AG Rural News

Today’s House Ways & Means Committee hearing on trade featured an interesting exchange between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon. In his testimony, Lighthizer discussed efforts to eliminate non-scientific trade barriers imposed on U.S. ag and food products by other countries. He was especially critical of the European Union’s claims that some U.S. food and ag products are unsafe, calling it “thinly-veiled protectionism”. His comments were challenged by Blumenauer, who argued that the U.S. ...
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A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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After a tiger at a zoo in New York tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Brownfield interviewed Dr. Jim Lowe, an infectious disease veterinarian with the University of Illinois, who talked about the rapidly changing virus and what experts know about it’s impacts on the health of pets and livestock. Listen to our interview to learn more about COVID-19’s mild effects on cats and the unlikelihood of livestock contracting the virus. Interview with Jim Lowe ...
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Ag News

Iowa State University Extension economist Lee Schulz says the number of hogs and pigs that were euthanized because of COVID-19-related processing slowdowns appears to be much lower than originally anticipated.  “We have to credit the producers and the entire supply chain of acting very quickly in slowing down hogs and adjusting diets, etc.,” he says.  “All of those management practices really helped the industry to deal with this situation.” And, he tells Brownfield, he doesn’t anticipate in major disruptions down the road.  “What we did was we pushed those hogs into those lighter-weight categories because we slowed down the growth of...
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The USDA says new crop corn and soybean export sales during the week ending July 30th were solid. Those sales were driven by solid demand from a combination of China, Mexico, and unknown destinations, even as old crop sales were towards the low end of estimates, with just about a month left in the current marketing year. New crop sorghum also reflected good demand from China and unknown destinations, while old crop had a net reduction, and wheat was a little bit above average, with China the top purchaser for the week. ...
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The chief ag economist for Wells Fargo says Tesla is the biggest threat to farming, “No matter what you set for a blend rate in the United States you can’t force a Tesla owner to buy any ethanol,” says Dr. Michael Swanson who was on the Danforth Plant Science Center ‘Ag Tech Next’ series Tuesday. He was asked if electric vehicle production and increased fuel efficiency standards will impact supply and demand for U.S grains. ...
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House Ag Committee chairman Collin Peterson says he and his colleagues are working to make sure ag provisions included in the HEROES Act are put in the next round of coronavirus relief. “Currently being negotiated now between the White House, the House, and the Senate. In the (HEROES Act), probably the most important thing we had is the help for hog (and turkey) producers for depopulation. Also some money for (processing) plants to keep them running.” Participating in a congressional candidate forum hosted virtually by Minnesota Farmfest, the Minnesota Democrat said there’s also direct assistance for ethanol producers in the...
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