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Economists concerned about the state of the ag economy

A senior economist at The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says the ag economy is softening. Cortney Cowley says it all starts with farmer concern over low grain market prices. “We’re coming off of very high levels, very strong income and so that can... Read More.

Analyst remains concerned about nitrogen fertilizer market

An analyst is concerned about the future of the nitrogen fertilizer market. Josh Linville from StoneX tells Brownfield he’s watching four areas that will greatly influence the price and availability of nitrogen, starting with Europe. “Their natural gas price is higher than what it... Read More.

Illinois Environmental Council concerned over SWCD cuts

The land use programs director with the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) says the organization is concerned about budget cuts to Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts.  Eliot Clay tells Brownfield the 4-million-dollar decrease will have an impact. “There was a really big setback in... Read More.

Farmers attending Commodity Classic concerned about tighter margins

Farmers attending Commodity Classic are concerned about tighter margins in 2024. Ryan Mackenthun grows corn and soybeans in central Minnesota and says crop budgets look a lot different compared to the past few years. “We’re putting inputs in at probably the biggest deficit we have... Read More.

Lack of snow has sheep and beef producer concerned

A sheep producer worries about the lack of snow cover this winter, and if that means a third straight dry summer.  Caleb Langworthy raises grass-fed sheep and beef near Wheeler, in northwestern Wisconsin.  He tells Brownfield the small amount of snow means his pastures... Read More.

Pork producers concerned about patchwork of state regulations

Pork producers are concerned about the burden state livestock confinement laws are placing on the industry. National Pork Producers Council president-elect Lori Stevermer says a federal solution is needed to address California’s Proposition 12 and Question Three, a similar law passed in Massachusetts. “Something that’s... Read More.

Wisconsin Soybean president concerned about regulations

Commodity groups are concerned about regulations handcuffing farmers. Wisconsin Soybean president Sara Stelter says that was a big topic during the association’s annual meeting earlier this month. “We’re always concerned on a national level about what the EPA is doing, and how that might effect... Read More.

Soybean leader concerned about farm bill in election year

The American Soybean Association’s government affairs director says she’s concerned about how the elections might impact progress on a new farm bill. Virginia Houston tells Brownfield that good agriculture policy can be delayed or stopped. “There are concerns, of course, of the farm... Read More.

Finstad concerned Prop 12 “could devastate family farms”

A member of the House Agriculture Committee is very concerned about ramifications of Proposition 12. Minnesota Republican Brad Finstad says California’s animal housing law essentially means one state can dictate economic terms for the rest of the country. “So Prop 12 has been devastating for... Read More.

Land O’Lakes concerned about U.S. ag trade deficit

One of the nation’s largest ag and food cooperatives is concerned about the U.S. trade deficit. Land O’Lakes vice president of government and industry affairs Matt Wohlman says a significant shift is occurring in the trade environment, resulting in about a $17 billion ag... Read More.

Economist concerned about farm bill delays

An agricultural economist is concerned about the delays in Washington and how they affect the new farm bill.  Jonathan Coppess at the University of Illinois tells Brownfield the first continuing resolution extended the 2018 Farm Bill for a year covering the 2024 crop year,... Read More.