EPA announces RFS proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency released the long-awaited Renewable Fuels Standard proposals for 2014, 2015 and 2016 Friday morning.  The plan also has the biodiesel standard for 2017.  The proposals increase the overall use of biofuels over the three year period but the levels are below what Congress had mandated for 2015 and 2016 in the… Read more »

April a little more profitable on the farm

  The Index of Prices Received by Farmers increased 2 percent in April.  Corn averaged $3.75 per bushel down 6 cents from March.  Soybeans were 14 cents lower at $9.70 per bushel.  All wheat was also 14 cents lower at $5.56 and all hay was up $13 at $173 per ton. On the livestock side,… Read more »

What’s pushing butter?

A very strong day to finish the week in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday.  Cash cheese barrels gained 2 cents, blocks increased 1.5 cents, nonfat dry milk added 1.75 cents and butter jumped 10.5 cents on 10 unfilled bids.  Class III futures increased accordingly. For the week: cash cheese barrels… Read more »

Wet conditions create corn concerns

This recent run of wet weather across much of the Midwest is creating issues with weed control and potential nitrogen loss in corn.  We discussed  the situation with Todd Claussen, director of agronomy for Ames,Iowa-based FC Coop. AUDIO: Todd Claussen  

Communicate; don’t bully

Commentary. I enjoy the ample feedback I receive from both my radio commentary and from these articles I write. Many of those who reach out to me agree with all or most of what I have said, while others are in disagreement with most or all of what I have said. I like to hear… Read more »

Higher prices for beef

The price of beef is higher but so is demand for beef.  Some consumers have a hard time swallowing the higher prices but the Missouri Beef Industry Council says beef is still a desirable meat choice. Mark Russell says beef is one of the most nutrient dense foods. What does that mean? You get a lot of… Read more »

NPPC’s reaction to Walmart’s announcement

In response to Walmart’s announcement of stricter guidelines around animal welfare and the use of antibiotics in farm animals, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) released the following statement: “The National Pork Producers Council applauds Walmart’s commitment, announced today, to sustainable and responsible farming, which America’s pork producers make every day. By using antibiotics responsibly… Read more »

Nebraska’s packer ownership ban survives repeal attempt

An attempt to repeal Nebraska’s ban on meatpacker ownership of hogs is dead for this session. The bill had received first round approval, but a filibuster on Wednesday prevented it from advancing to a second-round vote. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen applauded the legislature’s action–or, in this case, inaction. “The impact of LB176 would… Read more »

Equine emergencies on the trail

Preparing for equine emergencies on the trail. Dr. Nancy Loving of Boulder, Colorado says that while not all trail riders think about first aid it is definitely something they should consider. Audio: Dr. Nancy Loving, DVM, Boulder, Colorado  

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