French farmers protest milk and meat prices

France wants the European Union to raise the intervention price for milk. While the E.U. has dropped its milk production caps, it has maintained the intervention program which buys-up excess skim milk powder and butter in times of low prices. The EU invention price is $1,698 Euros per metric ton of skim milk powder, the… Read more »

Corn prices likely to remain at current levels

The price of corn continues to be a concern. Wells Fargo ag economist Michael Swanson says “Four dollar to $4.50 corn will not be unusual.”  He says there is increased pressure from the global marketplace.  “Look at the crop the Brazilians are growing – they can grow a lot of corn at $4.00 and $4.50,”… Read more »

COOL measures introduced in Senate

Two pieces of legislation related to country of origin labeling (COOL) have been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Legislation introduced by Senate Ag Committee chairman Pat Roberts would repeal COOL requirements for beef, pork and poultry. Roberts says it will prevent retaliatory tariffs by Mexico and Canada. His measure mirrors the action taken by the… Read more »

Parts of Indiana could see total crop loss

Some farmers in southwest Indiana are looking at total crop loss from this year’s flooding. Just looking at the river bottom farm ground – it looks like the river is just really high.  While that is the case – that isn’t the whole story. Randy Kron farms in southwest Indiana and has about 500 acres… Read more »

COOL debate continues

The debate over country of origin labeling (COOL) continues. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging Senators to take up legislation to repeal COOL before they leave town in early August for a month-long recess. NPPC says full repeal of COOL is necessary to avoid retaliatory tariffs by Canada and Mexico. Colin Woodall, vice… Read more »

Working to preserve technology

Christine Brunel–Ligneau, Head of Integrated Weed Management at Bayer CropScience says Bayer’s Respect the Rotation program is an effort to have a conversation about the importance of integrated weed management.  “We want to create a stewardship program and have farmers set up the right practices to fight weed resistance,” she says. Ligneau tells Brownfield farmers around… Read more »

Strong objection to geographical indicators

The leadership of four Congressional committees has sent a letter to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) expressing disappointment over some changes to the rules governing geographical indicators (GIs).  WIPO is a World Trade Organization agency charged with the development of an intellectual property protection system. At a meeting in Geneva in May, the WIPO… Read more »

Crop challenges around the Corn Belt

Crop conditions vary from field to field around the country. Greg LaPlante, a crop consultant for the eastern part of North Dakota and central Minnesota says there are fields that look pretty good but says there are also fields that are drowned out and storm systems have come through that have dropped hail. He says… Read more »

International feed buyers coming to World Dairy Expo

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture says buyers from China, Japan, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan will be at World Dairy Expo this year looking for value-added feed products. The buyers are seeking companies to supply dairy nutrition, milk replacers, soybean meal, high-protein corn meal, corn gluten meal, pre-mixed feeds, alfalfa meal and pellets, probiotics, vitamins… Read more »

USGC vice chair likes Cuba’s potential

 Cuba could be a growing market for U.S. corn, but U.S. government policies are standing in the way. That’s the assessment of Alan Tiemann, vice chairman of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).  Tiemann, a corn and soybean grower from Seward, Nebraska, participated in the Grains Council’s recent trade mission to Cuba. Tiemann says he’s “cautiously… Read more »