AG Rural News

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 National Biodiesel Board, based in Missouri, says four GOP governors have written to President Trump with their concerns about the EPA’s recently proposed reductions to the Renewable Fuels Standard. The letter, signed by the governors of Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas says the RFS was instrumental in helping major parts of rural America survive the 2008 recession and now supports the livelihoods of tens-of-thousands of farmers and biofuels workers. They urged Trump to fulfill his promises to continue his support for all biofuels under the RFS. Continue reading Four GOP governors plead with Trump in RFS letter at Brownfield Ag News.
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The EPA has made dicamba herbicides for over-the-top use Restricted Use Pesticides for 2018. Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy, tells Brownfield the EPA accepted its recommendation for its XtendiMax product, “We’re excited about it because the requirement of training, recordkeeping, and limiting sale to certified applicators and those operating under their supervision directly address some of the off-target movements, the vast majority of the off-target movement we saw last season.” Partridge tells Brownfield the restrictions will limit the application to avoid drift damage caused by temperature inversions, “What we did was, we have now proposed and the EPA...
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