It’s ‘terrible dry’ in central South Dakota

“Terrible dry”. That’s how David Fremark, who farms in Hand County in central South Dakota, describes conditions in his area. “We haven’t had a drop of rainfall—maybe fifteen-hundredths in a shower early in March—so that’s about it,” says Fremark. “It’s terrible dry.  Stock water situations are pretty grim.  We’re really looking to the heavens for… Read more »

Tyson to phase out human antibiotics in chicken

Tyson Foods plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its U.S. broiler chicken flocks by the fall of 2017. Company officials say they’re doing their part to slow the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans.  Tyson has already been working in that direction, reducing its use of human antibiotics to treat broiler chickens… Read more »

Avian flu hits large Iowa egg farms

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On Monday, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) announced five more “probable” cases” of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in northwest Iowa. The five new cases involve nearly 5.5 million egg laying hens.  That brings the total number of infected layers in Iowa to approximately 9.5 million, which represents… Read more »

Iowa reports four ‘probable’ avian flu cases-UPDATED

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    Editor’s note:  Since this story was first posted, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has reported another “probable” case of avian flu in a 3.8 million bird egg laying operation in Sioux County. That brings the total number of infected layers in Iowa to approximately 9.5 million, which represents about one-sixth… Read more »

Farmers Union remains opposed to TPA, TPP

The National Farmers Union is once again calling on Congress to reject Trade Promotion Authority legislation. Farmers Union says the legislation does not do enough to address the United States’ massive trade deficit or currency manipulation. John Hansen, NFU treasurer and president of Nebraska Farmers Union, says they also have a problem with the entire… Read more »

UNL to break ground on new veterinary diagnostics center

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will break ground this week on a new veterinary diagnostic center (VDC) on UNL’s East Campus. The VDC is Nebraska’s only accredited veterinary diagnostic lab.  The new center, which is projected to be completed by the end of 2017, will replace the current facility that was built in 1975. Along with… Read more »

Major Midwest retail chain to sell E15

One of the Midwest’s largest convenience store chains says it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Iowa-based Kum & Go will begin selling E15 at its Windsor Heights, Iowa location on April 30th.  Over the next two years, the company says it plans to make E15 available at more than 65 stores across… Read more »

A conversation with Monsanto’s Robb Fraley

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Monsanto chief technology officer Robb Fraley, often referred to as “the father of agricultural biotechnology”, was in Lincoln, Nebraska recently for a presentation at the University of Nebraska. In an exclusive interview with Brownfield, Fraley talked about how his role has changed over the past couple of years. “Typically, when I’ve come to Nebraska in… Read more »

Iowa reports third case of avian flu

Iowa is reporting its third case of avian flu. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has confirmed the outbreak at a 34-thousand bird turkey farm in Sac County in west-central Iowa. The farm has been quarantined and the turkeys will be euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease. Officials say the farm… Read more »

What will be the next ‘revolutionary’ idea in farming?

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Few would argue that the development and adoption of insect and herbicide resistant crops revolutionized agriculture.  So what will be the next “revolutionary” development in crop farming? Prior to his recent presentation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we put that question to Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robb Fraley, often referred to the father of agricultural… Read more »