Iowa not part of Clean Water Act lawsuits

Iowa is not among the more than two dozen states that have filed lawsuits against the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers over the new Clean Water Act rule. In a statement provided to Brownfield, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says that while he has concerns with the EPA’s “broad” definition of waterways under its… Read more »

Crop damage varies across the state

Crop damage from flooding is widespread in Indiana. Farm Service Agency administrator Julia Wickard says now that the Prevented Plant Deadlines have passed the next step is up to farmers.  “Right now the real critical component is for producers who either have prevented planting or failed acreage to notify county offices immediately,” she says.  “Let… Read more »

South Dakota Eminent Farmers, Homemakers chosen

Gary Duffy of Oldham, South Dakota, and Becky Walth of Glenham, South Dakota are the South Dakota State University 2015 Eminent Farmers/Ranchers.  The 2015 Eminent Homemakers are Ida Slocum of Aurora, South Dakota, and Helen Sweeter of Worthing, South Dakota. The honors are presented annually to four people for their contributions of leadership and service…. Read more »

Voices need to be heard now on RFS

The executive director of Michigan Corn says the Renewable Fuel Standard is working. “The law was intended to get our dependence off of foreign oil, we have actually reduced that.” Jim Zook with Michigan Corn tells Brownfield Michigan ethanol plants produce about 300 million gallons, but the state consumes an additional 150 million gallons of… Read more »

Iowa Soybean to host water quality open house

  Efforts by Iowa farmers to improve water quality will be showcased during a water quality open house this Wednesday, July 1st at the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) campus in Ankeny. ISA spokesman Aaron Putze says it’s a unique opportunity to view technologies and on-farm practices that improve agriculture’s environmental performance. “We’re going to be… Read more »

HATCH program to continue

The partnership between Elanco, Kroger, Rose Acre Farms, and consumers to provide eggs to the food insecure will continue.  Bert Payne, operations director for HATCH says the pilot program was a huge success.  “Through the cooperation of the corporations and more importantly the participation of the consumer in making that choice to buy a medium… Read more »

NCBA’s CEO resigns

The CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Forrest Roberts, has announced his resignation. Roberts has been the CEO of NCBA since 2009. According to an NCBA news release, Roberts is leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. He will remain until the end of July to help… Read more »

Michigan wheat growers host field day

The newly formed Michigan Wheat Program held its 3rd Annual Summer Field Day on Michigan State University’s research farms. Chairman Dave Milligan says their research focus has been on improving yields and quality. “Soybeans and corn have seen a big yield increase in the last 5-10 years.”  He tells Brownfield, “Wheat’s stayed pretty stagnant, we just… Read more »

Record year for Wisconsin FFA Foundation

2014-15 was a very good year for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation: a record $555,496.07 was raised, up 10 percent from the previous year.  Past president Lori Lulich said the Foundation is stronger than ever as is the state of the Wisconsin FFA Association. Travis Holt of Citizens State Bank of Loyal will serve as Foundation… Read more »

Nebraska Farm Bureau: RFS changes hurt agriculture

The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau says the EPA is jeopardizing a key segment of Nebraska agriculture by failing to meet the blending requirements for ethanol as outlined by Congress. Steve Nelson was one of several Nebraskans who testified at the recent hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in Kansas City, Kansas. “The message… Read more »