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Investments bring value back to Indiana farmers

In this episode, Indiana farmer and member of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Mark Legan, discusses how investing Indiana Corn and Soybean Checkoff dollars in the US Meat Export Federation helps develop markets and grow the value of US Agriculture. ...

Eggs remain a value buy

Yes, egg prices have been on the rise.  And while there are signs prices could pull back some in the near future, a food economist says they still are a good buy for consumers at the grocery store. David Ortega is with Michigan State... Read More.

Specialty Soy and Grain Alliance shows U.S. value to foreign buyers

The Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance says they recently invited 60 foreign buyers to meet U.S. sellers in Hawaii to discuss identity-preserved grains and oilseeds.  Executive Director Eric Wenberg tells Brownfield the Asian buyers are looking for higher quality and, “SSGA’s job is... Read More.

Growing biodiesel production facilities return value to farmers 

Biodiesel-production facilities like Western Iowa Energy are benefiting soybean growers and livestock producers. Board Member Kevin Ross says Western Iowa Energy can turn multiple feedstocks into biodiesel. “It’s a great opportunity for soybean oil and we process animal fats as well so we’ve been a... Read More.

Fertilizer prices shed light on the value of banded applications

Jason Webster presents research results from their PTI farm during the 2023 Precision Planting Winter Conference Increased input prices have research agronomists looking for more profitable fertilizer management strategies. Precision Planting agronomist Cory Muhlbauer tells Brownfield the 2022 season highlighted the value of in-season,... Read More.

Agent emphasizes value of crop insurance as margins tighten

A crop insurance agent says the risk management tool is becoming increasingly important as farm incomes are expected to decline in 2023. Lee Waters with Farm Credit Illinois tells Brownfield grain farmers have seen strong prices the last three years. “I feel like a big... Read More.

The economic value of applying broiler litter

An ag economist says the rising cost of commercial fertilizer has farmers looking to alternatives like broiler litter.  Jordan Shockley with the University of Kentucky says farmers need to run the numbers to see if it is a right fit for their operations.  “We... Read More.

The value of research

Iowa farmer Steve Kuiper serves as chair of the Iowa Corn Growers Research and Development Committee and says their focus is on finding new uses for corn and identifying technologies that will help producers grow a better crop. He tells Brownfield there are opportunities... Read More.

Ag economist says plan for farmland value declines

An ag economist expects rising land values to hit a wall as interest rates continue to increase. “When those rates go up, farm values tend to go down.” Matthew Gammans with Michigan State University tells Brownfield farmers need to prepare for uncertainty. “We don’t really know... Read More.

The value of membership

Iowa Corn Growers Association president Denny Friest says as a member of Iowa Corn, farmers can be effective in lobbying efforts at the state and national level.  He tells Brownfield there are several priority issues right now, including tariffs on fertilizer imports and biofuels... Read More.