WOTUS continues to be a challenge

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says lawmakers are keeping a close eye on the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, to make sure it isn’t twisted to harm America’s farmers and ranchers. “There’s a court decision that has put a hold on WOTUS,” he says.  “And on the Senate side we’re working constantly with our colleagues to get them to… Read more »

Talking ag issues with state legislators

Indiana’s corn and soybean farmers had an opportunity to talk one-on-one with state legislators about some of the biggest issues facing agriculture during the organization’s legislative breakfast. Jeanette Merritt, a director with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and a Miami county farmer says finding a fix for the state’s crumbling infrastructure is one of the key… Read more »

Water issues challenge young farmers in the West

A new report from the National Young Farmers Coalition says young farmers are conservation minded, but face major water scarcity barriers. Western water program director Kate Greenberg tells Brownfield water scarcity, climate change and drought are top concerns of young farmers in the West.  “If we want young farmers to be able to farm and ranch… Read more »

$35 million for school kitchen equipment

The dairy checkoff and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are awarding $35 million to schools to update kitchen equipment. Chief Communication Officer Mollie Waller with Dairy Management Inc. tells Brownfield the grants are possible through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.  “There’s are number of things that the schools can choose to apply for… Read more »

Ellspermann steps down; Pence announces nominee for Lt. Gov

Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann today (Tuesday) announced plans to resign as she pursues the position of president at Ivy Tech Community College. Under Indiana law, the Lt. Governor also serves as the president of the Indiana Senate and as Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. Governor Mike Pence announced Eric Holcomb as his nominee… Read more »

AgReliant and Spensa Technologies launch new precision tool

Seed, soil, and weather are the foundations of a new precision technology tool that will soon be available to farmers. Noah Freeman, manager of precision ag technologies for AgReliant Genetics says Advantage Acre provides farmers with functional information to make the best management decisions for their farm. In times of tighter margins, he says this… Read more »

Argentina likely to increase corn acreage

An election of a new president in Argentina has created additional opportunities for that country’s farmers and an analyst says it is just the beginning. Michael Cordonnier, president of Soybean and Corn Advisors says president Mauricio Macri has implemented many of the changes farmers have been asking for over the last decade.  “He devalued a… Read more »

Projecting big South American crops

Private analysts are predicting big South American corn and soybean crops.  Dr. Michael Cordonnier (core-doe-knee-air), president of Soybean and Corn Advisors says he has the Brazilian soybean crop at 98 million tons.  “We started out a little bit higher – but then we had drier weather in November and December – especially in central Brazil,”… Read more »

Rebuilding a Michigan dairy after disaster

A good insurance plan and the support of an entire community helped rebuild a Michigan dairy farm after a tornado ripped through this summer. Henk deVor tells Brownfield 80 percent of his 3,500 cow dairy was destroyed the same day construction was completed on a new freestall barn. “We built back in six months and… Read more »

Benefits of dairy foods at any age

The benefits of dairy foods can last a lifetime. Registered dietitian Dr. Teresa Wagner recently shared with farmers some of the most common questions she’s been asked about dairy products. She says milk is essential for growing strong bones and maintaining bone mass, which begins to deteriorate after age 35.  “You have to preserve that by… Read more »