RFS proposal by June 1: Final by November 30

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish the proposed Renewable Fuels Standard for 2015 by June 1st.  The final rule for 2015 and 2014 will be published by November 30th. The dates are contained in a consent decree between the EPA and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API)…. Read more »

USDA lowers soybean, wheat ending stocks

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The USDA has tightened its 2014/15 ending stocks projections for soybeans and wheat, while raising the estimate for corn. For the current marketing year, wheat ending stocks are seen at 684 million bushels, down slightly from March with lower import and export projections and a higher feed and residual use guess. Corn ending stocks are… Read more »

Drought conditions bear watching

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Drought conditions have expanded in recent weeks from the central Plains through the Upper Midwest. Brian Fuchs, a climatologist with the U.S .Drought Monitor, says there are some interesting similarities to 2012. “Some of that dryness and some of the early warmth is similar to what we saw in 2011-2012,” Fuchs says, “and we all… Read more »

U.S. will press China on biotech approval process

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S. will continue to press China to streamline its biotech approval process. Vilsack says it will be the focus of a Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue between the two countries later this year. “(We’ll discuss) how innovation can help both the Chinese and American producers—and not only create opportunities… Read more »

Meat exports still recovering

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The latest figures from USDA show U.S. meat exports took a pretty good hit in January and February, mainly due to that West Coast labor dispute. The volume of beef exports during the first two months of the year was down 11 percent from the same time last year, while pork exports declined 10 percent…. Read more »

Commodity prices put pressure on farm incomes

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After multiple years of record farm incomes, an ag economist says farmers are heading into 2015 with commodity prices that don’t support the total cost of production. Purdue’s Chris Hurt tells Brownfield returns look pretty bleak at this point.  “These returns look like they would be able to cover their input costs and maybe come… Read more »

Governor orders 25% water use cut in California

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California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across the state.  The Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory 25 percent reductions in water usage in cities and towns. Agricultural users which have already idled thousands of acres will be required to report more water… Read more »

Brownfield Michigan rolls out with Nicole Heslip as Anchor/Reporter

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Brownfield, Ag News for America, is pleased to announce Nicole Heslip is the Anchor/Reporter of Michigan Brownfield, the former Michigan Farm Radio Network.  Nicole lives in Michigan and will provide on-the-ground coverage of Michigan agriculture as the new programming was introduced by affiliate radio stations across the state on Monday, March 30, 2015. “We are excited… Read more »

Brownfield Minnesota rolls out with Mark Dorenkamp as Anchor/Reporter

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Brownfield, Ag News for America, is pleased to announce Farm Broadcaster Mark Dorenkamp has joined the Brownfield team.  He takes over the helm as Anchor/Reporter of Minnesota Brownfield when the programming is introduced by affiliate radio stations across the state on Monday, March 30, 2015.   Brownfield Minnesota replaces former Minnesota Farm Network programming. “It is… Read more »

USDA extends safety net program sign-up

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Earlier today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided farm owners with an additional week to make their safety net program selection and update their yield history and base acres. USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini says these programs are important decision for producers.  “These programs help protect farmers from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” he… Read more »