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Mar 13

Congressman Kind calls Trump budget “Dead on arrival”

A Wisconsin Congressman says President Trump’s budget proposal is going nowhere. “It’s dead on arrival. Republicans, Democrats alike are saying that. The time for any reform of these agriculture programs was when we were considering the farm bill.” Democrat Ron Kind of La Crosse tells Brownfield the way things work in Washington, it’s too late …

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Mar 13

Economist says no USMCA ratification might lead to recession

An ag economist says while many are focused on getting a trade deal with China, he’s concerned about something else.  Dr. David Kohl from Virginia Tech tells Brownfield getting the new USMCA agreement ratified is vital. “This ratification of the agreement, if it doesn’t happen, it could push us into a recession.” Kohl says not …

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Mar 13

Feeding the Economy to the tune of $7-Trillion a year

A first-of-its-kind study shows U.S. food and agriculture industries contribute more than $7-Trillion-dollars a year to the nation’s economy. John Bode, president of the Corn Refiners Association, speaking on behalf of the Feeding the Economy study, says the data was compiled on behalf of 23 national ag and food groups to speak in one voice, …

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Mar 13

Weather prompts earlier than normal cattle trade

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, weather was the big driver behind cattle trade.  Earlier than normal cash business and weak midday boxed beef limited any potential gains.  April closed $.02 higher at $126.67 and June live cattle closed $.65 higher at $119.32.  March feeder cattle closed $.25 higher at $141.55 and April feeder cattle closed …

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Mar 13

Biosecurity more than protection from foreign animal disease

An extension poultry educator reminds livestock producers biosecurity does more than protect animals from foreign disease threats. Abby Neu says swine research conducted by the University of Minnesota during the PEDv outbreak magnified the value of enhanced biosecurity. “They saw production numbers increase across the board, so it’s even those minor diseases that a producer …

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Mar 13

Combined U.S., Canada cattle, hog herds up on year

The USDA says the combined U.S. and Canadian livestock numbers show continued U.S. expansion of the cattle and hog herds cancelling out lower numbers for Canada. The combined hog inventory at the end of December was up 1% at 88.58 million head, with a 2% rise in the U.S. to 74.55 million making up for …

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Mar 13

Hope for reopening the Chinese market to U.S. poultry

The resumption of U.S. poultry exports to China could be an early signal a trade deal between the two countries is imminent. Midwest Poultry Federation executive director Steve Olson says China closed its doors to U.S. poultry in 2015 amid the avian influenza outbreak. “That was frustrating. But we’re encouraged that President Trump has sent …

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Mar 13

Strong late-Winter storm organizes on the Plains

Across the Corn Belt, mild, showery weather prevails in advance of an approaching storm system. Runoff across the western and central Corn Belt is increasing due to rain falling on still-frozen soils, as well as melting snow and ice, leading to considerable ponding and lowland flooding. On the Plains, blizzard conditions are developing across western …

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Mar 13

Powerful late-season storm to sweep the Heartland

A powerful, slow-moving storm will cross the central Plains Wednesday and the upper Midwest on Thursday. By Friday, the low-pressure system will begin to weaken over eastern Canada, while a trailing cold front will move through the eastern U.S. From northeastern Colorado into parts of the Dakotas, blizzard conditions will result in significant livestock stress …

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Mar 13

Farm income is expected to rebound in 2019

The USDA projects farm income will be nearly $70 billion in 2019, up 10 percent. American Farm Bureau Chief Economist John Newton says there are several reasons for the projected increase.. “More support in some of the commodity markets like corn- higher prices there and for cattle and slightly higher prices for milk,” he says. …

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