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The House Agriculture Committee has announced the subcommittee appointments for the 114th Congress:   General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Jurisdiction: Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodities including barley, cotton, cottonseed, corn, grain sorghum, honey, mohair, oats, other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, rice, soybeans, sugar, wheat, and wool; the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management policies... Read more »

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A coalition of environmental, animal rights and other groups has filed two lawsuits demanding the Environmental Protection Agency do something about controlling air pollution from large farms. The group says there are more than 20,000 large farms housing billions of animals in the U.S. which “release noxious air pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic... Read more »

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The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is disappointed over the dismissal of its lawsuit to block EPA from releasing personal information of livestock and poultry farmers. The information, released by the EPA in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, includes names, addresses, GPS locations and telephone numbers.  The court says the farmer’s personal... Read more »

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Reports are a tentative agreement has been reached on one of the major sticking points in the West Coast dock workers dispute. The Long Beach Press says the Pacific Maritime Association representing shippers and terminal operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have come to terms on maintaining truck chassis at 29 West Coast... Read more »

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State councils for HSUS (the Humane Society of the United States) have been popping up in agricultural states around the country.  Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst says these councils present another challenge for the nation’s livestock producers.  “We in agriculture are used to working together,” he says.  “We’re used to basically agreeing on most... Read more »

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will seek public input on industrial sand mining. The effort will be part of a broader agency strategic analysis to update a 2012 report on sand mining in the state.  DNR staff will collect input in February and March as to what topics should be addressed in the report. ... Read more »

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  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, along with spillover from the outside markets. The trade’s watching weather in South America, which looks good overall at this time, with more rain headed for dry areas of Brazil. According to Allendale, Brazil’s new crop is 7.7% harvested, compared to 5.8% a year ago. Beans... Read more »

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Cattle country remained at a standstill on Wednesday afternoon with significant trade volume postponed until Thursday or Friday. A few bids were reported by private sources in Nebraska at 249.00. Some asking prices are around 162.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. The kill totaled 112,000 head, 2,000 more than last week,... Read more »

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Mar. corn closed at $3.73 and 1/4, down 8 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.70 and 1/4, down 3 and 1/2 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $337.40, up 80 cents Mar. soybean oil closed at 30.34, down 83 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.05 and 1/4, down 13 and 3/4 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $153.95, up $1.12 Feb. lean hogs closed at $71.52, up $2.10 Mar. crude oil closed... Read more »

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James Theuri, local food systems educator with the University of Illinois Extension, says food safety begins at the farm level with proper hygiene, safe water and proper manure handling. It continues through the manufacturing and processing chain. And, it He says we must WASH produce before we eat it at home. And, he stresses that... Read more »

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A single food safety agency is the aim of a bill introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate, sponsored by two Democrats. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut says the Safe Food Act of 2015 would fix the “fragmented, outdated patchwork system of food safety” which “puts lives at risk.” She says the Government Accountability... Read more »

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It is pretty much the same old story in cattle country on Wednesday with bids and asking prices still not well defined. A few showlists have been priced around 162.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. It is always possible to see some mid-week trade, but significant business will probably wait until... Read more »

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The Agribusiness Council of Indiana’s annual conference provides attendees an update on issues crucial to the agriculture industry.  ACI president, Beth Bechdol says while issues like trade, regulations, and risk are key components to agriculture – they can often be “heavy topics”.  “There could be the potential that someone could walk out of this conference... Read more »

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For the remainder of Wednesday, the lingering effects of a departing coastal storm will continue to wind down across New England. However, a fast-moving disturbance will produce additional snow—albeit mostly light—in the Great Lakes and Northeastern States Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, a developing storm will result in widespread precipitation in the Southwest, starting on Friday.... Read more »

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Across the Corn Belt, warmth is pushing eastward, although chilly conditions linger across the middle Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Wednesday’s high temperatures could reach 70° in western Missouri. On the Plains, record-setting warmth continues to leave winter wheat devoid of a protective snow cover. On Tuesday, high temperatures in Kansas soared... Read more »

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Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University says there’s never been a better time to be involved in agriculture. Catlett says for agriculture the stars are aligned and it started when people around the world began having more money. Audio: Dr. Lowell Catlett, New... Read more »

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After three years of negotiations, the group tasked with finding ways to improve the current beef checkoff is reporting “progress”. The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has drafted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining proposed changes to the program. Scott Stuart, CEO of the National Livestock Producers Association, serves as the co-facilitator of the working... Read more »

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Missouri corn growers lobbied state lawmakers for higher grain hauling limits Tuesday.  The current limit is 80,000 pounds, but Missouri Corn Growers President Kevin Hurst says members favor a year-round exemption for grain, allowing weights that many other states have. “Most of [surrounding states] run 85,500 pounds or better, and we would like to be... Read more »

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Things continue to nudge higher in the dairy markets. Cash cheese barrels increased 2 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday.  Blocks gained a half-cent, butter increased a nickel and nonfat dry milk gained a penny.  Class III futures were a little lower for some of the near months but July through December, 2015... Read more »

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey of organic agriculture in the United States. The survey seeks to get a complete inventory of all certified organic producers, those transitioning to certified production and those exempt from certification. The survey looks at many aspects of organic agriculture during the 2014 calendar year including production,... Read more »

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U.S. cranberry production was lower in 2014: 8.7 million barrels (144,000 tons) compared to 8.9 million barrels (147,000 tons) in 2013. Cranberry acreage was reduced 1,500 acres to 40,500 while yield was a little higher at 211.6 barrels (10.8 tons) per acre. 8.29 million barrels of the crop were processed and 279,000 barrels were sold... Read more »

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Total apple production in the U.S. last year was 11.2 billion pounds compared to 10.4 billion in 2013. Harvested acreage was slightly less but yield was 17.2 tons per acre compared to 15.8 the previous year. The 2014 apple crop is valued at $2.9 billion compared to $3.1 billion in 2013 as the price per... Read more »

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  It has been a relatively dry winter around much of the Midwest. However, Iowa State University Climatologist Elwynn Taylor tells Brownfield that, overall, subsoil moisture is actually quite good, “The soil moisture outlook right now we consider excellent, even though the winter’s been dry. That moisture will still be there at planting time and... Read more »

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An advisor for U.S. agriculture says Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations are very complex but potential benefits for both the U.S. and the European Union are great. Gina Tumbarello, director of International Trade Policy for the American Feed Industry Association, says there are many differences. She tells Brownfield Ag News, “There are... Read more »

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Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, taking profits after Monday’s gains. Unknown destinations bought 111,000 tons of U.S. beans, but China canceled on 120,000 tons. The activity was for the 2014/15 marketing year. The trade’s watching weather in South America, with rain headed for some dry areas. Still, parts of eastern Brazil are... Read more »

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Feedlot country remained at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon with initial packer bids essentially absent. A few of the showlists have been priced around 162.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. While both sides remain cautious given recent price volatility feedlot managers are at least temporarily encouraged by sharply higher futures. The... Read more »

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Mar. corn closed at $3.81 and 1/4, down 2 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.73 and 3/4, down 9 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $336.60, down $2.30 Mar. soybean oil closed at 31.17, up 9 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.19, down 1 and 1/2 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $152.82, up $3.00 Feb. lean hogs closed at $69.42, down $1.40 Mar. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says when it comes to the big issues facing cattlemen, they are similar, state-by-state. “When you look at the big issues of trade, taxes, environmental regulations, animal activists you see common themes state-to-state, which is a good thing because that means... Read more »

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It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices not well defined, although a few showlists have been priced around 162.00 plus in the South and 258.00 plus in the North. Aside from some risk managers taking advantage of the extraordinary strong basis, cash cattle trading is likely to remain limited... Read more »

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Farmers in Indiana planted a record number of acres to popcorn in 2014.  Despite abnormally wet conditions, those acres produced a record crop.  The 90,000 harvested acres yielded 432 million pounds of popcorn, 16 percent more than 2013. Even though the average price received was down $2.80 per hundred weight from last year, the crop... Read more »

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Indiana Soybean Alliance is accepting applications for directors of the national soybean checkoff organization, the United Soybean Board.  While the US Secretary of Agriculture appoints directors to the USB board, ISA selects and submits candidate names to the US Department of Agriculture for the Secretary’s consideration. Dave Lowe, ISA president says the USB Board is... Read more »

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Farmland values in Iowa have dropped 15 to 20 percent from their highs in 2013. But Kyle Hansen, land broker with Hertz Real Estate Services, says prices have stabilized since the completion of the 2014 harvest. “We’ve actually seen a fairly steady market over the last 60 days,” Hansen says. “We hope that continues, and... Read more »

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Prices were a little higher in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday. Cash cheese barrels and nonfat dry milk each gained a half-cent and butter was a quarter-cent higher.  All 2015 Class III contracts were higher with February up 26 cents, March increased 22 cents and April up 21 cents. Cooperatives... Read more »

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How do you freeze meat?  There’s a right way and a wrong way. In this Healthy Living, we find out from Jeannean Schweihofer, a meat quality extension educator with Michigan State University. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – How to freeze meat (1:30 mp3):  

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After struggling for a few years, things have improved significantly for Accelerated Genetics. Chief Executive Officer Joel Groskreutz says the cooperative enjoyed growth of nearly 14 percent for the Fiscal Year which ended on September 30th.  He credits good milk prices, strong beef prices and “getting the right people on board.”  “Creating that vision so... Read more »

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After three years of negotiations, the group tasked with finding ways to improve the current beef checkoff is reporting “progress”. The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has drafted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining proposed changes to the program. Scott Stuart serves as the co-facilitator of the working group. “The MOU covers, I think, the... Read more »

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Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Crop development conditions around South America look good overall with more rain expected in central Brazil. Still, there are definitely parts of that country that need rain with the crop in the pod-filling stage. Demand looks strong with another solid week for export inspections. Soybean meal was... Read more »

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It was very quiet in feedlot country on Monday afternoon with bids and asking prices not fully defined. New showlists appear to be mixed, larger in Kansas, Texas and Colorado, but smaller in Nebraska. Significant trade volume may not develop until the second half of the week. But some packers are very close to the... Read more »

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When California voters passed an initiative in 2008 to require the state’s poultry farmers to house hens in significantly larger cages, the California legislature realized it would put the state’s farmers at a disadvantage.  In 2010, it required that eggs imported from other states come from farms meeting the same cage requirements. That went into... Read more »

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Mar. corn closed at $3.84, down 2 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.83 and 1/2, up 10 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $338.90, up $7.40 Mar. soybean oil closed at 31.08, down 52 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.20 and 1/2, down 9 and 1/2 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $149.82, down 52 cents Feb. lean hogs closed at $70.82, up $1.52 Mar. crude oil closed... Read more »

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  According to USDA, U.S. poultry production during December 2014 was 3.879 billion pounds, up 9% from December 2013. Most of that was chicken, 3.391 billion pounds, 8% above a year ago, with turkey at 474.915 million pounds, a 10% increase on the year. The preliminary live weight of all birds was 5.125 billion pounds,... Read more »

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The American Soybean Association has publicly commented against the EPA’s conclusions in a recent report about neonic seed treatments. ASA President Wade Cowan, a grower in Texas, says “soybean producers use neonicotinoid seed treatments where they are needed and effective and don’t use them where they are not.” Last October, the EPA released an analysis – having... Read more »

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The 2015 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer is a living example of the international scope of the dairy industry. Marieke Penterman grew-up on a 60-cow dairy farm in The Netherlands.  Her original goal was to be a large animal veterinarian and started that pursuit at age 12.  While attending school, she took the opportunity to do... Read more »

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The country is very quiet on Monday with both cattle buyers and feedlot operators busy counting heads. Bids and asking prices have yet to be established. Last week’s trade was lower in all areas and was relatively light, coming in with just scattered sales starting on Tuesday. This leaves many packers starting the week very... Read more »

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Across the Corn Belt, mild weather west of the Mississippi River contrasts with chilly conditions farther east. Snow showers are occurring in two areas: the upper Mississippi Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Current snow depths include 4 inches in Dayton, Ohio, and 2 inches in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. On the Plains, record-setting warmth... Read more »

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A rapidly intensifying and potentially dangerous Atlantic coastal storm will produce heavy, wind-driven snow through Tuesday from the central Appalachians and northern Mid-Atlantic States into New England. Snowfall totals of a foot or more can be expected in many areas from Long Island into Maine. Meanwhile, a couple of disturbances will result in generally light... Read more »

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USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections remain ahead of what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but wheat was again short of its mark. Wheat inspections for the week ending January 22 were 263,035 tons, down 51,237 from the week ending January 15 and 34,588 lower than the week... Read more »

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One of current trends in the food business is the “Local Food Movement”, which includes efforts to have schools source more of their food from local farmers. Bridgeport Public School, located in Nebraska’s Panhandle, is doing just that through its “Local Beef Initiative”. The Bridgeport School is serving only locally-raised beef in its cafeterias to... Read more »

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A dairy futures broker says all dairies need a risk management plan.  But a single plan does not suit every operation.  In hindsight, Ryan Yonkman, with the Chicago-based futures brokerage firm Rice Dairy, says Margin Protection Program sign-up was a good idea.  He adds that faltering dairy markets this year may convince a greater number... Read more »

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Mark Rashid is an author, singer and horse trainer. His horse training method is to get the horse to think and then get the rider to think like the horse…and breathe.  Mark talks about his method. Visit Mark’s website here:  

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