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U of I project comparing soils a century apart; help needed

A new project at the University of Illinois could help researchers better understand how soil has changed in the past century. Andrew Margenot, associate professor of soil science, tells Brownfield the project is a unique opportunity… “All states had some kind of soil survey, but... Read More.

Farmers say more soil moisture needed before spring planting

Midwest farmers say the mild winter might allow for earlier spring planting, but additional soil moisture is needed for a good start this spring. Josh Manske, a farmer in northern Iowa, says soil conditions are drier than usual as spring fertilizer is being applied... Read More.

Stronger RFS volumes needed, CFAA says

Clean Fuels Alliance America says the U.S. EPA needs to increase future biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs, says the finalized RVOs through 2025 provided only moderate increases. “In accordance with the statute, EPA should be... Read More.

More certainty needed in regulatory process for crop protection

The head of UPL North America David Elser says regulatory hurdles can make it challenging to provide new crop production technologies to farmers. “We want to bring new products to the marketplace and when things slowdown in Washington D.C. due to uncertainty, that slows... Read More.

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.

NCBA: more clarity needed on updated WOTUS

The CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says additional clarification is needed on the Waters of the United States rule. Colin Woodall tells Brownfield there are questions surrounding seasonal and ephemeral streams, “but we have court action right now that will continue to... Read More.

Corn export inspections down, still ahead of needed pace

The USDA says that as of the week ending January 18th, 2024, U.S. corn export inspections remain ahead of the pace needed to meet projections for the current marketing year. The 2023/24 marketing year got underway June 1st for wheat and September 1st... Read More.

RFA says more flex fuel vehicles needed in California

The Renewable Fuels Association is asking California to increase the availability of flex-fuel vehicles throughout the state. Scott Richman, RFA chief economist, says demand has rapidly grown for E85 fuel blends in California. “Sales were 40 million gallons as late as 2020. They’ve increased... Read More.

Bipartisan solution needed to address Prop 12

The head of the Michigan Pork Producers Association says federal legislation needs to consider recent state laws that dictate how livestock should be raised. Mary Kelpinksi tells Brownfield while the EATs Act (Exposing Agricultural Trade Suppression Act) is intended to counter California’s Proposition 12... Read More.