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  • First alfalfa cutting approaches in Minnesota
    by Mark Dorenkamp on May 27 , 2022 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm

    Minnesota farmers are gearing up for the first cutting of alfalfa. University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Nathan Drewitz covers the central part of the state and says a cool start to the growing season slowed development. “We’re behind in terms of height (and) our quality is starting to come down, so I think we’re going to have lower yields and shorter stands to cut.” He tells Brownfield some alfalfa is ready depending on what the grower is looking for. …

  • Iowa provides blueprint for E15 Standard
    by Mark Dorenkamp on May 27 , 2022 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm

    The president of Iowa Farm Bureau believes his state has laid the blueprint for an E15 standard. Brent Johnson tells Brownfield there’s no doubt other states will be looking at the Biofuels Access Bill recently signed into law and want to emulate what Iowa has done. “This is the first time that we’ve got an E15 standard, and with the challenges of higher fuel prices (and) some of the regulatory challenges, I think it’s important that other states look at solutions that they can take upon themselves.” The new law will require most Iowa gas stations with storage tanks and pumping systems that can handle higher blends of ethanol to offer E-15 from at least one pump by 2026, and new gas stations will have to sell E-15 from at least half of their dispensers. …

  • Soybeans mostly higher, corn, wheat up ahead of Memorial Day
    by John Perkins on May 27 , 2022 8:36 pm at 8:36 pm

    Soybeans were mostly modestly higher, finishing the week with solid gains. Beans consolidated, watching planting conditions, with markets closed on Monday for Memorial Day. That pushes the USDA’s weekly export inspections and crop progress and condition reports back to Tuesday. A big chunk of those planting concerns is tied to North Dakota, one of the biggest soybean producers in the U.S. Crush margins have dipped, but remain in positive territory, and the fundamental outlook is bullish for soybeans and products. …

  • Cattle futures lower ahead of holiday weekend
    by Will Robinson on May 27 , 2022 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm

    Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mostly lower ahead of the long holiday weekend, while feeders were pressured by the rally in corn. June live was down $.22 at $132.17 and August was $.20 lower at $132.40. August feeders were down $.35 at $166.32 and September was $.42 lower at $169.30. Cash cattle trade was quiet on Friday with most business already wrapped up after Tuesday’s deals. Southern deals for the week came in mostly $1 lower than the prior week’s weighted averages at $137 while Northern dressed trade took place mostly at $223, $3 lower than last week’s weighted average basis in Nebraska. …

  • Walz signs Minnesota ag omnibus bill into law
    by Mark Dorenkamp on May 27 , 2022 8:28 pm at 8:28 pm

    Governor Walz has signed the agriculture omnibus bill into law. Minnesota Farmers Union government relations director Stu Lourey says more than $18 million in drought relief is included in the legislation. “Which the Governor first proposed in October of last year (and) we asked for it in August, and he’s been eager to get that on his desk throughout this entire session.” The ag bill also provides $1.5 million to the Agricultural Emergency Account to support animal disease preparedness and response, and more than $1 million to create a down payment assistance program targeted toward beginning farmers. …

  • Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 27, 2022
    by John Perkins on May 27 , 2022 8:09 pm at 8:09 pm

    Jul. corn closed at $7.77 and 1/4, up 12 and 1/4 centsJul. soybeans closed at $17.32 and 1/4, up 5 and 3/4 centsJul. soybean meal closed at $432.30, up $4.10Jul. soybean oil closed at 79.57, down 95 pointsJul. wheat closed at $11.57 and 1/2, up 14 and 1/4 centsJun. live cattle closed at $132.17, down 22 centsJun. lean hogs closed at $110.40, down 70 centsJun. …

  • Deputy USDA Secretary says farmer mental health funding still needed
    by Larry Lee on May 27 , 2022 7:59 pm at 7:59 pm

    Photo: (L-R) USDA Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh, Wisconsin Farmers Union President Rick Adamski, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Kevin Krentz, Wisconsin FSA State Director Eugene Schriefer The USDA Deputy Secretary told a Friday farmer mental health roundtable that rural mental health care funding remains a priority.  Jewel Bronaugh says USDA was fortunate to get funding in last farm bill they could use to help state ag departments establish farmer mental health networks.  …

  • Milk futures higher, cash dairy mixed Friday
    by Mark Dorenkamp on May 27 , 2022 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm

    June Class III Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed 26 cents higher at $24.51.  July up 23 at $24.60.  August futures up 18 at $24.36.  September through November contracts 23 to 27 cents higher. Dry whey up $0.0125 at $0.5225. Blocks steady at $2.28. Barrels up $0.01 at $2.2950. Butter down $0.0125 at $2.8775.  Four trades were made ranging from $2.87 to $2.89. Nonfat dry milk up $0.0050 at $1.86. …

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  • Trust the farmer, says Vilsack, as senators warn of food shortages – May 27, 2022
    by The Farm Report on May 27 , 2022 2:14 pm at 2:14 pm

    Trust the farmer, says Vilsack, as senators warn of food shortages Republican senators slammed the Biden administration on Thursday for high inflation nationwide and said the USDA should free American farmers to plant as much land as they want to avert a potential food crisis. “We’re all hammered with” inflation,… Continue reading The post Trust the farmer, says Vilsack, as senators warn of food shortages – May 27, 2022 appeared first on America’s Farm Report.

  • USDA would reform ‘tournament’ system in poultry production – May 26, 2022
    by The Farm Report on May 26 , 2022 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm

    USDA would reform ‘tournament’ system in poultry production Poultry farmers would have more protection against abuse by processors under a USDA proposal to revamp the “tournament” system that pits producers against each other in a competition for income, said the Biden administration on Thursday. The administration also announced $200 million… Continue reading The post USDA would reform ‘tournament’ system in poultry production – May 26, 2022 appeared first on America’s Farm Report.

  • Nutrition waivers reduced child hunger, say big school districts – May 25, 2022
    by The Farm Report on May 25 , 2022 2:06 pm at 2:06 pm

    Nutrition waivers reduced child hunger, say big school districts School nutrition officials overwhelmingly agree that USDA waivers reduced child hunger during the pandemic by making meals free to all students, said a report by the antihunger group Food Research and Action Center on Tuesday. FRAC said Congress ought to pass… Continue reading The post Nutrition waivers reduced child hunger, say big school districts – May 25, 2022 appeared first on America’s Farm Report.

  • Biden launches non-traditional Indo-Pacific Economic Framework – May 24, 2022
    by The Farm Report on May 24 , 2022 1:32 pm at 1:32 pm

    Biden launches non-traditional Indo-Pacific Economic Framework The United States and a dozen nations, from Japan in the north to Australia in the south, launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) on Monday, built on common interests in the digital economy, climate change, economic resilience and clean government. “The future of the… Continue reading The post Biden launches non-traditional Indo-Pacific Economic Framework – May 24, 2022 appeared first on America’s Farm Report.

  • Second load of specialty infant formula to arrive within days – May 23, 2022
    by The Farm Report on May 23 , 2022 2:03 pm at 2:03 pm

    Second load of specialty infant formula to arrive within days The Biden administration’s “Operation Fly Formula” will deliver 114 pallets of specialty infant formula to the United States within days in a rapid follow-up to the first load of 132 pallets on Sunday, said the White House. The flights, arranged… Continue reading The post Second load of specialty infant formula to arrive within days – May 23, 2022 appeared first on America’s Farm Report.

  • Formula supply will improve ‘in a matter of days,’ says FDA chief – May 20, 2022
    by The Farm Report on May 20 , 2022 1:26 pm at 1:26 pm

    Formula supply will improve ‘in a matter of days,’ says FDA chief U.S. infant formula makers are revving up production and the door is open to imported formula, so “we should see improvement in a matter of days” from shortages nationwide, FDA commissioner Robert Califf said Thursday on Capitol Hill…. Continue reading The post Formula supply will improve ‘in a matter of days,’ says FDA chief – May 20, 2022 appeared first on America’s Farm Report.

  • Party-line vote sends livestock reform bill to House floor – May 19, 2022
    by The Farm Report on May 19 , 2022 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm

    Party-line vote sends livestock reform bill to House floor The House Agriculture Committee approved legislation on Wednesday to create a special investigator’s office at the Agriculture Department to enforce fair-play laws in the highly concentrated meat industry. Cleared for a House vote on a party-line, 27-21 roll call, the bill,… Continue reading The post Party-line vote sends livestock reform bill to House floor – May 19, 2022 appeared first on America’s Farm Report.

  • Infant formula bills are put on fast track for House vote – May 18, 2022
    by The Farm Report on May 18 , 2022 3:21 pm at 3:21 pm

    Infant formula bills are put on fast track for House vote House Democratic leaders unveiled a pair of bills on Tuesday to ease infant formula shortages and beef up the FDA office in charge of assuring the products are safe for babies. “People are selling samples on the street. Mothers… Continue reading The post Infant formula bills are put on fast track for House vote – May 18, 2022 appeared first on America’s Farm Report.

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