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Soybean farmers across the state are giving thanks for a bountiful harvest this year ...Read More


A Knox County farmer also serves as the senior product manager for an international tractor company ...Read More


State Senator Brian Munzlinger plans to file the comprehensive agriculture bill on December First ...Read More


Missouri remains behind the five-year average in harvesting its bumper crop ...Read More


Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is scheduled to deliver remarks during a luncheon at next month's Crop Management Conference in Columbia ...Read More


Samantha Davis is new on the Missouri Corn staff and will be handling state policy issues ...Read More


A company that sells tractors and farm implements in over 130 other countries can trace the success of their new hay tools to a farm outside Novelty ...Read More


National soybean associations will converge on Saint Louis in two weeks for their annual board meetings ...Read More


A Paris native has taken over as the public policy manager of the Missouri Corn Growers Association ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Eau Claire teacher wins Ag in the Classroom honor

                                                                                                                             (Tumaniec & Kannel) Tracey Tumaniec, a fifth grade teacher at Manz Elementary School in Eau Claire, is the recipient of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for their efforts in educating students on the importance of agriculture. Teachers of all... Read more »

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A little more profitable on the farm in November

The Preliminary Index of Prices Received by Farmers for November increased 2 percent from October.  The National Ag Statistics Service says farmers received higher prices for cattle, eggs, soybeans and lettuce.  Lower prices for hogs, milk, broilers and apples. The November Crop Index was unchanged from October: Corn averaged $3.57 per bushel up a penny... Read more »

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Another cut in UK farm milk prices

It looks like U.K. dairy producers are going to take another hit. Arla has notified its 3,000 British farmers it will reduce the pay price for milk to 26.84 pence per liter on December 1st.  Company officials cite the latest 3.1 percent decline at the Global Dairy Trade auction last week as evidence of the... Read more »

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Dairy markets continue to slide

Dairy markets declined further on Wednesday. Cash cheese barrels lost another 5.75 cents to close at $1.6475 per pound, blocks lost 4.75 cents to $1.6825.  Butter fell 2 cents to $1.97 and nonfat dry milk held steady at $1.115 per pound.  Class III futures declining in concert with cheese: December down 38 cents to $18, January lost... Read more »

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Light cattle trade develops

A light to moderate cattle trade was evident in parts of Kansas and Nebraska on Wednesday. A few cattle have traded in Kansas at 173.00 live, steady with last week. DTN reported dressed trade developed in Nebraska at 266.00 to 267.00, steady to $1.00 lower than last weeks weighted average, USDA Mandatory reported live sales... Read more »

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Soybeans down, corn up ahead of Thanksgiving

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Demand remains strong, with China buying another 120,000 tons of U.S. beans for delivery this marketing year. Past that – traders were just squaring up ahead of Thanksgiving. Soybean meal was mixed with nearbys up, including December moving back above $400 ahead of Friday’s first notice day.... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 26, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.78 and 1/4, up 4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.47, down 4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $401.60, up $11.00 Dec. soybean oil closed at 33.48, up 6 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.62, up 10 and 1/2 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $169.25, down 90 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $90.95, unchanged Jan. crude oil closed at $73.69, down 40 cents Dec.... Read more »

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Johnson urges COOL appeal

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, one of the original authors of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, is urging the administration to appeal the recent World Trade Organization ruling that he says undermines the COOL program. Johnson, along with Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have written to U.S.... Read more »

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Ethanol production hits all-time high

Ethanol production has hit a new all-time record. During the week of November 21st, ethanol production advanced 1.2 percent to 982-thousand barrels a day.  According to the Renewable Fuels Association, that equates to 15.05 billion gallons on an annualized basis. Despite the increased production, ethanol inventories actually dropped 1.5 percent, reflecting continued good demand for ethanol. Photo... Read more »

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RFA head: Elation over RFS announcement short-lived

The president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, says his elation over the EPA’s recent announcement on the Renewable Fuels Standard was short-lived. “I feel a little bit like the receiver that just caught a Hail Mary pass at the end of regulation,” Dinneen says. “I’m elated in the end zone, but... Read more »

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Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

Packer inquiry in the cash cattle trade is light to moderate as the country tries to take care of business before the Thanksgiving break. USDA Mandatory reported a few sales in Kansas at 173.00 that looks to be about steady with last week. Look for buying interest to improve throughout the day. Asking prices are... Read more »

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Late emergence of winter wheat a concern in some areas

The final condition rating of the nation’s winter wheat crop, until next spring, is 58 percent good to excellent and six percent poor to very poor. That’s a slight decline from last week and also a few points below where the crop finished up this year. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says there are two major... Read more »

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Net farm income down 21 percent

USDA says U.S. net farm income for 2014 will be down 21 percent from last year, dropping from 123 billion to 97 billion dollars. Higher production expenses are the main driver of the drop in net farm income. Total production expenses are forecast to increase almost six percent in 2014 extending a four-year upward trend... Read more »

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Deadline nears to renegotiate farmland leases

Tenant farmers wanting to renegotiate farmland leases for 2015 need to deliver notices soon.  According to Purdue University agricultural law professor Gerald Harrison, the Indiana notification deadline is three months before the end of the current crop year.  By custom in the Indiana farming community, crop years end on the last day of February –... Read more »

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Communicating agriculture's message

When it comes to communicating complex issues, Richard Levick, Chairman and CEO of Levick Communications says it needs to be handled differently than other issues.  “In the internet age – it is every bit as significant as the agricultural and industrial revolutions that have proceeded it,” he says.  “But rather than be afraid of this... Read more »

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Turkey Talkline

There’s a number to call for help when cooking your turkey. It’s 1-800-Butterball (800-288-8372).  Learn about it in this Healthy Living program in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Turkey, by the way, is a significant source of dietary protein which is essential for good health. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Turkey talkline help (1:30 mp3):    

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Is there risk in storing the crop?

Commodity markets are signaling farmers to store this very large corn crop.  And that is exactly what they are doing. While it is a good idea now – are there things farmers need to keep in mind a few months down the road?  Steve Nicholson, grain and oilseed analyst with Rabo AgriFinance says there are... Read more »

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Cheese continues to decline

Cash cheese barrels slipped another 1.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday. Blocks held steady but butter lost 3 cents and nonfat dry milk declined 2.25 cents per pound.  Class III futures for January lost 14 cents, February fell 25 cents. The continued decline in cash cheese prices has buyers being cautious: no... Read more »

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The significant drop in Chinese dairy imports

A report from HighGround Dairy points out how much China has pulled-back on dairy imports. Citing Chinese Customs data from October: whole milk powder imports were down nearly 85 million pounds or 72 percent, skim milk powder imports are 13 million pounds or 27.5 percent lower, whey products imports are down 14 percent from a... Read more »

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Tax planning and accounting seminars offered

With lower farm grain and milk prices comes a greater need for tax planning. Paul Dietmann with Badgerland Financial says in a year like this, people have been investing in machinery and structures, perhaps they delayed some grain sales and with lower prices, they may find themselves with a large tax liability without the cash... Read more »

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Commercial demand back for soybeans

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. The trade’s continuing to look at a record crop balanced out by expected record demand. There was no real fresh news, but the trade decided to buy back the losses from Monday and then some. Soybean meal was higher on commercial demand, while bean oil was firm,... Read more »

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Poultry production up 2% on year

USDA reports U.S. poultry production for October 2014 was 4.145 billion pounds, up 2% from October 2013. Chicken accounted for most of the total at 3.571 billion pounds with turkey at 561.5915 million. The preliminary live weight of all federally inspected birds was 5.470 billion pounds, also 2% more than a year ago. Young chickens... Read more »

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FDA finalizes calorie label rule

Every restaurant chain, grocery store take-out counter, convenience store, amusement park and movie theater would have to post calories for most or all of their menu items under a final rule by the Food and Drug Administration. So would most vending machines. The FDA says Americans consume about one-third of their calories away from home... Read more »

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ASA proposes all countries dropping sugar subsidies

The American Sugar Alliance (ASA) wants the world to function as a subsidy-free sugar market, according to ASA spokesman Phillip Hayes, who tells Brownfield Ag News that subsidies paid to producers in the world’s big three sugar countries, Brazil, Thailand and India, are being expanded to keep market share from each other.  The result, he... Read more »

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Pork was lower and beef was higher

The cash cattle trade remained untested on Tuesday afternoon with both bids and asking prices poorly defined. Some showlists are priced around 175.00 in the South and 272.00 to 274.00 in the North. Packers and feedlot operators will try to complete business by Wednesday afternoon, ahead of the Thanksgiving break. The slaughter totaled 113,000 head,... Read more »

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