Dairy MPP sign-up deadline November 28

A reminder for dairy producers the deadline to sign-up for the Margin Protection Program is November 28th.  There are several on-line worksheets available to help producers determine what level of coverage would be best for their operation should they decide to participate.  The National Milk Producers Federation has a worksheet available on their website as… Read more »

Wisconsin farm bill meetings

University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency are conduction informational meetings around the state to help farmers learn about the new farm bill programs.  Producers can learn about the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy farmers and the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs which replace the old ACRE… Read more »

Bountiful Illinois harvest creates piles of corn

Millions of bushels of Illinois corn are already in temporary or emergency storage and there’s a lot of harvest to be done.  Illinois Corn Growers Executive Director Rod Weinzierl (WINE-zurl) says these are the piles of corn that dot the landscape in the fall. “We have such an abundance that we have a very high… Read more »

Food trends for 2015

  Sterling Rice Group, a Colorado-based consulting company for the food industry has released their Top 10 Trends “that will inspire the food industry in 2015”.  SRG says the list depicts a deeper exploration of global cuisines but also reinforces local connections and promotes sustainability. Number-one on the list is Regional Grains; local farmers growing… Read more »

Good times for eggs

The egg has bounced-back.  The American Egg Board says per capita egg consumption has increased from 247.9 in 2011 to 251.3 in 2013.  Estimates are that will increase to 255 this year.  Egg consumption peaked in 2006 at just over 258 then slumped after that. Egg Nutrition Center executive director Mitch Kanter says eggs are… Read more »

Kansas cellulosic plant will use variety of feedstocks

Last week, Abengoa Bioenergy officially opened its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Spokesman Chris Standlee says the plant will utilize crop residue as its feedstock, with about 80 percent of that being corn stover. “We have already done four or five years of harvest—and we’ve done harvests with both corn stover and wheat… Read more »

L.A. officials seek to establish ‘GMO-free zone’

The Los Angeles city council has asked the city attorney to draft a proposal banning the sale and planting of any genetically modified seeds with the L.A. city limits. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who co-authored the proposal, admits the ban would be largely symbolic due to the small amount of agriculture within the city.  But he… Read more »

Taiwanese trade team visits Indiana

Representatives of the Taiwan grain industry are in Indiana this week to see Indiana agriculture first hand.  Willis Cheng, a member of the trade team, tells Brownfield Taiwan imports nearly 100 percent of their corn and soybeans and says the visit allows the delegation to better understand their supplier.  “Indiana is a very important agriculture… Read more »

Study finds the dairy farmers care for animals

A National Milk Producers Federation report indicates dairy farmers continue to adopt high-quality animal care. Federation spokesman Chris Galen says the report quantifies the practices of farmers participating in the industry’s National Dairy FARM Program – Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. “The FARM Program is about continuous improvement, it’s not about trying to flunk people out… Read more »

Groundwater contamination issue in Wisconsin

Six environmental groups have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to investigate groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin.  The petition charges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has failed to protect residential drinking water through its powers to regulate groundwater and oversight of large livestock operations…. Read more »