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Mar 14

Iowa has a new ag trespass law

Photo courtesy Radio Iowa Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law the ag trespass bill passed by the legislature earlier this week. The bill creates a trespass charge for anyone using deception to gain access to a farm with intent to cause physical or economic harm. “Untrained, unapproved and unwanted items or people entering …

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Mar 14

GAO says USDA must prioritize FMD prevention

The Government Accountability Office says the USDA has not made procedures to prevent Foot and Mouth Disease in U.S. livestock a priority. The GAO recommends the administrator of APHIS should follow the agency’s standard operating procedures to prioritize corrective actions for FMD preparedness, monitor progress and track completion of those actions. The GAO says a …

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Mar 14

Varying levels of optimism for an early spring

Farmers in southeastern Minnesota, like many in other parts of the Corn Belt, have varying degrees of optimism about an early spring. Brennen Toquam of Blooming Prairie says despite record snowfall over the winter and frequent rains this week, conditions can change quickly. “We’ve lost a ton of snow the last couple days. Now, talk …

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Mar 14

EPA urges comment on new clean water rule

The EPA urges agriculture to comment on its new Clean Water rule proposal, “We really encourage the stakeholders, particularly agriculture, to comment. Read the proposal, comment. Let us know what we got right. Let us know what we got wrong.” Dave Ross, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Water, tells Brownfield the goal with the new rule …

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Mar 14

Industry reacts as EPA grants more refinery waivers

The National Corn Growers Association says the EPA has taken another step to chip away at the Renewable Fuels Standard and corn demand, “hurting America’s corn farmers.” The EPA, under new administrator Andrew Wheeler, has granted five small refinery exemptions for 2017, retroactively, which Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor calls a slap in the face …

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Mar 14

Proposed Michigan Ag Department budget relatively unchanged

Michigan Farm Bureau says Michigan agriculture actually fared quite well in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s first proposed budget for the state. Matt Smego tells Brownfield key priorities for funding the Michigan Department of Agriculture include $5 million for technology upgrades, $4 million to expand Double of Food Bucks and a three-percent increase for Michigan State University …

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Mar 14

Corn firm, watching weather

Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling, after another up and down day. Nothing’s official, but it looks like trade talks between the U.S. and China won’t happen this month. No date for the resumption of discussions has been announced and several potential roadblocks, including intellectual property concerns, remain. China was the big …

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Mar 14

Michigan’s ag industry takes to the Capitol steps

Michigan’s ag industry is educating legislators about one of the state’s top industries.  Jim Zook with the Michigan Corn Growers Association tells Brownfield corn is the largest grain commodity in the state and it’s important for elected officials to understand its importance to the economy. “About 20-25 percent of the ground is used for corn …

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Mar 14

Survey: Iowa farmland values continue gradual decline

Average farmland values in Iowa fell one percent over the past six months, according to the latest survey by the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute. The changes varied from a three percent increase in southeast Iowa to a nearly three percent decrease in north central Iowa. According to the realtors group, major factors …

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Mar 14

Getting the most out of your crop

Farmers are facing another year of tight margins and they are looking for more ways to increase yields and improve profit potential. In this Managing for Profit, Lynn Justesen talks about the fourth stage of the Unlock 5 Crop Life Cycle Strategies, reproduction, and how it helps to limit crop stressors that can limit yields. …

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