U.S. to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba

President Obama announced a change in U.S. relations with Cuba on Wednesday morning. For starters, the President has instructed the Secretary of State to immediately initiate discussions on the re-establishment of normal diplomatic relations with Cuba.  Those relations were cut in January of 1961.  The U.S. will move toward the establishment of an embassy in… Read more »

Managing tighter margins in 2015

In a world where margins are tighter, Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt says farmers are going to have to make some adjustments. Starting in the short term.  “We look very quickly at capital expenditures,” he says.  “This would be cutting back on purchases of new machinery, cutting back on things like irrigation, tiling, and cutting… Read more »

Dairy just keeps nudging lower

Cash cheese barrels increased a penny to $1.5875 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, blocks held steady at $1.6075, butter lost another 5.5 cents to $1.555 and nonfat dry milk slipped a penny to 99.5 cents per pound. Class III futures for December, January, February and March saw slight increases, April was unchanged and… Read more »

More beneficial moisture ahead for the western U.S.

A series of Pacific storms will maintain unsettled weather across the western third of the nation, bringing much-needed rain and mountain snow to drought areas from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast States. Rain and snow associated with the lead disturbance will shift from the Four Corners into central and southern portions of the Plains… Read more »

Preparing for lower dairy prices

2014 was certainly a record year for dairy producers but what goes up, must come down and all indications are prices will definitely be down in 2015. Eric Meyer with HighGround Dairy says hopefully producers are better-prepared for the coming bear market.  He talks about the options.

Ag students stop anti-meat campaign

Commentary. College life is about so much more than what happens in the classroom. For many, a college dormitory is the first place they live “on their own” with no parents down the hall.  In most cases, college students experience new freedoms and experiences that were not available to them just months before when they… Read more »

Oats good for you

  Oats are good for heart health, gut health, weight maintenance and control and more. Why?  We asked the Whole Grains Council’s Cynthia Harriman and she tells us in this Healthy Living program. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Why oats are good for us (1:30 mp3):

Hail the departing heroes

There’s going to more than enough time to analyze and carp about Congress this week and the FY2015 “cromnibus” spending bill, but more and more I’m thinking about the retiring members of Congress who, party notwithstanding, are pillars of the institution, type of member I hope all 535 aspire to be.  The 114th Congress will need adult supervision as… Read more »

COOL from the Canadian Cattlemen’s perspective

Two representatives of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) were present at the recent meeting of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s organization in Kearney. Dave Solverson, a cattleman from central Alberta, serves as the president of CCA, and John Masswohl is that group’s director of government and international relations. In separate interviews, Solverson and Masswohl gave us their perspective on U.S. country-of-origin-labeling…. Read more »

Iowa crop consultant anxious to utilize his UAV

One of the big topics of conversation at farm meetings and farm shows this year has been unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and what they can potentially do for farmers and ranchers. At the recent Nebraska Power Farming Show in Lincoln, Brent Johnson with Labre Crop Consulting of Manson, Iowa told Brownfield he’s been testing UAVs… Read more »

Ag bill refiled without deer provision

The Chairman of the Missouri Senate Ag Committee has pre-filed an updated version of the broad ag bill that Governor Jay Nixon vetoed earlier this year… Senator Brian Munzlinger tells Brownfield Ag News, “I know that through the veto session (in September) the comments that I was hearing from colleagues in both the Senate and… Read more »

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