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    Stay positive this holiday season

    Commentary. Let the holiday season begin! Some store shelves have been stocked with Christmas baubles and trinkets since mid-October.  I know people who pulled their artificial trees out of the closet and began the lengthy process of decorating their homes for the holidays the first week of November.  Not me.  I’m a last-minute kind of... Read more »

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    Love me some leftovers

    What are you going to do with all that leftover turkey and stuff? Well, you want to eat it – but do so before it begins to spoil. Here are some practical, food saving tips in this Healthy Living program about leftovers. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Leftover food safety (1:30 mp3):

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    MPP, LGM or none of the above?

    December 5th is the deadline for dairy producers to sign-up for the new Margin Protection Program from USDA.  There are a number of things for dairy producers to consider including to utilize the MPP or the dairy Livestock Gross Margin protection available from crop insurance providers.  Michelle Sell is a Livestock Insurance Specialist with Badgerland... Read more »

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    Eau Claire teacher wins Ag in the Classroom honor

                                                                                                                                 (Tumaniec & Kannel) Tracey Tumaniec, a fifth grade teacher at Manz Elementary School in Eau Claire, is the recipient of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for their efforts in educating students on the importance of agriculture. Teachers of all... Read more »

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    A little more profitable on the farm in November

    The Preliminary Index of Prices Received by Farmers for November increased 2 percent from October.  The National Ag Statistics Service says farmers received higher prices for cattle, eggs, soybeans and lettuce.  Lower prices for hogs, milk, broilers and apples. The November Crop Index was unchanged from October: Corn averaged $3.57 per bushel up a penny... Read more »

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    Another cut in UK farm milk prices

    It looks like U.K. dairy producers are going to take another hit. Arla has notified its 3,000 British farmers it will reduce the pay price for milk to 26.84 pence per liter on December 1st.  Company officials cite the latest 3.1 percent decline at the Global Dairy Trade auction last week as evidence of the... Read more »

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    Dairy markets continue to slide

    Dairy markets declined further on Wednesday. Cash cheese barrels lost another 5.75 cents to close at $1.6475 per pound, blocks lost 4.75 cents to $1.6825.  Butter fell 2 cents to $1.97 and nonfat dry milk held steady at $1.115 per pound.  Class III futures declining in concert with cheese: December down 38 cents to $18, January lost... Read more »

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    Light cattle trade develops

    A light to moderate cattle trade was evident in parts of Kansas and Nebraska on Wednesday. A few cattle have traded in Kansas at 173.00 live, steady with last week. DTN reported dressed trade developed in Nebraska at 266.00 to 267.00, steady to $1.00 lower than last weeks weighted average, USDA Mandatory reported live sales... Read more »

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    Soybeans down, corn up ahead of Thanksgiving

    Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Demand remains strong, with China buying another 120,000 tons of U.S. beans for delivery this marketing year. Past that – traders were just squaring up ahead of Thanksgiving. Soybean meal was mixed with nearbys up, including December moving back above $400 ahead of Friday’s first notice day.... Read more »

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    Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 26, 2014

    Dec. corn closed at $3.78 and 1/4, up 4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.47, down 4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $401.60, up $11.00 Dec. soybean oil closed at 33.48, up 6 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.62, up 10 and 1/2 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $169.25, down 90 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $90.95, unchanged Jan. crude oil closed at $73.69, down 40 cents Dec.... Read more »

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    Johnson urges COOL appeal

    South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, one of the original authors of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, is urging the administration to appeal the recent World Trade Organization ruling that he says undermines the COOL program. Johnson, along with Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have written to U.S.... Read more »

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    Ethanol production hits all-time high

    Ethanol production has hit a new all-time record. During the week of November 21st, ethanol production advanced 1.2 percent to 982-thousand barrels a day.  According to the Renewable Fuels Association, that equates to 15.05 billion gallons on an annualized basis. Despite the increased production, ethanol inventories actually dropped 1.5 percent, reflecting continued good demand for ethanol. Photo... Read more »

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    RFA head: Elation over RFS announcement short-lived

    The president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, says his elation over the EPA’s recent announcement on the Renewable Fuels Standard was short-lived. “I feel a little bit like the receiver that just caught a Hail Mary pass at the end of regulation,” Dinneen says. “I’m elated in the end zone, but... Read more »

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    Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

    Packer inquiry in the cash cattle trade is light to moderate as the country tries to take care of business before the Thanksgiving break. USDA Mandatory reported a few sales in Kansas at 173.00 that looks to be about steady with last week. Look for buying interest to improve throughout the day. Asking prices are... Read more »

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    Late emergence of winter wheat a concern in some areas

    The final condition rating of the nation’s winter wheat crop, until next spring, is 58 percent good to excellent and six percent poor to very poor. That’s a slight decline from last week and also a few points below where the crop finished up this year. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says there are two major... Read more »

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    Net farm income down 21 percent

    USDA says U.S. net farm income for 2014 will be down 21 percent from last year, dropping from 123 billion to 97 billion dollars. Higher production expenses are the main driver of the drop in net farm income. Total production expenses are forecast to increase almost six percent in 2014 extending a four-year upward trend... Read more »

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    Deadline nears to renegotiate farmland leases

    Tenant farmers wanting to renegotiate farmland leases for 2015 need to deliver notices soon.  According to Purdue University agricultural law professor Gerald Harrison, the Indiana notification deadline is three months before the end of the current crop year.  By custom in the Indiana farming community, crop years end on the last day of February –... Read more »

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    Communicating agriculture’s message

    When it comes to communicating complex issues, Richard Levick, Chairman and CEO of Levick Communications says it needs to be handled differently than other issues.  “In the internet age – it is every bit as significant as the agricultural and industrial revolutions that have proceeded it,” he says.  “But rather than be afraid of this... Read more »

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    Turkey Talkline

    There’s a number to call for help when cooking your turkey. It’s 1-800-Butterball (800-288-8372).  Learn about it in this Healthy Living program in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Turkey, by the way, is a significant source of dietary protein which is essential for good health. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Turkey talkline help (1:30 mp3):    

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    Is there risk in storing the crop?

    Commodity markets are signaling farmers to store this very large corn crop.  And that is exactly what they are doing. While it is a good idea now – are there things farmers need to keep in mind a few months down the road?  Steve Nicholson, grain and oilseed analyst with Rabo AgriFinance says there are... Read more »

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    Cheese continues to decline

    Cash cheese barrels slipped another 1.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday. Blocks held steady but butter lost 3 cents and nonfat dry milk declined 2.25 cents per pound.  Class III futures for January lost 14 cents, February fell 25 cents. The continued decline in cash cheese prices has buyers being cautious: no... Read more »

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    The significant drop in Chinese dairy imports

    A report from HighGround Dairy points out how much China has pulled-back on dairy imports. Citing Chinese Customs data from October: whole milk powder imports were down nearly 85 million pounds or 72 percent, skim milk powder imports are 13 million pounds or 27.5 percent lower, whey products imports are down 14 percent from a... Read more »

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    Tax planning and accounting seminars offered

    With lower farm grain and milk prices comes a greater need for tax planning. Paul Dietmann with Badgerland Financial says in a year like this, people have been investing in machinery and structures, perhaps they delayed some grain sales and with lower prices, they may find themselves with a large tax liability without the cash... Read more »

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    Commercial demand back for soybeans

    Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. The trade’s continuing to look at a record crop balanced out by expected record demand. There was no real fresh news, but the trade decided to buy back the losses from Monday and then some. Soybean meal was higher on commercial demand, while bean oil was firm,... Read more »

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    Poultry production up 2% on year

    USDA reports U.S. poultry production for October 2014 was 4.145 billion pounds, up 2% from October 2013. Chicken accounted for most of the total at 3.571 billion pounds with turkey at 561.5915 million. The preliminary live weight of all federally inspected birds was 5.470 billion pounds, also 2% more than a year ago. Young chickens... Read more »

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    FDA finalizes calorie label rule

    Every restaurant chain, grocery store take-out counter, convenience store, amusement park and movie theater would have to post calories for most or all of their menu items under a final rule by the Food and Drug Administration. So would most vending machines. The FDA says Americans consume about one-third of their calories away from home... Read more »

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    ASA proposes all countries dropping sugar subsidies

    The American Sugar Alliance (ASA) wants the world to function as a subsidy-free sugar market, according to ASA spokesman Phillip Hayes, who tells Brownfield Ag News that subsidies paid to producers in the world’s big three sugar countries, Brazil, Thailand and India, are being expanded to keep market share from each other.  The result, he... Read more »

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    Pork was lower and beef was higher

    The cash cattle trade remained untested on Tuesday afternoon with both bids and asking prices poorly defined. Some showlists are priced around 175.00 in the South and 272.00 to 274.00 in the North. Packers and feedlot operators will try to complete business by Wednesday afternoon, ahead of the Thanksgiving break. The slaughter totaled 113,000 head,... Read more »

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    State beef group works on ’85 checkoff

    The Federation of State Beef Councils says it’s working to develop a more workable beef checkoff. Jennifer Houston, vice chair of the Federation, tells Brownfield a second beef checkoff proposed by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is not a good option – and – that’s why they’re working toward improving the 1985 Act that established the... Read more »

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    Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 25, 2014

    Dec. corn closed at $3.74 and 1/4, up 6 and 3/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.51, up 17 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $390.60, up $15.70 Dec. soybean oil closed at 33.42, up 22 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.51 and 1/2, up 9 and 1/4 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $170.15, up 65 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $90.95, down 37 cents Jan. crude... Read more »

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    MO Farm Bureau against wind energy line

    The Missouri Farm Bureau has submitted written testimony to the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) – opposing a proposed wind-energy generated electric transmission line. The proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line would stretch from Kansas – eastward. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst tells Brownfield the line would cut clear across north Missouri, “I tell... Read more »

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    Presidential turkeys arrive in Washington, D.C.

    The two Presidential turkeys have made the trip from Mercer County Ohio to Washington, D.C. Cole Cooper of Cooper Farms has been the caretaker of the Presidential Turkey Flock, raising the birds from the time they were hatched until now, 20 weeks later. So what was the process to select the two turkeys to make... Read more »

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    Cranberries for health and holidays

    Cranberries are rich in vitamins and nutrients essential to good health. The next time you have some at the holiday table or any time, remember that. Wisconsin is the leading state for cranberry production. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Cranberries healthy (1:30 mp3)

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    Missouri Farmers Union took lead on Big Data discussion

    Missouri Farmers Union President Richard Oswald says the group is forward thinking in its policy formation.  Oswald, who farms near Clarence, Missouri, in Atchison County, tells Brownfield Ag News that the state’s Farmers Union gets the attention of its national counterpart. “Missouri tends to sort of be at the cutting edge of policy because a... Read more »

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    On-farm security

    In the past, on-farm security was limited, but technology is changing that. And with wireless technology, Rob Cleminson with VideoSurveillance.com says on-farm surveillance has changed even more. Audio: Rob Cleminson, VideoSurveillance.com

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    Northey hopeful EPA’s delay is a good sign

    Reaction from ag leaders has been mixed following the EPA’s announcement that it is once again delaying its decision on 2014 ethanol blend requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says that while he is disappointed with the continued delays, he is hopeful that the EPA is reconsidering its... Read more »

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    Tuesday midday cash livestock prices

    The cash cattle trade remains unestablished on Tuesday with both bids and asking prices poorly defined. Some showlists are priced around 175.00 in the South and 272.00 to 274.00 in the North. Packers and feedlot operators will probably try to complete business by Wednesday afternoon, making plenty of time for feasting and football, but that... Read more »

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    Congress wrestles with tax extenders

    Congress continues to wrestle with the tax extenders package. Republicans and Democrats are reportedly working on a compromise that would make permanent a few of the tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013 and extend others through 2015. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley hopes they’ll have it ready for a vote by next week.... Read more »

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    A-FAN works to expand Nebraska’s livestock industry

    When you think about the livestock industry in Nebraska, the beef industry is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But Willow Holoubek, executive director of the A-FAN, says there’s plenty of opportunity to expand other livestock sectors as well. “Beef is our foundation,” Holoubek says, “but the pork, dairy and poultry industries all... Read more »

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    Grassley hopes for tax extenders vote by next week

    Congress continues to wrestle with the tax extenders package. Republicans and Democrats are reportedly working on a compromise that would make permanent a few of the tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013 and extend others through 2015. Of particular interest to agriculture are the biodiesel tax credit and the Section 179 deduction... Read more »

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    Winter-fall-winter in Wisconsin

    Snow and temperatures in the single-digits slowed harvest activity in Wisconsin last week. Frost did allow some manure hauling.  The weekend warm-up melted what had been a significant snow cover over much of the state but then winter returned on Monday. There was a little progress combining corn, 73 percent of the corn-for-grain is in... Read more »

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    A slow finish to harvest

    Harvest is slowly winding down in Indiana as cold temperatures and snow showers proved to be a mixed blessing for farmers last week. According to the latest crop and weather report, 91 percent of corn and 96 percent of soybeans have been harvested.  Moisture content for corn averaged 18 percent and soybeans averaged 13 percent. In other... Read more »

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    Fairlife will be on store shelves in December

    Coca-Cola says it will have its new “Fairlife” milk product on store shelves nationally in December. Developed by Mike and Sue McCloskey of Fair Oaks Farms, the milk is filtered into five components then recombined in different proportions. Fairlife doesn’t have any lactose, has 50 percent more protein, 30 percent more calcium and 30 percent... Read more »

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    Groups seek to force GMO moratorium

    The Centers for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice have filed papers in federal district court in Honolulu seeking to enforce a moratorium on the planting, growth, testing or cultivation of genetically modified crops in Maui County, Hawaii. On November 4th; citizens of Maui County voted to halt the cultivation of GE crops until an environmental... Read more »

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    USDA to buy cranberry products

    U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Ag Marketing Service will purchase up to $55 million worth of cranberry products to mitigate the impact of oversupply on growers. The purchase should cover up to 68 million pounds or 680,000 barrels of cranberries which will be distributed through food pantries. Wisconsin’s U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin led... Read more »

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    Incoming NCBA president on 3 T’s

    The incoming president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sees potential for progress with the new Republican-led Congress next year. Phillip Ellis says he’s identified ‘the three T’s” as priorities for NCBA, “We could maybe move along now Trade Promotion Authority which the president wants and a Republican congress might support. TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership.... Read more »

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    Ohio’s harvest drags on

    It’s shaping up to be a challenging end to the 2014 corn and soybean harvest, with heavy snow and wet fields causing the latest slowdown. According to the Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS), corn harvest advanced six points from the previous week, while soybean harvest gained only two points. As... Read more »

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    Corn, soybeans start week on a lower note

    Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. It looks like it may be a quiet week heading into Thanksgiving, with harvest just about wrapped in many areas. According to USDA, 97% of U.S. soybeans are harvested, compared to 98% on average. China bought 235,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. soybeans and Thailand picked up 174,000... Read more »

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    94% of U.S. corn, 97% of soybeans harvested

      In what should be the last national crop report for the growing season, USDA says the U.S. corn and soybean harvests are nearly complete. As of Sunday, 94% of the corn crop is harvested, compared to 94% this time last year and the five year average of 92%. 97% of soybeans are harvested, compared... Read more »

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    Vesicular Stomatitis found in two Nebraska cattle herds

    The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reports the livestock disease Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed in cattle on two farms in Wheeler County in north-central Nebraska. Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach says they are working to determine the source of the disease. And because the disease can be transmitted by nose to nose contact, Ibach... Read more »

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