N.D. judge issues injunction on water rule

A federal judge in North Dakota has issued a preliminary injunction against the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, temporarily blocking its implementation. The rule, commonly known as Waters of the U.S., was scheduled to take effect Friday. According to Bismark (ND) Tribune, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said it appears the EPA and the Army Corps… Read more »

High oleic soybean provide opportunity for farmers

High oleic soybeans are giving farmers an opportunity to increase profitability without increasing input costs. Brian Presnal farms in central Indiana and says the lower commodity prices are forcing him to explore new ways to maximize his return on investment.  “The Plenish oil program is a high oleic soybean oil program that is gaining popularity,”… Read more »

Butter up, cheese down

Butter continues to push higher, up 5 cents to $2.3425 per pound on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday on one unfilled bid. Nonfat dry milk gained 1.25 cents, cheddar blocks were 1.25 cents lower while barrels held steady. Class III futures slipped a bit in concert with the blocks. The increase in butter prices has… Read more »

A quiet pattern ahead for the Heartland

During the next several days, a few showers will linger along the southern Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, a surge of Southwestern moisture will interact with a cold front crossing the central U.S. As a result, 5-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches from the Four Corners States into the upper Midwest. In contrast, little… Read more »

The land rental ‘balancing act’

The gap between what landlords think they need for rent and what their farmer tenants think they are able to pay is wider than it’s been for several years. University of Nebraska Extension educator Allan Vyhnalek and several of his colleagues held Landlord/Tenant Lease Workshops this month across Nebraska. The workshops were designed to help… Read more »

Be grateful

Commentary. Overheard at a recent livestock show at a state fair:  “Is this all we get?” The remark was made by the 15-year old boy as he accepted the gift donated by a family who has invested many hours and many of their own dollars in young people involved in raising and showing cattle.  The… Read more »

Beef industry says CR study no cause for alarm

So does it matter to your food safety how your beef was produced? The beef industry is taking issue with a study by Consumer Reports (C-R) which says beef raised in a so-called “sustainable” way is safer than from cattle that were conventionally raised. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Ground Beef Study and rebuttal  

Iowa farmer seeks answers on regulation of brokers

Doug Bell is a man on a mission. Bell, a farmer from Thornton, Iowa, is trying to convince government officials that more needs to be done to protect the accounts that farmers have with commodity brokers. Bell says he lost 600-thousand dollars because a commodity broker did not follow industry rules. He says he’s been frustrated… Read more »

Day Two of Farmfest all about ag policy

The focus of day two at Farmfest next week has to do with policy issues important to agriculture. Kent Thiesse helped plan the seminar schedule and says Mark Schultz of Northstar Commodities will kick things off Wednesday morning by talking about the grain and livestock markets. The forum at 10:30 is called Addressing Key Ag… Read more »

Cribbing horses: Part 2

Last week, Dr. Sara Mastellar, Equine Instructor at South Dakota State University said that somewhere around 4.4 percent of horses in the U.S. are cribbers. This week on Hoofbeat, Dr. Mastellar has some suggestions for those horse owners with a cribbing horse. Audio: Dr. Sara Mastellar, Equine instructor, South Dakota State University

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