AG Rural News

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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President Trump will be in Iowa later today and part of his itinerary involves agriculture. Prior to a speech tonight in Cedar Rapids, Trump will visit Kirkwood Community College to draw attention to advancements in high-tech agriculture. Kirkwood has the largest two-year ag curriculum in the country with a special focus on precision ag technology. Trump will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as part of the administration’s “technology week”.  Continue reading Trump to hear about high-tech agriculture during Iowa visit at Brownfield Ag News.
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The three top agricultural officials from the United States, Canada, and Mexico say they remain committed to open and transparent trade as the countries prepare to renegotiate NAFTA. The three leaders concluded their first trilateral agriculture meetings on Tuesday.  Canadian Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay says the three countries aren’t just connected geographically, but also connected through trade. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the conversations this week set the tone for truth and trust as the three countries work on modernizing the decades-old free trade agreement. Continue reading US, Canada, Mexico ag officials discuss NAFTA renegotiation at Brownfield Ag News.
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