AG Rural News

Frank Chen, a journalist with the Asia Times, was one of 12 international journalists who participated in last week’s Canada Ag Innovations Tour. Chen is a native of China who now lives in Hong Kong. In an interview with Brownfield, Chen gave us his perspective on the trade war between the U.S. and China and the upcoming G20 meeting between President Trump and Chinese president Xi, and shared his thoughts on overall relations between the two countries. Continue reading Hong Kong journalist’s take on U.S.-China relations at Brownfield Ag News.
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The head of the EPA says U.S. drivers WILL have access to E15 gasoline next summer, “We will be able to go to year-round E15 by next summer. This is a commitment by President Trump.” In an interview with Brownfield Ag News, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the normal rule making process will be completed in time, “So that does take a little bit of time but our people are already working on it and we’ll be putting out the proposal and getting those comments and then finalizing it before the driving season.” Continue reading Head of EPA promises Summer ’19...
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There is a lot of optimism in the future of rural America, according to a new study by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Survey respondents say although opioid abuse and the economy are two of the biggest challenges in rural communities, there are still a lot of positive feelings about life in rural America. More than 1,000 adults living in rural America participated in the survey. Audio: Katrina Badger, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Continue reading Americans say they enjoy values and sense of community found in rural areas at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Renewable Fuels Association held a conference call with reporters Thursday to discuss the recent decision by President Trump directing the EPA to begin rulemaking to allow for  year-round sales of E15.  The panel of participants discussed the legal authority underpinning President Trump’s decision and also addressed some of the “misinformation” being circulated about E15’s impact on engines and the environment. Participants included: Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association Janet Yanowitz, P.E., PhD, Ecoengineering, Inc – Air Quality Expert Gary Burris, Owner Sport World Boat Center – Marine Engines Expert Brian Sowers – Crappie Masters spokesman Matt Morrison, RFA Outside Counsel Gary Herwick, Auto Industry Expert   AUDIO: Excerpts from RFA’s conference call with reporters Continue reading RFA panel...
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USDA and FDA have announced they will work together to regulate cell-cultured meat. In a joint statement, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb say FDA will oversee the cell collection, cell banks and cell growth and USDA will regulate cell harvesting, production and labeling of food products. Lia Biando with the United States Cattlemen’s Association tells Brownfield how the beef industry responds to this national conversation will have lasting impacts.  Continue reading USDA and FDA will regulate cell-cultured meat at Brownfield Ag News.
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The president of the American Soybean Association says it’s been a rough year for soybean growers, “Losing your number one customer has been tough this year. We look forward to all the new trade partners, but we put them all together and they still don’t make up for a China.” John Heisdorffer, ASA president and Iowa farmer, tells Brownfield the trade war tariffs hit ALL farmers on SO many levels, not just soybeans, “Also, steel and aluminum. Continue reading ASA president says it’s been a tough year at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Federal Reserve says farmland values in the Midwest during the third quarter have remained stable. Senior business economist David Oppedahl in the Chicago District tells Brownfield credit concerns among lenders are growing.  “With the current revenues being very challenging, [farmers] would like to extend loans and are having a harder time repaying loans at the same time interest rates are rising.” Farmland values in his district were one percent higher than last year but showed the first quarterly decline in almost two years.  Continue reading Credit concerns increasing among Midwest ag bankers   at Brownfield Ag News.
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A Farm Bureau official is skeptical of reports saying Mike Conaway remains at odds with the other three principal leaders as farm bill negotiations continue. Andrew Walmsley tells Brownfield he believes the Texas Congressman is seeking middle ground with Collin Peterson, Pat Roberts, and Debbie Stabenow. “I think Mr. Conaway eluded to this recently that there are still a handful of unresolved issues between the four principles outside of just nutrition (and) I think they’re trying to work through that.  Continue reading Farm bill leaders ramp up intensity as negotiations continue at Brownfield Ag News.
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