AG Rural News

A proposed county ordinance to regulate CAFOs in northwestern Wisconsin has stalled. Christopher Nelson is the Chairman of the Polk County Board of Supervisors. He tells Brownfield, “I can tell you that yesterday at Health and Human Services, I think due to maybe some outside pressure, phone calls to other supervisors, she has now withdrawn the resolution for the time being.” Nelson tells Brownfield the proposed ordinance from Supervisor Amy Middleton of Osceola Township will not be taken up by the board, but he expects Middleton will try again to create local CAFO regulations. ...
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The Center for Rural Affairs is urging lawmakers to support a bill that treats rural businesses and communities equally when it comes to coronavirus relief dollars. Johnathan Hladik is the center’s policy director, “We know nationally, rural areas are now responsible for a disproportionately high number of COVID cases and deaths. While this is happening, our economy is struggling and rural small businesses just are not getting the same support as their urban counterparts right now.” Interview with Johnathan Hladik ^^ ...
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Illinois based Wyffels Hybrids rounded out the first year of their Serving Those Who Served initiative with a $67,000 donation to Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans. Click below to find out how farmers are contributing and what is new for the program in year two: Interview with Jill Loehr, Wyffels Hybrids ...
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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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Ag News

After a very slow start this year, soybean planting in Brazil is now nearing the finish line. As of last Thursday, planting was 81 percent complete, according to Brazilian-based consulting firm AgRural. But dry conditions in key growing areas continue to be a concern and some forecasts are calling for warmer-than-normal temperatures this week, which could further reduce soil moisture. Meanwhile, South American crops expert Dr. Michael Cordonnier says Brazil’s planting delays will mean a later start to their soybean harvest. ...
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U.S. pork supplies dropped from September to October, implying strong domestic and export demand. The USDA says pork in cold storage at the end of October was down 27% on the year at 448.157 million pounds, with big year to year declines in many of the major consumer cuts. Beef demand was comparatively lackluster, with supplies up 7% from the previous year at 500.473 million pounds. That drop in pork pulled the red meat total 12% below a year ago to 982.991 million pounds. ...
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied a request to reevaluate the registration of Enlist Duo. The appeal came after a panel of three judges ruled in July that the herbicide did not violate federal law.  Environmental groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Food Safety argued the herbicide posed a risk to endangered species and the environment. The judges did order EPA to reevaluate Enlist Duo’s impact on monarch butterflies, but left the registration intact and the herbicide on the market. ...
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U.S. soybean export sales have hit a marketing year low for two consecutive weeks. The USDA says soybean sales during the week ending November 12th fell 6% from the previous week at 1.4 million tons and while China did buy most of the total, overall demand has slowed as prices have shot higher and South American planting has moved forward. Wheat was also a marketing year low, dropping 36% on the week, with the USDA continuing to project record global ending stocks. ...
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