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Brownfield was one of just a handful of media outlets invited to cover President Trump’s ag-related remarks at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this week. In case you missed it earlier, here is his speech to a crowd of about 250 people. AUDIO: Trump’s remarks at Kirkwood Community College Continue reading Trump’s ag speech in Cedar Rapids at Brownfield Ag News.
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An ag economist is challenging the long-held belief that global population growth will eventually outrun global food production. Dr. Michael Swanson with Wells Fargo says, so far, the rate of growth in food production is exceeding the roughly one percent annual growth in global population. “If you look at historical growth in yield technology—not just here in the United States, but around the world—that’s gaining even faster than the population and income drivers are right now,” Swanson says. Continue reading Economist challenges population growth/food production predictions at Brownfield Ag News.
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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the goal of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity is put a plan in place that benefits Rural America.  “Our goal is not to provide a report,” he says.  “But an operational plan to execute.” During its inaugural meeting, Perdue told the group Rural America has been struggling under burdensome regulations.  “We can help to create a fertile bed for their prosperity by making sure that we look our regulations – whether they are helpful or hurtful,” he says.  Continue reading USDA holds its first Rural Task Force meeting at Brownfield Ag News.
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Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting, harvesting or haying assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, is expanding its operations to aid producers in the state of Nebraska. Farm Rescue founder and president Bill Gross says they’re pleased to offer haying assistance and hay hauling services to rural families in the Cornhusker State. AUDIO: Bill Gross   Continue reading Farm Rescue adds Nebraska to service area at Brownfield Ag News.
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A federal court jury has voted in favor of corn farmers in the first trial of multiple lawsuits against Syngenta over its U.S. introduction of genetically engineered Viptera and Duracade corn before China approved it for import. The Kansas federal court found Syngenta negligent in the case and awarded more than $217 million in damages to more than 7,000 Kansas corn growers. Syngenta released a statement after the verdict saying they were disappointed with the ruling and plan to appeal. Continue reading Syngenta to pay $217+ million to farmers in Viptera case at Brownfield Ag News.
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The US has suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil amid continued food safety concerns. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says ensuring the safety of the nation’s food supply is a top priority for the department. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products exported to the US from Brazil following a food-safety probe earlier this year. R-Calf USA’s Bill Bullard says the suspension should have happened three months ago.  Continue reading USDA halts imports of fresh Brazilian beef at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA says total red meat and pork production during May were new all-time highs for the month. Beef production was also up on the year. The cattle and hog slaughter paces were faster than a year ago, cancelling out the lower average live weights. Pork was reported at 2.096 billion pounds, 8% above a year ago, with the slaughter up 8% at 9.951 million head, and the average live weight down a pound at 282. Continue reading May pork production notches new monthly record at Brownfield Ag News.
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President Donald Trump discussed agriculture during a stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wednesday night. In a 20-minute speech before a crowd of about 250 people at Kirkwood Community College, Trump touched on several ag-related topics. “Family farms are the backbone of America and my administration will always support the farmer.” “We will protect the corn-based ethanol and biofuels that power our country.” “I will be including a provision in our infrastructure proposal to promote and enhance broadband access for rural America also.” “We will rebuild rural America.” Bob Hemesath of Decorah, Iowa, chairman of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, said he was glad to hear Trump reaffirm...
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