AG Rural News

A Kansas farm family has found a unique way to communicate what farmers do to their consumers in the city.  Greg Peterson has two younger brothers and a sister, and they are fifth-generation farmers near Assaria, Kansas.  Just over six years ago, Greg, who studied ag communications at Kansas State, recruited his siblings Nathan, Kendal, and Laura to make a parody music video, which helped start conversations about where food comes from.  He says, “When you advocate for agriculture, there has to be a connection, something that you can have in common with the person you’re talking to, whether that’s music or...
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One of the first ag meetings of the new year is the Fremont Corn Expo in Fremont, Nebraska. It always features a great lineup of speakers and this year was no exception. Brownfield was there and talked with several of them. These interviews were recorded on January 3, 2019. AUDIO: Nebraska Extension Educator and Expo coordinator Nathan Mueller AUDIO: Grain market economist Elaine Kub AUDIO: Nebraska Extension Educator Tyler Williams on Hail Know: Resources for Hail Damaged Crops AUDIO: Nebraska Department of Agriculture Assistant Director Amelia Breinig AUDIO: UNL associate professor and precision ag engineer Joe Luck on Project SENSE, variable-rate nitrogen technology Continue reading Fremont, Nebraska Corn Expo reports...
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One of the sessions at the recent Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference in Ames focused on ways to alleviate stress in farm country and how to help others deal with difficult times.  We visited with the presenters, ISU Extension Human Sciences specialists Anthony Santiago and David Brown. AUDIO: Anthony Santiago and David Brown Continue reading Dealing with difficult times at Brownfield Ag News.
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An Illinois farmer struggled to get the last of his corn out – and almost made it. Christian Dean, who farms in western Illinois’ Adams County, tells Brownfield a strong storm in early October downed a bunch of his corn which suffered from crown root rot, “We assessed it and we decided that we’d be better off going and getting the corn that was standing. So we did that.” Hear is story below: Continue reading Illinois farmer struggled to get corn harvested at Brownfield Ag News.
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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer saw no progress on key issues in last week’s trade talks with China. That’s according to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who met with Lighthizer late last week. “He (Lighthizer) said that there hasn’t been any progress made in structural changes that need to be made, including intellectual property, stealing trade secrets, and putting pressure on corporations to share information with the Chinese government and industries,” Grassley says. Continue reading Lighthizer saw no progress on key issues in China talks, Grassley says at Brownfield Ag News.
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A joint statement issued by Farmers for Free Trade and Americans for Free Trade, in reaction to President Trump’s speech at the American Farm Bureau Convention, says there is uncertainty and fear “among many farmers and ranchers about how the President’s trade policies are impacting ag.” Trump told Farm Bureau members he’s working to fix unfair trade issues, “We’re turning all of that around with fair trade deals that put American farmers, ranchers and, in fact, to put America first. Continue reading Tariffs Hurt the Heartland responds to Trump’s speech at Brownfield Ag News.
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