Minnesota Farm Bureau touts trade in DC

Minnesota Farm Bureau delegates are talking to lawmakers in Washington DC about agricultural trade this week. Farm Bureau member Loren Molenaar of Raymond, tells Brownfield the US should explore all avenues of trade.  “Be it Cuba or TPP with Pacific coastal countries, to ensure that we can draw something up to where we can have a good… Read more »

Kentucky elk arrive in Wisconsin

Twenty-six elk from Kentucky have arrived in Jackson County, Wisconsin. These are the first of an expected 150 wild elk to be delivered to the Badger State over the next five years.  More elk will be delivered to Jackson County and in the Clam Lake area. The elk were quarantined in Kentucky for 45 days… Read more »

Minnesota Farm Bureau delegates in DC discuss key issues

Minnesota Farm Bureau delegates are in Washington DC this week to discuss issues important to the state. Fourteen members, including Loren Molenaar of Raymond, spent time with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken while also meeting with six of the eight representative offices. Molenaar says certainty with the new Farm Bill is needed, “We just went… Read more »

Senate looks to clarify WOTUS

A nonbinding resolution in the Senate could indicate a little more clarity for the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. On a 59 to 40 vote, Senators said the rules do not apply to puddles, irrigation ditches and wastewater systems.  All Republicans, five Democrats and Independent Angus King voted in support of the measure. … Read more »

Fonterra reduces dividend

Continued difficult times for New Zealand dairy producers. Fonterra, the nation’s largest dairy cooperative reports net profit for the six months ending January 31st totaled $183 million down 16 percent from the same period a year ago.  As a result, the co-op kept its farmgate milk price at 4.70 per kilogram of milk solids but… Read more »

Free nematode testing for Wisconsin soybean growers

The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board is again offering free expanded nematode testing this year. Expanded testing not only looks for the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) but other pest nematodes as well. SCN eggs persist in soil between soybean crops so samples can be taken at any time. Extension specialist Shawn Conley suggests sampling early in… Read more »

Summit to address Wisconsin’s agricultural needs

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One of the challenges facing agriculture down-the-road is will there be enough skilled people to fill the jobs the industry will create in the years to come? All indications are, there are not enough people in the “training pipeline” today to meet those needs tomorrow.  That is the impetus behind the Wisconsin State Legislature creating… Read more »

New uses great opportunity for soybean growers

Indiana Soybean Alliance endowed chair for new uses at Purdue University Nathan Moser says developing new uses for soybeans creates real and lasting economic benefits for soybean farmers not just in Indiana, but across the country. He tells Brownfield developing new products that use soybeans requires innovation.  “We really need to have new scientist, technicians,… Read more »

Farmer financial status going into spring

The downturn in milk prices has altered the cash flow for dairy producers going into spring planting. Larry Johnson with Greenstone Farm Credit says producers knew the downturn was coming and positioned themselves to withstand the cycle.  He says about 70 percent of their operators are in the Margin Protection Program.  He, like many, anticipates… Read more »

Donnelly wants EPA to rework WOTUS

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly wants to see the Environmental Protection Agency revers its proposed Waters of the US rule within the Clean Water Act. In a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing earlier this week, he said EPA needs to rework to rule to provide greater clarity for farmers, ranchers and state regulatory agencies.  “We all want… Read more »