AG Rural News

USDA Dairy Council president and CEO Tom Vilsack was one of those testifying at the Senate Ag Committee’s hearing on climate change and agriculture. The Senate Ag Committee held a hearing this morning on “Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector”. Testifying were Kansas cattle rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe; UC-Davis animal scientist Dr. Frank Mitloehner; Nebraska farmer Matt Rezac; and U.S. Dairy Export Council president and CEO Tom Vilsack. Here is audio from the first 40 minutes of that hearing which was led by committee chairman Pat Roberts. Continue reading Senate Ag Committee holds hearing on climate change and the ag sector at Brownfield...
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Photo courtesy the Pork Checkoff At the recent “Food and Ag at the Intersection” event in Omaha, we visited with Jarrod Sutton, vice president for domestic marketing with the National Pork Board, about what they’re doing to stay on top of ever-changing consumer food trends. AUDIO: Jarrod Sutton Continue reading Pork industry stays on top of changing consumer trends at Brownfield Ag News.
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Food insecurity rates are barely declining in the US, despite recent economic growth according to a recent report from Feeding America. Craig Gundersen with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield the number of families lacking constant access to enough nutritious food is still higher than during the 2008 recession. He says the highest concentration of food insecurity is found in the South and rural areas, but it is important to look at the issue on a local level. Continue reading Food insecurity rates higher in rural areas at Brownfield Ag News.
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Soybean industry consultant Peter Mishek leads a presentation about critical amino acid value (CAAV) in soybeans as livestock feed manufacturers listen in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photo by Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association) Soybean leaders from Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas have been promoting U.S. soy in the Asian countries of Malaysia and Myanmar this week. Soybean industry consultant Peter Mishek is also part of the trade mission. In a phone interview with Brownfield from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Mishek talked about the potential to grow soy sales to those two countries. Continue reading Midwest soybean leaders visit emerging markets in Malaysia and Myanmar at...
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The USDA is urging farmers not to make planting decisions based on speculation about what a potential trade mitigation package will contain. Here is the statement issued by the USDA on Tuesday: “Details on the new farming support program will be forthcoming shortly, but we want to be clear that the program is being designed to avoid skewing planting decisions one way or another. Farmers should continue to make their planting and production decisions with the current market signals in mind, rather than some expectation of what a farming support program might or might not look like based on inaccurate...
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The western and central Corn Belt are getting pounded with recurring rain, and severe weather at times, with no let-up in sight. Brownfield meteorologist Greg Soulje says it’s part of the unseasonal El Nino system happening right now, “Some of the spots through eastern and central Kansas, central and eastern Oklahoma and moving into the ArkLaTex and the western sections of Missouri, already some spots better than FIVE inches and probably another two-to-three coming. And that’s just in the short term, over the next 25 to 36 hours.” Soulje says a planting window might open up in parts of the...
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USDA’s meteorologist says this week’s corn planting progress hit the slowest on record stretching more than 30 years and the forecast doesn’t offer much improvement. “More storminess is imminent really across the western half, the western two-thirds of the Corn Belt which is expecting copious rainfall over the next several days.”     Brad Rippey says as of Sunday, 49 percent of corn was planted, 31 percent behind the national average. But it’s way behind for some ‘I’ states he says, “Illinois 65 percentage points behind average, Indiana 59 points behind the five-year average of 73 percent.”    Soybean planting in the U.S. Continue...
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The decision to claim prevented planting is always a tough one. It’s even more difficult this year because of market and policy uncertainties. University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey says one question is how USDA will structure the next round of Market Facilitation Program payments. “If that program bases its payment on 2019 production, then you have to consider that when you’re making your planting decisions,” Schnitkey says. “Various individuals within the USDA said that they would be trying to not impact prevented planting decisions, or planting decisions in general. Continue reading Market and policy dynamics could complicate prevented planting...
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