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Corn Growers to Congress: Don?t Turn Your Back on Ethanol and Other Renewable Fu


ST. LOUIS (February 26, 2015) – Today, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act. National Corn Growers Association board member Keith Alverson of South Dakota issued the following statem

RFS Legislation Introduced Harmful


WASHINGTON — Thursday, Senators Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) once again introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act in an attempt to undercut the Renewable Fuel Standard. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuel

Vilsack Announces Deadline Extension for Farm Bill Programs


WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (AR

Cuba: Gov. Nixon Changes Travel Plans After State Auditors Death


Gov. Nixon will no longer travel to Cuba as part of planned trade mission; First Lady Nixon to represent Missouri and lead delegation on Governor’s behalf   JEFFERSON CITY – Following the death of Missouri State Auditor Tom

Survey Reveals Data Security and Transfer Concerns, Misunderstanding


Survey Reveals Data Security and Transfer Concerns, Misunderstanding Agronomic and machine data definitions vary by respondents, manufacturers RACINE, Wis. Feb. 25, 2015 A new survey on data security and usage identifies challenges for produce

First Generation Indiana Farmer Named Top Young Sustainable Farmer


Bayer CropScience Celebrates 5th Young Sustainable Farmer Award Recipient Phoenix, Ariz. (Feb. 25, 2015) – Andrew Fansler is a rare commodity these days—a first-generation farmer whose farming career was born from a passion for the soil,

Next Class Products To Deliver Top Performance For Asgrow® And Dekalb® Brands In


Innovative Breeding Technology Equips Farmers With Tools For Maximizing Performance ST. LOUIS (February 25, 2015) – Farmers can count on strong yield potential in 2016 with the robust lineup of new Asgrow® and DEKALB® brand products. T

First Generation Indiana Farmer Named Top Young Sustainable Farmer


Bayer CropScience Celebrates 5th Young Sustainable Farmer Award Recipient Phoenix, Ariz. (Feb. 25, 2015) – Andrew Fansler is a rare commodity these days—a first-generation farmer whose farming career was born from a passion for the soil,

Millennial's Perspective on Food, Farming and Nutrition. The Role Farmers Play


Phoenix Ariz. – Long past the days of dust storms, a family feeding their own or even in some cases a backyard garden, the Millennial’s have a fresh take on food. The newest generation will be calling the shots for years to come. And they are

DuPont Pioneer Offers New BMR Product and Conventional Hybrids


DuPont Pioneer announced Tuesday its 2015 corn silage hybrid offerings. This includes its first integrated refuge brown midrib - or BMR - product. This new product - Pioneer P1449AMX - offers Optimum AcreMax Xtra Insect Protection - which is a single-bag

Coalition Urges Congress to Leave Farm Bill Alone


Nearly 400 farm, nutrition and conservation groups - including the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union - have written congressional budget letters urging Senate and House leaders to reject calls for additional cuts to the 2014 Farm

Taiwan Bans Canadian Beef Imports


Taiwanese officials announced over the Weekend the country has banned imports of Canadian beef. That mean Taiwan is now the fifth country to do so following the confirmation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a beef cow in Canada. It’s

Japan?s Ag Minister Steps Down


Following questions over political funding contributions Japan’s agriculture minister stepped down Monday. The Associated Press reports Koya Nishikawa resigned as head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries saying he w

West Coast Ports Nearing Normal Activity


According to Bloomberg, ports along the west coast are nearing normal activity and lining up the backlog of shipments for movement. As the recent agreement allowed a settlement to the issue’s along the west coast farm groups are calling for more lon

Grants Awarded to 2 PEDv Projects


Zoetis has awarded research grants to Suidae Health and Production and Iowa State University to find solutions to help improve control of PEDv in breeding and farrowing herds. Both were chosen from eight finalists - and their projects are expected to be f

Growth Energy Opposes Proposed CARB LCFS


Growth Energy has filed comments outlining its opposition to the proposed amendments by California’s Air Resources Board to the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard Regulation and the Proposed Regulation on the Commercialization of Alternative Diese

Growth Energy Opposes Proposed CARB LCFS


Growth Energy has filed comments outlining its opposition to the proposed amendments by California’s Air Resources Board to the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard Regulation and the Proposed Regulation on the Commercialization of Alternative Diese

FFA Food for All Grants Help Fight Local Hunger


The National FFA Organization has awarded nearly 330-thousand dollars in grants to start new service-learning projects or sustain existing programs students across the U.S. have created to fight hunger in their local communities. A total of 138 FFA chapte

Labor Secretary Heads to West Coast


According to The Hagstrom Report - President Obama has sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to help mediate negotiations in the West Coast ports labor dispute. Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse is encouraged by the administration’s respons

Drones Rules Proposed


The Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Department proposed safety rules for small unmanned aircraft systems conducting non-recreational operations this weekend. The proposal would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operatio

Director of Ag Announces Grants for 4-H, FFA Youth Service Projects


Director of Ag Announces Grants for 4-H, FFA Youth Service Projects 21 youth organizations to receive funds for 2015 (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) - Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce announced that 21 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants f

Vilsack to Address Growers at Commodity Classic


Commodity Classic begins next week in Phoenix, Arizona. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver a keynote address to attendees at the General Session on Friday - February 27th. With so much going on in Washington, D.C. impacting farmers’ lives - Natio

Labor Secretary Heads to West Coas


According to The Hagstrom Report - President Obama has sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to help mediate negotiations in the West Coast ports labor dispute. Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse is encouraged by the administration’s respons

Drones Rules Proposed


The Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Department proposed safety rules for small unmanned aircraft systems conducting non-recreational operations this weekend. The proposal would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operatio

?Gov. Nixon and agricultural leaders discuss Missouri exports, economic benefits


Prior to 1962 embargo, Cuba was the top export destination for U.S. rice; next month, Gov. Nixon will be the first U.S. Governor to go to Cuba on a trade mission BERNIE, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today was joined by Missouri Dep

Farm Bill Safety-Net Deadlines Approaching for Missouri Farmers


WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 —U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA)  Missouri State Executive Director Mark Cadle today reminds producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs e

Farm Bureau Pleased With Passage of H.R. 636


Congress is one step closer to securing Section 179 small business expensing permanently with the passage of America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman says America’s farmers and ranchers need

Feeding the World Summit Highlights Challenges of Feeding Global Population


The Economist Feeding the World Summit was held in Amsterdam yesterday (Thursday). During the conference - attendees had the opportunity to attend seminars and discuss supply chains, nutrition, climate chance and water supply regarding food production. Wo

House Ag Committee Sends Budget Views and Estimates Letter


The House Agriculture Committee sent its Budget Views and Estimates Letter for Fiscal Year 2016 to the House Budget Committee Thursday and urged the committee to consider the fact the farm bill made a significant contribution to deficit reduction and focu

Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015 Introduced in Senate


Senators Amy Klobuchar, Mike Enzi, Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Flake, Patrick Leahy and Dick Durbin introduced the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015 on Thursday - which would lift the trade embargo and boost U.S. ag exports to Cuba. National Farmers Union P

White House Threatens Veto On Certain Tax Provisions


According to Agri-Pulse - the White House is threatening to veto a House bill that would make Section 179 expensing permanent. The provision has been extended on a year-to-year basis - but lawmakers are considering more permanent changes to the tax policy

Economist Explains Part of Reasoning Behind Crop Insurance Proposed Cuts


Economists say it’s too early for Congress to tell which commodity program will be adopted most by farmers. National Crop Insurance Services Adviser Keith Collins says the Congressional Budget Office has calculated more farmers than expected will si

Crop Insurance One Focus of House Ag Committee Hearing


The House Ag Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the state of the rural economy. House Ag Chair Mike Conaway said economic conditions for many producers have changed dramatically since the signing of the 2014 Farm Bill - and the net effect of drought an

Congressmen Introduce Legislation to Protect Farm Animals in Research


According to Meatingplace - U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Mike 

Senators Urge EPA to Set 2014, 2015 & 2016 RFS Production Levels


Last year - nearly 80-percent of U.S. biodiesel producers scaled back production - and almost 

COOL Lawsuit Dismissed


The lawsuit on Country-of-Origin Labeling filed by the multinational meatpacking industry and 

Opening the door to an historic opportunity for Missouri agriculture


Nearly sixty years have passed since the Cuban Missile Crisis, but many in our generation still 

Beef Checkoff Presents BQA and DBQA Awards


Last week - three producers receive the Beef Checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance award. Also - one individual received the BQA Marketer Award - and another received the BQA Educator of the Year Award. These awards were

Cattle Producers Have Reasons for Optimism in Coming Years


CattleFax analysts told attendees at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention last week to expect fed cattle prices averaging in the mid-150s this year. Analysts said prices will trade in a range near 140-dollars at the lows to near 170-dollars at the highs in

Ag Groups Oppose Proposed Crop Insurance Cuts


Last week - a coalition of 31 ag groups wrote to House and Senate Budget Committee leaders opposing crop insurance cuts - according to the Oklahoma Farm Report. The groups say the agriculture community is committed to the belief that balancing the Federal

Ethanol Exports dip in December


U.S. ethanol exports totaled 75.5 million gallons (mg) in December, down 17% from November, according to government data released this week. Canada, Brazil, and the Philippines were top destinations for U.S. product in December. For the full 2014 calendar

Corps Ready for Spring Runoff


Reservoir system prepared for 2015 runoff season; previously stored flood waters evacuated  Omaha, Neb. — The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system has the full flood control zone capacity available for the 2015 runoff season because all of

Cattlemen Announce Partnership with National Sheriffs? Association


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Feb. 5, 2015) – Today, during the Cattle Industry Convention, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan and Sheriff T. Michael O’Connor from the National Sheriffs’ Association 

New Website Provides Cattle Producers With Real-Time Information


Merck Animal Health and DVAuction have developed Cattle Market Central - according to the Oklahoma Farm Report - which is an extension of Beef Market Central and provides feeder cattle class and weight offerings along with prices from more than 45 auction

Food, Ag Organizations Write Letter to Congress Regarding TPA


The National Pork Producers Council - along with 70 other food and agricultural organizations - is urging Congress to renew Trade Promotion Authority legislation. The groups say the farmers, ranchers, food and ag companies they represent heavily depend on

CME Group Closing Floor Trading by July


CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2015 / -- As open outcry futures trading has fallen to just one percent of the 

Canadian and U.S. Grain Collaborators Publish New Commercial Trade Information


Winnipeg, MB, and Washington, DC — The Canada-US Grain and Seed Trade Task Group has published new information that will help commercial grain handlers and buyers better understand the regulations on cross-border trade. The task group includes

Cattlemen Gather in San Antonio for the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (February 4, 2015) - More than 7,000 cattlemen and women from across the country are registered to attend the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show, which kicked off today at the Henr

FY 2015 AFRI Food Security Funding Available


USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced the availability of more than 16-million dollars through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Food Security program to develop more sustainable, productive and economically viab

More Producers Support Beef Checkof


Despite a great deal of discussion about the future of the checkoff - Producer Communications Working Group Chair Jeanne Harland says beef and dairy producers continue to value their checkoff for building demand, contributing to their profitability and re