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Feb 19

Wisconsin FFA chapters use FFA Week to help an advisor

FFA chapters from northwestern Wisconsin are using National FFA Week to help one of their own.  When Bloomer High School advisor DeWayne Fossum lost his home to fire last week, the schools in Wisconsin Section One started a challenge to raise money to help the family.  Bloomer agriculture educator Darren Swartz tells Brownfield FFA Advisor …

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Feb 19

Corn could be big winner in China trade deal

An ag economist sees corn as a big winner if the U.S. and China negotiate a new trade deal. Todd Hubbs with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield Chinese clean air policies will require huge amounts of ethanol, and the U.S. boasts the capacity to serve that market. “Even corn for grain, (China) has run …

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Feb 19

CME dairy & Global Dairy Trade index up Tuesday

Milk futures were higher and cash dairy prices were mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Tuesday. February Class Three milk was up $.01 at $14.00.  March was up $.17 at $14.71. April was up $.12 to $14.55.  May was up $.07 to $14.88. The milk futures from June through next January ranged from zero to …

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Feb 19

Maple takes over as president of Indiana Pork

Nick Maple is the new president of the Indiana Pork Producers Association. Maple, who is part of a family farrow-to-finish operation in Miami County, says he is looking forward to following in the footsteps of previous leaders of Indiana pork.   “I’ve had great teachers to get me to this point and I want to …

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Feb 19

U.S. Senate attempt to de-list gray wolves fails

Wisconsin U.S. Senators made another attempt to have the gray wolf removed from the Endangered Species List, but failed.  Republican Ron Johnson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin proposed an amendment to the Natural Resources Management Act, but the amendment was defeated. The final legislation passed the U.S. Senate, but without the support of Johnson, who said …

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Feb 19

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association celebrates 40th anniversary

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Lauren Ketcham, communications coordinator with OEFFA, says the organization has covered a lot of ground over the past four decades. “We really were part of the movement to create an organic label and a federal organic program,” she says. “We started with just …

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Feb 19

Correlation between dairy testing and farm income

A Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) manager in southeast Minnesota sees a correlation between on-farm research and income. Murl Niebuhr is based at the Zumbrota DHIA laboratory. “It’s interesting, sometimes when the farm economy starts to go south, dairymen tend to test more to get rid of those cows.” DHIA labs take milk samples, test …

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Feb 19

More farmland for sale in the Fed’s Tenth District

Cortney Cowley An economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says they are seeing more farmland on the market this winter. Cortney Cowley says while farmland prices have been surprisingly stable, the question is whether demand will keep pace with the increased supply in 2019. “Even though we still appear to be in …

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Feb 19

Stormy pattern for much of the Heartland

During the next 3 days, a complex and powerful storm system will emerge from the southern Rockies and move northeastward into the Great Lakes region. A large area from the southern Rockies into the upper Midwest will receive heavy snow, while portions of the middle and northern Atlantic States will have to contend with snow, …

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Feb 19

Soil scientist says spend limited soybean input dollars where it matters

University of Wisconsin Soil Science Professor Carrie Laboski Dr. Carrie Laboski with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Soil Science tells Brownfield their field trials show the importance of pH levels and potassium for soybean production. Continue reading Soil scientist says spend limited soybean input dollars where it matters at Brownfield Ag News.