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Futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett spoke at the recent annual meeting of Nebraska Farm Bureau in Kearney. Catlett told Brownfield he’s more excited than ever about the future of agriculture. AUDIO: Dr. Lowell Catlett Continue reading Dr. Lowell Catlett is excited about agriculture’s future at Brownfield Ag News.
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A rural mental health psychologist says family farms undergoing difficult times need to be open about it. Dr. Val Farmers tells Brownfield one of his best recommendations for managing farm financial stress is for operators to overcome their pride and seek help from financial advisors one or two years before farmers think it’s necessary.  “Become public with your problem and don’t worry about what other people think, then you can take constructive steps to help yourself.  Continue reading Let’s talk about stress at Brownfield Ag News.
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In an interview with Brownfield, Monsanto vice president of global strategy Scott Partridge commented on an Arkansas legislative subcommittee’s refusal to ratify the Arkansas State Plant Board’s proposal restricting farmers’ use of dicamba herbicide in 2018.  He also talked about dicamba application cut-off dates being set by other states, including Missouri and Minnesota. AUDIO: Scott Partridge Continue reading Monsanto official comments on dicamba cut-off dates at Brownfield Ag News.
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At the annual meeting of Nebraska Farm Bureau in Kearney we visited with the group’s director of national affairs, Jordan Dux, about issues of national importance including tax reform, the farm bill, NAFTA, ELD requirements and air emissions reporting. AUDIO: Jordan Dux Continue reading Nebraska Farm Bureau official discusses national issues at Brownfield Ag News.
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The European Union will reportedly release a statement of objections against Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto this week. According to Bloomberg, the objections could help Bayer and Monsanto by providing concerns that can then be addressed. The EU Competition Commissioner said the union is concerned about competition and wants to make sure farmers will still have affordable prices with seeds and pesticides. Bayer has signed an agreement to sell some of its crop science businesses, including its LibertyLink technology, to BASF. Continue reading EU could issue objection of Bayer, Monsanto merger at Brownfield Ag News.
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President Donald Trump reportedly is pushing lawmakers and stakeholders to find common ground on disagreements about the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Thursday’s White House meeting was to discuss how to fix RFS compliance issues in a way that protects both refinery workers and corn farmers.  A joint statement from GOP oil-state senators following the meeting called the gathering productive.  The statement says oil-state lawmakers look forward to working with colleagues representing Midwest states to find a win-win solution. Continue reading Trump pushes for RFS common ground at Brownfield Ag News.
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