AG Rural News

The National Association of Counties has launched a tool designed to more accurately identify broadband levels nationwide. Association president Greg Cox says current maps that describe high-speed internet coverage are inaccurate, which is why they partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Rural Community Assistance Partnership to develop a mobile app called TestIT. “With the click of just one button, you can test your broadband speed from anywhere in this country.” Speaking at the National Association of Counties annual conference in Washington this week, U.S. Continue reading App tests broadband levels at Brownfield Ag News.
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An Iowa farmer says small farms and communities need fewer ag consolidations and less farm program money going into large corporate farm accounts.   Jerry Rosman from southwestern Iowa is a farmer and a feed commodities hauler.  He’s concerned about the disappearance of rural farms and communities because of consolidation. Rosman says, “As agriculture consolidates down tighter and tighter, and the farms get bigger and bigger, then all of a sudden the school is gone, the grocery store is gone, the local ag supply? Continue reading Iowa farmer seeks reforms & fewer consolidations at Brownfield Ag News.
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A cattle rancher sees a silver lining to the record snowfall Minnesota received in February. Miles Kuschel operates a beef cow/calf herd in the north-central part of the state and says gray wolves have been feasting on deer this winter. “I really feel bad for the deer out there (as wolves) have been decimating the herd. But as far as the cattle goes, they haven’t taken any.” Kuschel has lost cattle to wolf attacks in the past, but tells Brownfield the worst occurrence has been a pack circling (and) harassing a herd. Continue reading Heavy snow results in few wolf attacks on livestock at...
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The government spending deal that’s being worked on before Friday’s shutdown deadline is likely a blow to the biodiesel industry, “All indications at this point are that there’s unlikely to be any extraneous items including tax extenders like the biodiesel tax credit.” Kurt Kovarik is the National Biodiesel Board’s federal affairs director. He tells Brownfield Ag News there’s a lack of urgency in Congress for reviving it , “We’re hearing stories of plants reducing capacity which ultimately leads to the purchase of less feed stock which means lower prices for commodities for farmers and then layoffs at plants.” Continue reading No extension...
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It appears a meeting between President Trump and China’s President Xi might not happen until at least June. Various media outlets report the creation of a possible enforcement system to hold China accountable is a sticking point. There was hope for a March deal at President Trump’s Florida resort, which was pushed into April.  The South China Morning News over the weekend said a meeting could now be delayed into June. Continue reading China trade deal pushed at least into June at Brownfield Ag News.
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Senator Rob Portman says the agriculture industry must remain patient when it comes to a trade deal with China. He says low commodity prices are a concern, but he thinks the two countries are close to a deal. “When you get the cost down to below $4 and $9 for corn and soybeans you begin to wonder,” he says. “To get those prices back up we need to get back into the markets we had before in China particularly.” Portman says he spoke with the U.S. Continue reading Portman: ag industry must remain patient with trade negotiations at Brownfield Ag News.
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