Low-path avian flu in MO turkey flock

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A commercial turkey flock in southwest Missouri has been depopulated after a low-path strain of Avian Influenza was discovered through testing. Missouri Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce says it’s identified as the H5N1 strain of the virus, “Which is much different than what we saw last year when we had the outbreak of HIGH-path avian influenza… Read more »

Analyst says market run-up is a “gift”

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An analyst says farmers should be taking advantage of the current run up in corn and soybean prices. Dr. Michael Cordonnier, president of Illinois-based Soybean and Corn Advisor says the rise in commodity prices is a “pure gift”.  “Nobody expected this a month ago,” he says. Cordonnier says there is a lot of speculation about… Read more »

US/Europe dismiss assertions by Greenpeace

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The U.S. and Europe have dismissed claims by the environmental group Greenpeace that the proposed T-TIP trade agreement would lower environmental and food safety standards. Greenpeace claims it obtained confidential documents from the Transatlantic “T-TIP” trade agreement negotiations. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office says it won’t comment on “the validity of alleged leaks” and that… Read more »

45% of U.S. corn, 8% of soybeans planted

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U.S. corn planting continues to move along at a fast pace, but some areas were slowed down by last week’s rain. As of Sunday, 45% of the crop is planted, compared to the five year average of 30%, with 13% of the crop emerged. Missouri is in the lead at 89%, followed by North Carolina… Read more »

Prices paid, received up on month

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U.S. farmers made and paid a little more in March than they did in February. The USDA says that the prices received index for ag products was up slightly on the month, with an increase for the livestock index cancelling out a decrease in crops. Compared to last year, the received and crop indices are… Read more »

Corn, pork exports hit new marketing year highs

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The USDA reports corn export sales for the week ending April 21st were larger than expected and a new marketing year high. U.S. pork exports were also a new marketing year high. Wheat came out at 351,900 tons (12.9 million bushels), up 19% from the week ending April 14th and larger than the four week… Read more »

Work continues to find labeling compromise

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Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee say they are still working to find a compromise on GMO labeling. But committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow admits it’s one of the toughest issues she’s had to deal with. “This is tough. We’re working continually on this, trying to thread the needle, and I’m hopeful we can do that,”… Read more »

RMA says crop insurance system strong

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Despite threats on Capitol Hill to cut crop insurance – USDA’s Risk Management Agency says the system will most likely remain strong. Tim Gannon, the RMA’s associate administrator, says the 2014 Farm Bill established expanded crop insurance products and coverage levels. And, Gannon says, with crop insurance, producers themselves are invested, “Congress has kind of… Read more »

Managing the new era of corn and soybean prices

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An agricultural economist says growers will need to keep two words in mind as they prepare for the continued volatility in the commodity prices. University of Illinois’ Scott Irwin says those words are “be ready”.  He tells Brownfield as producers prepare for a new era of corn and soybean prices – they need to ask… Read more »

More volatility ahead in the cattle market

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A livestock specialist says 2015’s steep drop in cattle prices is a good reminder for cattle producers to proactively manage their risk. Scott Brown, is an assistant research professor with the University of Missouri and says farmers need to think about the right time to lock in cattle and calf prices.  “I ask cow/calf producers… Read more »