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Uncertainty Ahead for Organic Animal Welfare Rule

While the outgoing administration dumped a last-minute organic animal welfare rule on agriculture, Congress seems poised to block the new regulation, according to Politico. Bipartisan leadership from both the House and Senate agriculture committees condemned the rule following its announcement by the Department of Agriculture. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administrator said the new standards “allow
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 01-20-2017

Cattle Inventory Projections

by Ken Root Listen Here: Profit Matters 1-20-17 Iowa is seen as miles and miles of corn, soybeans, barns full of pigs, chickens, and a few cattle feedlots. In reality, the cattle industry has a lot of impact on the price of grain as well as the price of pork and poultry. Today, a livestock Economist
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 01-20-2017

Northey Announces Updated Sensitive Crop Directory

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey today encouraged Iowans with pesticide sensitive crops and apiaries to register their locations using the Department’s new sensitive crop registry through FieldWatch™, Inc. FieldWatch™ is a non-profit company that was created by Purdue University in collaboration with interested agricultural stakeholder groups. The new
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 01-20-2017

Mineral imbalance in your cattle herd could cost you

by Ben Nuelle Minerals are not only important for human life but livestock as well. Making sure your animal has the right mineral balance could actually save you money. Steph Hansen is an Iowa State University Extension Beef Nutritionist. She says there are certain minerals to look for in forage. “Some of the major minerals
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 01-20-2017

Who is Sonny Perdue?

by staff writer By now, agriculture is familiar with his name, but what about the history behind Donald Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary? Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is set to become the next Agriculture Secretary if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. After switching parties, the now 70-year old was first elected as Georgia’s governor
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 01-20-2017

Start Again

Friday January 20, 2017  “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” -Isaiah 43:18-19 We’ve closed the web browser, but still the same
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 01-20-2017

Farm Bureau Leader Reacts To New Secretary of Agriculture Nominee

by Ken Root We finally have a nominee for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He is Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, age 70, Farm groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation are strongly endorsing Perdue to head USDA. Sonny Purdue became a veterinarian in the 1960’s and then started Agricultural Supply and Service businesses in Georgia.
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 01-19-2017

Vilsack’s Week Early Departure Meant to Save Tax Dollars

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stepped down a week early from his cabinet post to “save taxpayers a few bucks.” Vilsack told Reuters he and his family were taking a trip to Mexico this week and did not want the federal government to pay for a security detail to travel with him. Vilsack served as
Author: Whitney Newman
Posted: 01-19-2017

China to halt ethanol imports

by staff writer Buyers in China have canceled up to seven ethanol import shipments due to arrive by April. The first sign a likely hike in import duties is threatening to stall demand. The import tariff is likely to rise to 30 percent from five percent and would shut imports out of the market based
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 01-19-2017

Ag Economist says don’t rush the farm bill

INTERVIEW: Dan Sumner_AgEconomist_UCDavis by Ben Nuelle  An economist who’s followed farm bills for 35 years says to congress don’t rush it through. Dr. Dan Sumner is an agriculture economist at University of California-Davis. A trend he’s picked up on over the last three decades is every farm bill starts early and ends late. “The first
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 01-19-2017