AG Rural News

Many dairy farmers in the upper Midwest have been forced to replant thousands of acres of alfalfa because of winterkill.   University of Wisconsin forage specialist Dr. Dan Undersander says, “Start adding up the areas together, we probably lost about 150-thousand acres altogether.” Dan Undersander tells Brownfield the lack of snow cover and the repeated thawing and refreezing caused significant damage.  “Northeastern Wisconsin probably lost 75 to 100-thousand acres.  Southwestern Wisconsin and into Iowa lost something around 15 or 20 thousand acres.   Continue reading Wx puts dent in northern alfalfa crops at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements. Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning says these loans will help improve the delivery of reliable electricity, and ensure that rural areas nationwide can prosper economically. Among the projects receiving funds through the Electric Program of the Rural Utilities Service are: (MN) Minnesota’s Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, which will use nearly $15 million to build or improve over 120 miles of line, and finance $3.3 million in smart grid technologies. Continue reading Rural Electric Infrastructure grants 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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