 77 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus a week ago to 78 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus this week. First crop hay-making is 97 percent complete and second-crop is 41 percent harvested. ... Read more »

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Missouri crop report with grower weighing in

Missouri got nearly two-inches of rain last week and there was also flooding that got in the way of field work. Soybean planting in Missouri progressed by 11 percentage points this past week but is still about 20 points behind average at 73-percent complete. Jay Schutte, who farms in north-central Missouri near Mexico got his... Read more »

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Dairy prices edge lower

Cash dairy prices drifted a little lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  It’s going to take a day-or-two to get a handle on just how much surplus milk was available over the long holiday weekend.  There were reports of spot loads being offered at $6 under Class on Thursday.  The last three-day weekend... Read more »

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Hot dog toppings add variety and calories

Eric Mittenthal with the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says at an average of 150 calories and high protein level, hot dogs are a healthy choice and how you cook them just depends. The variety of hot dogs available is at an all time high, from low fat to low sodium to cheese and jalapeno... Read more »

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Grains Council leads exploratory mission to Cuba

U.S. Grains Council farmer leaders and staff have returned from Cuba where they checked out opportunities for expanding grain exports if trade with that nation is fully normalized. The mission, which also included representatives of the National Corn Growers Association and the North Dakota Barley Council, was to assess the barriers that have limited sales... Read more »

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Wheat supported by weather issues

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Contracts were due for a correction after the recent strength, adding around $1.50 to prices over the past couple of weeks. Parts of the Midwest did catch a break from the rain over the weekend, but there’s more in the forecast for some key growing areas.... Read more »

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Indiana joins Clean Water Act lawsuit

Indiana is the latest state to join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the US EPA’s Clean Water Act.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the EPA’s rule that redefines small bodies of water would be costly to farmers and could harm the state’s agricultural economy. And, he says, the rule also intrudes upon the state’s authority to... Read more »

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Iowa corn, soybean crops in good shape

  Much of Iowa experienced a warm, sunny week last week, allowing for an average of 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork across the state. That’s only the second week this growing season all Iowa districts had more than 4 days suitable. As of Sunday, 20% of soybeans are blooming, slightly behind the five year average,... Read more »

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Nebraska wheat harvest slowed by rain

  The wheat harvest has gotten started in Nebraska, but farmers in some southeastern areas of the state were kept out of the field by rainfall. As of Sunday, 18% of the winter wheat crop is harvested, compared to the five year average of 24%. 65% of the crop has reached maturity, well ahead of... Read more »

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U.S. corn condition rating improves

The USDA reports the national corn crop condition rating improved slightly over the past week, while soybeans held steady. Many parts of the Midwest experienced more much wetter than normal weather, limiting soybean planting, hampering row crop development, and slowing winter wheat harvest activity, but some areas did get at least a slight break from rain... Read more »

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Showlists appear smaller

Feedlot country was typically quiet on Monday as packers finished up gathering the new showlists. The new offering appears to be generally smaller than last week, especially in Nebraska and Texas. A few asking prices have been reported by DTN at 153.00 in the South and 245.00 plus in the North. Both buyers and sellers... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 6, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $4.18 and 1/2, down 1 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $10.33 and 3/4, down 11 and 1/2 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $354.40, down $3.00 Jul. soybean oil closed at 32.64, down 72 points Jul. wheat closed at $5.88 and 1/2, up 2 and 3/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $150.50, down 72 cents Jul. lean... Read more »

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White House wants updated biotech product strategies

The White House is ordering three federal agencies to update their strategies for regulating biotech products. A memorandum telling the USDA, EPA and FDA to “prevent unnecessary barriers to future innovation and competitiveness” says the agencies must improve “transparency, coordination, predictability and efficiency” while they continue “to protect health and the environment.” The White House-established... Read more »

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Great year for spring wheat in Minnesota

2015 is shaping up to be a great wheat year for Minnesota.  David Torgerson, executive director of the state association of wheat growers, says conditions for the spring wheat crop have been cool and moist. “Things are looking really good across most of Minnesota.” He tells Brownfield it was not a perfect start to the... Read more »

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The Greek impact on U.S. agriculture

Global markets are waiting to see what happens next now that Greek voters have rejected the latest economic bailout package from the European Union.  Jacquie Voeks is a Senior Market Advisor with Stewart Peterson, she says either way, the U.S. dollar is going to go higher.  If don’t get bailed-out, any European doing business in... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

The main item of business in cattle country on Monday is the collection of the new showlists. This week’s offering should be near steady to somewhat larger than last week. Private sources are reporting a few asking prices around 153.00 in the South and 245.00 plus in the North. Packers and feedlot operators are anxious... Read more »

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Solid week for soybean inspections

  The USDA reports soybean export inspections for the week ending July 2nd were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the current marketing year, while corn and wheat were short of their respective marks. Wheat came out at 368,818 tons, up 8,226 from the week ending June 25th, but down 113,103 from... Read more »

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Seven salmonella cases in Minnesota

Raw, frozen chicken entrees have been linked to seven cases of salmonella in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Agriculture determined there were two separate outbreaks involving two distinct, unrelated producers. Four people were sickened from the first outbreak that occurred between April fifth and June eighth.  The strain is linked to... Read more »

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Knee high by the 4th

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, Michigan’s corn crop hits them all.  Jim Zook, Executive Director of Michigan Corn, says crop progress is variable. “We actually have some corn that is shoulder higher, we’ve actually got some corn that I’ve seen today that is only ankle high, so it is all across the broad.” Zook tells... Read more »

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Hot Dog varieties soaring

Eric Mittenthal with the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says at an average of 150 calories and high protein level, hot dogs are a healthy choice and how you cook them just depend. Also, the calorie level can go UP depending what’s put on your hot dog. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Hot dog varieties... Read more »

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There are plenty of soybeans, but demand is high

Corn and soybean stocks on June 1st were above year ago levels, but the numbers indicate good quarterly demand. Soybeans were reported at 625 million bushels, a 54 percent increase over last year, but still less than was expected, indicating good demand. DTN market analyst Todd Hultman says people will look at that headline and... Read more »

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July is Hot Dog Month

Are hot dogs healthy?  I’m Julie Harker with Healthy Living on Brownfield. On the Fourth of July holiday – many of us don’t ask that question. But so you know, Eric Mittenthal with the North American Meat Institute and the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, says ‘yes’. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – National Hot Dog... Read more »

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From one extreme to another this forage season

Lisa Behnken is a crop specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension service, based in Rochester.  In her state and other parts of the Midwest, she calls the beginning of the forage season interesting and challenging. “Some people were able to get first crop done very early; they hit a window in May.  (For) others... Read more »

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Breyer model horses

Celebrating 65 years of Breyer model horses. Chances are, you, or someone you know has at least one Breyer model horse on a dresser or in a curio cabinet. So what makes Breyer model horses so popular? Kathleen Fallon is V.P. of Communications for Reeves International, the parent company of Breyer. Audio: Kathleen Fallon, V.P.... Read more »

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