Big K Ag News

RFS HEARING REFLECTIONS ON AG INSIGHT


On Ag Insight, we heard reflections from Missouri Corn Growers Association's President Kevin Hurst, Vice President Gary Porter, and Chairman Gary Marshall, on their testimony at last week's public hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard ...Read More

BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM


Among the programs funded by the Beef Checkoff is the Beef Quality Assurance program ...Read More

FARM JOURNAL DISCUSSED ON AG INSIGHT


Christine Tew with the Missouri Soybean Association talks about Tuesday's Farm Journal College on Ag Insight ...Read More

THE GROWTH OF BIOBASED PRODUCTS ON AG INSIGHT


A recent USDA report shows the growth of the biobased product industry, and it's more than just biofuels ...Read More

FUTURES SURGE ON ACREAGE REPORTS


Commodity prices jumped late in trading Tuesday as investors mixed a pair of USDA reports with record-setting rains in the Midwest ...Read More

MONSANTO REP TALKS ROOTWORM APP ON AG INSIGHT


Updates to Genuity's Rootworm Manager app and website InsectForecast ...Read More

CROP PROGRESS REPORT


Missouri's soybean planting is not only woefully behind last year's mark, but also the rest of the country ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
July is Hot Dog Month

Are hot dogs healthy?  I’m Julie Harker with Healthy Living on Brownfield. On the Fourth of July holiday – many of us don’t ask that question. But so you know, Eric Mittenthal with the North American Meat Institute and the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, says ‘yes’. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – National Hot Dog... Read more »

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From one extreme to another this forage season

Lisa Behnken is a crop specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension service, based in Rochester.  In her state and other parts of the Midwest, she calls the beginning of the forage season interesting and challenging. “Some people were able to get first crop done very early; they hit a window in May.  (For) others... Read more »

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Breyer model horses

Celebrating 65 years of Breyer model horses. Chances are, you, or someone you know has at least one Breyer model horse on a dresser or in a curio cabinet. So what makes Breyer model horses so popular? Kathleen Fallon is V.P. of Communications for Reeves International, the parent company of Breyer. Audio: Kathleen Fallon, V.P.... Read more »

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Cash cheese slips ahead of the three-day weekend

Cash cheese prices declined on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday.  Cheddar barrels were 1.25 cents lower and blocks declined 1.75 cents.  Class III futures slipped as well.  Butter gained a penny and nonfat dry milk held steady. More reports of skim milk being dumped in the Northeastern United States.  Bloomberg says dairies in the... Read more »

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QLF & ADM form alliance

Quality Liquid Feeds (QLF) and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) have entered into a 50-50 joint venture for the production and sale of liquid feed supplements for livestock. The venture, to be called Alliance Liquid Feeds includes ADM production facilities in Twin Falls, Idaho, Billings Montana, Fremont, Nebraska and Johnstown, Colorado.  It also includes the Loomix... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 2, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $4.19 and 3/4, up 6 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $10.45 and 1/4, up 1 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $357.40, down $2.40 Jul. soybean oil closed at 33.36, up 35 points Jul. wheat closed at $5.85 and 3/4, down 1 and 3/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed... Read more »

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Futures trade closes early for the holiday

Scattered cattle sales were evident in parts of the North on Thursday. Some packers remained short bought, spending as much as 242.00 on the right kind of cattle, 2.00 more than Wednesday’s general advance, and 4.00 to 5.00 higher than last week. The South was quiet with trade wrapped up for the week at steady... Read more »

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Woodall: Brazilian, Argentine beef imports political

Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the USDA’s decision to allow beef imports from parts of Brazil and Argentina is political. “This is a case where our own government was looking out more for a foreign entity than it was for their domestic producers,” Woodall told Brownfield Ag News Wednesday. The USDA... Read more »

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Corn up, soybeans and wheat mixed

  Soybeans were narrowly mixed, mostly firm, ahead of Independence Day weekend. Contracts posted strong gains over the past week due to acreage concerns and strong demand. Weekly old crop export sales were a net reduction, but it was another very strong week for physical shipments. Five day forecasts are generally showing a drier weather... Read more »

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Groups sue to stop WOTUS

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau, National Pork Producers and other groups have filed suit to block the Waters of the U.S. final rule. Cattlemen’s President Philip Ellis of Wyoming says cattlemen have asked for greater clarity around the Clean Water Act, but he says the rule does the opposite.  Ellis says the... Read more »

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"Spinning Food" Out of Control

Friends of the Earth (FOE) this week unveiled “Spinning Food,” a 62-page issue manifesto/pity party, and the most naïve publication I’ve ever seen created by an activist group.  Sent to the media and subtitled “how food industry front groups and covert communications are shaping the story of food,” this overwritten whine is supposed to be... Read more »

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Division of Soils moves from ODNR to ODA

A provision in the state budget signed by Governor Kasich transfers the Division of Soils to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). ODA Director Dave Daniels says from the agency’s perspective he’s excited. “This is going to give us more of an opportunity to be a resource for more farmers, all across the state,” Daniels... Read more »

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Cheese production up 1.8 percent in May

Cheese production in the United States totaled 989 million pounds in May, up 1.8 percent from May of last year.  Italian cheese production totaled 423 million pounds up 1.9 percent from a year ago while American-type cheese output was 1.6 percent higher at 401 million pounds. Wisconsin cheese production totaled 251.6 million pounds in May... Read more »

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Crop damage assessment vital this year

Mother Nature was tough on Indiana farmers this June.  Following his tour of Indiana farms yesterday, Governor Mike Pence says the damage to the crop is devastating. But, as of June 30th, afflicted counties hadn’t reached the 30 percent threshold for the state to pursue a disaster declaration.  “We believe that is likely to change as more information... Read more »

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Wisconsin expands poultry swap meet prohibition

As an extra precaution in the fight against avian influenza, Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw is prohibiting poultry from all swap meets in the state for the remainder of the year.  An earlier order was for swap meets at county, regional and state fairs. McGraw says the broader restrictions are needed to ensure the... Read more »

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National Farmers Union Youth Advisors named

Six young adults have been elected to the Farmers Union National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC).  Andrew Cotter and Ali Slaughter of Wisconsin, Kiana Brockel, Jesse Carlson and Alexandra Farber of South Dakota and Karly Held of North Dakota will spend the next year representing Farmers Union youth at events such as the annual NFU Convention,... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

A few scattered bids were reported on the cattle In Nebraska on Thursday following a light to moderate trade there on Wednesday. Dressed deals in the North ranged from 238.00 to 240.00. Kansas live sales ranged from 150.00 to 151.00. Texas cattle traded from 148.00 to 150.00. While it sounds like business is essentially done... Read more »

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Crop insurance vital this year

Crop damage from flooding is widespread and varies throughout the Corn Belt.  Jason Alexander, vice president of crop insurance for Farm Credit Mid-America says it is important for farmers to be well educated on all their options.  “Once you get into this critical stage –  you’re past the late planting date but you’re still within... Read more »

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Nelson: WOTUS not good for Nebraska

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule is not good for Nebraska, according to Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau.  The state manages its natural resources just fine without federal intervention, said Nelson. “We believe that this is marginally a local issue and we’ve done a good and we just don’t... Read more »

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Under water and grateful for crop insurance

Twelve-hundred acres of Martin Barbre’s crops are under water and he tells Brownfield he’s thankful for Crop Insurance. Barbre farms in southeastern Illinois, near Carmi, where two rivers have overflowed.  It’s mostly soybeans that are affected. “River levels are staying high and it will probably be mid-July before we really get into a replanting situation.... Read more »

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Senators want unified biomass policy

A group of Senators is asking for a unified biomass energy policy – addressing their concerns to the USDA Secretary, EPA Chief and the U.S. Energy Secretary. Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran – who is one of 46 who signed the letter says federal agencies must remove regulatory barriers “that hinder forest biofuel production, which could... Read more »

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Pork exports hit marketing year high

  The USDA reports soybean export sales for the week ending June 25th were lower than expected, while corn and wheat were within pre-report estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were more than what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the current marketing year, but corn and wheat both fell short of their respective marks. Wheat... Read more »

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Energy efficiencies save farmers money

Farmers making energy efficiency improvements can earn rebates with Consumers Energy. Duane Watson with Consumers Energy says incentive programs are available to several types of farms.  “These measures work with farmers in the areas of greenhouses, farmers that irrigate crops or orchards, our dairy farmers, livestock operations, and farmers that do grain drying with natural... Read more »

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Ohio AG files lawsuit against EPA

Like nearly two dozen other states, the Ohio Attorney General is challenging the U.S. EPA’s clean water rule. Ohio AG Mike DeWine says the new regulations are not only an expansion of power of the federal government, the regulations clearly violates both the language and spirit of the Clean Water Act. “We just can’t let... Read more »

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The barn doors are open

Selected farms across Michigan will open their doors for breakfast this summer.  Michigan’s Breakfast on the Farm events are in their ninth year with five host farms being featured in 2015. The Stakenas family has been farming in Free Soil, in Western Michigan, for more than 95 years.  Today, the family milks more than 500... Read more »

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Farm Links

USDA
     www.usda.gov

Kansas City
     www.kcbt.com

Chicago
     www.cbot.com

University of Missouri Extension
     http://outreach.missouri.edu