Taking a balanced approach to 2013

The drought has presented challenges for all aspects of the agriculture industry.  If you ask Bluffton, Ind. based Bryan Smith, District Sales Manager for Seed Consultants, the question he hears most often from farmers is: “Will there be enough seed this year?”. “The past two years have been challenging for everyone,” he says.  “Some companies… Read more »

Continuing to assess Wisconsin’s drought

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sat down with representatives of ag producer groups, local government associations, and environmental groups, Ag Secretary Ben Brancel, Emergency Management Director Greg Engle, FSA Executive Director Brad Pfaff and U.W. Extension Associate Dean John Shutske on Friday to assess the impact of and continuing response to the drought in Wisconsin. Much… Read more »

BOAH releases Raw Milk Study

During the 2012 Indiana State Legislature, the Board of Animal Health was tasked with putting together a study on the sale of raw (or unpasteurized) milk in the state.  Indiana State Veterinarian, Dr. Bret Marsh says the process has been lengthy and educational. Marsh says BOAH believes the process of pasteurization has been highly effective in… Read more »

The end of an era for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau

The 93rd annual Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation meeting this weekend will mark the end of an era. After 24 years on the board of directors including the last 9 as president, Bill Bruins is stepping down. Under his leadership, the organization has seen growth in membership including in the young farmer program and an increased… Read more »

Giacomini to new post at CRI

The Chief Operating Officer of AgSource Cooperative is going to switch jobs. Effective January 1, 2013, Pete Giacomini will assume the newly created position of Vice President of Business Development at Cooperative Resources International (CRI) the holding cooperative for AgSource and Genex. Giacomini has been COO of AgSource since 1985, he will continue until a… Read more »

AAA wants to halt sales of E15

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has asked the Obama Administration to block the sale of E15 gasoline in the U.S. saying it could damage millions of vehicles not designed to use it. Last June the EPA cleared the use of E15 on vehicles built after 2001, the AAA says the possibility of consumers mistakenly putting… Read more »

A little less-profitable on the farm in November

The prices received by farmers for their products declined 2.9 percent in November. The USDA preliminary Index shows crop prices declined 3 percent from October but livestock prices increased 3.1 percent. The November corn price averaged $6.71 per bushel, down 6 cents from October; soybeans decreased 40 cents to average $13.80 per bushel. All hay… Read more »

Engage: 2012 Indiana Farm Bureau convention

The 2012 Indiana Farm Bureau annual meeting is just days away.  Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says they are expecting around 2,000 members to take part in the two-day event in downtown Indianapolis that is full of useful information for farmers. Villwock tells Brownfield the breakout sessions at this year’s convention cover a variety of… Read more »

Big losses for wheat complex

Soybeans were lower on speculative and technical selling, along with end of the month profit taking. There was no real fresh supportive news outside of more planting delays in Argentina, while comparatively, conditions in Brazil look good. South Korea bought another 55,000 tons bean meal, but it’s from South America, and the International Grains Council… Read more »

Changes afoot in ag policy leadership

A number of ag policy leaders at the federal level are leaving their posts. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk plans to leave his position and retire to his native Texas. Larry Elsworth, chief agriculture advisor for EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is retiring and no replacement has been named for him yet. Chief Dave White of… Read more »