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Dairy industry takes more steps to keep chocolate milk in schools
The Food and Drug Administration has published a petition from the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation to allow the use of artificial or ‘non-nutritive’ sweeteners in milk and dairy products. What would...
Farmers to share economic effects of drought
Thirty-four thousand U.S. producers are being asked to take part in the USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) which will, for the first time, give a comprehensive look at the economic effects of last year’s drought on farms and...
Nebraska corn checkoff changes proposed
Legislation that would restructure Nebraska’s corn checkoff board is being considered in the Nebraska Unicameral. Corn Board executive director Don Hutchens says LB354 would allow Nebraska’s checkoff board to operate similar to those in other states....
Bayer CropScience exec believes opportunity is rich
David Hollinrake, Vice President of Ag Commercial Operations, Marketing, with Bayer CropScience told Brownfield he sees many challenges and opportunities in agriculture today. Glyphosate resistance creates a challenge but also creates an opportunity...
What to plant for spring cover crops
Want to plant cover crops this spring? Farmers are increasingly looking to cover crops to improve soil and plant health. Tim Reinbott is superintendent of the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center. He tells Brownfield Ag...
Monitoring the swine influenza virus
Dr. Bill Minton, with Minton Veterinary Services at Chickasaw, Ohio says while the PRRS virus has been fairly quiet, keeping the swine influenza virus under control is the challenge now. Minton suggests a good herd health program, especially...
Western Farm Show up to full schedule
While the snowstorm slowed things down Thursday on the first day of the Western Farm Show in Kansas City, the full schedule is underway. It’s the 52nd year of the show, held at Kemper Arena in the American Royal Complex. The show today includes two...
Diversifying your cattle production portfolio with horses
Stan Weaver and his family ranch in north-central Montana near the town of Big Sandy. In addition to a 500-head cow-calf operation, the Weavers also raise and sell quarter horses. In fact, Stan is the current chair of the American Quarter Horse...
Farmers convert grassland to crop production
High commodity prices might be contributing to the disappearance of grassland. A new study indicates that 1.3 million acres of grassland have been lost over a five-year period in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota. Chris Wright...
IPT Bull sale offers “elite” bulls
The 45th annual Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale is Thursday where commercial cow/calf producers and seed stock breeders can purchase from among 85 bulls in total. Travis Meteeris the IPT Bull Sale Manager and tells Brownfield they put the...
Egg bill called ‘a very, very scary proposition’
Tyson Redpath is a food and agriculture lobbyist with the Washington D.C. consulting firm The Russell Group. A native of Ohio, Redpath has also served on the legislative staff of current Speaker of the House John Boehner, advising Boehner on policy...
CME Group ponders changes to live cattle futures contract
The CME Group is considering whether to makeadjustments to the weights of deliverable cattle in the live cattle futures contract. At the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Florida, we discussed that topic with Tim Andriesen, managing director...
SCHMACON: ‘Beef’s answer to bacon’
A new beef product called SCHMACON will be hitting the market over the next 6 months. SCHMACON, which is being called “beef’s answer to bacon”, is smoked, cured and glazed slices of beef that closely resemble pork bacon in both appearance and texture....
John Deere launches new 9 Series balers
Building on the reliability and popularity of its 8 Series Round Balers, JohnDeere has introduced 12 new models of its 9 Series Round Balers for 2013. According to Laura Cobb, senior marketing representative at JohnDeere Ottumwa Works, the new 9...
DuPont Pioneer expands Western business unit headquarters
The DuPont Pioneer Western business unit, headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, recently held a ribbon cutting andopen house for its new addition of nearly 4,000 square feet of office and conference room space. “This new addition will expand our ability...
Animal rights issues confined to western cultures
The issue of animal rights – conferring on animals many of the rights enjoyed by humans – is not evident outside western cultures. That’s according to Wes Jamison, an expert on the issue. There are five precursors to be met before a society deals with...
Senate plan: cut Direct Payments to meet USDA sequestration
Senate Democrats have developed an alternative to the pending across-the-board sequestration cuts. The “American Family Economic Protection Act” contains $120 billion of savings, split evenly between cuts and revenues, that would replace the...
AVA designation for Indiana Uplands
Indiana’s wine industry received a big boost yesterday. The Indiana Uplands became the state’s first all-inclusive American Viticultural Area (AVA). Jim Butler, owner of Butler Winery says this is big. “We are essentially establishing a viticultural...
Looking at this year’s weather
It has been 20 years since we’ve had weather like we experienced in 2012. Evelyn Browning-Garriss, the “Weather Whisperer” says while 2012 was a strange year for weather – it could be our new normal. “The Gulf Stream is flowing hotter and when you...
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