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  • Progress made in US-Japan trade deal August 24, 2019
    The US and Japan have reportedly reached a deal in principle. There are reports that a draft agreement could be signed by the end of September. Ag goods and autos were the focus of trade talks between the two countries. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the deal calls for Japan’s tariffs on US beef […]
  • Syngenta celebrates grand opening of Trait Conversion Accelerator August 24, 2019
    Syngenta’s new $30-million Trait Conversion Accelerator will help bring corn traits to market quicker.  David Hollinrake, regional director for Syngenta Seeds North America, says the facility will shorten the product development life cycle.  “We can push the boundaries of the genetic potential and ensure we have the traits integrated properly,” he says.  “And ultimately bring […]
  • Trump raises existing tariffs on China August 23, 2019
    President Trump is raising the existing tariffs on China.  Trump said in a tweet Friday afternoon China should not have announced a counter-tariff on 75-billion dollars’ worth of U.S. products, which he called “politically motivated.”  He says starting October 1st, the 250-billion dollars’ worth of goods and products from China currently being taxed at 25% […]
  • Peterson says China resolution should have been reached before they joined WTO August 23, 2019
    The Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says the current trade problem with China could have been resolved prior to China’s WTO membership. Reacting to China’s additional tariffs on U.S. goods, Democrat Collin Peterson of Minnesota said trade issues with China could have been dealt with before that country became a member of the World […]
  • NCGA says MFP2 calculations better for corn August 23, 2019
    The first-vice-president of the National Corn Growers Association says they appreciate the way the USDA calculated trade damage payments in this second round of the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Kevin Ross tells Brownfield Ag News, “We certainly think they did a much better job. And, definitely, at least looked at a lot of the information […]
  • Suderman says China overshadowing markets August 23, 2019
    A market analyst says the China trade war is the main, overshadowing factor for the bearish commodity market because of how China is targeting agriculture, “The commodities do not have, at this point, from the day that they’ve been presented anything to argue against that. And the Midwest Crop Tour this week failed to show […]
  • Livestock producers ponder “What if gray wolves are de-listed?” August 23, 2019
    Great Lakes livestock producers are wondering what wolf management might look like IF gray wolves are de-listed from the Endangered Species List. North-central Minnesota cattle rancher Miles Kuschel says because wolves are protected, the most he can do for his animals is employ scare tactics. “Try to get some blinking lights, some flashing, loud noises […]
  • Hog futures down on demand concerns August 23, 2019
    Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were modestly to sharply lower on the lower midday boxed beef and unconfirmed reports of a higher Chinese tariff on U.S. beef. The USDA’s Cattle on Feed report looks mostly neutral to slightly bullish, with placements at the low end of analysts’ estimates. August was down $.35 at $104.62 […]
  • Heartbreak as farmers struggle to stay in business August 23, 2019
    The vice president of Minnesota Farmers Union is seeing heartbreak across rural America as farmers struggle to stay in business. Bryan Klabunde says he encountered a woman at a recent farm show in southwest Minnesota who told him her dad is a farmer in his 70’s trying to hang on. “And she started to break […]
  • Farmers express frustration with accuracy of USDA crop estimates August 23, 2019
    Nebraska farmers were looking forward to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s appearance at a town hall event at the Nebraska State Fair on Friday. However his visit was cancelled at the last minute, apparently because of weather-related travel issues. Perdue is likely to have faced some tough questions on trade and RFS waivers. But another source of […]

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On the Farm, Safety Is No Accident

On the Farm, Safety Is No Accident By Eric Bohl “We don’t ever think it’s going to happen to us, but it happened to me… because it happened to him.” Marion County farmer Lacey Miller’s […]

4-Her of the Month

The 4-Her of the month is Nate Bailey. Nate is the son of Rick and Liz Bailey. Nate is a member of the Montrose Busy Beaver 4-H Club. He joined 4-H with his older brother […]

FROM THE FARM DESK

As has been announced earlier this week and trickled through the grapevine, this weekend marks my last as farm director of Ag 1280 KDKD. While I am saddened to be departing, I am pleased to […]

FFA PRESIDENT WELCOMES MEMBERS TO COLUMBIA

Missouri FFA President Paxton Dahmer is ready to welcome 9,000 fellow members and supporters of agriculture to Columbia next week for the 91st Missouri FFA Convention.  Dahmer, who is now a student at the University […]