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Hinson outlines ag trade deficit concerns

U.S. Congresswoman Ashley Hinson says she’s concerned about the widening ag trade deficit. “When you talk about $32 billion as a deficit, that’s the wrong way,” she said. “We should be in the plus, the positive, on the other side of that.” The Iowa... Read More.

Pork industry outlines traceability plan

The nation’s pork industry is another step closer to an enhanced swine traceability system.  Scott Hays, a Missouri producer, and immediate past president of the National Pork Producers Council tells Brownfield NPPC has spent nearly two years developing a program that would expedite a... Read More.

New USDA rule outlines standards for livestock contracts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is finalizing a new rule to set clearer standards on discrimination and retaliation in livestock contracts under the Packers and Stockyards Act. The inclusive competition rule doesn’t allow hostile treatment of livestock and poultry growers based on race, color,... Read More.

Thompson outlines importance of next farm bill

House Ag Committee Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson says farmers and ranchers have faced a number of challenges and need some relief. “These men and women have struggled with fractured supply chains, considerable input costs, relentless inflation, natural disasters, volatile markets and labor shortages, each... Read More.

Pork group outlines farm bill priorities

A regional director for the National Pork Producers Council, serving Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin, says securing farm bill funds for foreign animal disease prevention and preparedness remains a top priority for the organization. Staff member Luke Wall tells Brownfield there are also other priorities.... Read More.

Attorney outlines some Prop 12 misconceptions

California’s Proposition 12 is in full effect and an ag law expert says pork producers need to be clear on the rules. Eldon McAfee is an attorney with Brick Gentry Law Firm representing the Iowa Pork Producers Association. He tells Brownfield Prop 12 applies... Read More.

Iowa Farm Bureau outlines legislative priorities

Tax reform, landowner protections, and modernizing the state’s Grain Indemnity Fund are legislative priorities for Iowa Farm Bureau. President Brent Johnson says Governor Reynolds addressed some of those issues during last week’s State of the State speech. “It’s clear now that she wants to reduce... Read More.