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Nov 28

Weekly ethanol production, stocks slightly higher

U.S. ethanol production and stocks were up modestly last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.048 million barrels a day, up 6,000 on the week, as the industry continues to wait for potential changes to the biofuel mandate and implementation of year-round E15 use. Stocks were up 139,000 barrels on the week …

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Nov 28

40 Square offers health insurance to Minnesota ag community

An independent business that sells health insurance exclusively to Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses reports a strong first year. Char Vrieze, executive director of 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, says nearly 1,100 individuals have enrolled in a health plan since January. “Members have said that they love that they own it, that it’s transparent.  They will be …

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Nov 28

Perdue remains hopeful of a Lame Duck Farm Bill

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s still hopeful the farm bill can be completed during the Lame Duck. Speaking to reporters while visiting fire-ravaged areas of California this week, Perdue indicated House leadership is on the same page. “Between Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson, I think they’re pretty much aligned here.” However, he …

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Nov 28

Weather-related issues across much of the Nation

Across the Corn Belt, cold, breezy conditions persist. Excess soil moisture continues to inhibit fieldwork, especially in the eastern Corn Belt. On November 25, topsoil moisture in Ohio was rated 65% surplus. The U.S. soybean harvest, 94% finished by the 25th, is nearing completion at the slowest pace in the modern era. Since the mid-1990s, …

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Nov 28

An unsettled pattern throughout the Heartland

Windy, cold weather will linger across the Northeast into Thursday, while significant rain and snow will fall across much of the West. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 4 to 8 inches or more in the Sierra Nevada. During the weekend, stormy weather will return across the northern Plains and most areas from the Mississippi Valley …

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Nov 28

Keeping the crop healthy and keeping costs down

Commodity prices aren’t expected to make a rapid recovery anytime soon. In this Managing for Profit, Scott Bruchette with Bayer CropScience talks about how their incentives program helps growers keep up their weed management strategies and helps to boost their return on investment. Continue reading Keeping the crop healthy and keeping costs down at Brownfield …

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Nov 27

USDA administrator says most farmers are surviving tough financial times

The USDA’s top farm loan program officer says he’s been pleasantly surprised by how farmers have held up financially in tough times.  Acting Deputy Administrator for farm loan programs Bill Cobb says, “The Guarantee Program, in fiscal year 2017, our numbers & total obligations were actually a little below the previous year.  We’ve also seen that our …

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Nov 27

ASA says soybean farmers need tariff relief now

The CEO of the American Soybean Association says the administration is sending mixed signals ahead of the meeting between President Trump and Chinese president Xi. Ryan Findlay says ASA would love to see the two countries reach an agreement but it’s unclear if that will happen anytime soon. “From the people we have visited with, …

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Nov 27

Judge’s ruling pending in Missouri CAFO suit

The lawyer representing farmers in a suit against a county confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulation says a judge’s ruling is pending on whether to dismiss the suit. Media reports Tuesday erroneously said two of eight counts in the suit were dismissed. Attorney Brent Haden says that’s not the case. “He did not say he …

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Nov 27

Michigan Apple Cider Contest

Brownfield’s Nicole Heslip will serve as a judge in the 22nd annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest Wednesday, December 5 during the Great Lakes Fruit Vegetable and Farm Market Expo in Grand Rapids, MI. Continue reading Michigan Apple Cider Contest at Brownfield Ag News.