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Productive late winter for Illinois farmers

A central Illinois farmer says it’s been a productive late winter. Malcolm Head, who farms and sells seed with his family in Macon County, says they’ve accomplished a lot already… “We worked some ground down to sew alfalfa, and I’ll tell you it worked really... Read More.

Farmers Union delegates to discuss farm bill

The National Farmers Union is expected to talk more about the farm bill during their policy session, which begins this afternoon. National Farmers Union Vice President and South Dakota farmer Jeff Kippley says farmer members would like to see a few things take... Read More.

Farmers and ranchers safe from new greenhouse emissions reporting rule

The chief legal counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the final rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission won’t require farmers and ranchers to provide the federal government with farm-level supply chain emissions reports. Mary-Thomas Hart tells Brownfield that Wednesday’s rule was a change from what... Read More.

The Importance of Animal Ag to Soybean Farmers

Animal agriculture is the largest end user of Illinois soybeans, improving demand and profitability for farmers. In this week’s Managing for Profit, Brock Willard, an Illinois Soybean Association director and farmer, explains how animal agriculture plays a pivotal role in soybean farmers’ bottom line.

Farm bill needed to provide farmers with certainty

The executive president of newly-formed Keystone Cooperative, formerly Ceres Solutions an agricultural cooperative, says farmers need the certainty of a long-term farm bill.  Jeff Troike says having a bill in place helps farmers make solid business decisions. “Ag is a high risk, high-capital business,”... Read More.

ARC County still best risk management option for most farmers

An ag economist says his risk management recommendations have not changed. Paul Mitchell with the University of Wisconsin Madison tells Brownfield he still prefers the County Ag Risk Coverage plan because of where market prices are. “The 2024 marketing year average price is... 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.

Soybean farmers want to see a 2024 Farm Bill

A soybean farmer from central Kansas says now is the time to pass a new farm bill. “We really can’t wait for the elections. We need to get this resolved before we get there.” Charles Atkinson, a director with the American Soybean Association, says soybean... Read More.

Two Illinois farmers recognized by U.S. Grains Council

Two Illinois farmers have been recognized by the U.S. Grains Council for their 10-years of service to the organization. Dan Cole and Dirk Rice represented the Illinois Corn Marketing Board on the Council. Cole, who farms with his family in west central Illinois, tells Brownfield... Read More.

Michigan corn farmers vote down assessment increase

Michigan corn farmers narrowly voted against increasing program assessments. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says 52 percent of producers, representing 57 percent of bushels represented in the ballots, voted no to a penny per bushel increase for the Corn Marketing Program... Read More.