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Weekend Ag Matters: June 15, 2019

Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 06-15-2019

Hog farmer looks to better connect with consumers

Article produced in collaboration with Jenna Hoffman. With livestock practices under close watch due to consumer demand for animal well-being, farmers are looking for ways to bridge the rural/urban gap. One of those ways could be a mobile application, which would allow a consumer to look inside the barn. Lucas Fricke, founder of ChorChek, says […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 06-14-2019

Is there an end to Midwest flooding in sight?

We have been dealing with high water in Iowa for over three months now. The rest of the Midwest has been in the same shape. Of course, this water all goes somewhere. The real question is will we be able to dry out any time soon? Bryce Anderson is a Senior Meteorologist with DTN. He […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-14-2019

John Block talks about a myriad of Ag topics

As of last Sunday, there were 15.8 million U.S. corn acres still unplanted.  The wet spring and ticking time clock have pushed farmers to plant fields before they are dry.  This has been a very tough planting season. U.S. corn production will drop like a rock.  We just don’t know how much.  Our soybean crop […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-14-2019

ERS and NIFA will relocate to Kansas City amid opposition

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region. Perdue says the site selection process was rigorous and the Kansas City Region provides a win-win. “It maximizes our mission function […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-14-2019

Midwest states get most help from 2018 MFP payments

Farmers in five Midwestern states claimed just about half of the more than $8.5 billion in trade help from the USDA as compensation for losses due to trade disputes. The analysis shows that Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Indiana received just about half of the Market Facilitation Program payments that have been made up to […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 06-14-2019

Effectively spray fields responsibly this spring

Farmers thought seeding this year’s crop was challenging. However, additional challenges lie ahead. Precision Laboratories believes the next challenge will be applying herbicides. Jim Reiss, vice president of product for Precision Laboratories, says timely, yet effective applications can be made by following a three-step, holistic approach. “Total Spray Droplet Management (TSDM) is focused on our […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 06-13-2019

African Swine Fever prevention still top priority for Pork Board

The National Pork Board recently elected a new president. As the organization continues forward, the board remains committed to keeping African Swine Fever (ASF) away from the United States. The threat of the disease spreading forced the cancellation of this year’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines. Dr. David Newman is a professor of Animal […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-13-2019

Senator Ernst presses for WOTUS definitions and qualifications

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule has been a contentious source of debate in the halls of Congress and in rural America. The Obama Administration’s WOTUS rule drew much criticism from rural America as overreaching. The Trump Administration is working on a new rule. The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee met […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-13-2019

President Trump talks about progress with Mexico and China

It has certainly been a whirlwind year or so in terms of the trade situation for the U.S. Ag sector. We are over a year into a trade war with China, we negotiated a trade deal with Canada and Mexico to replace NAFTA. However, a year later and we still have no official deals. Let’s […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 06-13-2019