Missouri farming rights amendment very close

The Missouri Farmers Care Coalition says the vote on farming rights constitutional Amendment 1 is too close to call at this point.  It has come down to a razor thin margin with a few rural county votes yet to come in and a few precincts in St. Louis County still not reported. Dan Kleinsorge with… Read more »

Consumers turn to animal rights groups for information

A new survey by Purdue University shows many consumers are using animal rights group, such as HSUS and PETA, as their primary source of information about livestock and poultry welfare. Over half of the nearly 800 consumers surveyed said they did not have a primary source for animal welfare information.  But those who identified a… Read more »

Vilsack says voluntary conservation programs are working

There’s been considerable debate as to whether farming conservation practices should remain voluntary or be made mandatory.  But Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack believes voluntary programs are working and that farmers are embracing new conservation practices. “We’ve recently done a series of assessments in the Upper Mississippi River Basin and in the Chesapeake Bay area, specifically,… Read more »

Southern corn rust found in Nebraska

Southern corn rust has been confirmed in southeast Nebraska. The corn disease was found in a sample taken from Otoe County.  University of Nebraska specialists say the disease is moving into the state from the southern U.S., where it is fairly widespread. Meanwhile, Iowa State University agronomist Clarke McGrath says he has yet to see southern… Read more »

EWG finds ‘modest progress’ in Iowa’s erosion control efforts

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) says “modest progress” is being made in tackling soil erosion in Iowa.  But the group says erosion rates are still “intolerable”. EWG compared soil conditions on 18 fields in 2013 and again in 2014.  The group says overall erosion this year did not appear to be as severe as last… Read more »

Missouri Corn Growers on Amendment 1

Missouri Corn Growers Association and other ag groups are counting on support of voters today to get Amendment One – farming rights – passed and added to the state Constitution.  Today is election day.  But, opponents say the amendment will increase the ability of so-called “big ag” to flout the law. The corn growers association… Read more »

Missouri’s amendment one nears vote

The debate continues about Missouri’s Amendment One ballot issue to be voted on Tuesday.  The Missouri Farming Rights Amendment protects a Missourian’s right to farm.  A group called Missouri’s Food for America opposes the amendment, saying the language is vague and could result in greater foreign ownership of Missouri farmland, which is currently limited by… Read more »

IN crops advancing

Dry conditions combined with cooler temperatures last week created an environment where crops did not experience a significant loss of moisture or degradation of condition. Seventy-five percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent condition with 96 percent silked, 35 percent doughing, and 1 percent in the dent stage. Seventy-one percent of soybeans… Read more »

Added value for Indiana soybean farmers

After losing market share, the soybean oil industry has been actively working to make its way back into the kitchen.  DuPont Pioneer executive vice president Jim Borel says Plenish high-oleic soybean oil can hopefully change that and provide farmers with added benefit. “It’s a zero trans-fat product that’s stable in the fryer – it has… Read more »

NCBA monitors ‘Dietary Guidelines’ process

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is keeping a close eye on the development of new federal dietary guidelines to be released in 2015. Kristina Butts is NCBA’s executive director of legislative affairs.  Butts says the dietary guidelines advisory committee, which consists of nutrition and health professionals, has been delving into sustainability and environmental issues… Read more »