Dairy still unresolved at TPP talks

As of late Friday afternoon, dairy policy remained a sticking point at the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Hawaii. Reports say Canada has made nothing more than a token offer but no formal proposal to open its market. As a result the Australian Broadcasting Company says the United States stated that if Canada doesn’t increase… Read more »

Young entrepreneur combines passion for farming, tech

The InfoAg Conference, which took place this week in St. Louis, is about blending high technology with agriculture.  Jesse Vollmar is a young man that has made a success out of his passion for both. Vollmar co-founded FarmLogs four years ago and describes his company in terms that could describe many of the InfoAg exhibiters…. Read more »

U.K. dairy producers want help

Dairy farmers in Northern Ireland met with Minister of Agriculture Michelle O’Neill and members of their national assembly Agriculture Committee on Thursday in an effort to get the United Kingdom to do something about milk prices. The producers have requested a meeting with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. The Belfast Telegraph says the more than 200… Read more »

WOTUS lawsuits consolidated

A dozen lawsuits against the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers on its Clean Water rule – formerly named Waters of the U.S. – have been consolidated. A report by Agri-Pulse says the EPA and Corps asked to have the petitions grouped together and a judicial panel agreed. The 6th Circuit Court – which covers… Read more »

Bayer reportedly not interested in Syngenta

Several reports say Bayer is not interested in acquiring its competitor Syngenta – as Monsanto continues to pursue Syngenta. Bayer’s CEO told CNBC that Syngenta is “not a logical acquisition target for Bayer” because of a lot of overlap of crop protection products in the businesses. Syngenta continues to reject Monsanto’s offers.

AFBF: WOTUS memos reveal EPA misconduct

Army Corps of Engineers internal memos connected to the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule reveal what the American Farm Bureau says is dysfunction, secrecy and misconduct at the EPA.  The corps memos were released Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Don Parrish says the memos… Read more »

Commodity Carnival in its third year

Fairs across the country are providing a unique opportunity for young fairgoers to learn about the business of agriculture. Dave Lehman, Managing Director of Agricultural Research & Product Development at CME Group tells Brownfield Commodity Carnival is a game that teaches what it takes to raise a pig. “The costs that are associated with that… Read more »

Groups urge DOJ investigation of pork deal

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Several ag, consumer and competition groups are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the proposed merger of JBS and Cargill. The American Antitrust Institute, Food & Water Watch, Iowa Farmers Union, the National Farmers Union and the Missouri Rural Crisis Center have written a white paper about their concerns. The crisis center’s Rhonda… Read more »

Dairy program recognized by Neb. Dept. of Health

  The Nebraska Department of Health has presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” to the Midwest Dairy Association, in recognition of that group’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the dairy industry in collaboration with the National Football League and USDA…. Read more »

Contract hog finishing expanding in Nebraska

Contract finishing of hogs is expanding in Nebraska. One of the newest facilities is on John Tyson’s farm north of Blair in Washington County. “I raised hogs from 1980 to about 1998 and then I finally got out of hogs,” Tyson says. “Now the boys are back on the farm and we need to diversify… Read more »