At the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Kearney on Monday, we talked to American Farm Bureau Federation economist Matt Erickson about the outlook for the ag economy in 2014. Erickson says the EPA’s proposal to lower the ethanol volume requirement in the Renewable Fuels Standard could be a big factor in the overall profit/loss picture next year.
At the annual meeting of the Nebraska Farmers Union in Grand Island on Friday, we visited with National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson about several topics. In this excerpt, Johnson expresses optimism that a new farm bill will finally come to fruition, although it may not happen until January. But Johnson adds that, if the final farm bill includes language modifying or repealing country-of-origin-labeling, his organization may oppose it.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) animal scientists have been unable to find a link between the use of the beta-agonist Zilmax and a higher frequency of lameness or death loss in feedlot cattle.
UNL researcher Galen Erickson says they have reviewed 18 prior feedlot studies conducted at UNL and other institutions and are not seeing increased lameness or death loss issues–in feedlots–as a result of feeding Zilmax.
Erickson thinks the focus should be on the transport and handling of those cattle once they leave the feedlot.
We visited with Erickson Thursday at the annual meeting of Nebraska Cattlemen in Kearney.
Dr. Jay Lehr with the Heartland Institute was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Iowa Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Des Moines. Lehr says he’s amazed by the advancements in agricultural production. But the big problem, Lehr says, is a lack of appreciation for agriculture from the general public. He challenged the audience to devote two hours per month “for the rest of your lives” to telling agriculture’s story to the non-farming public.
Lehr shared his thoughts on this and other topics in this interview with Brownfield.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a hearing Thursday in Washington on its proposal to reduce the ethanol volume requirement in the Renewable Fuels Standard.
One of the farmers who will be testifying is Joel Grams of Minden, Nebraska, president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA). We visited with Grams Tuesday at the annual meeting of NeCGA in Seward.
Wakefield, Nebraska farmer Lisa Lunz is a member of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance board of directors. At the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City, Lunz gave us an update on USFRA’s activities, including the new “Farmland” movie scheduled for release in the spring of 2014.
Nick Giordano, international trade counsel for the National Pork Producers Council, tells Brownfield that unless Congress acts, trade retaliation by Canada and Mexico is likely in 2014.
The main focus of the recent Food Dialogues: Iowa event in Ames, sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and Iowa Corn, was genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Following the initial discussion about the safety of GMOs in our food supply, the panelists were asked about GMO labeling.
- Larry Cleverly, Iowa organic farmer
- John Schillinger, crop researcher
- Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!
- Dr. Wayne Parrott, professor, department of crop and soil sciences, University of Georgia
- Wayne Humphreys, Iowa crop and livestock farmer
- Katie Olthoff, CommonGround volunteer and Iowa turkey farmer
Former Des Moines television reporter and anchor John Bachman served as moderator.
Purdue Extension ag economist Chris Hurt says we are entering an era of positive growth for the livestock industry.
That’s good news for livestock producers—but what does it mean for grain producers?
We put that question and others to Hurt Monday as he prepared to speak at the annual meeting of the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) in Lincoln.
In order for agriculture to build trust in today’s environment, Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity says new skills will need to be developed by those in agriculture. Arnot says those new skills include among other things, digital technologies.