NCBA’s priorities: Taxes, Trade, Transportation

Taxes, trade and transportation—those are three of the top congressional priorities of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in 2015. NCBA’s Colin Woodall says cattlemen need more certainty in the tax code and will push hard for general tax reform. “The reason why is to try to prevent what we saw at the end of 2014 where… Read more »

Market consultant ‘more optimistic’ on corn

The USDA projects the average corn price for the 2014-15 marketing year in a $3.35 to $3.95 range.  Many other projections seem to fall in the $3.50 to $4.00 range. But Moe Russell of Iowa-based Russell Consulting Group tells Brownfield he’s more optimistic than that. “I think there’s more demand than what we realize out… Read more »

HSUS’ Maxwell says ‘less meat’ is good

It’s not often you hear a livestock producer say Americans need to eat less meat. Missouri pork producer Joe Maxwell, who is also vice president of outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), says he agrees with those who advocate for reduced meat consumption. “The reality is, whether you listen to the… Read more »

Nebraska Farm Bureau backs property tax relief bills

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Nebraska Farm Bureau is expressing support for legislation that it says will provide property tax relief to the state’s farmers and ranchers. Two of the bills are sponsored by State Senator Lydia Brasch of Bancroft. One would send 20 percent of the state income taxes collected in a local school district back to the district… Read more »

Prices steady for good quality land

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Location and quality continue to be the main drivers of farmland prices. Randy Dickhut, vice president of real estate operations with Omaha-based Farmers National Company, says lower grade land has seen drops in value near 15 percent from recent highs. But he says top quality crop and grazing land still brings solid prices. “We have… Read more »

Nebraska Farm Bureau backs bills aimed at property tax relief

Nebraska Farm Bureau is expressing support for legislation that it says will provide property tax relief to the state’s farmers and ranchers. Two of the bills are sponsored by State Senator Lydia Brasch of Bancroft. One would send 20 percent of the state income taxes collected in a local school district back to the district… Read more »

Land prices steady for good quality land

Location and quality continue to be the main drivers of farmland prices. Randy Dickhut, vice president of real estate operations with Omaha-based Farmers National Company, says lower grade land has seen drops in value near 15 percent from recent highs. But he says top quality crop and grazing land still brings solid prices. “We have… Read more »

E15 expands in North Carolina

Sheetz—a major retail gas station chain in the Mid-Atlantic region—has announced that 60 of its locations in North Carolina will offer E15 by the spring of 2016. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, commended Sheetz on its E15 commitment. Dinneen calls Sheetz decision to give drivers access to additional fuel options… Read more »

Grain sorghum gets another look

Grain sorghum has been generating some pretty good buzz lately. Sorghum saw big declines in acreage over the previous two decades. But with a booming export market, fueled by strong demand from China—and growing concern about the availability of irrigation water—some farmers in the High Plains are thinking about giving sorghum another look. Barb Kliment, executive… Read more »

Co-product feedstuffs are changing

New technological advances in the ethanol-making process have resulted in compositional differences in co-product feedstuffs, such as distillers grains with solubles. Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, says there is more variability in those products. “There’s variability in moisture content and there’s variability in oil content,” says Loy, “and… Read more »