AG Rural News

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) has launched a pilot “On Farm Leadership Program” to help pork producers develop leadership skills among their employees. NPPA education director Kyla Habrock describes it as “a new look at producer education”. “The curriculum kicks off with comprehending leadership styles, managing the cycle of engagement and implementing positive change,” Habrock says. “Further focus will be placed on how to set expectations of your barn crew, how to coach them to success, and how to understand and manage relationships with employees, knowing that differences exist between cultures and generations. Continue reading Nebraska Pork Producers Association develops ‘On Farm Leadership Program’ at Brownfield Ag...
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American Farm Bureau wants to ensure rural areas are connected to the global economy. Economic analyst Megan Nelson says that’s why Farm Bureau is urging Congress to authorize spending to expand broadband access and improve rural roads and bridges. “Being able to transport our agricultural goods is necessary.” She tells Brownfield the digital divide is real. “And so something we’re working on a lot right now is mapping, and being able to utilize correct data-points and seeing where broadband access is and where it needs to be.” Nelson is unsure about lawmakers quickly addressing these concerns. Continue reading Farm Bureau working to connect Rural America to the...
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President Trump’s State of the Union address highlighted the need to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says the call to prioritize infrastructure has bipartisan support. “Infrastructure was one of the rare occasions during the state of the union address in which both Republicans and Democrats rose and clapped, and it had some degree of consensus and agreement,” he says. “I think that does bode well that something can get done this year.” Steenhoek says there are members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who are committed to producing legislation to address infrastructure needs. Continue reading State of...
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Lisa and Kevin Rasmussen When you visit with pork producers Lisa and Kevin Rasmussen of Goldfield, Iowa, you can tell they are passionate about what they do.  And that passion for pig farming led to them being selected as the first faces of the We Care program for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. We talked to the Rasmussens at the recent Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. AUDIO: Lisa and Kevin Rasmussen Continue reading This Iowa couple is passionate about pig farming at Brownfield Ag News.
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President Trump has indicated farmers could be receiving more trade aid in 2020. In a tweet today, Trump said “If formally targeted farmers need additional aid until such time as the trade deals with China, Mexico, Canada and others fully kick in, that aid will be provided by the federal government.” Trump says the payments would come from the massive tariff money coming into the U.S., although analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York suggests the cost of the trade war is falling on the backs of U.S. Continue reading Trump opens door for 2020 trade aid at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA says export numbers during the week ending February 13th were mixed. China didn’t buy any U.S. soybeans or pork, but 15,000 tons of U.S. pork were shipped to Chinese ports, and they did purchase sorghum. Corn exports were larger than expected, but wheat and beans fell short of pre-report estimates. Soybean meal sales were also lower than anticipated and bean oil fell within the projected range. Beef exports were up on the week, mainly heading to Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. Continue reading China passes on U.S. pork, soybeans at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA’s chief economist is projecting an increase in most cropland acres for the 2020 growing season. Rob Johansson told attendees at the USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum that last year’s weather challenges resulted in more than 13 million fewer acres planted to soybeans.  “That reduction supports an increase in soybean acreage to roughly 85 million acres – up 12 percent,” he says.  “Corn area is expected to rise 4.3 million acres to 94 million following last year’s prevent plant.  That’s supported by new-crop prices that are relatively favorable to corn.” Wheat and cotton acres are projected to remain steady or decline with more acres expected to be planted to rice. Continue reading...
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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has unveiled the USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda.  He says the department-wide initiative will align resources, programs, and research to better position America’s farmers and ranchers to meet future global demands.  “Here’s what we’re going to do,” he says.  “Stimulate our innovation so that American agriculture can work toward the shared goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint by half in US agriculture by 2050.” Perdue told attendees at the USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum the department has set benchmark goals to stay accountable and the targets will help measure progress toward meeting the food, fiber, fuel, feed, and climate...
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