Fed report hints of ‘growing risk’

There are signs of “growing risk” in the farm sector because of surging demand for farm operating loans. That’s according to the latest ag finance report from the Federal Reserve System. Nathan Kauffman who heads up the Omaha branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, tells Brownfield they’ve seen a steady increase in large operating… Read more »

NFU’s opposition to TPP continues

The National Farmers Union (NFU) continues to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. NFU’s Chandler Goule says free trade agreements, such as TPP, have not worked. “Last September, the United States was at a 505 billion dollars trade deficit since we started signing free trade agreements,” Goule says. The emphasis should be on… Read more »

Fed report hints at ‘growing risk’ in farm sector

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There are signs of growing risk in the farm sector because of surging demand for farm operating loans. That’s according to the latest ag finance report from the Federal Reserve System. Nathan Kauffman who heads up the Omaha branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, tells Brownfield they’ve seen a steady increase in large operating loans over… Read more »

Dairy program recognized by Neb. Dept. of Health

  The Nebraska Department of Health has presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” to the Midwest Dairy Association, in recognition of that group’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the dairy industry in collaboration with the National Football League and USDA…. Read more »

Contract hog finishing expanding in Nebraska

Contract finishing of hogs is expanding in Nebraska. One of the newest facilities is on John Tyson’s farm north of Blair in Washington County. “I raised hogs from 1980 to about 1998 and then I finally got out of hogs,” Tyson says. “Now the boys are back on the farm and we need to diversify… Read more »

Corn prices fade as crop concerns ease

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Corn futures prices increased about 90 cents per bushel from mid-June to mid-July. The increase was driven by a combination of a smaller-than-expected USDA estimate of June 1 stocks and production concerns stemming from record June rainfall in much of the eastern Corn Belt. But over the past couple of weeks, the corn market has… Read more »

Nebraskan will chair the U.S. Grains Council

Nebraska farmer Alan Tiemann has been elected chairman of the U.S. Grains Council at the organization’s annual board of delegates meeting in Montreal, Canada. Tiemann farms near Seward, Nebraska, and has spent more than 35 years in production agriculture. The new vice chairman of USGC is Chip Councell of Maryland. Deb Keller of Iowa will… Read more »

Grassley: Canada ‘intellectually dishonest’ over COOL

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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley isn’t buying Canada’s objection to establishing a voluntary country of origin labeling (COOL) program in the U.S. “It seems to me they’re being intellectually dishonest,” Grassley says. “When we do exactly what they’re doing, why wouldn’t that satisfy them?” Canada has its own voluntary labeling program for food products. But Canadian… Read more »

Vilsack pushes for poultry insurance program

Ag secretary Tom Vilsack says poultry producers need an insurance program to help protect them against catastrophic losses caused by diseases such as avian influenza. Vilsack says such a program, similar to what livestock producers have, would provide more “predictability” for producers and their lenders. “Right now, if a producer gets hit, he’s got to… Read more »

Soybean aphids are on the move in Iowa

Soybean aphids are a growing concern for Iowa farmers. Todd Claussen, director of agronomy for Ames-based FC Coop, says aphids like this kind of weather. “Soybean aphids love it mild—they love 75 to 78 degrees,” Claussen says. “It’s mid-70’s right now at midday in central Iowa—good conditions for their populations to advance.” Claussen says aphids… Read more »