Japan movement in TPP, says NPPC

A Japanese news agency reports Japanese negotiators are prepared to cut high import tariffs on beef and pork and ease tight restrictions on rice imports for U.S. producers in Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks. Nick Giordano, with the National Pork Producers Council, tells Brownfield there HAS been some movement forward,  “Yeah, there’s been progress in… Read more »

ARC or PLC?

Farmers have some decisions to make in the coming weeks regarding allocation of base acreage for their farm and then participation in the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Production Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. University of Wisconsin Extension economist Dr. Paul Mitchell has run the numbers on both programs. He says for starters, landowners need to… Read more »

NBB blasts EPA decision on Argentina

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The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is blasting the EPA for its decision to allow streamlined biodiesel imports from Argentina to the U.S.  NBB CEO Joe Jobe has written to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and has asked for a meeting. Jobe told reporters this morning, “This is a discretionary decision that they made and their statement says… Read more »

Missouri corn and soybean prospects in Cuba

Missouri ag leaders are on board with expanding ag trade with Cuba and the head of the state’s Corn Growers Association says it’s a great opportunity to market Missouri corn. Gary Marshall tells Brownfield Ag News,  “We raise a lot of corn in southeast Missouri and a lot of that goes right down the Mississippi river… Read more »

Ag loans increase, survey finds

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Agriculture loans increased in the fourth quarter along with lowering profits for crop producers – according to the national Survey of Terms of Bank Lending to Farmers issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Most of the gains were from borrowing for current operating expenses. Farm loan debt – outstanding as of September… Read more »

Missouri trade trip to Cuba in March

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is taking Missouri commodity group leaders with him to Cuba for a trade trip in early March. Members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) representing national ag groups will also be on the trip. Nixon tells Brownfield Ag News that ag products will be the leader in exports from Missouri to… Read more »

House Ag subcommittees named

The House Agriculture Committee has announced the subcommittee appointments for the 114th Congress:   General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Jurisdiction: Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodities including barley, cotton, cottonseed, corn, grain sorghum, honey, mohair, oats, other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, rice, soybeans, sugar, wheat, and wool; the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management policies… Read more »

Wisconsin DNR to assess frac sand mines

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will seek public input on industrial sand mining. The effort will be part of a broader agency strategic analysis to update a 2012 report on sand mining in the state.  DNR staff will collect input in February and March as to what topics should be addressed in the report. … Read more »

Bill would create single food safety agency

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A single food safety agency is the aim of a bill introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate, sponsored by two Democrats. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut says the Safe Food Act of 2015 would fix the “fragmented, outdated patchwork system of food safety” which “puts lives at risk.” She says the Government Accountability… Read more »

USDA organic survey underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey of organic agriculture in the United States. The survey seeks to get a complete inventory of all certified organic producers, those transitioning to certified production and those exempt from certification. The survey looks at many aspects of organic agriculture during the 2014 calendar year including production,… Read more »