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Neil Bredehoft previewed upcoming meetings and elections for Missouri Soybean producers on Ag Insight ...Read More


The Missouri Soybean Association's annual meeting is set for March 11th in Jefferson City ...Read More


The National Corn Growers Association continues to promote a research program which aims to strengthen America's biosecurity ...Read More


Palmer amaranth is rapidly spreading into the Midwest, putting soybean yields at risk ...Read More


Darrell Anderson just marked his 5,000th episode of "Successful Farming Radio Magazine" ...Read More


Crop producers need to be on the lookout for an aggressive weed that can steal as much as three-fourths of your yield ...Read More


The American Farm Bureau Federation is also among the farm groups wanting Congress to grant Trade Promotion Authority to the Obama Administration, allowing officials to negotiate multilateral trade deals that would open up markets for American exports ...Read More


A bill moving through the Missouri Legislature would reduce some of the state paperwork for most farmers ...Read More


Meat prices the hot topic on Ag Insight ...Read More


Farmers have four weeks to decide whether to sign up for one of two programs available through the Farm Bill ...Read More


Successful Farming Radio Magazine recently released its five-thousandth episode, highlighting 19-plus years of bringing farm topics to listeners across the nation ...Read More


Eight former USDA secretaries have signed a letter calling on Congress to grant the White House authority to negotiate trade deals ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Ottawa Co. Ohio elects first female SWCD supervisor

Constance Sandwisch says being the first female Supervisor elected to the Ottawa County Ohio Soil and Water Conservation District Board is an honor and she’s excited to serve. “Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I can’t contribute to a board,” Sandwisch said. “With my experience with my husband farming and some of the conservation... Read more »

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Building an organic school and restaurant business

Greg and Mary Reynolds of Minnesota were named Organic Farmers of the Year by the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). What started out as a garden has evolved into a certified organic farm which sells to restaurants and schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  Greg talks about how the business works.

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Illinois land values conference

Farmland values now and where they may be in the future will be discussed at the 2015 Illinois Land Values Conference, March 19 in Bloomington, Illinois.  Dale Aupperle, chairman of the Land Value and Lease Trends event says with declining prices being paid for land as well as lease rates, the Conference theme, ‘Looking for... Read more »

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Cash cheese steady to firm

  In the spot dairy market Wednesday, barrels were unchanged at $1.49 and 1/4. The last bid unfilled was for two loads at the closing price. Blocks were a half cent higher at $1.55. There was one load sold at that price and the last bid unfilled was for two loads at $1.54 and 1/2. AA... Read more »

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Latham sees decade long struggle

Factors like lower commodity prices and ag policy have former Iowa Congressman Tom Latham concerned about the next ten years for farmers. Latham says “the potential for lower commodity prices, tax policy, changes in technology, government regulations, food policy, trade, what happens with the US budget, and what happens…I think…with the relationship today, of agriculture... Read more »

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Commercial selling sends soybeans lower

  Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling. The truck strike in Brazil isn’t over, but the blockades are suspended until next week, so beans are moving to port and diesel fuel is moving to farms. Informa raised its soybean production estimate for Argentina by 1 million tons, while lowering the Brazil outlook by... Read more »

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Research showing cover crops work

The University of Notre Dame is conducting research looking at using cover crops to prevent nutrient loss. Jennifer Tank, Professor of Biology at Notre Dame says the research project being conducted in a 3,000 acre watershed in Kosciusko County Indiana is showing significant reductions. “30 percent decline in nitrate, 50 percent decline in dissolved reactive... Read more »

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Cattle futures stage a rally

It was quiet in cattle country on Wednesday afternoon with not much real buying interest evident with just a few bids at 157.00 in the South and 250.00 in the North according to private sources. Asking prices of 162.00 live and 255.00 dressed have probably firmed given the impressive way cattle futures closed. The kill... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 4, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.81 and 1/2, down 1/2 cent Mar. soybeans closed at $9.89, down 19 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $334.10, down $7.70 Mar. soybean oil closed at 32.03, down 77 points Mar. wheat closed at $4.93 and 1/2, down 15 and 1/4 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $154.05, up $3.00 Apr. lean hogs closed at $68.00, up $2.40 Apr. crude oil closed at $51.53, up $1.01... Read more »

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January cheese production increases 2.8%

  USDA reports January 2015 cheese production totaled 980.127 million pounds, up 2.8% from January 2014. Italian cheese came out at 432.138 million pounds, also 2.8% above a year ago. American type cheese was reported at 393.382 million pounds, 3.4% more than last year. Butter production was pegged at 179.495 million pounds, down 1.6% on... Read more »

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Dairy class prices down on year

In USDA’s announcement of class and component prices for February, the class two price was $14.48 per hundredweight, down $1.70 from January and $9.25 lower than February 2014. Class three came out at $15.46, seventy two cents less than a month ago and $7.89 below a year ago. Class four was reported at $13.82, up... Read more »

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Food prices to increase slightly

Last year consumers saw food prices increase 2.4 percent overall and USDA economist Annemarie Kuhns says similar increases are expected for 2015. With the most noticeable increases, she says around the perimeter of the grocery store.  “Some of the meats and produce will see slightly higher than average inflation than a lot of the goods... Read more »

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An increase in effective demand

While farmers are looking at tighter margins in 2015, an ag economist says the long-term future of the agriculture industry is bright.  Mike Boehlje with Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture says agriculture is a growth industry. But, he adds, not for obvious reasons.  “It’s not because we have more mouths to feed,” he says.  “That’s... Read more »

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March into good nutrition

Since March is National Nutrition Month, let’s take a look at nutrition advice from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:  Fill half your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal; make at least half the grains you eat whole grains; choose healthy protein sources; eat low-fat dairy foods.  Listen... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock prices

Private sources are reporting a few scattered bids on the cattle on Wednesday. Packers have thrown out a few bids in the South at 157.00, and 250.00 dressed basis in Nebraska. The bids are miles apart from the current asking prices of 162.00 to 163.00 in the South and 255.00 to 260.00 in the North.... Read more »

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USDA speeding up biotech deregulation process

The USDA is speeding up the process to get new biotech crops tested and deregulated for use by farmers. Kevin Shea runs the USDA agency in charge of that process, which has been criticized in the past for being too slow. He told a congressional panel that the backlog for approvals has been rapidly reduced... Read more »

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Indiana Pork receives ISDA grant

Indiana Pork has been awarded an Indiana Livestock Market Development Grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The grant will provide up to $15,000 in matching funds toward the development of a biomass digester project planning tool for livestock producers. The project will address barriers to the construction and use of biomass digesters... Read more »

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A thaw ahead for much of the Heartland

During the next two days, a winter-weather event will unfold across the South, East, and lower Midwest.  Additional precipitation totals could reach 1 to 2 inches or more from northeastern Texas into the Mid-Atlantic region. Furthermore, a significant winter weather event will feature heavy snow and sleet form the Ozark Plateau into the Mid-Atlantic States.... Read more »

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A wide-range of weather in the Ohio Valley

Across the Corn Belt, a band of precipitation stretches from the Ozark Plateau into the Ohio Valley. The threat of flooding exists in parts of the Ohio Valley, especially where rain is combining with melting snow. The northern fringe of the precipitation shield features some snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Meanwhile, very cold weather is... Read more »

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Nebraska farmland values slip three percent

After five years of increases, average farmland values in Nebraska dropped three percent over the past year. That’s according to preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2015 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey. The biggest percentage drop was in the eastern district, which was down 10 percent, while the biggest increase was in the... Read more »

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Healthy stands boost soybean yields

A yield contest winner says competitions aren’t just about getting big yields. Last year, Dan Arkels, who farms in north Central Illinois, took part in the Illinois Soybean Association’s 100 bushel challenge.  “I use those contest as a learning tool to try and figure out what is going to move my yields to the next... Read more »

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Disagreements apparent over proposal for elected ag director

The Missouri Farm Bureau is against a proposed constitutional change that would shift the Missouri Director of Agriculture from a governor’s appointee to an elected position.  State legislative affairs director Ashley McDonald says Missouri’s 73 to 27 percent split between urban and rural voters is hard to overcome to elect someone who best represents farmers.... Read more »

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Wisconsin Ginseng Board nominations

The Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection is now accepting nominations for three seats on the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin. DATCP will mail nomination forms to eligible growers.  Completed forms must include the signatures from at least five eligible growers other than the nominee and the notarized affidavit of eligibility.  Forms must be... Read more »

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Pheasants Forever hires Farm Bill biologist

Pheasants Forever has hired Cody Tromberg as the organization’s new Farm Bill wildlife biologist in northwest Wisconsin. Partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Pheasants Forever Farm Bill wildlife biologists are experts in conservation programs and habitat planning. The purpose of a Farm Bill biologist is to... Read more »

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Iowa State Herbicide Guide offers weed management strategies

As herbicide resistance continues to spread, producers will need to employ “a greater diversity of tactics” to combat resistant weeds in 2015. So says Iowa State University Extension weed scientist Bob Hartzler. Hartzler and his ISU colleague Mike Owen have recently updated the Herbicide Guide for Iowa Corn and Soybean Production for 2015. “Every year... Read more »

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