A.G. upholds Wisconsin land ownership rule

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has issued an opinion upholding the state’s restrictions on foreign ownership of agricultural land. Non-resident aliens cannot own more than 640 acres in the Badger State. Van Hollen issued the opinion at the request of State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos following an attempt by Governor Walker to repeal the… Read more »

Missouri foods in spotlight at Ag Conference

Missouri food products were in the spotlight at the kick-off of the 45th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agriculture at Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach. The Taste of AgriMissouri Reception featured food and drinks promoted through the state Ag Department’s AgriMissouri program. Diana and Kevin Duncan of Duncan Farms in Centertown were given the Missouri Grown… Read more »

Milk production up 3.4% in November

Milk production in the United States totaled 16.5 billion pounds up 3.4 percent from November of last year. The U.S. dairy herd increased 82,000 head to 9.28 million cows and production per cow increased 42 pounds to average 1,782. In the 23 major dairy states, November production totaled 15.5 billion pounds up 3.5 percent from… Read more »

U.S. cattle on feed up 1%

USDA’s most recent set of cattle on feed numbers showed drops in placements and marketings, against a slightly larger on feed figure. During November, placements on feed were 1.792 million head, 4% less than in November 2013, and the second lowest for the month since the series of reports started in 1996. By weight, placements… Read more »

Top sorghum yield is 246 bushels per acre

The top yield in this year’s National Sorghum Producers’ Yield Contest was 246 bushels per acre. It was produced by Henson Land & Cattle of Texas in the conventional-till irrigated category. Other first place winners in each category are: Cody Sassmann of Missouri in the No-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 207.98 bushels per… Read more »

Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer awards

Indiana Farm Bureau will be well represented next month at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in San Diego.  Chris and Marah Steele of Adams County will compete for the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Ag Award.  In addition to working off the farm, the Steele’s own and operate a corn maze and you-pick… Read more »

Indiana Wines for the holidays

It’s the holiday season and with 80 wineries around the state, it’s pretty easy to find the perfect wine for your holiday meal. Indiana Wines marketing director Jeanette Merritt says start by stopping in your local winery.  “Tell the folks behind the counter what kind of food you’re going to be serving for those holiday… Read more »

Iowa Soybean CEO celebrates 25 years

As the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) celebrated its 50th anniversary this week, its CEO was recognized for being there for half of it. Kirk Leeds celebrated his 25 years of service at the ISA 50th Anniversary Symposium and Banquet on Wednesday in Des Moines. “I am humbled by the recognition and I have appreciated the opportunity… Read more »

Cuban market potential is big for agriculture

Approximately 50 percent of the Illinois corn crop is exported.  Kenneth Hartman, Illinois Corn Growers president says this week’s announcement to normalize trade relations with Cuba is a good move for agriculture.  “I think it’s a big positive for any farmer,” he says. And,  it’s a market that is easily accessible.  “When you look at… Read more »

Biodiesel exec: More certainty needed

The chairman of the nation’s largest biodiesel producer is calling for more “certainty” in U.S. renewable energy policy. Jeff Stroburg of Iowa-based REG—Renewable Energy Group—says the down-to-the-wire extension of the biodiesel tax credit for 2014 is an example of the uncertainty the industry faces. “We’re glad to see that get passed—it’s unfortunate that we didn’t… Read more »