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Illinois farmers facing legislative concerns

Members of the Illinois ag community have some legislative concerns about the state’s top industry. Farm Bureau president and Ogle County farmer Brian Duncan tells Brownfield they’re watching several proposals closely… “Illinois adopting California emission standards; allowing municipalities to reach out and place restrictions on... Read More.

Farmer discusses 2024 concerns

Southwest Iowa farmer Duane Aistrope says he has several concerns heading into the growing season. “The prices of our grain right now,” he said. “We’ve got to get our demand up to move our product overseas.” He tells Brownfield producers also need a new five-year... Read More.

Ag Economy Barometer shows modest improvement, but concerns linger

Farmer sentiment has improved modestly month-over-month but is still well below year-ago levels, according to the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. Jim Mintert with Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture tells Brownfield it was a fairly small move. “People did become just a... Read More.

Concerns remain about Paraguay beef imports

The U.S. cattle industry remains concerned about the USDA’s recent decision to allow beef imports from Paraguay.  Kent Bacus with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association tells Brownfield the objection has nothing to do with competition and everything to do with animal health. “Yeah,... Read More.

Mississippi River levels have improved, but concerns linger

A Midwest representative for the Waterways Council says Mississippi River levels have improved greatly over the winter but continued moisture will be needed to maintain those levels. Paul Rhode tells Brownfield the amount of snowpack is a concern because northern states are having a... Read More.

Herbicide carryover concerns this spring

Dry conditions in 2023 could lead to increased risk of herbicide carryover in soybeans this spring. Aaron Hager, weed scientist at the University of Illinois, says herbicide applications made to abnormally dry soil last season could still lead to springtime issues even with near... Read More.

Michigan Farm Bureau members take concerns to Lansing

Michigan Farm Bureau members say they are concerned about the regulatory environment for farms in the state. Branch County’s Doug Bloom tells Brownfield members don’t feel like many lawmakers are listening to farmers. “I just think right now the atmosphere in the state is not... Read More.

Extension helps ease concerns over farm bill delays

The head lobbyist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says he isn’t worried about the farm bill delay, yet.  Ethan Lane says, “We’ve never done a farm on time, that’s never a thing that’s happened.”  He tells Brownfield the lengthy process isn’t out of... Read More.

Drought concerns remain in Michigan

Better than average January precipitation was not enough to fully alleviate drought in Michigan. The USDA says average statewide precipitation was nearly an inch above normal, which did raise Michigan’s overall soil moisture levels, but more than half of the state remains abnormally dry,... Read More.

Rain, snow lower Kentucky drought concerns

Drought concerns in Kentucky eased a little over the past month. The USDA says statewide precipitation topped five and a half inches, more than 2 inches above usual levels, the first month of better than normal precipitation since last fall. That did include heavy snowfall,... Read More.