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Minnesota Farmers Union president Gary Wertish tells Brownfield President Trump was correct in calling out China for its unfair trade practices. But the Renville farmer says Trump made a mistake by not asking other countries to come alongside the U.S. Wertish fears the Chinese government will be content to ride out the trade war, and says Trump’s trade policies are having a devastating impact on farmers. Continue reading Minnesota Farmers Union president says Trump trade policies are devastating Rural America at Brownfield Ag News.
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports farm laborers and owners have the highest rate of deaths due to stress which is why Michigan State University Extension director Jeff Dwyer says they’ve been expanding its mental health resources in rural communities. “We know we can’t control the weather, but we can help farmers and farm families take control of how they deal with the weather and other challenges.”          In the last year, MSUE has trained professionals in 22 states and programs are now offered in 17 additional states with seven more currently undergoing training. Continue reading More emphasis needed on rural mental...
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Family business consultant and Iowa farmer Jolene Brown was a keynote speaker at Illinois Farm Bureau’s Farm Income and Innovations Conference. There she spoke to Brownfield about the challenges of transitioning a family farm to the next generation and shared her advice on when to make decisions for the business and when to make decisions for the family. Continue reading Farm succession: Which comes first, the family or the business? at Brownfield Ag News.
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Adam Ornawka One of the breakout sessions at the recent Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit in Des Moines focused on industrial hemp. It featured Adam Ornawka, a farmer from Saskatoon, Canada, who has been growing organic industrial hemp for the past three years.  Ornawka discussed his experience with the crop in this interview with Brownfield. Continue reading Canadian farmer grows organic industrial hemp at Brownfield Ag News.
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U.S. ethanol production and stocks declined last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.023 million barrels a day, down 22,000 on the week, the lowest weekly average since April as the industry struggles with margins and EPA policy on exemption waivers for smaller oil refiners. Most of the weekly decline was in the Midwestern reporting region. Stocks were down 516,000 barrels on the week at 23.367 million. Continue reading Ethanol production hits multi-month low at Brownfield Ag News.
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The nation’s biggest ethanol producer, POET, is cutting back on production. POET says it will idle its Cloverdale, Indiana plant and reduce output at half of its other facilities, with the largest drops taking place in Iowa and Ohio. The company says the production cutback will reduce its corn demand by 130 million bushels annually. POET chairman and CEO Jeff Broin says the move was prompted by recent decisions by the Trump Administration regarding RFS Small Refinery Exemptions. Continue reading POET is cutting ethanol production; blames ‘oil bailouts’ at Brownfield Ag News.
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A Missouri cattleman met with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler on her farm tour to express concern about the effects on the cattle market from the Kansas beef plant fire. Ron McBee has a 600 cow/calf operation in central Missouri, near Fayette, “My theory is that we could do without a lot of the government welfare if we had a more level playing field in the cattle business. Directly, the next week after the fire feeder cattle went down 20-cents, Choice cattle went up $9.00 so the packer makes all the money instead of spreading it out. Continue reading Cattlemen tell Hartzler their price concerns...
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The USDA’s condition ratings for corn and soybeans dipped slightly last week. After a too wet start to the planting season, development conditions have turned too dry in some key U.S. growing areas. As of Sunday, 95% of U.S. corn is silking, compared to the five-year average of 99%, with 55% at the dough making stage, compared to 76% on average, and 15% has dented, half of the typical pace. 56% of the crop is rated good to excellent, down 1% on the week and 12% below a year ago. Continue reading USDA: U.S. corn, soybean ratings both down 1% at Brownfield...
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