Longer and stronger El Nino predicted

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  Government forecasters are predicting a stronger and longer El Nino weather event. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) projects a more than 90 percent chance that El Nino will continue through this winter. And there’s an 80 percent likelihood it will last into early spring in the Northern Hemisphere. CPC meteorologist Tom Diliberto tells Brownfield that could… Read more »

“As close to zero as you can get”

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An amendment to the House 2016 spending bill for the USDA and FDA would block imports of fresh beef from regions of Brazil and Argentina – until further risk studies are done on the potential of Foot and Mouth disease coming to the U.S. At a Senate homeland security committee hearing Wednesday, Montana Senator Jon… Read more »

USDA planning for return of avian flu

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The USDA’s chief veterinarian, Dr. John Clifford, says the agency is preparing for the likelihood that the avian influenza virus will return this fall. “What we’re planning is a worst-case scenario that every major poultry-producing state in this country, for layers, broilers and turkeys, could be affected,” Clifford says. Speaking at a Senate Ag Committee… Read more »

Groups urge Congress to reject RFS defunding bill

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More than two dozen renewable fuels-related groups and companies are urging Congress to reject any proposals “that amend, repeal, defund or otherwise modify or interfere with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They point out an amendment proposed by Congressman Barry Loudermilk of Georgia that would defund the RFS. It would amend the Fiscal Year 2016… Read more »

The Greek impact on U.S. agriculture

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Global markets are waiting to see what happens next now that Greek voters have rejected the latest economic bailout package from the European Union.  Jacquie Voeks is a Senior Market Advisor with Stewart Peterson, she says either way, the U.S. dollar is going to go higher.  If don’t get bailed-out, any European doing business in… Read more »

JBS to buy Cargill’s pork operations

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JBS USA Pork has entered into an agreement to buy Cargill’s U.S. pork business for $1.45 billion.  Included in the acquisition is Cargill’s processing plants in Ottumwa, Iowa and Beardstown, Illinois.  Those plants processed 9.3 million hogs in 2014.  JBS also gets Cargill’s five feed mills in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and Texas and four hog… Read more »

Obama opens Cuban embassies

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President Obama has approved the opening of Cuban embassies in Washington, DC and Havana – and the move is seen as another positive development for ag trade with Cuba. Mike Albertson, with the Illinois Soybean Growers says “Better trade relations lead to better diplomatic relations, which in turn lead to even better trade relations.” Albertson… Read more »

“Our land is borrowed from our children”

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Concerns about soybean sustainability and consumer acceptance around the world are being discussed between soybean growing countries at a gathering in Chicago. The United Soybean Board (Check-off), U.S. Soybean Export Council and American Soybean Association are hosting the 18th International Oilseed Producers Dialogue. USB Chairman Bob Haselwood, a soybean grower in Kansas, says soybean farmers… Read more »

Growing list of states suing EPA

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There’s a growing list of states now suing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers over the EPA’s Clean Water Act rule which expands the definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS). Ohio and Michigan are among the 27 states that have filed suit. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the rule clearly violates both… Read more »

Thirteen states sue EPA and Corps

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Thirteen states filed suit today against the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers over the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, formerly known as Waters of the United States. The rule is set to take effect in two months. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in North Dakota.  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who… Read more »