Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota land prices

Farm Credit Services of America says cropland prices in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming declined somewhat in 2014 but demand remained strong for pastureland. FCS America tracks sales records every January and July – and its 64 benchmark farms in the four state area. Cropland prices in the last six months of 2014 fell 7.1… Read more »

Missouri Ag Bill advances

The Missouri Senate Agriculture committee has advanced a broad reaching agriculture bill this week. Committee chair Brian Munzlinger says it contains the important dairy provision to help grow the state’s dairy industry but does not contain the deer provision – the reason for Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the bill last year, “I hope that… Read more »

U.S. ag “needs” TPA

A U.S. member of a trade advisory committee for the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) says Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would greatly help those trade talks with the European Union – and – other trade deals. Gina Tumbarello, Director of International Trade Policy with the American Feed Industry Association, tells Brownfield it would… Read more »

Proposed steps for safer raw poultry

New federal standards to reduce contamination of ground chicken and turkey products and raw chicken breasts, legs and wings have been introduced by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Salmonella and Campylobacter are leading causes of foodborne illness. Cooking poultry products to the proper temperature can kill those germs, but, cross contamination in… Read more »

NCBA’s priorities: Taxes, Trade, Transportation

Taxes, trade and transportation—those are three of the top congressional priorities of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in 2015. NCBA’s Colin Woodall says cattlemen need more certainty in the tax code and will push hard for general tax reform. “The reason why is to try to prevent what we saw at the end of 2014 where… Read more »

HSUS’ Maxwell says ‘less meat’ is good

It’s not often you hear a livestock producer say Americans need to eat less meat. Missouri pork producer Joe Maxwell, who is also vice president of outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), says he agrees with those who advocate for reduced meat consumption. “The reality is, whether you listen to the… Read more »

Ohio State Extension beef cattle school

Boosting profit potential and becoming more competitive in the cattle industry will be the focus of the 2015 Ohio State University Extension’s Beef Cattle School.  Stan Smith, Fairfield Co. Extension educator says the first of the three sessions begins January 27.  “John Grimes is going to kick things off and set the stage and talk a… Read more »

Land prices steady for good quality land

Location and quality continue to be the main drivers of farmland prices. Randy Dickhut, vice president of real estate operations with Omaha-based Farmers National Company, says lower grade land has seen drops in value near 15 percent from recent highs. But he says top quality crop and grazing land still brings solid prices. “We have… Read more »

H.S.U.S launches Wisconsin Ag Council

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a State Agriculture Council in Wisconsin. The group cites the rapid increase in the number of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as the reason they are organizing in the Badger State. “Comprised of local farmers and agriculturalists, the HSUS Wisconsin Agriculture Council will work to… Read more »

Co-product feedstuffs are changing

New technological advances in the ethanol-making process have resulted in compositional differences in co-product feedstuffs, such as distillers grains with solubles. Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, says there is more variability in those products. “There’s variability in moisture content and there’s variability in oil content,” says Loy, “and… Read more »