Celebrating 30 years of the Conservation Reserve Program

For the last 30 years the Conservation Reserve Program has been helping farmers improve soil and water quality.  Brad Pfaff, Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs for the Farm Service Agency says CRP isn’t a one-size-fits-all program – but there is something available for everyone.  “There’s a number of different practices within CRP that can assist… Read more »

Forecast for a pretty good growing season

After the slow start to planting in much of the Corn Belt this spring, many farmers are turning their concerns to the weather for the growing season. Meteorologist Greg Soulje says he’s anticipating a more active rainfall pattern across the northern and eastern Corn Belt this summer.  “Perhaps detrimental rains along with some cool air… Read more »

Quality forage helping offset high input costs

A central Wisconsin dairy farmer says producing high quality forage is helping offset escalating input costs. Brad Kramer has a 200 cow operation near Pittsville where he also raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa. He tells Brownfield margins are getting tighter as milk prices go down and soybean meal prices go up. “The price of milk… Read more »

Maschhoffs takes ‘swift action’ to address concerns

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Officials of The Maschhoffs say they have taken swift action to address animal abuse concerns raised by an undercover video recorded at one of its sow farms in Nebraska. In a news release provided to Brownfield on Friday afternoon, the company listed several actions that have been taken: *The farm manager at the sow farm in… Read more »

U.S. and Cuban ag groups formalize agreement

U.S. agriculture groups and a Cuban agribusiness group have formalized an agreement that will benefit the food and ag industry. The memorandum of understanding will re-establish the Cuban marketplace for U.S. food and ag products and calls for regular meetings between the groups. The American Soybean Association, a member of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for… Read more »

GMO ban headed to voters in Sonoma County

Voters in Sonoma County, California will decide this November whether or not to ban the planting of GMO crops and seeds in unincorporated areas of the county. According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat supervisors said the proposed ordinance is significantly flawed and argue the measure is based on fear, not science. Shirlee Zane a member… Read more »

Bayer remains confident about acquiring Monsanto

Despite Monsanto’s rejection of Bayer’s 62 billion dollar offer to buy the company, the German-based company is not giving up. In a video posted on-line, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann says Monsanto is a perfect match to Bayer’s agricultural business. “It would combine complementary skills with minimal geographic overlap,” Baumann says. “We at Bayer have a leading… Read more »

Half price milk

A Michigan dairy farmer says too much milk in the market is putting many dairy farmers in a pinch. Shortly after Michigan dairy farmer Carla Wardin and her husband Chris purchased their family’s farm the milk market was booming.  Wardin tells Brownfield seven years later – milk production is high and there isn’t always a place to… Read more »

Illinois Wheat Association yield estimate ‘better than expected’

The wheat yield estimate for Illinois is better than some were expecting.  A survey of tiller and head counts from dozens of Illinois wheat fields Thursday resulted in an estimated average yield of 63.5 bushels to the acre.  Illinois Wheat Association President John Ernst was among the volunteers doing the counting. “Well, we found impressive… Read more »

Expanding the ethanol market south of the border

Last week, a USDA-led group of ethanol industry leaders visited Mexico as both countries continue exploring opportunities to expand their respective renewable energy sectors. The U.S. Grains Council was part of those discussions, and USGC’s director in Mexico Ryan LeGrand says the delegation left with many action-items to follow up on. “The (Mexican) government regulators… Read more »