AG Rural News

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) has launched a pilot “On Farm Leadership Program” to help pork producers develop leadership skills among their employees. NPPA education director Kyla Habrock describes it as “a new look at producer education”. “The curriculum kicks off with comprehending leadership styles, managing the cycle of engagement and implementing positive change,” Habrock says. “Further focus will be placed on how to set expectations of your barn crew, how to coach them to success, and how to understand and manage relationships with employees, knowing that differences exist between cultures and generations. Continue reading Nebraska Pork Producers Association develops ‘On Farm Leadership Program’ at Brownfield Ag...
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American Farm Bureau wants to ensure rural areas are connected to the global economy. Economic analyst Megan Nelson says that’s why Farm Bureau is urging Congress to authorize spending to expand broadband access and improve rural roads and bridges. “Being able to transport our agricultural goods is necessary.” She tells Brownfield the digital divide is real. “And so something we’re working on a lot right now is mapping, and being able to utilize correct data-points and seeing where broadband access is and where it needs to be.” Nelson is unsure about lawmakers quickly addressing these concerns. Continue reading Farm Bureau working to connect Rural America to the...
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President Trump’s State of the Union address highlighted the need to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says the call to prioritize infrastructure has bipartisan support. “Infrastructure was one of the rare occasions during the state of the union address in which both Republicans and Democrats rose and clapped, and it had some degree of consensus and agreement,” he says. “I think that does bode well that something can get done this year.” Steenhoek says there are members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who are committed to producing legislation to address infrastructure needs. Continue reading State of...
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Lisa and Kevin Rasmussen When you visit with pork producers Lisa and Kevin Rasmussen of Goldfield, Iowa, you can tell they are passionate about what they do.  And that passion for pig farming led to them being selected as the first faces of the We Care program for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. We talked to the Rasmussens at the recent Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. AUDIO: Lisa and Kevin Rasmussen Continue reading This Iowa couple is passionate about pig farming at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Government Accounting Office says an investigation into the USDA’s Market Facilitation Program will begin soon.  Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow wrote to the Government Accountability Office asking the Comptroller General to investigate the program.  Stabenow questions if the MFP model for payments accurately reflected trade damages felt by farmers.  She also questions if higher payment limits increased payments to large operations. The USDA’s Inspector General Phyllis Fong told a House Appropriations Subcommittee meeting on February 11th her office will also be reviewing the program’s design, implementation, and questions from producers.  Several lawmakers including Senator Stabenow, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Representative Mark Pocan of...
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An attorney says the $256 Million-dollar verdict for a Missouri peach farmer in last week’s dicamba trial will set precedent for future cases. Don Downing is leading the attorney groups who worked with the Bader trial team, “We believe the result is just a strong indictment of the defendants’ conduct in commercializing a crop system that they knew would harm innocent farmers and others. And, we believe it’s also an invitation to the many thousands of farmers and others out there who have been harmed by the defendants’ conduct to seek fair compensation through our justice system.” Bayer/Monsanto and BASF, makers of the dicamba...
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