NCBA says TPP benefits beyond Japan

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not only help the U.S. beef industry with its largest export market, Japan, but will encourage other countries to come on board with the 12-nation agreement. “The additional countries who may come on in a few years which are also growing economies in… Read more »

NCC hopes for Canadian access in TPP deal

The National Chicken Council (NCC) says it hopes there’s good news about Canada in the just-announced final agreement of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Council spokesman Tom Super tells Brownfield Ag News they hope the “long-protected” Canadian market will be opened to free trade for poultry which he says would be a win for U.S…. Read more »

Minnesota names new assistant ag commissioner

The new assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says growing up on a dairy farm will help him stay grounded. Santo Cruz was raised in Stearns County where he and his eight siblings worked for the neighborhood dairy farmer. Cruz tells Brownfield that experience will remind him to do a good job for… Read more »

Bill to extend PTC deadline introduced

Federal legislation has been introduced to extend a railroad deadline that could impact agriculture. Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition says Positive Train Control (PTC) technology allows trains to be operated remotely, and was designed to prevent collisions or derailments. Congress established a deadline of December 31st of this year for PTC installation, and… Read more »

Educating poultry producers about avian influenza

A poultry veterinarian is working to educate poultry producers on tightening biosecurity to prevent an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Ohio.  Ohio State University Extension’s Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar says HPAI presents two main types of challenges – the virus itself and the logistics of disease control. Extension is working with producers to learn… Read more »

Adjusting crop budgets for 2016

An ag economist says farmers will need to revise their crop budgets for 2016.  University of Illinois farm management specialist Gary Schnitkey says University of Illinois ag economists have lowered projected prices for both corn and soybeans.  “We’re now using $3.90 for corn and $8.85 for soybeans,” he says.  “That’s down from earlier in the… Read more »

Cuba provides opportunity for Indiana agriculture

An Indiana farmer says Cuba is a potential bright spot for US agricultural exports. During his recent trip to the country, Indiana farmer and Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says he asked a member of the Cuban Embassy where the country needed the most help.  “He said eggs – and that set off a… Read more »

Mosaic reaches settlement with EPA/DOJ

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The EPA and Department of Justice say they’ve reached a settlement with one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers. The agencies accused Mosaic Fertilizer of improper handling of hazardous waste at eight of its plants in Florida and Louisiana. The EPA says the violations threatened groundwater. The agency says waste piles from fertilizer production at… Read more »

Grassley: Convincing Congress on TPP won’t be easy

Supporters of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement are hopeful that this week’s TPP negotiations in Atlanta will result in a final agreement. If and when the agreement is finalized, it will still have to be approved by Congress—and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says that’s not going to be easy. He says the Obama… Read more »

Truck weights limiting agriculture

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Debates on acceptable truck weight limits are occurring at both the state and federal levels. The U.S. House has introduced the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act to increase commercial truck weights, but Michigan legislators are trying to decrease current levels. Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum tells Brownfield, Michigan currently has heavy truck… Read more »