Ag economy is positioned well

Despite a softening agricultural economy, a farm lending CEO says the agriculture industry is doing well. Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Farm Credit Mid-America says several years of strong farm income has positioned farmers well for what may be challenging times ahead in the ag industry.  “We’ve seen our customers really focusing in on… Read more »

New resources for farmers in the Lake Erie Basin

Michigan State University Extension will provide on-demand information for farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Shelby Burlew, Livestock Environmental Extension Educator, is co-chairing the efforts.  She says there will be five specific areas of focus. “So, one our efforts being a targeted educational campaign, then also the creation of on demand webinar series as… Read more »

Donnelly disappointed with EPA ruling

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says he’s disappointed with EPA’s final ruling on the Clean Water Rule (formerly Waters of the US).  “This process has been a mess from the start,” he says.  “Indiana farmers are frustrated and so am I.  I wish it had been done a different way.  We’re still gathering all the information… Read more »

Congress may try to block WOTUS implementation

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Several farm-state members of Congress are expressing frustration with the EPA after the agency released its final Clean Water Act rule. House Ag Committee ranking member Collin Peterson says he’s disappointed that EPA moved forward with a rule that, in his words, “would increase confusion and red tape”. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst questions whether the EPA gave… Read more »

Nebraska’s ban on packer ownership of hogs intact

An attempt to repeal Nebraska’s ban on meatpacker ownership of hogs is dead for this session. The bill had received first round approval, but a filibuster on Wednesday prevented it from advancing to a second-round vote. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen applauded the legislature’s action. “The impact of LB176 would be to structurally, economically,… Read more »

Green industry experiencing shortages

Nurseries and greenhouses this year aren’t prepared for growing demand. Amy Frankmann, Executive Director of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, says the state’s harsh winters and past economic downturn has affected supplies in the industry. “Now that demand has increased, we’re finding that our trees and our shrubs that are on a two year… Read more »

Nebraska bill would allow packer ownership of hogs

A bill allowing meatpackers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has received first round approval in the Nebraska Unicameral. During floor debate Tuesday, Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala said Nebraska’s law prohibiting meat packers from owning hogs has stymied the growth of the state’s pork industry. “Nearly every state that surrounds us is seeing… Read more »

Farm Science Review and Field to Faucet receives $1 million boost

Farm Science Review, and Ohio State University’s water quality initiative, Field to Faucet has received a significant boost.  Beck’s Hybrids has announced a $1 million dollar commitment over 5 years.  “Half of that gift is going towards the three research projects under the Fields to Faucet initiative,” said Hilary Price, Director of Corporate and Foundation… Read more »

NCBA official likes TPA’s chances in the House

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An official of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says he expects Trade Promotion Authority to be passed by the House of Representatives. “A lot of the public debates that needed to happen have already occurred, so I think that a lot of those questions have been answered and a lot of those concerns have been… Read more »

Dow records first sales of Enlist Duo herbicide

Dow AgroSciences is trumpeting the first sales of its Enlist Duo herbicide in the U.S. Dow spokesman John Kalthoff says the herbicide’s combination of glyphosate and a new 2,4-D choline gives growers a new mode of action to incorporate into their postemergence weed control program. “Many of them are dealing with very hard to control,… Read more »