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 corn and soybean export sales improved during the week ending July 2nd, with help from China as Beijing tries to meet purchase obligations under Phase One of the trade agreement with the U.S. China was the biggest buyer of old crop U.S. corn and soybeans, along with new crop soybeans, and China was also the leading purchaser of old crop cotton and sorghum. Pork exports were down on the week, but still larger than average. ...
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U.S. ethanol production rose again last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 914,000 barrels a day, up 14,000 on the week, but still 133,000 barrels below a year ago as blending demand concerns persist. DTN says ethanol margins have improved in some areas with spot prices at their highest level since February. Ethanol stocks were up for the first time in 11 weeks at 20.620 million barrels, climbing more than 456,000 barrels from the previous week but 2.389 million less than a year ago. ...
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