EPA rule puts rural power in jeopardy
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by Cyndi Young
17h ago
Commentary. On May 9, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its Standards and Guidelines for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants. That rule calls for aggressive actions they believe will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from conventional power plants. Who amongst us is not in favor of clean air? You will be hard pressed to find someone that would raise their hand. The problem is the path that EPA has chosen to take in its effort to “get there.” According to Jim Matheson, Chief Executive Officer for The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the rules is “un ..read more
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Fungicide Timing
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by Brynn Jankowski
19h ago
Corteva Agriscience market development specialist Will Tubbs says application timing is critical to getting the best return on investment on fungicide. He tells Brownfield getting it right comes down to several factors, including disease history, weather conditions, and scouting ..read more
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Greg Wagner’s keys to turkey hunting in Nebraska
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by Brent Barnett
3d ago
On this week’s episode of the Outdoor Adventures podcast from Brownfield, Brent Barnett talks with @NebraskaGameandParksCommission‘s Greg Wagner about some of the turkey hunting opportunities across the state. Nebraska’s turkey season continues through the end of May ..read more
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Dairy producers group praises House farm bill
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by Larry Lee
3d ago
A cooperative leader says dairy producers got much of what they asked for in the House version of the farm bill. Alan Bjerga with the National Milk Producers Federation tells Brownfield the House bill, which passed the Ag Committee early Friday morning, includes improvements to the dairy safety net programs. “You saw an update in terms of the base years for production under the DMC (Dairy Margin Coverage) Program, which is very important ..read more
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Building more support for the new farm bill
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by Carah Hart
3d ago
A former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says getting bipartisan approval for the farm bill in committee will help lawmakers build widespread support the House. But Collin Peterson says to get more bipartisan votes between now and September, lawmakers should also address concerns about how to pay for farm bill updates. “The Thrifty Food Plan provisions (used to determine the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit amounts) are a problem. The administration doesn’t like the Commodity Credit Corporation limitations,” he says ..read more
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Soybeans, corn higher ahead of Memorial Day
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by John Perkins
3d ago
Soybeans were higher on speculative and technical buying, closing solidly higher on the week. Beans were monitoring planting delays in the Midwest and Plains, with help from a higher move in soybean meal. That higher move for meal was largely due to product spread trade, which sent soybean oil lower. For U.S. planting, there’s at least some chatter the corn planting delays could lead to increased soybean acreage, but anything firm about that is, at best, weeks away ..read more
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Vilsack says double down on farm biosecurity to prevent H5N1
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by Larry Lee
3d ago
Photo: Wisconsin Ag Secretary Randy Romanski and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack The Secretary of Agriculture urges farmers to double down on farm biosecurity.  With another human case of the H5N1 virus in Michigan, Tom Vilsack says sick cows should not leave the farm and workers should be protected. “We’re providing financial resources to encourage farms to plan biosecurity plans, strengthen biosecurity plans. We’re providing resources to reimburse for affected facilities that have workers who may be exposed.” USDA and the Centers for Disease Control have issued H5N1 guidelines, and Vil ..read more
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MO Farm Bureau says health plan to be addressed again next year
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by Carah Hart
3d ago
Legislation that would allow Missouri Farm Bureau to offer a health plan to its members didn’t make it across the finish line in the Missouri Legislature again this year. This is the second year the Missouri Farm Bureau has asked the state legislature for support. States must have either statutory authority or a waiver from existing insurance law before a Farm Bureau can offer health care coverage. President Garrett Hawkins says there was a hang-up in the Missouri Senate at the end of the session and he’s disappointed ..read more
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Live cattle mixed ahead of On Feed report
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by Meghan Grebner
3d ago
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle were mixed, and feeders were mostly lower ahead of Friday’s On Feed report. The numbers were very close to the industry’s pre-report estimates. June live cattle closed $.17 higher at $183.70, and August live cattle closed $.05 higher at $181.12. August feeder cattle closed $1.22 lower at $260.22, and September feeder cattle closed $.97 lower at $261.75.  Direct cash cattle trade activity was mostly quiet on Friday following Thursday’s active day.  ..read more
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Food safety concerns can create additional export challenges
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by Carah Hart
3d ago
The U.S. Meat Export Federation says Colombia has been the only international trading partner to implement trade restrictions as Influenza A continues to spread in dairy cattle.  CEO Dan Halstrom says “Colombia has put restrictions in for the nine states with positive cases.” He says other trading partners trust the food safety standards in the United States. USMEF Chairman Randy Spronk says food safety concerns can create additional challenges for exports, because when markets close it takes time for them to reopen ..read more
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