Cash rent outlook for 2016

On average, crop land rental rates across the Midwest were down about ten percent in 2015.  Jim Farrell, CEO of Farmers National Company, the nation’s largest farm management firm, foresees a similar scenario in 2016. “We’re probably looking at either steady or perhaps as much as ten percent down again,” Farrell says. “It will depend… Read more »

Fed report hints of ‘growing risk’

There are signs of “growing risk” in the farm sector because of surging demand for farm operating loans. That’s according to the latest ag finance report from the Federal Reserve System. Nathan Kauffman who heads up the Omaha branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, tells Brownfield they’ve seen a steady increase in large operating… Read more »

Manure Science Review

The 2015 Manure Science Review will address some important issues facing agriculture in Ohio. Glen Arnold, Extension nutrient management application specialist at Ohio State University says water quality and nutrient management will be topics getting attention next week in Darke County. “We’re going to mention the new rules that people in the Western Lake Erie… Read more »

NFU’s opposition to TPP continues

The National Farmers Union (NFU) continues to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. NFU’s Chandler Goule says free trade agreements, such as TPP, have not worked. “Last September, the United States was at a 505 billion dollars trade deficit since we started signing free trade agreements,” Goule says. The emphasis should be on… Read more »

NPPC confident TPP will pass, despite no deal in Hawaii

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The National Pork Producers Council, NPPC, says it’s confident a final deal will be reached in the Trans Pacific Partnership. The latest round of TPP talks, in Hawaii, ended late Friday night with no final deal.  U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says that while they made significant progress on resolving remaining issues, there’s still more… Read more »

Canadian grain buyers come to Michigan

The U.S. Grains Council and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan hosted Canadian grain buyers at the end of July. Angel Jenio with Michigan Corn says there is a lot of integration in the Canadian market, but there are still a lot of opportunities to increase trade. She tells Brownfield the tour was about highlighting… Read more »

Michigan fairs Go Green in 2015

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee is helping 25 fairs Go Green in 2015 with soy-based products. For the fifth year, the Green Fair Project has granted fairs up to 50 percent of the cost of soy industrial products to use on the fair grounds. Kathy Maurer with the Soybean Checkoff says biodiesel is one of… Read more »

Young entrepreneur combines passion for farming, tech

The InfoAg Conference, which took place this week in St. Louis, is about blending high technology with agriculture.  Jesse Vollmar is a young man that has made a success out of his passion for both. Vollmar co-founded FarmLogs four years ago and describes his company in terms that could describe many of the InfoAg exhibiters…. Read more »

AFBF: WOTUS memos reveal EPA misconduct

Army Corps of Engineers internal memos connected to the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule reveal what the American Farm Bureau says is dysfunction, secrecy and misconduct at the EPA.  The corps memos were released Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Don Parrish says the memos… Read more »

Dairy program recognized by Neb. Dept. of Health

  The Nebraska Department of Health has presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” to the Midwest Dairy Association, in recognition of that group’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the dairy industry in collaboration with the National Football League and USDA…. Read more »