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Vilsack asks pointed questions in face of farm decline

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged attendees of this morning’s USDA Ag Outlook Forum to consider the consequences of fewer U.S. farms. “Ask yourself whether you’re okay with losing a half million farms in a lifetime. Ask yourself if you’re okay with America losing... Read More.

Congressman questions lack of Milk Loss payments to cooperatives

A New York Congressman wants to know why dairy farmers and cooperatives impacted by storms have not received promised assistance. Republican Nick Langworthy told Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack during a House Ag Committee hearing Wednesday winter storm Elliot ravaged the northeast in December of... Read More.

Questions to ask before signing a soil carbon contract

An ag lawyer says soil carbon capture programs are becoming more prevalent, but farmers are still asking a lot of questions. Todd Janzen, president of Indiana-based Janzen Schroeder Ag Law says the first thing they should inquire about is the compensation structure.  “Some are... Read More.

Farmer questions if corn has enough time before harvest

A West Michigan farmer says recent rains have been beneficial for crops heading into harvest. Matt Lubbers tells Brownfield, “We went through a very prolonged drought this spring and that has caused a lot of variability out in those fields, some of the stuff... Read More.

Grassley questions EATS Act pushback

Some members of Congress say a bill that would block California’s Proposition 12 should be included in the 2023 Farm Bill. The Ending Agriculture Trade Suppression (EATS) Act has faced some bipartisan pushback in the House and Senate the last few weeks, and U.S.... Read More.

EPA Science Advisory Board questions ethanol’s carbon footprint

Ethanol’s carbon intensity score is being questioned by EPA’s Science Advisory Board.  In a letter to EPA administrator Michael Regan, Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper blasted the advisory board for making unfounded claims including that there are few if any climate benefits... Read More.

Soybeans, corn up on weather questions, report prep

Soybeans were solidly higher on fund and technical buying. Weather over the past week was mixed as rain missed some of the drier parts of the region, with more mixed precipitation this week. The USDA says 51% of the crop is called good... Read More.

Soybeans up, corn mostly firm on weather questions

Soybeans were higher on fund and technical buying. Parts of the Midwest got some rain over the weekend, but the precipitation missed some of the drier growing areas. The USDA says 51% of U.S. soybeans are in good to excellent condition, 3% lower... Read More.

House ag chair questions progress of new USDA conservation programs

The chair of the House Ag Committee is asking USDA officials about new conservation program problems. Glenn GT Thompson told a subcommittee hearing Tuesday the SUSTAINS Act, which created public-private partnerships for USDA to fund additional conservation projects beyond the Environmental Quality Incentives Program... Read More.

Stephenson questions relevance of milk pricing system

A dairy policy specialist says radical changes are needed to solve milk pricing issues. Mark Stephenson, Director of Policy & Markets, University of Wisconsin-Madison, tells Brownfield the Federal Milk Marking Order System was created for the fluid milk market. “Many of those issues don’t exist... Read More.