AG Rural News

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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Jim and Lora O’Rourke are the recipients of the 2018 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. The O’Rourkes own and operate RuJoDen Ranch in Chadron, Nebraska. In an interview with Brownfield, Jim O’Rourke said they’re proud to represent “smaller acreages”. “It’s important, I think, through this award that smaller acreages are being considered,” he says. “I think we all need to think about, in our own counties, how many of those operations exist. Continue reading Nebraska ‘small acreage’ rancher is committed to conservation at Brownfield Ag News.
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Frank Chen, a journalist with the Asia Times, was one of 12 international journalists who participated in last week’s Canada Ag Innovations Tour. Chen is a native of China who now lives in Hong Kong. In an interview with Brownfield, Chen gave us his perspective on the trade war between the U.S. and China and the upcoming G20 meeting between President Trump and Chinese president Xi, and shared his thoughts on overall relations between the two countries. Continue reading Hong Kong journalist’s take on U.S.-China relations at Brownfield Ag News.
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The head of the EPA says U.S. drivers WILL have access to E15 gasoline next summer, “We will be able to go to year-round E15 by next summer. This is a commitment by President Trump.” In an interview with Brownfield Ag News, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the normal rule making process will be completed in time, “So that does take a little bit of time but our people are already working on it and we’ll be putting out the proposal and getting those comments and then finalizing it before the driving season.” Continue reading Head of EPA promises Summer ’19...
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Ag News

Congress getting a farm bill across the finish line every five years, on time, is a goal not often reached, “It has been getting harder, it seems, to get these bills done. Not that it was ever easy but there definitely are different types of challenges today than the past. I think this is not unique to agriculture. Almost any major bill is harder to get through Congress today than 10, 20, 30 years ago,” Pat Westhoff, director of the the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), says there are new players in the process and different...
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A pork industry leader says President Trump has the leverage to accomplish his goal of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Minnesota Pork CEO David Preisler tells Brownfield now that the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) has been signed by the leaders of all three countries, those governments must ratify the deal. “The President has announced that he may look at withdrawing from NAFTA to kind of use as a lever to get (USMCA) moving.  Continue reading Minnesota Pork CEO says Trump has leverage with USMCA at Brownfield Ag News.
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