AG Rural News

The Center for Rural Affairs is urging lawmakers to support a bill that treats rural businesses and communities equally when it comes to coronavirus relief dollars. Johnathan Hladik is the center’s policy director, “We know nationally, rural areas are now responsible for a disproportionately high number of COVID cases and deaths. While this is happening, our economy is struggling and rural small businesses just are not getting the same support as their urban counterparts right now.” Interview with Johnathan Hladik ^^ ...
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Illinois based Wyffels Hybrids rounded out the first year of their Serving Those Who Served initiative with a $67,000 donation to Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans. Click below to find out how farmers are contributing and what is new for the program in year two: Interview with Jill Loehr, Wyffels Hybrids ...
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Today’s House Ways & Means Committee hearing on trade featured an interesting exchange between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon. In his testimony, Lighthizer discussed efforts to eliminate non-scientific trade barriers imposed on U.S. ag and food products by other countries. He was especially critical of the European Union’s claims that some U.S. food and ag products are unsafe, calling it “thinly-veiled protectionism”. His comments were challenged by Blumenauer, who argued that the U.S. ...
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A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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Ag News

The Trump and Biden campaigns are winding the final turn, and a current and former U.S. Senator both say agriculture hangs in the balance.  Former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says if elected, Vice-President Biden would work to revitalize Rural America and the ag economy.  She says Biden’s tax plan, which has been a concern for some farmers, would help them, not hurt them. “What Joe Biden is trying to do as he looks at estate changes is to not affect the family farmer, but take a look at trust fund kids who inherit wealth from their parents and pay a lower...
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The USDA says producers paid and made fractionally more in September than in August. The department’s index of prices received gained 0.9% as higher prices for corn, soybeans, hogs, and lettuces canceled out lower moves in milk, hay, broilers, and potatoes. That index of prices paid includes month to month rises of 1.3% for the crop index and 0.2% for the livestock index. Monthly marketings were higher for corn, soybeans, dry beans, and apples, lower for cattle, wheat, cotton, and strawberries. ...
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is again de-listing the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List.  The wolf was delisted before, and then put back on the list after environmental groups convinced a federal judge to reverse the order in December of 2014.  Before that, states including Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin could manage wolf populations. Thursday’s decision by federal wildlife officials is being praised by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and the American Farm Bureau along with some Great Lakes Congressional members.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tells Brownfield the effective date for delisting would...
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The USDA says corn export sales were strong during the week ending October 22nd, while the pace for soybeans pulled back. Weekly corn exports topped 2 million tons, mainly to unknown destinations and Mexico, and while soybeans were above 1.6 million tons, primarily to China and Mexico, sales were below the four-week average. China also bought U.S. wheat, sorghum, and cotton, but canceled on previously purchased U.S. soybean meal. Meat sales were lower than average, with China, Japan, and South Korea leading the way for beef and Mexico, Japan, and South Korea taking the top spots in pork. ...
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