Increased precip lifts spirits of California farmers

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After four years of devastating drought, the spirits of California farmers and ranchers have been lifted by recent rain and snow events. Many news report have attributed the increased precipitation to the El Nino weather pattern. But California Farm Bureau president Paul Wenger, who grows almonds and walnuts in Modesto, says El Nino is just… Read more »

House votes to block WOTUS

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The House voted to pass a measure that would kill EPA’s Clean Water Rule/Waters of the U.S. Nebraska Republican Adrian Smith calls the rule the largest abuse of executive power in recent history.  “Under the rule, the EPA and the Army Corps will have the power to dictate land use decision and farming practices of… Read more »

Record U.S. soybean crop in 2015

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The U.S. produced a record amount of soybeans in 2015. The USDA reports the bean crop topped 3.930 billion bushels with an average yield of 48.0 bushels per acre. Planted area was 82.650 million acres with harvested area of 81.849 million. The USDA says record yields were recorded in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and… Read more »

R-CALF seeks investigation into cattle price collapse

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Cattlemen’s organization R-CALF USA is asking the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee to investigate the collapse of cattle prices in 2015. One of the things they want to know, says R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard, is whether the major meatpackers manipulated the cash cattle market. “We saw, for example, in September there was one week where there… Read more »

Stallman takes on government regulation in final Farm Bureau speech

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After 16 years in office, the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation goes out swinging at what he says is government overreach.  At that organization’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Sunday, Bob Stallman’s final address to members warned of what he calls government regulation run amok.  Stallman specifically mentioned the Environmental Protection Administration’s and… Read more »

Campbells Soup shifts to mandatory GMO labeling side

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Campbell Soup Company says it now supports legislation for mandatory GMO labeling of foods and has announced it will label whether its products contain or do not contain genetically engineered foods. Charlie Arnot with the Center for Food Integrity says it’s a decision that will please consumers, “Campbells is saying we’re going to come down… Read more »

USDA updates dietary guidelines

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USDA has updated its recommended dietary guidelines. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the updated guidelines continue to recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet. “We’re really pleased today that the dietary guidelines were released and very favorable towards beef and lean meat.” Dr. Richard Thorpe, a medical physician and cattle producer from… Read more »

Oregon’s latest “GE free zone”

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An Oregon farmer who led the fight to establish a “GE free zone” in her county says farmers like her were losing markets. “The Rogue Valley is known for their beet seed,” said Elise Higley is Executive Director of the Our Family Farms Coalition. “So some of our beet farmers weren’t able to continue their… Read more »

Goliath’s impact not yet fully known

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An official from USDA says it could take some time before the cattle industry sees the full impact from the massive storm system that brought blizzard conditions to parts of New Mexico, Oklahoma, southern Kansas, and Texas. Ed Czerwien is based in Amarillo, Texas.  He says the biggest impact will be on cattle weights.  “Our… Read more »

Federal flood disaster relief for Missouri

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Federal assistance for flood recovery has been approved by President Obama for Missouri and the impact of the late winter storm continues to be assessed there, in Illinois and other stricken areas. On the ag side, grain shipment delays are one of the concerns. Dan Engemann is policy director for the Missouri Soybean Association and… Read more »