Eau Claire teacher wins Ag in the Classroom honor

                                                                                                                             (Tumaniec & Kannel) Tracey Tumaniec, a fifth grade teacher at Manz Elementary School in Eau Claire, is the recipient of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for their efforts in educating students on the importance of agriculture. Teachers of all… Read more »

RFA head: Elation over RFS announcement short-lived

The president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, says his elation over the EPA’s recent announcement on the Renewable Fuels Standard was short-lived. “I feel a little bit like the receiver that just caught a Hail Mary pass at the end of regulation,” Dinneen says. “I’m elated in the end zone, but… Read more »

Net farm income down 21 percent

USDA says U.S. net farm income for 2014 will be down 21 percent from last year, dropping from 123 billion to 97 billion dollars. Higher production expenses are the main driver of the drop in net farm income. Total production expenses are forecast to increase almost six percent in 2014 extending a four-year upward trend… Read more »

Deadline nears to renegotiate farmland leases

Tenant farmers wanting to renegotiate farmland leases for 2015 need to deliver notices soon.  According to Purdue University agricultural law professor Gerald Harrison, the Indiana notification deadline is three months before the end of the current crop year.  By custom in the Indiana farming community, crop years end on the last day of February –… Read more »

Communicating agriculture’s message

When it comes to communicating complex issues, Richard Levick, Chairman and CEO of Levick Communications says it needs to be handled differently than other issues.  “In the internet age – it is every bit as significant as the agricultural and industrial revolutions that have proceeded it,” he says.  “But rather than be afraid of this… Read more »

Tax planning and accounting seminars offered

With lower farm grain and milk prices comes a greater need for tax planning. Paul Dietmann with Badgerland Financial says in a year like this, people have been investing in machinery and structures, perhaps they delayed some grain sales and with lower prices, they may find themselves with a large tax liability without the cash… Read more »

ASA proposes all countries dropping sugar subsidies

The American Sugar Alliance (ASA) wants the world to function as a subsidy-free sugar market, according to ASA spokesman Phillip Hayes, who tells Brownfield Ag News that subsidies paid to producers in the world’s big three sugar countries, Brazil, Thailand and India, are being expanded to keep market share from each other.  The result, he… Read more »

Presidential turkeys arrive in Washington, D.C.

The two Presidential turkeys have made the trip from Mercer County Ohio to Washington, D.C. Cole Cooper of Cooper Farms has been the caretaker of the Presidential Turkey Flock, raising the birds from the time they were hatched until now, 20 weeks later. So what was the process to select the two turkeys to make… Read more »

Missouri Farmers Union took lead on Big Data discussion

Missouri Farmers Union President Richard Oswald says the group is forward thinking in its policy formation.  Oswald, who farms near Clarence, Missouri, in Atchison County, tells Brownfield Ag News that the state’s Farmers Union gets the attention of its national counterpart. “Missouri tends to sort of be at the cutting edge of policy because a… Read more »

Northey hopeful EPA’s delay is a good sign

Reaction from ag leaders has been mixed following the EPA’s announcement that it is once again delaying its decision on 2014 ethanol blend requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says that while he is disappointed with the continued delays, he is hopeful that the EPA is reconsidering its… Read more »