Michigan Farm Bureau President reflects on 1st year

The Michigan Farm Bureau president says his first year of service has been a family affair. Carl Bednarski  was elected at the 2014 Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting by member delegates as their 16th president.  The Tuscola County crop farmer grows corn, dry beans, sugarbeets and white wheat with his wife and three sons in… Read more »

Weather challenges for Texas cotton growers

This week’s freezing rain, snow, and at times heavy rainfall could cause big problems for Texas cotton producers. USDA meteorologist Eric Luebehusen says the National Weather Service has much of the cotton producing regions of north Texas in a path of freezing rain accumulations of greater than one-quarter of an inch. According to the latest Crop Report –… Read more »

Ethanol could be the next big thing in exports

Nebraska farmer and chairman of the US Grains Council (USGC) Alan Tiemann says his organization is working to make ethanol “the next big thing” for US exports. “We have an established relationship around the world in DDGs,” he says.  “Ethanol is just the next step in moving corn as a value added product around the… Read more »

Poultry producers can meet consumer demand

A poultry industry official says producers can and will adapt to just about any consumer demand. Paul Brennan with the Indiana State Poultry Association says the consumer reigns supreme and if they want it – and they are willing to pay for it, producers will meet the demand for the product.  He says agriculture is… Read more »

Managing the farm in tough economic times

An agronomist says he’s heard a lot of farmers talk about cutting back on crop inputs for 2016 to maximize their returns on investment. Jason Webster, innovation lead for Beck’s says that decision might come with some consequences.  “We don’t want to set a grower up for disaster,” he says.  “When I look at fertilizer… Read more »

Sales and earnings down at Deere

Deere and Company the latest to document the downturn in the agricultural economy. The nation’s largest farm equipment company is reporting earnings of $351 million for the fourth quarter and $1.94 billion for the year.  Worldwide net sales and revenues were down 25 percent for the quarter and down 20 percent for the year. North… Read more »

Preparing for another battle with avian flu

The Indiana State Poultry Association says as weather cools the state’s poultry producers are preparing to protect their operations from another round of avian influenza. Paul Brennan, executive vice-president of the organization says the state’s poultry industry is increasing its efforts and awareness when it comes to biosecurity.  “We’re working with our board of animal… Read more »

Poultry producers make holiday donation to Indiana food banks

The Indiana State Poultry Association (ISPA) is doing its part to help Hoosiers in need this holiday season. The association has made a donation the week of Thanksgiving for more than 65 years and on Monday it donated more than 70 tons of poultry products to Indiana’s food banks. Executive vice-president Paul Brennan says the… Read more »

Providing a holistic approach to risk management

The Indiana Soybean Alliance has partnered with Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture to give farmers an online resource to take a more holistic approach to risk management. Megan Kuhn, with the Indiana Soybean Alliance says risk management is becoming increasingly important as margins get even tighter.  She says the website is an interactive tool… Read more »

Ethanol industry continues to defend RFS

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An ethanol industry official says “Big Oil” is making a last-ditch effort to discredit the benefits of ethanol before the EPA’s final RFS rule is announced. Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy says it’s because the renewable fuels industry has taken 10 percent of the oil industry’s market share.  “Part of their purpose of rolling… Read more »