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Midwest Ag News
Make sure your horse has the proper vaccines
Dr. Jessica Young with Diamond Y Equine Veterinary Services of Ogden, Iowa says she fields a lot of questions from clients this time of year about what vaccines their horses need to have.  She explains that there are two types, core vaccines and non-core vaccines. AUDIO: Dr. Jessica Young (3:00 MP3)
     
USDA awards $25 mil to school kitchens
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Over 90 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards, these [...]
     
What we look for on the menu
Seeking to enhance consumer confidence in food, the restaurant industry has been making some changes on their menus. The latest research from Mintel shows consumers are looking for things which represent homemade such as “made from scratch.” Also tying into this trend is the growth of claims such as original recipe, freshly-picked, farmstead and farm [...]
     
Commerce Department to investigate Mexican sugar imports
The U.S. Commerce Department says it will investigate charges that Mexico is dumping sugar cane and sugar beets below cost on the U.S. market. The American Sugar Alliance filed a complaint with the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission in March charging “The Mexican sugar industry, 20 percent of which is owned and [...]
     
Dairy market notes
Butter prices slipped 8 cents for the week as Easter and Passover needs were met. The price is still above the world market; the Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday saw butter sell at $1.74 per pound. There are reports that the supply of organic milk is getting tight as the extended winter weather has kept cows [...]
     
Kangaroo courts are coming...
My opinion since moving to Washington, DC – where you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a law school graduate – is the world has enough lawyers.  However, there are times when lawyers are welcome because they’re very necessary.  Today there’s an animal rights initiative just getting legs and its success or failure will [...]
     
USDA requires PEDv reporting
The USDA is now requiring the reporting of PEDv cases. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agency is taking the action to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the U.S. swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the U.S. In addition to requiring reporting of the PED virus, USDA will also require tracking [...]
     
Report discusses corn trade disruptions
Losses to the U.S. agricultural industry resulting from China’s rejection of corn shipments containing the MIR 162 trait could be as high as 2.9 billion dollars. That’s according to a report released by the National Grain and Feed Association.  NGFA says the bulk of that loss is in an estimated 11-cent per bushel lower average [...]
     
Texan to be inducted in to Saddle & Sirloin Gallery
The Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery inductee for 2014 has been named. Minnie Lou Bradley of Childress County Texas will enter the livestock industry’s hall of fame in November during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky. Minnie Lou’s career began in 1949 when she became the first woman to major in [...]
     
Ham is an Easter dinner favorite
Consumer communications director Pamela Johnson with the National Pork Board tells us how ham came to be an Easter favorite.  She also explains the nutritional values of ham and how to store leftovers. Healthy Living Program - Ham for Easter (1:30 mp3) Pork Be Inspired - Ham Recipes
     
Getting your haying equipment ready for another season
It won’t be long before we’re back in the hay fields for another season.  Of course time is money when making hay, so we asked CLAAS product manager Matt Jaynes for some tips on getting those mower-conditioners ready to go. AUDIO: Matt Jaynes (3:00 MP3)
     
Good times for cow-calf producers
Cow-calf producers Tom and Paula Peterson farm near Waverly, Nebraska, just north of Lincoln in the southeastern part of the state. The Peterson’s recently hosted USDA deputy secretary of agriculture Krysta Harden when she visited Nebraska to promote the start of sign-up for USDA’s livestock disaster assistance programs.  During a break in the action, we [...]
     
Wheat damaged? Get it appraised
Farmers walking their wheat fields assessing any damage to the crop from the latest round of cold temperatures are being reminded that before doing anything it would be a good idea to call their crop insurance agent. “They must have an appraisal done on the wheat crop before any chopping, any mowing of the wheat, [...]
     
Farmland reaction surprises filmmaker
Director James Moll says he’s pleasantly surprised by the public reaction so far to the film Farmland. Moll talked about the Atlanta premier of the feature-length documentary that follows the lives of young farmers and ranchers. “We had a Q&A afterward; everybody stayed for it and they asked a lot of questions and they wanted [...]
     
The ramifications of banning chocolate milk
In an effort to fight childhood obesity, schools across the country have taken chocolate milk off the school lunch menu. A new study from Cornell University finds that may not have been a good idea. The study looked at 11 elementary schools in one Oregon school district which banned flavored milk from the cafeteria. They [...]
     
Dairy markets rebound
A bit of a bounce in the cash cheese market ahead of the three-day weekend. Cash barrels increased 7 cents while blocks added 5.75 cents.  No trading on Friday in observance of Good Friday, the markets will reopen on Monday. For the week, cash cheese barrels up 17.75 cents, blocks up 11 cents, butter down [...]
     
Grains and oilseeds mixed ahead of holiday weekend
Soybeans were mixed in old crop/new crop spread trade. Weekly export numbers weren’t great, but do reflect the strong demand, and the overall domestic supply does remain very tight. Past that – the trade’s watching South America’s harvest and U.S. pre-planting conditions. Futures markets will be closed for Good Friday, with grain and oilseed trade [...]
     
Feedlot cattle trade was very light
There was light buying activity in the cash cattle trade in parts of the North on Thursday. Most of the dressed business in Nebraska was around 238.00, roughly 1.00 to 2.00 lower than last week’s weighted average. There were also reports of cattle sold with delayed delivery of late April to early May. DTN says [...]
     
The big footprint of the ag equipment industry
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released a study on the importance of machinery to the productivity of agriculture. The Economic Footprint of the Agricultural Equipment Industry assesses the progress of equipment and how it has enhanced productivity to this point; how big of an impact the industry has on our economy and what [...]
     
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 17, 2014
May corn closed at $4.94 and 3/4, down 2 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $15.14, down 4 and 3/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $488.30, down $2.70 May soybean oil closed at 43.41, down 30 points May wheat closed at $6.91 and 1/4, up 3 and 1/4 cents Apr. live cattle closed [...]
     
Senators question methane reduction plan
A group of U.S. Senators is questioning the Obama Administration’s plan to reduce methane emissions from cattle. They say the methane reduction strategy released in March could cost medium-sized dairy farms upwards of 22-thousand dollars a year. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is among those expressing concern. “Iowans I talk to remain very skeptical about the [...]
     
Lentsch: STB heard fertilizer concerns
South Dakota Ag Director Lucas Lentsch says he’s pleased the Surface Transportation Board was listening when he testified before the board last week. In that hearing, Lucas relayed Governor Dennis Daugaard’s concerns about the backlog of rail shipments in South Dakota.  It is a multi-state concern, not just in South Dakota. The Surface Transportation Board [...]
     
Spring Cab Conversations coming soon!
Last fall Brownfield Ag News introduced Harvest Hangouts, the first in a series of Cab Conversations with farmers from across the Midwestern United States. Once a week during the harvest season, these farmers joined in the discussion from combine cabs, grain trucks, and even a duck blind, for an exchange of ideas in a relaxed, [...]
     
Officials promote disaster assistance
Top USDA officials have been crisscrossing the country this week promoting the start of sign-up for USDA’s livestock disaster assistance programs. During a stop at a cow-calf operation near Waverly, Nebraska, deputy secretary of agriculture Krysta Harden said the programs will help livestock producers who have suffered losses due to natural disasters. “It’s not going [...]
     
EPA proposal could put electric supplies in danger
Reliable and affordable electric supplies could be in danger with the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired plants.  Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association says the proposed regulations would remove coal-fired electricity generation from the mix of options that create a reliable electric grid. [...]
     
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