AG Rural News

Grain farmer Dean Campbell of Coulterville in southwestern Illinois tells Brownfield instead of competing with neighboring crop and livestock farmers to rent ground, he is fighting a losing battle with emerging solar farms. Rural Illinois isn’t the only area with renewable energy plants popping up- meaning more land for agricultural use may be lost. Listen to the interview: ...
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A western Nebraska cattle rancher says she’s concerned about reports that President Biden is going to unveil a tax proposal that includes higher capital gains taxes. Nebraska Farm Bureau member Sherry Vinton of Whitman says it would hurt producers and limit long-term economic growth. She tells Brownfield eliminating the step-up basis where land is valued at the current market is harmful. “It’s going to hurt the small and medium producers most and only allow really large players afford to buy land,” she says. ...
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Two bills introduced by Democrats in Congress would authorize nearly 95-Billion-dollars to bring high-speed internet to rural and other underserved areas. The lead sponsor in the Senate is Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota with Jim Clyburn of South Carolina in the House. Klobuchar says every American should have access to the internet regardless of their zip code. She says the pandemic put a magnifying glass on the disparities of internet connectivity in this country. ...
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Broadband access remains insufficient for many in rural America. And northern Minnesota cow/calf rancher Miles Kuschel tells Brownfield the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the issue. “If it’s given us an insight into one thing, it’s the absolute need for high-speed broadband across all of Rural America. Whether it’s distance learning, telemedicine, Zoom conferences or annual meetings.” Kuschel is a district director for Minnesota Farm Bureau and says at the state and national level, Farm Bureau has made rural broadband a priority. ...
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Ag News

The USDA says pork exports during the week ending April 1st backed off sharply from the previous week’s marketing year high. Sales of 33,400 tons were down 45% on the week, with Mexico buying about two thirds of the total and China picking up just over 1,000 tons. Old crop soybean and wheat export sales were marketing year lows following cancellations by China, but new crop sales were solid, with China leading the way. Old crop cotton and soybean oil were both up sharply, while beef, corn, soybean meal, and rice declined, and sorghum had a net reduction. ...
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A new study by Colorado State University confirms the US is the country with the most sustainable beef industry. Mary Thomas Hart, Environmental Council for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, tells Brownfield that is partly because cattle can be raised in the US with little deforestation compared to other countries, but also because of innovative practices. “Improved use of technologies, significantly improved herd genetics and increased grazing management has helped make our emissions 10 to 50 times less than other regions around the world.” She says the US beef industry can help set a standard for other countries to improve the sustainability of...
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