Big K Ag News

NIXON ANNOUNCES SUMMIT TO PROMOTE BEEF PRODUCTION


Governor Jay Nixon wants more Kansas City strip steaks to come from beef produced in the Show-Me State ...Read More

CALIFORNIA EGG LAWSUIT TO CONTINUE


A new law in California will go into effect January 1st which requires eggs sold in the state to come from hens kept in larger cages ...Read More

AG PROGRAMS LARGELY UNEFFECTED BY GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION


Most federally funded agriculture programs will see no changes after Congress recently passed a continuing resolution to keep the government operating ...Read More

POWDERED NUTRIENTS CAN BOOST CROP YIELDS


Corn and soybean farmers planning for next growing season need to decide soon what type of minerals their soil needs, and how to apply them ...Read More

SOYBEAN GROUPS ENCOURAGE ELECTION CANDIDATES


The Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council are encouraging producers to consider running in their upcoming elections ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
A.G. upholds Wisconsin land ownership rule

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has issued an opinion upholding the state’s restrictions on foreign ownership of agricultural land. Non-resident aliens cannot own more than 640 acres in the Badger State. Van Hollen issued the opinion at the request of State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos following an attempt by Governor Walker to repeal the... Read more »

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Missouri foods in spotlight at Ag Conference

Missouri food products were in the spotlight at the kick-off of the 45th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agriculture at Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach. The Taste of AgriMissouri Reception featured food and drinks promoted through the state Ag Department’s AgriMissouri program. Diana and Kevin Duncan of Duncan Farms in Centertown were given the Missouri Grown... Read more »

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EPA announces coal ash standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the first national regulations for the safe disposal of coal ash from power plants. The ash is categorized as a “nonhazardous waste”.  It does mean coal ash cannot be disposed in landfills and certain other facilities that do not properly protect groundwater.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the... Read more »

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Milk production up 3.4% in November

Milk production in the United States totaled 16.5 billion pounds up 3.4 percent from November of last year. The U.S. dairy herd increased 82,000 head to 9.28 million cows and production per cow increased 42 pounds to average 1,782. In the 23 major dairy states, November production totaled 15.5 billion pounds up 3.5 percent from... Read more »

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Dairy markets mixed

Cash cheese barrels decreased 3.75 cents while blocks increased a quarter-cent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. Butter gained a penny and nonfat dry milk increased 1.25 cents.  Class III futures for January increased 17 cents, February was up 19 cents, March added 21 cents but June declined 8 cents. For the week: cash... Read more »

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Grains, oilseeds end week on lower note

Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling. The trade’s watching weather around South America and at least right now, weather looks mostly good. There is a chance for flooding over the next few days in parts of Southern Brazil. Soybean meal was steady to lower and bean oil was modestly higher, with both squaring... Read more »

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U.S. cattle on feed up 1%

USDA’s most recent set of cattle on feed numbers showed drops in placements and marketings, against a slightly larger on feed figure. During November, placements on feed were 1.792 million head, 4% less than in November 2013, and the second lowest for the month since the series of reports started in 1996. By weight, placements... Read more »

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Boxed beef is sharply lower

Feedlot country remained slow on Friday afternoon with scattered activity reported in several states. A few cattle traded in Nebraska at 251.00, and Colorado at 160.00. There appears to be several packers that would still like to buy cattle before calling it a week. However some feedlots raised their asking prices to around 160.00 in... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: December 19, 2014

Mar. corn closed at $4.10 and 1/2, down 1/2 cent Jan. soybeans closed at $10.30 and 1/2, down 4 and 1/2 cents Jan. soybean meal closed at $363.50, down $1.80 Jan. soybean oil closed at 31.97, up 8 points Mar. wheat closed at $6.32 and 1/4, down 23 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $160.75, up $2.05 Feb. lean hogs closed at $81.90, up 2 cents Jan. crude... Read more »

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Top sorghum yield is 246 bushels per acre

The top yield in this year’s National Sorghum Producers’ Yield Contest was 246 bushels per acre. It was produced by Henson Land & Cattle of Texas in the conventional-till irrigated category. Other first place winners in each category are: Cody Sassmann of Missouri in the No-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 207.98 bushels per... Read more »

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Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer awards

Indiana Farm Bureau will be well represented next month at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in San Diego.  Chris and Marah Steele of Adams County will compete for the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Ag Award.  In addition to working off the farm, the Steele’s own and operate a corn maze and you-pick... Read more »

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Indiana Wines for the holidays

It’s the holiday season and with 80 wineries around the state, it’s pretty easy to find the perfect wine for your holiday meal. Indiana Wines marketing director Jeanette Merritt says start by stopping in your local winery.  “Tell the folks behind the counter what kind of food you’re going to be serving for those holiday... Read more »

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Iowa Soybean CEO celebrates 25 years

As the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) celebrated its 50th anniversary this week, its CEO was recognized for being there for half of it. Kirk Leeds celebrated his 25 years of service at the ISA 50th Anniversary Symposium and Banquet on Wednesday in Des Moines. “I am humbled by the recognition and I have appreciated the opportunity... Read more »

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Cuban market potential is big for agriculture

Approximately 50 percent of the Illinois corn crop is exported.  Kenneth Hartman, Illinois Corn Growers president says this week’s announcement to normalize trade relations with Cuba is a good move for agriculture.  “I think it’s a big positive for any farmer,” he says. And,  it’s a market that is easily accessible.  “When you look at... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

DTN is reporting a few cattle have sold in Nebraska at 251.00 today. There are also renewed bids of 158.00 on a live basis there. There was a light trade yesterday in some areas at mostly steady money with Wednesday’s decline. Asking prices on the cattle left on the showlists are around 160.00 in the... Read more »

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Biodiesel exec: More certainty needed

The chairman of the nation’s largest biodiesel producer is calling for more “certainty” in U.S. renewable energy policy. Jeff Stroburg of Iowa-based REG—Renewable Energy Group—says the down-to-the-wire extension of the biodiesel tax credit for 2014 is an example of the uncertainty the industry faces. “We’re glad to see that get passed—it’s unfortunate that we didn’t... Read more »

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NCGA announces 2014 Yield Contest winners

The National Corn Growers Association announced their 2014 Yield Contest Winners today (Friday).  Eighteen winners in six production categories have verified yields averaging more than 383.6 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 173.4 bushels per acre. The all-time high yield record of 503 bushels per acre was set by Randy Dowdy... Read more »

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?Urban Ag' is focus of new Nebraska program

A new Urban Agricultural Education program is being launched in the Omaha area. It’s a joint effort between University of Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and the Omaha Home for Boys. Officials say the program will provide hands-on learning in local food production and help aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start their... Read more »

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Nebraska adds another ?Livestock Friendly' county

Another Nebraska County is “Livestock Friendly”. Saunders County is the latest to receive that designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. With the addition of Saunders County, there are now 29 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the state program. To apply for a livestock friendly county designation, the county board must hold a public... Read more »

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Indiana Pork partners in Operation Christmas

Indiana Pork is partnering with the Metro Baptist Center of Indianapolis to provide hams for its annual Operation Christmas initiative.  Indiana Pork donated $2,500 towards the purchase of 600 hams for Christmas food baskets. Tom Polak, executive director for the Metro Baptist Center says without Indiana Pork’s partnership this wouldn’t be possible.  “Indiana Pork’s donation... Read more »

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Farmers are facing a time of moderation

Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt calls 2013 and 2014 transitional to the crop sector.  He tells Brownfield prices were transcending from very high prices to more moderate ones.  “The ’13 crop, as an example, averaged about $4.50 a bushel,” he says.  “It looks like this very large ’14 crop $3.50 a bushel.  Is coming down... Read more »

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All I want is...

The universal question of the season is “so, what do you want for Christmas?”  Feel free to amend that question with Hannukah, Kwanzaa or your holiday of choice.  In any event,  I’m not one of those who demurs and says, “Don’t bother, I’ve got everything I need.”  Nope, I hit ‘em with my list, detailed... Read more »

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More beneficial moisture for the Pacific West

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry but rather cloudy weather prevails. Temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels in the upper Midwest, but cool conditions linger across the remainder of the Corn Belt. On the Plains, mild air in Montana and the Dakotas is eroding winter wheat’s protective snow cover. Farther south, cool, rainy weather prevails... Read more »

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A change in the pattern ahead for next week

Generally mild weather can be expected nearly nationwide during the next several days. Meanwhile, periods of rain along the Gulf Coast and in the southern Atlantic States will result in 5-day totals of 1 to 3 inches. Early next week, rain will also shift northward into the Mid-Atlantic region. Farther west, high-elevation snow will spread... Read more »

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Vilsack won't pursue second beef checkoff

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is scrapping his proposal to create a second beef checkoff. Vilsack announced the plan in November, but a policy rider in the spending bill recently passed by Congress prevents him from proceeding with the rule. Several state cattle groups welcomed the withdrawal. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association(ICA) says a second... 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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