Big K Ag News

EXTENSION MEETINGS FOR PRODUCERS


MU Extension has set up a series of statewide meetings next month to explain the options in the new farm bill to producers ...Read More

FFA AMERICAN DEGREE RECIPIENTS


464 Missouri students, including 106 from the listening area, will receive their American Degree during this week's 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville ...Read More

NORTH SHELBY AG MECHANICS AT FFA CONVENTION


More than 55,000 blue jackets are swarming through Louisville starting Wednesday for the 87th National FFA Convention, and four North Shelby graduates are there to represent their alma mater in the Ag Mechanics contest ...Read More

MISSOURI FFA DELEGATION HEADED TO LOUISVILLE


Missouri's FFA chapters anticipate a strong showing at this week's National Convention in Louisville ...Read More

CROP PROGRESS


Missouri's corn harvest is behind last year and the five-year average ...Read More

BOONVILLE AG ISSUES TO COMPETE AT CONVENTION


Eight Boonville FFA members will vye for a national title at the 87th National FFA Convention, beginning Wednesday in Louisville ...Read More

MISSOURI BEEF REPRESENTED AT ROCK AND ROLL MARATHON


Taylor Tuttle, Beef Industry Affairs Coordinator at the Missouri Beef Industry Council, discussed the Rock and Roll Marathon that Missouri Team Beef participated in on Ag Insight ...Read More

STRONG MISSOURI DELEGATION EXPECTED AT FFA CONVENTION


The fourth-most active state in the nation is expected to make a strong showing at the 87th National FFA Convention, beginning Wednesday in Louisville ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Holistic, integrated solutions for farming

Mathias Kremer, Head of Strategy for Bayer CropScience welcomed attendees to the Corn Soybean Future Forum in Frankfurt, Germany Thursday by laying out his company’s commitment to the future of these crops. “The strategic focus for Bayer,” said Kremer, “is to be a solution provider.” He said Bayer CropScience remains committed to innovation and to... Read more »

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An open arms approach to membership

National FFA Officer candidate and Illinois state FFA President Sam Detweiler wasn’t your typical FFA member. In fact, Detwiler was more your typical teenage young man, hoping athletics would pay off in the long run. But, in an instant, that all changed. “In my Junior year, when I tore my ACL – that really put... Read more »

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Growing ag leaders

Monsanto president Brett Begemann says there’s no better place to see the future of agriculture than the National FFA convention. In front of more than 60,000 FFA members, Begemann announced Monsanto’s new America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program.  “The Ag Leaders program is about helping these young people here become leaders in the community and... Read more »

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Dairy trending higher

Dairy markets quietly nudging higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week.  On Thursday the cash cheese barrels were steady but blocks increased 2 cents, butter gained 4 cents on 6 sales.  Seems the holiday buying is picking-up. Milk production in the Central U.S. is running ahead of year-ago levels and Dairy Market News says... Read more »

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Soybeans sell-off

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Harvest is progressing in many areas, so we’re seeing an increased amount of available soybeans. Still, the record crop’s being balanced out by record demand, with China buying another 132,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. beans. Soybean meal was lower and bean oil was higher, adjusting product spreads.... Read more »

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Beef and pork values end lower

A few bids on the cattle were reported by private sources in Kansas on Thursday afternoon from 165.00 to 167.00. But overall the market was generally quiet. Buying apathy suggests significant trade will be delayed until Friday. Asking prices are around 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. Cattle slaughter... Read more »

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Harvest is good time to evaluate herbicide program

Harvest is a good time to evaluate your herbicide program and look for resistant weeds, according to Dawn Refsel, a field market development specialist with Valent. “You’re covering every acre with your combine, going back and forth, and so you get a really good sense of scale of what’s escaped through your herbicide program that... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 30, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.74, down 1 and 1/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $10.24 and 1/4, up down 1/ and 3/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $380.00, down $17.20 Dec. soybean oil closed at 34.31, up 13 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.36, down 2 and 1/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $170.50, up $1.50 Dec. lean hogs closed at $87.20, down $1.40 Nov.... Read more »

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GMO advocate: Science always wins in the end

GMO labeling initiatives will be on ballots next week in two states—Colorado and Oregon. They are just the latest efforts by anti-GMO activists to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Bill Horan, a farmer from Rockwell City, Iowa and chairman of the organization Truth About Trade and Technology, says although the anti-GMO... Read more »

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NACD expresses concerns with WOTUS rule

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has joined the long list of organizations asking the EPA to withdraw its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. In comments filed with the EPA, NACD says the proposed rule would “substantially expand” Clean Water Act jurisdiction, granting EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers “broad authority and... Read more »

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Ag director gets to ?harvest' from office

Missouri’s director of agriculture is also a farmer – and with technology – he is able to stay close to the farm. Richard Fordyce tells Brownfield although he’s not involved in the day-to-day operations on his northwest Missouri farm, he can see what’s going on. “So, I was actually in my office yesterday, here in... Read more »

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Soybean exports top 1.3 million tons

  USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending October 23 were larger than expected, while soybeans and soybean products were within the anticipated ranges and corn was below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat fell... Read more »

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COOL Reform asks Congress to act

Retaliation fears from Canada and Mexico are fueling concerns by the COOL Reform Coalition which has written a letter to Congress asking for immediate action on Country of Origin Labeling to prevent Billions of dollars in lost sales. Given the latest World Trade Organization ruling that the U.S. continues to discriminate against muscle cuts of... Read more »

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Will you come back to milk?

Dairy Management Incorporated (DMI) has formed partnerships with seven companies in an effort to reverse the downward trend of fluid milk consumption.  The companies: Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk Incorporated and Coca-Cola have committed more than $500 million collectively... Read more »

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Thursday midday cash livestock market

We should start to see the packer inquiry into the cattle improve as the day progresses, however significant trade may not develop until Friday. So far on Thursday no bids have been reported. Asking prices are around 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. Boxed beef cutout values were near... Read more »

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GMO labeling controversy

Commentary. Ask shoppers at a local farmers market whether or not they try to avoid GMOs, or better yet, ask them what a GMO is and you will quickly understand how little many consumers know about genetically modified organisms.  A video created when late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel sent a crew out to ask... Read more »

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Cover crop management

Now that most cover crops have been seeded, Jim Hoorman, Ohio State University Extension educator in Putnam County Ohio says farmers need to be thinking about how they are going to manage those cover crops next spring. Audio: Jim Hoorman, Extension educator, Putnam County Ohio

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Pumpkin is A+

Pumpkin is good for you – you can tell by its color. Pumpkins are vegetables and their orange color indicates they are loaded with beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an antioxidant which is good for your body because it can reduce the risk of heart disease and certain... Read more »

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National Milk Producers welcome new members

The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday. The new cooperative members are Bongards’ Creameries, Norwood, Minnesota; Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative, Cortland, New York; Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association, Mount Joy,... Read more »

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Milk moves to reclaim the beverage market

Dairy Management Incorporated has entered into marketing partnerships with seven companies in a reformed effort to build fluid milk consumption.  The seven partners are Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.  DMI CEO Tom... Read more »

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Sandeen named chancellor at Wisconsin

Dr. Cathy Sandeen has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and U.W. Extension.  Sandeen has been vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. since 2012.  Prior to that she served as dean of Continuing Education for UCLA Extension from 2006 to... Read more »

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The rebound continues in dairy markets

Cash cheese barrels gained 5.5 cents and blocks increased 1.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday.  The 30-cent barrel-to-block spread of a week ago has shrunk to a nickel.  Butter gained 8 cents on 4 sales and Class III futures with some nice gains across the board. Holiday orders are increasing with more... Read more »

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Another questionable dairy study

A new study published in the British Medical Journal this week says people who drank three-or-more glasses of milk a day not only saw no reduction in broken bones but were twice as likely to die earlier than those who consumed less than one glass a day. The study conducted by Uppsala University in Sweden... Read more »

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The heroic horsewoman

Patricia Kelly is a Hartford, CT resident who is using horses to motivate at-risk children in Hartford, Connecticut. Her nonprofit, Ebony Horsewomen, provides horseback riding lessons and teaches animal science to more than 300 young people a year.  Kelly was recently named one of CNN’s 2014 Top Ten CNN Heroes. Kelly will receive a $25,000 grant... Read more »

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Soybeans lead gains on Wednesday

There were large gains in soybean futures on Wednesday.  The gains extended to soybean meal and soybean oil.  DTN says its weather forecast will make harvest a breeze for the next 10 days with the exception of light shower chances in the eastern Midwest. However, January soybeans are now paying more attention to the demand... Read more »

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Farm Links

USDA
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Kansas City
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Chicago
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University of Missouri Extension
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