Eau Claire teacher wins Ag in the Classroom honor

                                                                                                                             (Tumaniec & Kannel) Tracey Tumaniec, a fifth grade teacher at Manz Elementary School in Eau Claire, is the recipient of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for their efforts in educating students on the importance of agriculture. Teachers of all… Read more »

A little more profitable on the farm in November

The Preliminary Index of Prices Received by Farmers for November increased 2 percent from October.  The National Ag Statistics Service says farmers received higher prices for cattle, eggs, soybeans and lettuce.  Lower prices for hogs, milk, broilers and apples. The November Crop Index was unchanged from October: Corn averaged $3.57 per bushel up a penny… Read more »

Another cut in UK farm milk prices

It looks like U.K. dairy producers are going to take another hit. Arla has notified its 3,000 British farmers it will reduce the pay price for milk to 26.84 pence per liter on December 1st.  Company officials cite the latest 3.1 percent decline at the Global Dairy Trade auction last week as evidence of the… Read more »

Johnson urges COOL appeal

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, one of the original authors of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, is urging the administration to appeal the recent World Trade Organization ruling that he says undermines the COOL program. Johnson, along with Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have written to U.S…. Read more »

Ethanol production hits all-time high

Ethanol production has hit a new all-time record. During the week of November 21st, ethanol production advanced 1.2 percent to 982-thousand barrels a day.  According to the Renewable Fuels Association, that equates to 15.05 billion gallons on an annualized basis. Despite the increased production, ethanol inventories actually dropped 1.5 percent, reflecting continued good demand for ethanol. Photo… Read more »

RFA head: Elation over RFS announcement short-lived

The president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, says his elation over the EPA’s recent announcement on the Renewable Fuels Standard was short-lived. “I feel a little bit like the receiver that just caught a Hail Mary pass at the end of regulation,” Dinneen says. “I’m elated in the end zone, but… Read more »

Late emergence of winter wheat a concern in some areas

The final condition rating of the nation’s winter wheat crop, until next spring, is 58 percent good to excellent and six percent poor to very poor. That’s a slight decline from last week and also a few points below where the crop finished up this year. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says there are two major… Read more »

Net farm income down 21 percent

USDA says U.S. net farm income for 2014 will be down 21 percent from last year, dropping from 123 billion to 97 billion dollars. Higher production expenses are the main driver of the drop in net farm income. Total production expenses are forecast to increase almost six percent in 2014 extending a four-year upward trend… Read more »

Deadline nears to renegotiate farmland leases

Tenant farmers wanting to renegotiate farmland leases for 2015 need to deliver notices soon.  According to Purdue University agricultural law professor Gerald Harrison, the Indiana notification deadline is three months before the end of the current crop year.  By custom in the Indiana farming community, crop years end on the last day of February –… Read more »

Communicating agriculture’s message

When it comes to communicating complex issues, Richard Levick, Chairman and CEO of Levick Communications says it needs to be handled differently than other issues.  “In the internet age – it is every bit as significant as the agricultural and industrial revolutions that have proceeded it,” he says.  “But rather than be afraid of this… Read more »