Silage in cattle feeding sees resurgence

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The use of silage in cattle feeding rations has seen a resurgence in recent years.  It was the focus of a recent conference  in eastern Nebraska where producers received updates on both the production of and the utilization of silage in cattle finishing operations.  On today’s program, we hear from Dr. Bob Charley, forage products… Read more »

Tenth year for Iowa Corn’s race sponsorship

When the Verizon IndyCar Series comes to the Iowa Speedway on July 10th, it will mark the tenth year that Iowa Corn has sponsored the event. The IndyCars run on E85, the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent regular gasoline. Iowa Corn Board president Mark Heckman of West Liberty says their sponsorship of… Read more »

House hearing airs opposing views on RFS

Opposing viewpoints on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) were aired Wednesday during a House Energy subcommittee hearing in Washington. Chet Thompson, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, made it clear where his group stands. “The time has come for Congress to repeal the RFS and let the biofuels industry stand or fall on… Read more »

Strong wheat yield reports continue in Kansas

Kansas farmers and grain elevator operators continue to report some excellent wheat yields and quality. Johnson, Kansas farmer Bart Parks says, so far, his yields have been five to 15 bushels an acre better than he had expected with test weights running around 65 pounds per bushel. Parks thinks his yields, overall, could top 60… Read more »

China calls for reduced meat consumption

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China is calling on its citizens to reduce their meat consumption. The Chinese government has launched an advertising campaign saying that reduced meat consumption will help the environment by reducing carbon emissions and improve the health of the Chinese people. According to a report on, meat consumption in China has increased six fold since… Read more »

Clock ticking on GMO labeling issue

Time is running out for Congress to come up with a GMO labeling solution before Vermont’s mandatory law goes into effect on July 1st. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he hasn’t heard anything new on the issue. “I have seen no breakthrough that would give me any indication… Read more »

Poultry contracts are focus of Nebraska meetings

A series of poultry contract informational meetings is taking place in eastern Nebraska this week. The meetings are in response to Costco’s plan to build a chicken processing plant in the Fremont area. Nebraska Farmers Union is one of the sponsors. President John Hansen they’re trying to make farmers aware of past problems with poultry… Read more »

Amendment keeps meat on the menu for troops

  The Defense Department appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House includes an amendment blocking any attempt to bring “Meatless Mondays” into the U.S. military. The Meatless Mondays campaign is an effort by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to reduce overall meat consumption by removing meat from the menu one day each… Read more »

Enogen sponsors NASCAR XFINITY race in Iowa

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Enogen is the sponsor of this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY American Ethanol E15 250 race at the Iowa Speedway near Newton, Iowa. It’s the fourth year that Enogen has sponsored a NASCAR event at the Iowa Speedway. We visited with the head of Enogen, Jack Bernens, about their involvement with the NASCAR event.  Bernens also provides an… Read more »

Senate bill contains rider blocking WOTUS

The fiscal 2017 Interior-Environment spending bill approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee contains a rider blocking the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, also referred to as the Clean Water Act rule. The WOTUS provision would prevent the EPA from enforcing the rule in the event court stays are lifted. Other riders on the… Read more »