AG Rural News

Minnesota Farmers Union president Gary Wertish tells Brownfield President Trump was correct in calling out China for its unfair trade practices. But the Renville farmer says Trump made a mistake by not asking other countries to come alongside the U.S. Wertish fears the Chinese government will be content to ride out the trade war, and says Trump’s trade policies are having a devastating impact on farmers. Continue reading Minnesota Farmers Union president says Trump trade policies are devastating Rural America at Brownfield Ag News.
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports farm laborers and owners have the highest rate of deaths due to stress which is why Michigan State University Extension director Jeff Dwyer says they’ve been expanding its mental health resources in rural communities. “We know we can’t control the weather, but we can help farmers and farm families take control of how they deal with the weather and other challenges.”          In the last year, MSUE has trained professionals in 22 states and programs are now offered in 17 additional states with seven more currently undergoing training. Continue reading More emphasis needed on rural mental...
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Family business consultant and Iowa farmer Jolene Brown was a keynote speaker at Illinois Farm Bureau’s Farm Income and Innovations Conference. There she spoke to Brownfield about the challenges of transitioning a family farm to the next generation and shared her advice on when to make decisions for the business and when to make decisions for the family. Continue reading Farm succession: Which comes first, the family or the business? at Brownfield Ag News.
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Adam Ornawka One of the breakout sessions at the recent Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit in Des Moines focused on industrial hemp. It featured Adam Ornawka, a farmer from Saskatoon, Canada, who has been growing organic industrial hemp for the past three years.  Ornawka discussed his experience with the crop in this interview with Brownfield. Continue reading Canadian farmer grows organic industrial hemp at Brownfield Ag News.
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The USDA says that while soybean export inspections have improved in recent weeks, the 2018/19 pace continues to trail 2017/18. As of the week ending August 15th, corn and sorghum also trail last marketing year’s pace, while wheat is moving out faster than expected. The 2019/20 marketing year for wheat got underway June 1st, while 2018/19 for beans, corn and sorghum runs through the end of August. Wheat came out at 488,905 tons, down 221,728 from the week ending August 8th, but up 416 from the week ending August 16th, 2018. Continue reading USDA: China top destination for U.S. soybeans last week...
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Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says the MFP2 payments are on schedule to go out as soon as next week, “Sign-up began a week ago last Monday and we’ve had overwhelming, as you can imagine, overwhelming response to that.” Brownfield Ag News caught up with Fordyce, former Ag Director of Missouri, at the Missouri State Fair, who emphasized that this time each county has its own unique rate, “You know, at least the producers that I’ve talked to here at the State Fair have been very happy with that rate in their county. Continue reading Fordyce says MFP2 on track at Brownfield Ag News.
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