AG Rural News

The CEO of an Indiana software company says farmers are falling behind because of a lack connectivity. Clear Object’s John McDonald says if the future of farming is based on the ability to improve yields through automated farming, then farmers with little to no connectivity are at a major disadvantage. “If you can’t get data back live and be able to make changes and adapt to what’s happening in that field, you’re not going to be in a good position compared to the farmer who can,” he says. Continue reading Farmers need wireless connectivity to stay relevant at Brownfield Ag News.
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Two US Senators are sponsoring bipartisan legislation to combat opioid abuse in rural communities. The new bill, authored by Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly and North Dakota Republican John Hoeven, would give priority to rural communities by providing grants for substance abuse, education, treatment, and prevention. Donnelly says the funding is available through the USDA’s Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants program. “Opioid abuse has been attacking all parts of our country- it’s not just a urban or suburban or rural plague, it affects all of us,” he says. Continue reading Legislation to address opioid abuse in rural areas at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Missouri Department of Agriculture has issued and collected what it calls its “first wave” of civil penalties against applicators for off-target dicamba application LAST year. All of the applicators are in Dunklin County, in the southeast Missouri “Bootheel.”  The penalties range from 15-hundred dollars to more than $62-thousand-dollars.” Director Chris Chinn says the ag department is in its “final stages” of reviewing 2016 investigations and continuing to investigate complaints of dicamba damage filed THIS year. Continue reading Missouri announces first wave of dicamba penalties at Brownfield Ag News.
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Four Republican governors will meet with Vice President Mike Pence today to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). According to Politico, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, and Bill Haslam of Tennessee, will discuss the economic impact of withdrawing from NAFTA. Governor Snyder recently spoke out about the importance of fair trading practices in trade agreements at the Michigan Farm Bureau annual meeting, telling members NAFTA needs to be improved, not broken. Continue reading Ag leaders to meet with Vice President Pence on NAFTA at Brownfield Ag News.
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A Monsanto official is applauding a decision by an Arkansas legislative subcommittee which refused to approve a proposed April 15th cut-off date for dicamba applications. Scott Partridge tells Brownfield the Arkansas State Plant Board’s April 15th cut-off was essentially a ban on use of dicamba. “It’s clear that the message coming from the legislative committee is that the Plant Board needs to actually look at the science, study it carefully, look at what’s being done in surrounding states, and come up with a solution that enables the growers in their state to have access to this important technology during the growing season,”...
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  The USDA has raised its domestic ending stocks projections for soybeans and wheat, while tightening the balance sheet for corn. Soybean ending stocks matched a lot of pre-report expectations, primarily on a lower export estimate because of increased competition from South America. Wheat was reported at the high end of estimates, also on a reduced export guess. Corn ending stocks were down modestly from last month following a hike in the ethanol use numbers. Continue reading USDA lowers corn ending stocks estimate at Brownfield Ag News.
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