Putting a spotlight on dairy at the Indianapolis 500

The Fastest Rookie award luncheon is one of two events that highlights the Indiana dairy industry during race week and on race day.  Deb Osza, general manager of the American Dairy Association of Indiana says the drink of milk in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500 is a tradition that puts the dairy industry front and center. Osza… Read more »

New Wheat Growers CEO will re-examine some current views

The National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) new CEO, Chandler Goule, says he’ll have to re-examine his views on trade.  The National Farmers Union, Goule’s current employer, and for whom he frequently serves as spokesman, is opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but NAWG supports it. “I understand both sides of trade and the benefits, because… Read more »

Tough times need better dairy safety net

A Missouri dairy farmer says the dairy safety net is not helping farmers as intended, especially in the depressed ag economy. He’s National Milk Producers Federation Chairman Randy Mooney who told the House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture he believes the Margin Protection Program is for the future, but it needs some improvements.  “For many… Read more »

Nebraska governor announces Asia trade mission

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has announced he will lead a trade mission to China and Hong Kong in November. Nebraska ag director Greg Ibach will be part of that mission. “China is a very important market just because of the sheer size of the market and the market opportunity looking into the future,” Ibach says…. Read more »

Cattle industry’s struggles discussed at hearing

The long stretch of financial losses in the cattle feeding business came up for discussion this morning at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing in Washington. Dr. David Anderson, an ag economist at Texas A&M University, said the depressed cattle market is fairly easy to explain. “I think it’s worth remembering that markets and incentives work,”… Read more »

Report: Monsanto will reject Bayer’s bid

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According to a report by the Reuters news agency, Monsanto has decided to reject Bayer’s 62 billion dollar acquisition bid and will seek a higher price. Reuters cites sources who say Monsanto officials believe shareholders deserve a better offer and are confident of their “standalone plan” if the deal fails to materialize. Brownfield’s request for… Read more »

Record organic sales despite supply struggles

The Organic Trade Association says U.S. organic sales hit a new record in 2015 even with supply chain gaps. The Association’s 2016 industry survey says the organic market saw the largest annual dollar gain, up over $4 billion in sales from the previous year. Total organic sales for 2015 were $43.3 billion, up 11 percent… Read more »

Michigan Milk turns 100

The Michigan Milk Producers Association says the cooperative was created exactly 100 years ago to unify dairy farmers searching for a more reliable and stable milk price. President Ken Nobis tells Brownfield the importance of a co-op remains true today.  “The challenge with organization and the challenge of pricing and the natural push back that you… Read more »

Costco initiates approval process for Nebraska chicken plant site

Costco has initiated the approval process to locate a chicken processing plant near Fremont in east-central Nebraska. The company has filed a petition for annexation and rezoning of land at Hills Farm, an industrial tract located south of Fremont. Cecilia Harry, executive director of the Greater Fremont Development Council, has been working with Costco on the project…. Read more »

A challenge to HSUS’ Meatless Monday claims

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is reportedly working to spread Meatless Mondays by targeting the institutional foodservice sector. According to a report on POLITICO, HSUS claims success in getting 200 school districts across the country to sign on to the Meatless Monday concept. They’re also focused on hospitals, senior homes and corporate… Read more »