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The Global Farmer Roundtable in Des Moines, sponsored by the Global Farmer Network, features farmers from 14 countries discussing topics that bind them together as farmers. At the top of their list of concerns is access to inputs, including capital availability, labor availability and land/rent prices. Balancing cost competitiveness with sustainability, product quality and consumer demands is also high on the list of concerns, as is the growing disconnect between farmers and consumers and the “social license to farm”. Continue reading Global farmers share similar concerns at Brownfield Ag News.
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  The President and CEO of Land O’ Lakes says more than technology is needed to feed the growing population. Chris Policinski says consumer’s perception of the role of technology in food production must change. “There’s an interesting thing in the U.S. and developed Europe that’s occurring, and that is there’s almost an anti-science mindset as it relates to food production,” he says. “We have to change that because it’s hurting everybody, but it’s hurting the most food insecure places the worst.” Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, says technology will help provide more access to nutritious foods. Continue reading Technology needed...
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A new website is available to help new or young farmers access land and capital to begin farming. Finding Farmland was launched by National Young Farmers Coalition this week. The website has an affordability calculator that will help farmers learn about their options for financing farmland. Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director of the organization, says the tool will give farmers credit options, the full cost of land over time, and options to make it more affordable. Continue reading A new tool is available to help new farmers get started farming at Brownfield Ag News.
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Southern Indiana farmer Bob Geswein was part of a group of farmers that met with elected officials in D.C. to discuss ag issues the face on the farm. “Farm Bill because it’s coming up for renewal, and the other one being taking broadband to the last customer in the rural area because the rural area is so poorly served by broadband and it’s become such a necessity for life and to operate these farm especially with the high tech equipment we have,” he says. Continue reading INFB leaders in action discuss ag issues with elected officials at Brownfield Ag News.
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The EPA’s restricted use designation on the newer dicamba herbicides for 2018 is supported by the American Soybean Association, “I think that’s the right thing to do, given the issues we dealt with this past summer. We don’t know for sure exactly what happened,” says ASA president Ron Moore, an Illinois soybean farmer. He tells Brownfield it’s too important of a technology to ignore the dicamba damage issues out there. Moore says the Soybean Checkoff continues to support some of the research that land grant universities are doing to determine the root of the problem, “To find out for sure what happened. Continue...
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Bloomberg reports White House officials have directed the EPA to back off on proposals that would weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard. Citing “people familiar with the decision”, Bloomberg says the EPA has been instructed to abandon two proposed changes: a reduction in biodiesel requirements and a proposal to allow export ethanol to count toward domestic quotas. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss phone conversations she had earlier in the day with both President Trump and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Continue reading Report: EPA instructed to back off on RFS changes at Brownfield Ag News.
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Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa agrees with the CEO of R-CALF USA about the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the GIPSA rule. Grassley learned about the action Tuesday on his conference call with reporters, “They’re just pandering to big corporations. They aren’t interested in the family farmers! And, the USDA is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the U.S. Department of big business, Big Agribusiness!” Grassley says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is supposed to help the family farmer. Continue reading Grassley angry with USDA over GIPSA rule at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Trump administration has withdrawn regulations written last year by the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, GIPSA – That move is being applauded by the largest livestock groups but highly criticized by smaller ones. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the withdrawal of the “so-called” Farmer Fair Practices Rules, saying they would have restricted the buying and selling of livestock – leading to the consolidation of the livestock industry and raising prices for consumers. Continue reading Trump Administration withdraws GIPSA rule at Brownfield Ag News.
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