Illinois land values conference

Farmland values now and where they may be in the future will be discussed at the 2015 Illinois Land Values Conference, March 19 in Bloomington, Illinois.  Dale Aupperle, chairman of the Land Value and Lease Trends event says with declining prices being paid for land as well as lease rates, the Conference theme, ‘Looking for… Read more »

Research showing cover crops work

The University of Notre Dame is conducting research looking at using cover crops to prevent nutrient loss. Jennifer Tank, Professor of Biology at Notre Dame says the research project being conducted in a 3,000 acre watershed in Kosciusko County Indiana is showing significant reductions. “30 percent decline in nitrate, 50 percent decline in dissolved reactive… Read more »

January cheese production increases 2.8%

  USDA reports January 2015 cheese production totaled 980.127 million pounds, up 2.8% from January 2014. Italian cheese came out at 432.138 million pounds, also 2.8% above a year ago. American type cheese was reported at 393.382 million pounds, 3.4% more than last year. Butter production was pegged at 179.495 million pounds, down 1.6% on… Read more »

Dairy class prices down on year

In USDA’s announcement of class and component prices for February, the class two price was $14.48 per hundredweight, down $1.70 from January and $9.25 lower than February 2014. Class three came out at $15.46, seventy two cents less than a month ago and $7.89 below a year ago. Class four was reported at $13.82, up… Read more »

Food prices to increase slightly

Last year consumers saw food prices increase 2.4 percent overall and USDA economist Annemarie Kuhns says similar increases are expected for 2015. With the most noticeable increases, she says around the perimeter of the grocery store.  “Some of the meats and produce will see slightly higher than average inflation than a lot of the goods… Read more »

USDA speeding up biotech deregulation process

The USDA is speeding up the process to get new biotech crops tested and deregulated for use by farmers. Kevin Shea runs the USDA agency in charge of that process, which has been criticized in the past for being too slow. He told a congressional panel that the backlog for approvals has been rapidly reduced… Read more »

Indiana Pork receives ISDA grant

Indiana Pork has been awarded an Indiana Livestock Market Development Grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The grant will provide up to $15,000 in matching funds toward the development of a biomass digester project planning tool for livestock producers. The project will address barriers to the construction and use of biomass digesters… Read more »

Nebraska farmland values slip three percent

After five years of increases, average farmland values in Nebraska dropped three percent over the past year. That’s according to preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2015 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey. The biggest percentage drop was in the eastern district, which was down 10 percent, while the biggest increase was in the… Read more »

Disagreements apparent over proposal for elected ag director

The Missouri Farm Bureau is against a proposed constitutional change that would shift the Missouri Director of Agriculture from a governor’s appointee to an elected position.  State legislative affairs director Ashley McDonald says Missouri’s 73 to 27 percent split between urban and rural voters is hard to overcome to elect someone who best represents farmers…. Read more »

Wisconsin Ginseng Board nominations

The Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection is now accepting nominations for three seats on the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin. DATCP will mail nomination forms to eligible growers.  Completed forms must include the signatures from at least five eligible growers other than the nominee and the notarized affidavit of eligibility.  Forms must be… Read more »