El Nino helps alleviate U.S. drought

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows the percentage of the country in drought is down to 15 percent. USDA chief meteorologist Brad Rippey says stormy weather in many parts of the country—in part driven by a strong El Nino—has significantly reduced drought coverage since last fall. “Since we reached a late summer-early autumn peak… Read more »

McCarthy says EPA has no intention of withdrawing WOTUS

EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy testified Thursday that the EPA has no intention of withdrawing its proposed Clean Water Rule also known as the Waters of the US (WOTUS). McCarthy testified at a House Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday where she also said the EPA has “a collaborative spirit” with federal agencies associated with farming. “EPA… Read more »

Soybeans, corn weak heading into holiday weekend

Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling. Crop conditions in South America look good, with mostly clear weather in Brazil and rain in the forecast for Argentina. South America is on pace for a bumper crop this year and Brazilian supplies are reportedly much cheaper than U.S. beans. Markets are closed Monday for… Read more »

Surviving and thriving in 2016

Ohio State University Extension Ag Economist Matt Roberts was in Nebraska recently for a presentation at the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Ag Edge conference. In an interview with Brownfield, Roberts talked about some steps farmers should be taking to get through this current “rough patch” in the farm economy, including building up a cash cushion. “What I encourage farmers to… Read more »

Be prepared to vote

Commentary. Like everyone else over these past few weeks and months, radio and television campaign ads, editorials in print and online publications, an avalanche of political satire and quite often mean-spirited debate on social media sites – not to mention dreaded “robo-calls” have become part of our daily lives. These political messages support candidates for… Read more »

Is sustainability the same as nutrition in food?

Lauren Lindsley a Wisconsin Registered dietician, says one thing sustainability does NOT mean is nutrition. She was a panelist on the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s Food Dialogues in Madison, Wisconsin last month. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM:  sustainability and nutrition not one in the same

You gotta love Iowa…

National pollsters hate trying to handicap the Iowa caucuses – they almost always get the end result wrong – but you have to hand it to the folks in Iowa because their caucuses never fail to surprise.  The first-in-the-nation February 1 candidate confabs were no exception, boasting record turnout – an estimated 350,000 participated –… Read more »

Young Nebraska rancher likes to stay involved

Jaclyn Wilson ranches with her family near the small town of Lakeside in western Nebraska.  Wilson has been very active in state and national cattle organizations and was named one of agriculture’s “40 under 40” up-and-coming leaders in 2015. At the recent Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego, we sat down with Wilson and visited… Read more »

FCSAmerica official discusses crop insurance changes

Trent Janssen is a vice president of insurance with Farm Credit Services of America at their Columbus, Nebraska office.  In this interview with Brownfield, Janssen talks about how this year is shaping up in terms of risk management needs for crop producers, changes in crop insurance, this year’s important deadlines, and steps producers should take… Read more »

Missouri lawmakers block ag land tax increase

The Missouri legislature has passed a resolution blocking the state tax commission from raising property taxes by five-percent more on ag lands. Southwest Missouri Senator Mike Parsons told reporters he’s pleased it has passed, “People like the tax commission want to increase taxes on farmland because they say it’s a low rate. Just keep one… Read more »

Assisting at-risk horses

The Director of the ASPCA Equine Fund says in 2015 the fund supported more than 150 projects around the country. Jacque Schultz says the Equine Fund has two components; professional development and grant making to support equine rescues. Audio: Jacque Schultz, Sr. Director, Equine Fund

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