Cuban market potential is big for agriculture

Approximately 50 percent of the Illinois corn crop is exported.  Kenneth Hartman, Illinois Corn Growers president says this week’s announcement to normalize trade relations with Cuba is a good move for agriculture.  “I think it’s a big positive for any farmer,” he says. And,  it’s a market that is easily accessible.  “When you look at… Read more »

Reports: China signals lifting of MIR 162 ban

Chinese government officials have reportedly informed some grain traders that the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has approved the lifting of its ban on Syngenta’s MIR 162 corn variety, also known as Agrisure Viptera. However, there has been no official confirmation from the Chinese or U.S. governments, or from Syngenta. On Monday, a Syngenta spokesman told… Read more »

Meat exporters hope for progress in labor dispute

Increasing congestion at West Coast ports, where longshoremen have been working without a contract for nearly six months, is a growing concern for the U.S. meat industry. While about one-third of U.S. beef and pork exports travel to Mexico and Canada by ground transportation, the remainder relies almost entirely on ocean freight. And, according to… Read more »

MIR 162 approval could be forthcoming

A spokesman for Syngenta tells Brownfield the company expects to receive Chinese approval of its Agrisure Viptera (MIR 162) corn trait “in the near future”. Rumors of China’s pending approval have been circulating through the industry for several days. Some market analysts believe China has a new incentive to resume corn purchases from the U.S…. Read more »

Beckmann on Global Food Security bill

Ending hunger in America and abroad is the goal of the Bread for the World organization and its leader says some great strides are being made.  Reverend David Beckmann, a World Food Prize winner, says the U.S. House is poised to pass the Global Food Security Bill today. In an interview with Brownfield Ag News,… Read more »

Milk prices should hold steady in India

The largest milk cooperative in the largest milk-producing country in the world says prices will remain steady in 2015. India’s Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation tells its more than 3 million farmer-owners after increases of 10 to 12 percent the last two years, declining exports will keep farm milk prices about steady in the coming… Read more »

Dairy leaders want fair market access in TPP

Leadership of the National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) have sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack ahead of next week’s Trans Pacific Partnership meeting. The letter says access to foreign markets for U.S. dairy farmers and processors… Read more »

U.K dairy producers facing another cut

More bad news for British dairy farmers. One day after the Global Dairy Trade Index hit a five-year-low comes news at least two U.K. milk processors are going to cut farm milk prices further.  First Milk announced they will cut its standard milk price by 1 pence to 21.7 pence per liter on January 1st. … Read more »

DANONE demands retraction

French dairy giant, DANONE is demanding Russia’s Agriculture Minister retract a statement. Nikolai Fyodorov told regional governors at a conference on Friday that DANONE and PepsiCo were using vegetable oil in place of milk fat in some of their dairy products.  DANONE fired back that they have set the standard for high quality products and… Read more »

Biotechnology access is key

With another record year of corn production – what will farmers do with all that corn?  National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak says one of the goals is ensuring markets remain open.  “We need a strong livestock industry, we need a strong livestock industry, and we need open international markets,” he says.  “Each of… Read more »