Groups defend the Farm Credit System

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The American Farm Bureau, American Agri-Women, dozens of commodity groups and related groups are pushing back because of comments made by the president of the American Bankers Association who wants the Farm Credit System eliminated. In their letter to Frank Keating, the groups say that his effort “to reduce competition is not supported” by the… Read more »

USDA: Little economic benefit of COOL

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A new economic analysis of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) shows a negative economic benefit. The USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist says implementation of 2009 COOL regulations would be insufficient to offset the costs of the requirements whether through economic measurements of the beef, pork and poultry industries or “of the US economy as… Read more »

55% of U.S. corn, 13% of soybeans planted

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  The USDA reports U.S. corn planting made a big week to week jump thanks to favorable weather around most of the region. As of Sunday, 55% of corn is planted, compared to 19% last week. A year ago, 28% was planted and the five year average for this week is 38% planted. 9% of… Read more »

Minnesota Congressman worried about A-I

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The ranking member of the House Ag committee is from Minnesota, the state hardest hit by this year’s Avian Influenza outbreak in commercial poultry flocks. Congressman Collin Peterson told farm broadcasters in Washington, D.C. that he’s met with turkey farmers in Wilmer, Minnesota where the state’s emergency center has been set up, “They’re in shock… Read more »

Senate bill introduced to stop WOTUS

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A bipartisan group of Senators including Senator Ag Chairman Pat Roberts, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, was introduced this morning requiring the EPA to re-do its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Heitkamp says the bill would require the agency to consult with states and those affected by the proposed rule directly… Read more »

Soybean, soybean product, pork exports up on week

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The USDA reports combined old and new crop corn, soybean, soybean product, and wheat export sales for the week ending April 23rd were within pre-report estimates. Physical shipments of corn and soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but wheat fell short of its mark. Old crop… Read more »

West Coast truckers’ strike renews reliability concerns

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A strike by truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is renewing concerns about the United States’ reputation as a reliable supplier of agricultural goods to foreign customers. Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition says that while the strike is not expected to cause major disruptions, the timing is bad… Read more »

Chipotle GMO decision ‘concerning’ from nutrition standpoint

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Chipotle is restricting the ingredients used in its 1,800 restaurants.  The restaurant chain says it will no longer use GMOs. A registered dietician tells Brownfield the move is concerning from a nutrition perspective.  There’s no evidence to show there’s any nutritional difference or safety concerns with GMO ingredients, according to Connie Diekman, the director of… Read more »

Iowa reports four ‘probable’ avian flu cases-UPDATED

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    Editor’s note:  Since this story was first posted, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has reported another “probable” case of avian flu in a 3.8 million bird egg laying operation in Sioux County. That brings the total number of infected layers in Iowa to approximately 9.5 million, which represents about one-sixth… Read more »

House panel advances Trade Promotion Authority bill

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The House Ways and Means Committee has passed the Trade Promotion Authority bill.  The bill provides for trade agreements to be considered by Congress with an up or down vote, but without amendments.  It’s thought that extending TPA to President Obama may ease the way for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal now being… Read more »