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RMA Administrator touts growth of livestock producer options

The administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency says more producers than ever are utilizing insurance options, especially for livestock.  Marcia Bunger tells Brownfield… “We have grown by almost 10,000%,” she says. Bunger believes the growth stems from recent improvements to the Livestock Risk Protection and Gross... Read More.

Farmer leader hopes SAF use matches production growth

The new president of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association hopes the growth in sustainable aviation fuel uses lines up with the ability to produce it.  James Giese from Alma Center is on the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Action Team.  He tells Brownfield... Read More.

USMEF expects more growth for U.S. pork in Mexico

Mexico continues to be a leading market for U.S. pork producers. Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, says Mexico’s demand for American pork has been surging. “Number one, the economy is relatively strong,” he said. “Number two, we had... Read More.

Widespread growth underway in dairy industry

The head of the International Dairy Foods Association estimates more than $7 billion in processing expansions are currently underway across the U.S. During Monday’s Dairy Forum 2024, President and CEO Michael Dykes said nearly three-fourths of dairy CEOs in their annual survey say they... Read More.

NFB bullish on agricultural growth in 2024

The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau says 2024 will be an opportunity to grow the state’s ag industry. Mark McHargue tells Brownfield farmers are adapting to challenging economic conditions. “We are going to have to run a little leaner on our operations for profitability,... Read More.

Supporting biodiesel growth

Michigan soybean farmers are working to increase visibility and adoption of biodiesel with the creation of the Michigan Advanced Biofuels Coalition. In this Pods for Profit, technical director Pete Probst will share how the organization is creating opportunities to increase biodiesel demand and growing its... Read More.

Growth Energy says biofuels need bigger role in CAFE Standards

A biofuels group has expressed frustration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed fuel-economy standards. Chris Bliley, senior vice president of regulatory affairs with Growth Energy, says the agency didn’t consider biofuels when setting its latest Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards.... Read More.

Cheese growth program holds promise

An Iowa dairy farmer says he’s excited about new partnerships being formed to support cheese sales. Doug Carroll tells Brownfield the dairy checkoff has created a new cheese growth program partnering with Domino’s. “They’re working in collaboration together to promote U.S. cheese in the United... Read More.

Illinois Ag in the Classroom program celebrates growth

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program reached nearly 600,000 students in more than 3,000 schools during the 2022-2023 school year. Kevin Daugherty, Director of the Illinois Center for Agricultural Engagement tells Brownfield that is almost back to pre-COVID levels. “That’s over half a... Read More.