Wiebold is MU Soybean Center’s staff of one

The new University of Missouri Soybean Center has a goal of coordinating soybean research, but its current lone staff person Professor Bill Wiebold tells Brownfield Ag News it’ll be done on a shoestring. “We will never be very large in terms of staff,” Wiebold said, in an interview with Brownfield Ag News, “so I’m the… Read more »

American Farm Bureau Entrepreneurship Challenge accepting applications

The American Farm Bureau is taking applications for its third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Monday, coinciding with National Small Business Week. Entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 in start-up funds, showcasing ideas and business innovations that will benefit rural America.  It’s the first national rural business challenge to focus exclusively on innovative entrepreneurs working on food and ag… Read more »

Ethanol gains favor as climate focus intensifies

As the focus on carbon reduction and climate change intensifies around the world, ethanol seems to be gaining favor. A debate has raged for years over ethanol’s carbon footprint and whether or not it plays a positive role in fighting climate change.  But U.S. corn ethanol fuel production has experienced significant energy use and greenhouse… Read more »

Inaugural alfalfa checkoff to launch this fall

A new checkoff for alfalfa is set to begin in September.  The national, voluntary program will allocate $1 per bag sold.  Beth Nelson, president of the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) says alfalfa is the third most valuable field crop but is the only one without a checkoff program. The program was approved by… Read more »

Michigan corn growers reject proposed assessment increase

Michigan corn farmers have voted against an increased assessment proposal. The Michigan Department of Agriculture says the proposed amendments would have increased the current assessment by one half cent per bushel and required seed corn to be included in the checkoff. The changes would have also revised the nomination process for the Corn Marketing Program… Read more »

Increasing program access for underserved farmers

The USDA wants to increase program access for underserved farmers and ranchers. Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini  says the agency hopes to find new ways to connect participants to the programs available to them.  He says that includes reaching out to veterans.  “We’ve really tried to identify programs that exist within the department’s current… Read more »

EPA says anti-farming billboard NOT its intent

An EPA official says it was not the agency’s intention to fund an anti-farmer billboard that has caused concern all the way up to Capitol Hill. The billboards in part of Washington State were paid for with part of an EPA grant given to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for salmon recovery. The commission then… Read more »

Lt. Governor emphasizes importance of Indiana’s ag industry

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Indiana’s Lt. Governor and Secretary of Agriculture says the agriculture industry will continue to play a vital role in the success of the state. Eric Holcomb tells Brownfield the administration is taking no shame bragging on the victories in the state’s agriculture sector.  “The good news about how we’re attracting international and nation companies to… Read more »

AgriLabs enters vaccine manufacturing business

AgriLabs, the largest U.S. animal health marketing and distribution business, is entering the vaccine manufacturing business with a new USDA-licensed facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. AgriLabs’ CEO Steve Schram says the swine market will be the first target for the new facilities. “That’s where our focus is initially, is to develop some vaccines that are needed… Read more »

Low horsepower tractors selling well

Sales of tractors under 40 horsepower were up 33 percent in March, and are up 26 percent year-to-date.   The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says 2 wheel drive tractors between 40 and 100 horsepower sold 10 percent better this March compared to a year ago.  That, however, is not the case with high horsepower tractors.  Sales… Read more »