State corn grower, NRCS partnership one of a kind

A South Dakota Corn Growers Association sustainability specialist housed in a Natural Resources Conservation Service office is one of kind among state corn grower organizations.  The South Dakota Corn Growers’ new sustainability director, Jim Ristau formerly worked on farm bill issues for Pheasants Forever. “So I have an intimate knowledge of the programs and how… Read more »

Smith’s bill would repeal FDA feed directive

A Missouri Congressman who’s from a family of cattle producers says the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive is “ridiculous” and an unnecessary burden. Representative Jason Smith has introduced a bill to repeal in the U.S. House to repeal it, “You know, some has predicted to cause 130-thousand hours of added burden on farmers, veterinarians, feed store… Read more »

The dairy Margin Protection Program is paying for some farmers

An ag economist says some dairy farmers that signed up for the dairy Margin Protection Program should see a return on their investment soon. Peter Vitaliano with National Milk Producers Federation tells Brownfield the March margin for dairy farmers was one of the lowest it’s been since the insurance program began.  “Things are heading lower… Read more »

USDA launches Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund

The USDA is launching a new program in an effort to revitalize and rebuild the rural economy. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund provides $100 million as part of the Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) that USDA helped create in 2014. “Once it’s fully subscribed we’ll be investing in precision… Read more »

Analyst says market run-up is a “gift”

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An analyst says farmers should be taking advantage of the current run up in corn and soybean prices. Dr. Michael Cordonnier, president of Illinois-based Soybean and Corn Advisor says the rise in commodity prices is a “pure gift”.  “Nobody expected this a month ago,” he says. Cordonnier says there is a lot of speculation about… Read more »

FSA loans up 21 percent

The softening ag economy and falling commodity prices have resulted in more farmers seeking credit from the Farm Service Agency. FSA administrator Val Dolcini told Feedstuffs that the number of FSA loans is 21% ahead of a year ago, being loaned at the rate of about $20-50 million a day.  Dolcini says the agency has… Read more »

Monsanto: EPA again confirms glyphosate safety

Monsanto company says the EPA has reinforced the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer. Samuel Murphey, external affairs lead for Monsanto chemistry, tells Brownfield Ag News, that is clear in an EPA report posted by the agency last Friday, “This report that was posted online for a time by the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review… Read more »

US/Europe dismiss assertions by Greenpeace

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The U.S. and Europe have dismissed claims by the environmental group Greenpeace that the proposed T-TIP trade agreement would lower environmental and food safety standards. Greenpeace claims it obtained confidential documents from the Transatlantic “T-TIP” trade agreement negotiations. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office says it won’t comment on “the validity of alleged leaks” and that… Read more »

Making sure fertilizer is working efficiently

An ag specialist in the fertilizer industry says farmers’ management practices have changed in recent years – because of both environmental concerns and commodity prices. Jim Krebsbach, with Ohio based NACHURS-Alpine Solutions, a liquid fertilizer manufacturing company, says when commodities pricing was good and yields were increasing, a lot of people were putting on comfort… Read more »

NPPC in favor of new price reporting

The National Pork Producers Council is in favor of revised Livestock Mandatory Price reporting requirements. The council says the proposed rule includes two specific revisions brought forward by the pork industry that will allow for better flow of information in the marketplace. The latest revisions include an additional purchase type category for negotiated formula purchases… Read more »