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 Krista 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 »

Food safety group sues USDA APHIS

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is suing the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The center claims the agency has failed to respond to requests for records related to GMO crop concerns, including those about genetically engineered alfalfa. The lawsuit says APHIS is required to provide that information, under the Freedom of… Read more »

State Ag Departments ask for voluntary delay of WOTUS

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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia confirmed to Brownfield Ag News that it has denied a request to block Friday’s implementation the federal Clean Water Rule, commonly known as Waters of the U.S.  The request for the injunction was brought by Murray Energy.  The matter is still under consideration by… 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 »

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 »

The next generation of agriculture, women

A network for women in agriculture is empowering females in a male dominated industry to lead. USDA Deputy Secretary Kyrsta Harden has been meeting with women across the country. “Sometimes women can feel isolated.” She says, “Frankly, in their own communities there might not be someone just like them farming or ranching and they would… 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 »

South Dakota crop conditions favorable

The condition of South Dakota’s corn and soybean crops continues to be almost identical. As of Sunday, nearly 60% of each crop was in “good” condition with nearly 20% of the crops in “excellent” shape. Corn at the dough stage is 81 percent, similar to last year and the average but it’s ahead of last… Read more »

Indiana’s crops continue to struggle

Indiana’s corn and soybean crops still remain under 50 percent good to excellent.  The recent weather conditions have helped earlier planted corn begin to dry down and poorer quality fields are being harvested for silage.  According to the latest weekly crop and weather report 47 percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent… Read more »

Vomitoxin wheat use recommendations

Missouri wheat growers are dealing with an unprecedented level of vomitoxin in their wheat and the University of Missouri has recommendations for using it for cover crops and animal feed because so much has been rejected by grain elevators. MU Agronomist Bill Wiebold tells Brownfield Ag News the wheat can be used as a cover… Read more »