Thatcher: specific cuts still unclear

There is $23 billion committed to be cut from federal farm programs over the next decade. American Farm Bureau Farm Policy Specialist Mary Kay Thatcher said it’s unclear which programs will be cut, but she reiterated the importance of maintaining a strong farm safety net. “One of the most important things to remember is that… Read more »

REAP funds for anaerobic digesters in 8 states

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announcing funding for anaerobic digester projects in eight states. Funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants can finance up to 25 percent of a project’s cost, not to exceed $500,000 for renewable energy systems, $250,000 for energy efficiency. Among the projects announced Wednesday: Organic Matters, Inc. Bartow,… Read more »

Changes proposed to Wisconsin atrazine prohibition maps

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is making some changes to the atrazine prohibition maps for the state. There is actually no change to the 101 prohibition areas just a change in the maps. Stan Senger with DATCP says over the past 18 years road names have changed, new roads have been… Read more »

NAWG plan supports strong crop insurance

The National Association of Wheat Growers has sent its farm bill priorities to House and Senate Ag leaders. NAWG says it strongly opposes “any reductions to the baseline available for the federal crop insurance program.” They say more than 85 percent of non-irrigated wheat acres planted in the U.S. are covered by crop insurance and… Read more »

Vilsack to go to Vietnam and China

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he’s going to Vietnam and China next month to work on strengthening bilateral trade relations and “support the American brand” in the Asia Pacific region. Vilsack said at a policy summit in DC that trading partners in the region recognize the great productivity and highest quality food and ag products… Read more »

New American Royal home proposed

Plans have been announced to upgrade Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri – the home of the American Royal – into a state-of-the-art livestock, equine, rodeo and agricultural events center. The American Royal Association and the Kemper family on Tuesday proposed that the arena be razed and a new five-thousand seat facility be built in… Read more »

Grains and oilseeds lower on dollar

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, along with spillover from the outside markets. The dollar was up and crude oil was down sharply ahead of news out of the E.U. debt meeting. Past that – there was no real fresh supportive news and the path of least resistance right now is down. Soybean… Read more »

Pumpkins pack powerful nutrients

Pumpkins come in many shapes and sizes but there is definitely a difference between those grown for eating and those grown for displaying, especially in the taste.  Jack-o-lantern type pumpkins are the most popular for carving. This type of pumpkin will likely taste bland if you prepare it for eating Sugar Pie and Sugar Treat… Read more »

Cattle buyer inquiry improved but no sales reported

The cash cattle market was not tested on Wednesday with feedlot managers passing bids of 119.00 to 120.00, 1.00 to 2.00 lower than last week. Asking prices are around 123.00 live and 194.00 dressed. One major was willing to call in at 191.00 to 192.00 in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa in the morning, but… Read more »

Stronger dollar could impact meat exports

The U.S. dollar has recently strengthened against most foreign currencies, which makes for a tougher pricing environment for U.S. beef and pork exports. That’s according to U.S. Meat Export Federation economist Erin Daley Borror.  “Today, if we compare currencies back to one year ago, we’ve seen an actual appreciation in the Japanese yen and the… Read more »