HSUS tries a new approach in Nebraska

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Is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) changing its strategy in regards to state-by-state ballot initiatives? At a news conference in Lincoln Tuesday, the HSUS joined the Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) in announcing the formation of an advisory body called the Nebraska Agriculture Council of The Humane Society of the United States. Chief among… Read more »

National FFA Convention kick-off luncheon

The 84th National FFA Convention is set to get underway tomorrow in downtown Indianapolis.  Today, hundreds gathered for the kick-off luncheon and had the opportunity to hear Major General Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard speak about how his two backgrounds, the military and agriculture complement each other.  Major General Umbarger tells… Read more »

A record-setting World Dairy Expo

Final numbers are in from World Dairy Expo, a record 2,587 head of dairy cattle were exhibited by 1,130 exhibitors from 37 states and 7 Canadian provinces this year. The trade show featured a record 810 commercial exhibitors from 28 countries. There were also record entries in the FFA competition, the World Forage Analysis Superbowl… Read more »

Ag Approps bill introduced in Senate

The Ag Appropriations Bill was introduced on the Senate floor on Monday. Subcommittee chair Herb Kohl of Wisconsin introduced the $19.78 billion package which would fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration for FY 2012. The bill is 15 percent smaller than the FY 2011 spending plan and is the first… Read more »

RFA blasts ethanol amendment

The Renewable Fuels Association is blasting an amendment that seeks to keep federal dollars from funding ethanol fuel pumps and related infrastructure. The proposed amendment to the 2012 ag appropriations bill is sponsored by Arizona Senator John McCain and was defeated in June during the ethanol tax debate. The RFA says such a policy would… Read more »

84th National FFA Convention

The 84th National FFA Convention officially kicks off Wednesday in downtown Indianapolis.  As the sea of blue and gold makes its way through the city, Joe Kelsay, with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture says it’s exciting to have the convention in the heart of an agricultural state.  Kelsay, a former Indiana State FFA officer… Read more »

Allendale sees big cut in placements

Ahead of Friday’s USDA cattle on feed report, Allendale Inc. expects smaller placements against an increase in cattle on feed. Placements are seen at 92% of a year ago due to the generally tight supply of cattle and marketings are pegged at 99.7% of a year ago. The total number of cattle on feed as… Read more »

Japan may ease U.S. beef import restrictions

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Japan is preparing to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports. A report from Bloomberg quotes two unnamed sources in Japan’s government saying Japan may raise the age limit of cattle from which U.S. beef can be imported from 20 months of age or younger to 30 months and younger. According to the report, concerns in… Read more »

Soybeans down on harvest, profit taking

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Soybeans were lower on profit taking and fund selling. There was late support from a bullish shift in the outside markets. There was no fresh demand news and there are concerns about China’s economic issues impacting export demand. In any event, contracts saw continued harvest pressure and planting weather in South America generally looks good…. Read more »

Take the whole high school to the FFA convention

On Wednesday morning, 44 students and a dozen adults will get on a bus in Granton, Wisconsin and take-off for the National FFA Convention. For most schools, 44 students going to the convention is quite a large delegation…for Granton High School, it is 75 percent of the student body. A few of the kids are… Read more »