AG Rural News

The Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing Thursday to provide interested parties an opportunity to comment on the technology used to produce meat in a laboratory and discuss regulations related to the technology. Dr. Dan Kovich, director of science and technology for the National Pork Producers Council, attended the hearing. “Well, it certainly was very interesting.  I think that’s safe to say,” says Kovich. “Although  we vigorously dispute the fact that FDA will have final jurisdiction over any products that may result from this process, it really was the first time that everyone was together in one room to kind of talk about...
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As the trade war continues to heat up, the USDA has promised a relief package to help farmers who have been impacted.  Those details have been kept under wraps.  David Widmar with Agricultural Economic Insights says the ongoing trade disputes have put a damper on commodity markets and have again strained farm budgets. Widmar provides a broad overview of general program mechanics and how they might work to provide support to farmers. AUDIO: David Widmar, Agricultural Economist Continue reading Support for farmers impacted by tariffs at Brownfield Ag News.
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Monsanto held a conference call with reporters this morning to provide a mid-season update on dicamba.  Participating in the call were Ryan Rubischko, North America dicamba portfolio lead for Monsanto; Ty Witten, North America crop protection lead for Monsanto; and growers from Missouri and Texas who have applied XtendiMax. AUDIO: Excerpts from Monsanto dicamba update conference call Continue reading Monsanto’s mid-season dicamba update at Brownfield Ag News.
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension policy specialist Brad Lubben discusses next steps for the farm bill and issues that will have to be resolved by the farm bill conference committee, including SNAP reform and payment limitations. AUDIO: Brad Lubben Continue reading What’s next for the farm bill? at Brownfield Ag News.
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Missourians can report drought conditions directly to the National Drought Monitor to enhance reporting on-the-ground. University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan says Missouri is the “bullseye” of the drought in major ag states, “Here we are in the middle of July and conditions continue to deteriorate.” Guinan tells Brownfield Ag News information can be uploaded to the newly created site – and that includes photos, “A picture is worth a thousand words! Continue reading Info sought for new Missouri Extension Drought Impact Reporter at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA has increased its 2018 corn and soybean production estimates. This year’s corn crop is now projected at 14.230 billion bushels, up 190 million from June, with the USDA raising its acreage numbers while leaving the average yield unchanged at 174 bushels per acre. For acreage, planted area is pegged at 89.1 million acres, up 1.1 million on the month, with harvested area of 81.8 million, also 1.1 million higher. Continue reading USDA raises 2018 corn, soybean crop guesses at Brownfield Ag News.
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