Inviting “mommy bloggers” to the dairy farm

Brad Scott and his family milk 1,000 cows and run about 800 acres near San Jacinto, California. A while back he invited a group of “Mommy Bloggers” to visit his dairy farm. “We had a great opportunity to show them we take great care of our animals, we care about the environment…we had the opportunity… Read more »

Vita Plus contributes to IFEEDER

Many dairy companies use World Dairy Expo as a stage to make major announcements; such was the case with Vita Plus which announced a major contribution to the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER). Founded in 2009, IFEEDER is a foundation seeking to sustain food and feed production for the world through research and… Read more »

Wisconsin’s Ag Secretary talks about how things have changed

Over the years, Ben Brancel has attended World Dairy Expo in numerous capacities, dairy farmer, beef producer, State Legislator, Farm Service Agency Director and for the second time, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Brancel served as Secretary in the Tommy Thompson administration from 1997 to 2000 and returned to the post last… Read more »

Dealing with these volatile markets

Uncertainty in the economy has made for extreme volatility in financial markets, commodity markets and dairy markets. Steve Schalla with Stewart-Peterson says the swings add increases risk and increased opportunity so it is more important than ever to have a plan in place to cover risk and take advantage of opportunities. Schalla also believes the… Read more »

Soybean export demand to jump

There’s anticipated to be significant growth in the next decade in international demand for soybeans. Economic forecasts indicate soybean exports will jump to 67 percent of U.S. production by 2021, according to Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council. “And that’s not to say that consumption in this country would be going down… Read more »

Harvest pressure sends corn, soybeans lower

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Soybeans were modestly lower on profit taking and spillover from corn. Also, there was continued harvest pressure, outside markets were a negative and the fundamentals remain bearish. On average, the trade expects a slight increase in USDA’s production estimate Wednesday, the 12th. China bought U.S. beans for the second day in a row, 106,000 tons… Read more »

Future of poultry industry conference

A conference about the future of the American poultry industry will be held at the International Poultry Expo early next year. US POULTRY Chairman Gary Cooper of Oakwood, Ohio says there is likely no other time in the history of poultry processing and production with greater challenges than there are now. In a news release,… Read more »

IWLA continues push for conservation/insurance tie

With further funding cuts for USDA conservation programs looming larger, the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) continues to call on Congress to make crop insurance subject to conservation compliance rules. “That’s a conservation act that can take place that’s not going to cost anything,” says IWLA’s Brad Redlin, “and, in fact, in a worst-case… Read more »

Levees held and harvest better than expected

Harvest is turning out better than expected for a North Central Missouri farmer where Missouri River levees held through the summer. Rob Korff, who farms north of the river at Norborne says they’ve been getting “respectable yields”, all things considered. “We’ve kind of gone full circle from back in the first week of July when… Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 7, 2011

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Dec. corn closed at $6.00, down 5 and 1/2 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $11.58 and 1/4, down 5 and 1/2 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $300.10, up 40 cents Oct. soybean oil closed at 49.07, up 15 points Dec. wheat closed at $6.07 and 1/2, down 8 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle… Read more »