Meet the four 2011 World Dairy honorees

World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year is Donna Myers of New Windsor, Maryland. She, her husband and daughter have a 55-cow registered Red & White herd and have sold genetics on four continents. They can trace most of their cattle back to a single Red & White calf she bought when she was… Read more »

Consumers want to know their farmers

Matt Joyce is vice president for producer communications for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; he says they are exploring ways for producers to better communicate with consumers. “How can we show consumers how we take care of our animals and take care of our land?” He says one key way is for producers to be… Read more »

Lugar and Stutzman propose $40 billion in USDA cuts

With a $14.7 trillion national debt, there has been a lot of discussions on how and where to make budget cuts to meet federal deficit reduction goals.  Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R, IN-3rd) introduced the Rural Economic Farm and Ranch Sustainability and Hunger (REFRESH) Act on Wednesday.   Congressman Stutzman says REFRESH… Read more »

Yields surprising in western Illinois

Even though it’s very dry in western Illinois, Phil Bradshaw’s corn and soybean yields are better than he would have guessed. “We are down from last year; we’re down considerably from two years ago, but our yields on our corn look like they’re going to be someplace in the 150-160 [bushel per acre] range, soybeans… Read more »

Michigan company recalling soy flour & meal

A Michigan company is recalling more than 800-thousand pounds of soybean flour and bulk soybean meal that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA says Thumb Oilseed Producer’s Cooperative of Ubly, Michigan distributed the soy products to a limited number of whole sale customers in six states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Vermont, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire)… Read more »

Canal expansion strengthens one transportation link

The Panama Canal expansion strengthens one link in a long chain of shipping infrastructure between the U.S. Corn Belt and Asia. Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says a study recommended by the coalition shows the expansion will result in a greater volume of exports coming from a wider area at a lower cost…. Read more »

Narrowly mixed finishes for corn, soybeans

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Soybeans were narrowly mixed on profit taking, fund selling and consolidation. Contracts tried to make solid gains, but the bearish fundamentals and harvest pressure kept buying interest in check. Export sales were larger than expected while shipments were less than half of what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the marketing year. China bought… Read more »

Nebraska Corn Board exec reflects on China trip

China is harvesting a record-large corn crop this year.  But participants in a recent U.S. Grains Council mission to that country say China will still need to import corn to meet its growing demand for protein.   The council pegs China’s corn crop at six-point-six billion bushels, up nearly six percent from last year.  Tour participant… Read more »

New Missouri Corn officers in place

Billy Thiel of Marshall is the new president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association. He represents growers in District 5, in central Missouri and is previous chairman of the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council. Thiel says he wants to grow the association so farmers have a stronger voice. Rob Korff – a grower in Norborne –… Read more »

Fire danger running high in Iowa, Nebraska fields

This fall’s warm, dry and windy weather is creating some dangerous fire conditions in Iowa and Nebraska corn fields. One rural firefighter and farmer in northern Iowa told that his area had a total of six combine/field fires on Wednesday—and with winds from 30 to 45 miles per hour and gusting to 60, the… Read more »