AG Rural News

Today’s House Ways & Means Committee hearing on trade featured an interesting exchange between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon. In his testimony, Lighthizer discussed efforts to eliminate non-scientific trade barriers imposed on U.S. ag and food products by other countries. He was especially critical of the European Union’s claims that some U.S. food and ag products are unsafe, calling it “thinly-veiled protectionism”. His comments were challenged by Blumenauer, who argued that the U.S. ...
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A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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After a tiger at a zoo in New York tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Brownfield interviewed Dr. Jim Lowe, an infectious disease veterinarian with the University of Illinois, who talked about the rapidly changing virus and what experts know about it’s impacts on the health of pets and livestock. Listen to our interview to learn more about COVID-19’s mild effects on cats and the unlikelihood of livestock contracting the virus. Interview with Jim Lowe ...
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Ag News

The USDA says the total number of hogs and pigs in the US has declined slightly as of September 1, 2020.  The herd of 79.1 million head is down 1 percent from June 1, but still 1 percent above year-ago levels.  Market hog inventory declined 1 percent from last quarter but is 1 percent above last year’s numbers.  Breeding inventory is up from the second quarter of the year – but is 2 percent below last year.  The June through August pig crop and the sows farrowed are both down 3 percent from 2019. ...
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The USDA reports export sales of pork, cotton, and rice declined this week following large sales the week prior.  China was the top purchaser of corn, soybeans, and sorghum, and made significant purchases of US beef, pork, and cotton.  The purchases come as the country continues to try and meet purchase obligations under the Phase One trade agreement, despite ongoing political tensions between the U.S. and China. China’s National Development and Reform Commission says it will leave low tariff rate import quotas for wheat, corn, rice, and cotton unchanged for 2021. ...
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