Iowa is ‘as ready as we can be’ for avian flu

As ducks, geese and other wild birds begin their southern migration, Midwestern poultry farmers and agricultural officials are preparing for a possible return of avian influenza. Iowa ag secretary Bill Northey says his department is “as ready as we can be”. “Obviously we have a lot of folks that have been through this, so they… Read more »

Enogen corn expands to 16 ethanol plants

Syngenta has added seven ethanol plants to the list of those using grain from its Enogen corn, bringing the total to 16. Syngenta’s Chris Tingle tells Brownfield acreage planted to Enogen will increase from 225-thousand this year to more than 400-thousand in 2016. “We originally started out with the Enogen strategy focusing really in the… Read more »

Vilsack addresses currency manipulation concerns

The National Farmers Union (NFU) says it will oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement because it fails to address the issue of currency manipulation by other countries. But Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says, historically, currency manipulation has not been part of trade negotiations. “There are mechanisms and processes by which issues involving currency… Read more »

Ag Secretary discusses benefits of TPP

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In a conference call with members of the media on Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Vilsack said TPP will provide a more level playing field in trade for American farmers.  By removing unfair trade barriers, Vilsack says, American agricultural exports to the region will expand even further…. Read more »

Analysts disagree on current direction of beef demand

Some livestock market analysts speculate that weaker-than-expected consumer demand for beef has been a big factor in the recent cattle market decline. They say shoppers are increasingly choosing cheaper pork and chicken as alternatives. But Oklahoma State University livestock marketing economist Derrell Peel isn’t convinced that beef demand is falling. “I don’t have a sense… Read more »

Grassley says TPP faces “difficult” road in Congress

The Obama Administration faces a big challenge in convincing Congress to ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, according to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. “I think it’s going to be very, very difficult to get it through, based upon opposition that was expressed during the month of June when we had this up here,”… Read more »

Nebraska’s soybean harvest nears one-third mark

Nebraska’s soybean harvest was 31 percent complete as of Sunday, slightly behind the five-year average. The state’s corn harvest reached 15 percent compared to the 24 percent average. But for some, the start of harvest is still a few days away. Been Keep farms near Scotia in central Nebraska. “A few neighbors have started on… Read more »

Iowa’s soybean harvest advanced 25 percent last week

Iowa farmers harvested a quarter of the state’s 10 million acres of soybeans last week. According to the weekly crop progress report, soybean harvest advanced from seven percent to 32 percent complete, which is one day behind the five-year average. Corn harvest stood at 13 percent, eight days behind average. The moisture content of all… Read more »

NPPC confident TPP deal good for U.S. pork

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will help ensure that exports of U.S. pork products remain competitive in Asian markets. Brownfield discussed the agreement Monday morning with Nick Giordano, who oversees trade matters for NPPC. Giordano says NPPC reserves final judgment on the TPP package until it… Read more »

Ag groups react to agreement on TPP

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  Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the 12-nation free trade pact. Although specific details have not been released, Nick Giordano with the National Pork Producers Council tells Brownfield he’s confident it will be a good deal for pork producers. “NPPC will be looking the deal over very closely before we determine… Read more »