BIVI continues support of BQA

For the third year in a row, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmidica, Inc. is partnering with the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance Program. At the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, we discussed BIVI’s support of BQA with Dr. John Davidson, senior professional services veterinarian with BIVI.  Davidson also provided us with an update on their efforts to… Read more »

An update on Iowa’s Agriculture Water Alliance

The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance was formed last year to help implement the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. At the recent Iowa Soybean Association Research Conference, we asked IAWA executive director Sean McMahon for an update on those efforts. AUDIO: Sean McMahon

Defending ethanol ‘a never-ending struggle’

The latest attempt in Congress to weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) leaves Jerry Mohr shaking his head. Like many corn growers, Mohr—a farmer from Eldridge, Iowa and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association—is frustrated by the introduction of a Senate bill called the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act. “It’s obviously introduced by people… Read more »

Reaction to the sign-up extension

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a one-time extension of the deadline to update base acres or yield history for the ARC and PLC programs. Vilsack made the announcement today at Commodity Classic in Phoenix. Farmers now have until March 31st to update yields and reallocate base acres. The original deadline was today. Kenneth Hartman,… Read more »

First sign-up deadline extended

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a one-time extension of the deadline to update base acres or yield history for the ARC and PLC programs. Farmers now have until March 31st to update yields and reallocate base acres. The original deadline was today (Friday). The deadline for choosing between ARC and PLC remains March 31st…. Read more »

Cover crops offer many benefits

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Cover crops are a great way to address erosion and water quality issues. But according to Tracy Blackmer, director of research with Cover Crop Solutions, there are at least 20 different benefits that a farmer can derive from planting cover crops.  One of the most important, he says, is the nutrient credits that cover crops… Read more »

CNH Nebraska plant announces layoffs

CNH Industrial, maker of Case IH and New Holland farm equipment, says it will lay off 136 full-time workers at its Grand Island, Nebraska manufacturing plant. The company says the layoffs are in response “to market conditions”. According to the Grand Island Independent, the indefinite layoffs are expected to begin in May and be completed… Read more »

Nebraska bills involve livestock expansion

Two bills in the Nebraska legislature would help facilitate livestock expansion in the state. LB106 would make changes to the local permitting process for new or expanding livestock operations. The other bill, LB176, would change current policy by allowing meatpacking companies to own and raise hogs in the state. Mark McHargue, vice president of Nebraska… Read more »

Vilsack says guidelines will focus on nutrition

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he will be personally involved in finalizing the government’s new dietary guidelines and indicates he will keep them narrowly focused on nutrition. Vilsack made those comments this week during an appearance before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. But, according to an Agri-Pulse report, Vilsack stopped short of saying that he… Read more »

Agreement reached in Brazilian truckers’ strike

Representatives of Brazil’s trucking industry and the government have reached an agreement that officials hope will bring an end to the nine-day Brazilian truckers’ strike. But many roadways in Brazil remained blocked on Thursday as some truckers continued to hold out for more concessions from the government. Brazil’s government has agreed to extend a year… Read more »