A farm credit cooperative is pushing for the Investing in Rural America Act to be included in the next farm bill. Compeer Financial chief mission officer John Monson says the bill streamlines partnerships with local lenders. “The farm credit system has lead the way in... Read More.
The Director of Animal Health and Food Safety for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association says the USDA’s expertise in food inspections and labeling makes it the right agency to provide oversight on cell-culture protein products. Rebecca Barnett tells Brownfield… “We really want to make sure... Read More.
The Michigan Advanced Biodiesel Coalition says there is a lot of room for the industry to grow as efforts to decarbonize increase. Indigenous Energy President Pete Probst is part of the coalition. “Biodiesel at 100 percent blend level would receive a 75 percent carbon reduction... Read More.
Corn and soybean conditions improved last week in Michigan with crops maturing behind last year and the five-year average. As of last Sunday, the USDA says 66 percent of soybeans are blooming and 34 percent are setting pods with 43 percent of the crop... Read More.
Farmer groups and ag retailers are supporting federal legislation designed to improve rail service. The Support Reliable Rail Service Act would clarify the common carrier obligations of the railroads and give the Surface Transportation Board more specific oversight rules to improve rail service. Mike... Read More.
A Wisconsin state senator says the state budget bill now awaiting the Governor’s signature has funding important to agriculture and rural communities. Republican Patrick Testin from Stevens Point tells Brownfield this budget funds the new 150-million-dollar Agricultural Roads Improvement Act signed by Governor Tony... Read More.
A dairy cooperative is supporting proposed changes to the Dairy Margin Coverage program. Jeff Lyon with FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative tells Brownfield the Dairy Farm Resiliency Act would make two major changes. “One has to do with making changes to production histories to update... Read More.
Wisconsin’s new law providing 150 million dollars to improve agriculturally important local roads will allow towns to fund extra culverts farmers can use to run manure lines. Representative Travis Tranel Tranel says the intent of the Agricultural Roads Improvement Program is to improve weight-restricted roads,... Read More.
A U.S. Congressman says Mexico should have brought their cultural issues with biotech corn to negotiations in the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement process. Michigan Democrat Dan Kildee tells Brownfield he met with Mexico’s president earlier this year to discuss enforcement of the agreement. “I pressed... Read More.
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle ended the day higher, supported by the sharply higher cash business that took place on Thursday. June live cattle closed $5.77 higher at $174.90 and August lives closed $4.70 higher at $172.37. August feeder... Read More.
Michigan agriculture and environmental groups have received $900,000 to support cover crop adoption across the state through the Farmers for Soil Health partnership. The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Michigan Soybean Committee, Michigan Pork Producers Association, Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Michigan... Read More.