AG Rural News

A Kansas farm family has found a unique way to communicate what farmers do to their consumers in the city.  Greg Peterson has two younger brothers and a sister, and they are fifth-generation farmers near Assaria, Kansas.  Just over six years ago, Greg, who studied ag communications at Kansas State, recruited his siblings Nathan, Kendal, and Laura to make a parody music video, which helped start conversations about where food comes from.  He says, “When you advocate for agriculture, there has to be a connection, something that you can have in common with the person you’re talking to, whether that’s music or...
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One of the first ag meetings of the new year is the Fremont Corn Expo in Fremont, Nebraska. It always features a great lineup of speakers and this year was no exception. Brownfield was there and talked with several of them. These interviews were recorded on January 3, 2019. AUDIO: Nebraska Extension Educator and Expo coordinator Nathan Mueller AUDIO: Grain market economist Elaine Kub AUDIO: Nebraska Extension Educator Tyler Williams on Hail Know: Resources for Hail Damaged Crops AUDIO: Nebraska Department of Agriculture Assistant Director Amelia Breinig AUDIO: UNL associate professor and precision ag engineer Joe Luck on Project SENSE, variable-rate nitrogen technology Continue reading Fremont, Nebraska Corn Expo reports...
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One of the sessions at the recent Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference in Ames focused on ways to alleviate stress in farm country and how to help others deal with difficult times.  We visited with the presenters, ISU Extension Human Sciences specialists Anthony Santiago and David Brown. AUDIO: Anthony Santiago and David Brown Continue reading Dealing with difficult times at Brownfield Ag News.
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An Illinois farmer struggled to get the last of his corn out – and almost made it. Christian Dean, who farms in western Illinois’ Adams County, tells Brownfield a strong storm in early October downed a bunch of his corn which suffered from crown root rot, “We assessed it and we decided that we’d be better off going and getting the corn that was standing. So we did that.” Hear is story below: Continue reading Illinois farmer struggled to get corn harvested at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Board of Directors of the National Farmers Union is calling for an immediate reopening of the government. “It is having such a ripple effect all throughout the economy and out in rural America,” says Rob Larew, NFU’s senior vice president for policy and communications. He says the board has adopted a resolution (Friday) calling on both Congress and the President to come to an agreement to end the partial government shutdown which is affecting trade mitigation payments from going out to farmers, loan services and important data. Continue reading NFU calls for immediate reopening of government at Brownfield Ag News.
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Brenda Boetel takes questions during the 2019 Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic A market analyst says a lengthy government shutdown might lead to bigger commodity market corrections after federal agencies return to work. Brenda Boetel with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls says, “The longer this goes on, the longer we’re operating on old data, the greater the market volatility is going to be.” Boetel says without USDA’s usual reports, the market will be making decisions from old data and data from private industry, which might have to be adjusted when USDA reports resume. Continue reading Expect market corrections after a long government shutdown at...
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A state FSA director is advising farmers to ONLY contact their FSA office for farm loan purposes. Joe Martin in Minnesota says the limited opening is primarily focused on loan activity involving unfinished payments that need to be processed to ensure 1099 tax statements are generated in a timely manner. “(We’re) not going to be working on the Market Facilitation Program or taking any new applications, any new loans, so really no need to contact the office or stop in because we’re not going to be able to provide service in any of those programs outside of if you’re an existing farm...
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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA will reopen Farm Service Agency offices for limited services as the government shutdown continues. In a statement, Perdue said his agency is doing its best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers and will be bringing back part of the FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans.  Perdue says USDA is also examining its legal authority to ensure they are providing services to their customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown. Continue reading USDA to temporarily reopen FSA offices at Brownfield Ag News.
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