AG Rural News

After more than a decade following the addition of Rural Development to the Michigan Department of Agriculture’s official title, a new office with an expanded focus will be opening within the agency. Director Gary McDowell, with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, tells Brownfield the pandemic demonstrated the need to address growing issues within rural communities. “Studies show over and over again that the rural part of the state, for a lot of different reasons, has lower medium incomes, education levels are lower, and also the opportunities for our young people, so that’s what we’re really going to focus in...
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A farmer in southern Minnesota wants to see rural home healthcare challenges addressed. Mike Peterson of Northfield says personal care attendants help his oldest son, who has cerebral palsy. “It’s just hard to get help (with) PCA care at the wage scale and resources that the system has made available.” The Minnesota Farmers Union member met virtually this week with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and while no solutions were identified, he says it’s good to have an ear at the Capitol. ...
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Ag Economist and co-founder of Ag Economic Insights David Widmar sits down to take a look back at some of his and Brent Gloy’s top ag-related stories of 2021. You read more about his list HERE or listen to a detailed conversation about those stories below. What stories are on your list? AUDIO: David Widmar, Ag Economic Insights ...
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Rural communities have seen an increase in residents throughout the pandemic and a recent study offers insights into their incentives. Mark Smither with South Dakota-based ag marketing firm Paulsen tells Brownfield their nationwide online study this past summer questioned new rural residents who moved in the last year and those who are considering moving. “There were about three primary reasons why they moved and that’s more land and more space for their home, having fewer people around, and I thought this was interesting—getting more home for less money,” he says. ...
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Ag News

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says it’s imperative the U.S. Supreme Court address the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12. Duvall says Tuesday’s ruling by the Sacremento County Superior Court recognized the inherent flaws of the law that would impose strict hog housing regulations on pork producers across the country that sell to California. That court delayed enforcement of Prop 12 because there are no clear regulations on how it will be enforced. ...
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A grain market expert says there are global factors at play that could set an all-time high for the corn market this summer. Matt Bennet with AgMarket.net tells Brownfield there are tight carryouts for both corn and soybeans. “There are other commodities that really want the acreage so we may not get as many acres as some people in the industry are hoping we will see. If we don’t get big acres and big production given that our carryouts are already tight, I am telling you it could be a very dynamic market.” Tension between Russia and Ukraine has pushed recent volatility in...
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The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) is praising a judge’s ruling in California to halt enforcement of that state’s Proposition 12. The judge has delayed enforcement until 180 days after the final rules go into effect. The California Department of Food and Agriculture has waited more than two years to finalize what the Meat Institute calls “complicated and costly regulations” for pork producers. The Meat Institute and its members had urged the state of California to delay the implementation because of the risk of criminal sanctions and civil litigation if pork producers didn’t comply with the hog housing changes. ...
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Agricultural groups are praising Monday’s surprise announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in a Waters of the U.S. case. Scott Yager with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the Supreme Court announcing it will review the Sackett v. EPA case from the 9th Circuit Court is, “absolutely good news for producers.”  He tells Brownfield, “When you look at a decision like this from the Supreme Court, there’s not a lot to look at, meaning there’s an order but you can read a lot in between the lines of that order and understanding what their thought process is...
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