Judge considers scope of water rule injunction

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Attorneys filed written arguments with a North Dakota judge Tuesday as to whether his temporary injunction blocking EPA’s Clean Water Rule should apply to all 50 states. U.S. District judge Ralph Erickson last week issued the injunction requested by 13 states to stop the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the rule,… Read more »

Minnesota conference to focus on societal concerns of animal nutrition

  An upcoming conference in Minnesota will focus on how society views animal nutrition. Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo co-chairs the annual conference. “This is the 76th edition of the conference, and the focus has always been to provide timely information on issues related to nutrition.” He tells Brownfield the public is concerned about the conditions in… Read more »

Ag economist: Beef industry at ‘critical crossroads’

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The U.S. beef industry is at a critical crossroads. So says Glynn Tonsor, a livestock economist at Kansas State University. “We’ve had abnormally high cattle prices the last several years, and the core reasons for that are both tight supplies and strong beef demand,” Tonsor says. “But I think we’re at a crossroads in the… Read more »

Hurst on WOTUS injunction

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Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says he’s pleased Missouri farmers won’t have to comply with the EPA’s Waters of the US rule which goes into effect today because of the injunction granted in North Dakota. BUT, he’s disappointed the EPA has decided not to apply the injunction to all 50 states. Hurst says, “So,… Read more »

USDA expands whole-farm revenue insurance

The USDA says whole-farm revenue insurance is now available for specialty crop farmers and ranchers with diversified operations. Deputy Ag Secretary Krysta Harden says they met with producers and made some positive changes in the pilot program. She tells Brownfield those include coverage for replanting annual commodities, less paperwork and fewer fees, among other things…. Read more »

NCBA takes issue with CR ground beef study

The beef industry is taking issue with a study by Consumer Reports (C-R) which concludes that ground beef from so-called sustainable beef operations is safer for consumers than conventionally produced ground beef. Dr. Mandy Carr, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, tells Brownfield Ag News that Consumer Reports found less than 1% of salmonella in… Read more »

Better hay supplies will pressure prices

A livestock market analyst says the news is generally good for cattle producers’ near-term input costs for hay.  Agriculture economist Jessica Sampson with the Livestock Marketing Information Center tells Brownfield Ag News that production is increasing for alfalfa and grass hay. “USDA just released their most recent crop production report and it had alfalfa hay… Read more »

Two more Nebraska counties are ‘Livestock Friendly’

Two more Nebraska counties have earned the state’s “Livestock Friendly County” designation. Howard and Hamilton are the 33rd and 34th counties to qualify for the program, which give counties an extra tool to encourage the expansion of current livestock operations and attract new businesses. Counties wishing to apply for the Livestock Friendly designation must hold… Read more »

Illinois farmer says Cuba hungry for trade

A Midwest farmer who was on an ag trade mission to Cuba this summer says Cuba is hungry for trade with the U.S. Lou Lamoreux  farms in northern Illinois, near Lanark, and is chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. He also went on the trade trip as a member of the Illinois Beef Association…. Read more »

USDA lowers farm income forecast

After several years of good profits, the agriculture sector is facing a much different outlook. In its latest farm income forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (or USDA) expects net farm income to fall to $58 billion dollars this year, a 36 percent drop from 2014’s $91 billion. USDA Senior economist Warren Preston says crop… Read more »