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A class-action lawsuit accuses Walmart of deceiving customers by selling organic eggs that were raised by hens in enclosed structures. The lawsuit says Walmart used labels stating chickens had access to the outdoors, but they were instead raised inside by Cal-Maine Foods. The USDA requires that organic livestock have year-round access to the outdoors. The lawsuit says even though the enclosed structures had screens to let air in, the theoretical ability to view the outdoors is not the same as having access to it. Continue reading Walmart sued for organic egg claims at Brownfield Ag News.
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President Donald Trump is expected to outline some of the administration’s infrastructure initiative in his speech at the American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Nashville today. According to Politico, Trump will likely focus on his task force on agriculture and rural prosperity and its recommendations to expand broadband to rural America. The recommendations will focus on e-connectivity, improving quality of life in rural areas, improving quality of the rural workforce, using technology to empower rural areas and improving economic development. Continue reading Trump to discuss rural America, broadband with AFBF at Brownfield Ag News.
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An ag economist with Purdue University says farmers will have to continue to adjust to tight margins this year. Chris Hurt says this is the fifth year for the downward trend in farm income. “And you know that by looking at the price of corn,” he says. “The price of corn for the 2017 crop, the USDA says, is $3.20. That’s the lowest price in eleven years.” He tells Brownfield historically adjustment periods last 5-7 years, and he expects improvement within the next two years. Continue reading Farmers will need to continue to adjust at Brownfield Ag News.
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Dave Dvorak is a partner with Nebraska-based Dvorak Law Group.  His practice areas are estate/business succession planning, taxes and business/corporate counseling. In this interview with Brownfield, Dvorak talks about why estate planning is important, when you should start the process, the challenges of creating a plan, and who should make up your estate planning team. AUDIO: Dave Dvorak Continue reading The importance of farm/ranch estate planning at Brownfield Ag News.
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  Mexican states are now able to export pork into the U.S. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has recognized Mexico as free of Classical Swine Fever after the completion of a risk assessment done at the request of the Mexican government. Nearly ten years ago, Mexico requested access to the U.S. for pork exports but APHIS at the time said the country’s control program for the viral disease was not sufficient enough to allow trade. Continue reading USDA approves Mexican pork imports at Brownfield Ag News.
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  The USDA says 2017 corn production totaled 14.604 billion bushels, up from December’s projection. Last year’s average yield was a new all-time high at 176.6 bushels per acre, cancelling out a slight decrease in the USDA’s harvested area figure, down to 82.703 million acres. Illinois, Minnesota, and Ohio reportedly notched new record high yields, along with Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Continue reading USDA: record soybean production, big corn crop in 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.
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High oleic soybeans have crossed their final global regulatory hurdle. The European Union recently approved DuPont Pioneer’s Plenish high oleic stacked-trait soybean for import, marking the final regulatory approval for all major soybean importing countries. Regulatory approvals for Monsanto’s Vistive Gold high oleic soybean were completed in 2017. With those approvals, United Soybean Board chair and South Dakota farmer Lewis Bainbridge says the path is now clear for expansion of the high oleic soybean market. Continue reading High oleic soybeans achieve final global regulatory milestone at Brownfield Ag News.
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The leader of the Missouri Farm Bureau says there is still concern among American Farm Bureau members about the potential of losing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Blake Hurst tells Brownfield President Trump’s speech at the AFBF convention this week was received well, overall, especially when he talked about tax reform and regulatory reform – including the removal of the WOTUS rule, “I would say the delegates, are, you know, still concerned about where we’re headed with NAFTA. Continue reading Hurst says NAFTA concerns remain at Brownfield Ag News.
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