AG Rural News

USDA Dairy Council president and CEO Tom Vilsack was one of those testifying at the Senate Ag Committee’s hearing on climate change and agriculture. The Senate Ag Committee held a hearing this morning on “Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector”. Testifying were Kansas cattle rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe; UC-Davis animal scientist Dr. Frank Mitloehner; Nebraska farmer Matt Rezac; and U.S. Dairy Export Council president and CEO Tom Vilsack. Here is audio from the first 40 minutes of that hearing which was led by committee chairman Pat Roberts. Continue reading Senate Ag Committee holds hearing on climate change and the ag sector at Brownfield...
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Photo courtesy the Pork Checkoff At the recent “Food and Ag at the Intersection” event in Omaha, we visited with Jarrod Sutton, vice president for domestic marketing with the National Pork Board, about what they’re doing to stay on top of ever-changing consumer food trends. AUDIO: Jarrod Sutton Continue reading Pork industry stays on top of changing consumer trends at Brownfield Ag News.
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Food insecurity rates are barely declining in the US, despite recent economic growth according to a recent report from Feeding America. Craig Gundersen with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield the number of families lacking constant access to enough nutritious food is still higher than during the 2008 recession. He says the highest concentration of food insecurity is found in the South and rural areas, but it is important to look at the issue on a local level. Continue reading Food insecurity rates higher in rural areas at Brownfield Ag News.
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Soybean industry consultant Peter Mishek leads a presentation about critical amino acid value (CAAV) in soybeans as livestock feed manufacturers listen in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photo by Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association) Soybean leaders from Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas have been promoting U.S. soy in the Asian countries of Malaysia and Myanmar this week. Soybean industry consultant Peter Mishek is also part of the trade mission. In a phone interview with Brownfield from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Mishek talked about the potential to grow soy sales to those two countries. Continue reading Midwest soybean leaders visit emerging markets in Malaysia and Myanmar at...
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The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is applauding what it calls “important breakthroughs” for U.S. red meat in Mexico, Canada and Japan. USMEF economist Erin Borror says the removal of steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada, and the elimination of those countries’ retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, is especially important for U.S. pork. She says pork exports have been hit hard by Mexico’s 20 percent tariff. “We’ve seen U.S. market share drop from 89 percent to 85 percent—and, of course, prices for key products like hams have been hard-hit,” Borror says. Continue reading USMEF applauds ‘important breakthroughs’ on trade at...
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China officials are reportedly in “no rush” to resume trade negotiations with the U.S. Chinese analysts told the South China Morning Post that trade officials are prepared to suspend further trade talks if President Trump isn’t “prepared to be realistic.” In a speech to realtors Friday, Trump said the two countries had a deal and China broke it, which is why he hiked tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Tensions have increased since China put retaliatory tariffs on U.S. Continue reading U.S.-China trade tensions continue at Brownfield Ag News.
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