Two Iowa youths receive Ag Youth Awards

Mike Punt, winner of the Brownfield Ag Youth Award

Two Sioux County 4-H participants received 2014 Brownfield Ag Youth Awards from KSOU-FM in Iowa.

KSOU-FM partnered with Brownfield Ag News to offer this year’s award.

Recipients Edan Lambert of Orange City, Iowa, and Mitchal Punt of Maurice, Iowa, were nominated for outstanding 4-H work.

Lambert shows livestock and participates in communication events. The 2013 Fair Queen is also active in the Holland Windmills Club and Sioux county Youth Council. Lambert wants to be a large animal veterinarian.

Punt shows sheep, dogs and poultry, and was involved in mechanical engineering projects, with a special interest in trucks. He is a member and past officer of the Sioux Stockmen 4-H Club. He plans to attend the Diesel Mechanics program at Northwest Iowa Community College and eventually wants to own a trucking business.

Congratulations Edan Lambert and Mitchal Punt!

Photo: Mitchal Punt

Apply online for National DHIA scholarship

College students associated with the National Dairy Herd Information Association may be eligible for one of several $750 scholarships available this year.

Full-time incoming and continuing students at technical and two-year and four-year colleges/universities are eligible to apply.

Scholarships are awarded on academic achievement, leadership, community activities and work experience. Knowledge of DHIA and response to application questions are also considered.

Applicants must be a family member or employee of a herd on DHI test, a family member of a DHI employee, or an employee of a DHI affiliate. The DHI affiliate for the herd or affiliate employee must be a member of National DHIA. (Arizona DHIA, Dairy Lab Services, Dairy One Cooperative Inc., DHI Cooperative Inc., Idaho DHIA, Indiana State Dairy Association, Lancaster DHIA, Minnesota DHIA, NorthStar Cooperative DHI Services, Puerto Rico DHIA, Rocky Mountain DHIA, Tennessee DHIA, Texas DHIA, United Federation of DHIAs, Vermont DHIA and Washington State DHIA are National DHIA members.)

Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014. To apply, download and complete the application at DHIA.org.

Need more details? Contact:

  • Holly Thompson, National DHIA scholarship committee chair, at lilvaledairy@aol.com, or 507-534-4347
  • JoDee Sattler, National DHIA communications and events manager, 608-848-6455, ext. 112, or jdsattler@dhia.org.

Panel discusses ag news coverage

Ron Nixon, veteran reporter with the New York Times discussed agriculture news coverage on a panel with Brownfield's Tom Steever Wednesday at the American Farm Bureau SPARC meeting in Kansas City. Will Rodger (background) with the AFBF moderated.

Ron Nixon, veteran reporter with the New York Times discussed agriculture news coverage on a panel with Brownfield’s Tom Steever Wednesday at the American Farm Bureau SPARC meeting in Kansas City. Will Rodger (background) with the AFBF moderated.

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 7

Show Notes, Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 7

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns for the 7th episode of Get Growing. Joining Indiana Farm Director Meghan Grebner today are:

  • Judi Graff of Middleton, Illinois
  • Adam Casner of Carrollton, Missouri
  • Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Nebraska
  • David Lowe of Dunkirk, Indiana
  • Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio

During the show, guests gave a brief update about planting and weather. They also discussed signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), side-dressing, and bugs.


Cab Conversations Image Map

 

The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress

  • Zach Hunnicut talks about progress around the corn belt.
  • Judy Graff gives her perspective from central Illinois.
  • David Lowe shares the impact of “extremely wet” conditions in east central Indiana.
  • Allen Ett has an update from central Ohio.
  • Adam Casner in western Missouri talks about the positive progress he’s seeing with corn.
  • The group responds to the question of whether a lack of rain now will be a concern down the road, for those who missed the recent downpours.
  • Zach shares how the dry winter made up for a wet fall.
  • The group talks about the potential need for switching maturities and replanting.
  • The group discusses pest issues and what they’re seeing in their fields.
  • Discussion of improvements to waterways under WRRDA
  • Reaction to water system legislation that passed
  • What is basis?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Allen asks Zach about the impact of the previous week’s hail storms.
  • Zach asks the group how many days without rain makes them start to worry.
  • Dave asks the group about population goals.
  • Allen asks the group about the row width they plant.
  • Adam asks what the others are using to top while side dressing.

Highlight Reel: Get Growing springs into action

Check out these highlights from our latest episode of Get Growing, the spring series of Cab Conversations on Brownfield Ag News.

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 4

Show Notes: Cab Conversations, Get Growing No. 4

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns with host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, who is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind., and Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio for the fourth segment of Get Growing. Check out the map below to see where our particpants live in the Midwest.

During the show, guests gave a brief update about each of their operations and their planting statuses. Guests also discussed current problems each are facing during this spring planting season.



Cab Conversations Image Map

The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress

  • Adam, in Carrollton, the western part of Missouri, how are things going in your area?
  • Allen in Ohio, how are things in your area?
  • Dave what about your progress in Indiana?
  • Zach how are things in the western part of the Corn Belt?
  • Allen and Dave for you two specifically, as we look at the delays that you guys are seeing in planting, how much does that affect everything else that needs to be done on the farm when it comes to controlling weeds or managing pests?
  • Keith, how are things going in South Dakota?
  • Adam, as you guys are working ground and trying to get finished up, are your concerns changing from week to week?
  • How does the delay in the planting season affect you in South Dakota, Keith?
  • Zach, what about you in Nebraska?
  • Judi, how are things going in Illinois?
  • What are the big bug and insect concerns do you all have? Allen what are your concerns?
  • Dave, what about you in Indiana?
  • Adam, what about you guys?
  • Judi, what are some of the things you’re scouting for right now?
  • Keith, what are you watching for in South Dakota as the crop advances?
  • Zach what about in Nebraska?
  • For you all who are active in policy and active in your organizations, how does this next step with the passing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act mean for you?
  • Most of you that aren’t active in organizations, what does this mean when you see this from the farmer’s side?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Adam asks if anyone has had any frost issues.
  • Allen asks how things are on Meghan’s farm.

Enjoying the Alice in Dairyland finals

Brownfield Ag News at Alice in Dairyland 2014

Broadcaster Bob Meyer and former Alice in Dairyland Jill Makovec represented Brownfield Ag News at the Alice in Dairyland finals Saturday night.

They were part of a capacity crowd of 325 for the finale banquet.

Zoey Brooks was selected as the 67th annual Alice in Dairyland at the final ceremony in Clark County. Next year, finals will be in Manitowoc County.

Here, Bob poses with Zoey after the ceremony:

bob with alice 2014

Other Alice in Dairylands were also at the banquet. Below, Jill poses with them for a photo:

alice alumni final

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 3

Show Notes: Cab Conversations, Get Growing No. 3

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns with host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, who is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind., and Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio for the third segment of Get Growing.

During the show, guests gave a brief update about each of their operations and their planting statuses. Guests also discussed current problems each are facing during this spring planting season.



Cab Conversations Image Map

The Conversation:

 Weather and Planting Progress

  • Zach, how is the weather in Nebraska?
  • Keith, how are things in South Dakota?
  • Judi, you finished planting. Can you give us an update on how things are looking in Illinois?
  • How are things in Illinois, Dave?
  • Adam, tell us how the weather has been and some of the things that have been going on with you guys.
  • Allen, you all had a pretty serious system come through. How are the crops looking?
  • For you guys that are out for the weather, what are you doing this week? How are you keeping up on things? Is it a relief to get a break or would you rather get things wrapped up?
  • As you talk to other farmers in the area, what are some of their thoughts on how things are going and some of the things that you’re picking up from their conversations?
  • How much does it cost to have the seed sitting under the soil for a month [Keith]?
  • Judi, you’re outside today. Are you working cattle?
  • When you’re out scouting the fields, what are some of the things you’re seeing?
  • When you guys look at the big picture, what is your thought process about some of the big concerns that you have for the growing season moving forward?
  • What about your concerns in Nebraska [Zach]?
  • Dave, at what point do you get nervous about the crop not getting into the ground as you look ahead in the summer months [Indiana]?
  • Allen, same question for you.
  • Keith and Allen, does it make you nervous that we are having such a cool spring? How are you dealing with that?
  • Aside from your smart phone, what piece of technology on your farm could you not live without?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Allen asked Zach about a rumor of frost in Nebraska.
  • David asked about how Keith handles ridges for his soybean crop.
  • Keith asked David and Allen about changing maturities on hybrids.
  • Keith asked other guests if having lack of a piece of technology would keep them from getting work done.

Beef scholarship applications due May 9

There are just a few days left to apply for one of two $12,000 scholarships through the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Applications are due May 9, 2014, for the W.D. Farr Scholarship program. Awards are open to students pursuing graduate degrees in animal science, environmental science or agriculture. 

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation continues to honor the successful career of the late W.D. Farr of Greeley, Colo., a third-generation Coloradoan, pioneer rancher, statesman and banker known for his extraordinary vision. Farr was president of the National Cattlemen’s Association – a predecessor organization of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – in 1970.

Full criteria can be found online at http://www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org/wdfarrscholarship.aspx or by calling 303-694-0305.

Scholarship winners will be introduced at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver later this year.

Spring Cab Conversations coming soon!

Last fall Brownfield Ag News introduced Harvest Hangouts, the first in a series of Cab Conversations with farmers from across the Midwestern United States. Once a week during the harvest season, these farmers joined in the discussion from combine cabs, grain trucks, and even a duck blind, for an exchange of ideas in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

The next series of Cab Conversations “Get Growing” begins soon. We invite you to “hang out” with us to follow this group of farmers through the ups and downs of planting season. The Google hangout platform allows for timely, relevant, educational and quite often entertaining discussion.

Beginning May 2, join us every Friday morning at 9 o’clock at BrownfieldAgNews.com for “Get Growing” Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations.