Vilsack calls for action on GMO labeling

USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to act on mandatory GMO labeling legislation. Speaking to attendees of the Organic Trade Association’s Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Wednesday, Vilsack said it’s time to establish a mandatory system that is flexible. Blocking GMO labeling is no longer an option, he says, given Vermont’s law is… Read more »

Michigan farmer finally finishes corn planting

A Michigan farmer says he finished planting just before the rain this week. Brian Haskin farms about 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Mid-Michigan. He tells Brownfield this year’s planting season was extremely difficult with less than ideal conditions.  “We got a late start because of the wet weather through our area, so the weeds… Read more »

Knowledge and beliefs on GMOs vary

A new study says consumers don’t know as much about the facts of GMOs as they think. Conducted by researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Oklahoma State University, the consumer poll asked questions to measure consumers’ knowledge of genetically modified food. The study found after answering a list… Read more »

Less N going to Gulf from IL River

Nutrient levels from the Illinois River into the Gulf of Mexico have dropped, according to a recent study. The University of Illinois research found nitrate concentrations were down 10% from 2010 through 2014 compared to the average load between 1980 and 1996. The load dropped by 15% in 2015. The study found that newer varieties… Read more »

Missouri ag part of trade trip to Cuba

Missouri’s Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce will be on Governor Jay Nixon’s upcoming trade mission to Cuba which starts on Sunday.  Missouri Agriculture, Business, Education and Government will all be represented on the four-day trip. The Missouri Soybean Association director and several representatives of Martin Rice in southeast Missouri will be on the trip. So will… Read more »

Good demand picture for corn and soybeans

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Agricultural economist Darrel Good says a promising demand picture is starting to take shape for U.S. crop farmers. He tells Brownfield problems in South America are swaying export customers towards corn and soybeans produced in the U.S.        

Bayer says its offer for Monsanto is good

Bayer says its offer of $62 billion for Monsanto is a good offer. It’s an all-cash offer of $122 per share. Monsanto rejected it Tuesday, saying it was “financially inadequate” but that the company is willing to keep talking with Bayer. In a statement, CEO Warren Baumann of Bayer AG responded by saying they’re confident that… Read more »

Expect late planted corn yields to fall

For growers wondering how much time they have left to plant corn, Burrus Hybrids Product Lead Josh Gunther tells Brownfield there’s still time, but thought needs to be given to potential returns. “You can expect corn yields to drop the later and later you go, everyone knows that,” Gunther told Brownfield Ag News Tuesday, “but… Read more »

Peterson skeptical of cellulosic ethanol

The ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee has concerns about the long-term viability of cellulosic ethanol. Collin Peterson of Minnesota says he was originally a proponent of the technology. “But the more I look at this, I just don’t think there is any significant amount of ethanol that’s going to be produced here.” He… Read more »

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s offer

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Monsanto has rejected Bayer’s 62 billion dollar acquisition bid and might seek a higher price. In a statement, Monsanto said the offer was “incomplete and financially inadequate” but said it is open to “continued and constructive conversations” with Bayer to assess whether a transaction would be in the best interest of Monsanto shareholders. Monsanto chairman and CEO… Read more »