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  • FSA Office Closing Meeting

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Area farmers were on hand Thursday afternoon to voice concerns about a proposed FSA office shut down...

    FSA Office Closing Meeting

  • New Lunch Standards

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Some fundamental federally mandated changes are coming to school lunch services...

    New Lunch Standards

  • FSA Kalamazoo Meeting

    Posted by Rick Shields

    If you have input you'd like to share with the state's FSA management team or questions regarding how the proposed move will impact you -- you'll want to keep this meeting on your schedule...

    FSA Kalamazoo Meeting

  • Latest on Cage Size Legislation

    Posted by Rick Shields

    On Monday - Congress introduced legislation that would prescribe cage sizes for egg-laying hens - codifying an agreement the egg industry and Humane Society of the United States reached. The agreement includes HSUS foregoing attempts to pass state ballot initiatives dictating egg production practices and ending 10 years of litigation against the egg industry if egg producers double the size of their cages for laying hens.

    National Pork Producers Council President Doug Wolf says NPPC is concerned about passage of this legislation…

    Latest on Cage Size Legislation

  • Weather Conditions Look Positive

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Not too warm...not arctic, either -- Mark Longstroth likes the near-term weather trends as they impact plants that have reached an important mark in their winter cycle.

    Weather Conditions Look Positive

  • Economist on XL Decision

    Posted by Rick Shields

    American Farm Bureau Senior Economist Bob Young says President Obama’s decision to nix the Keystone XL Pipeline project from Canada’s oil sands to Texas refineries makes no sense.


    Young says loss of the 7-billion dollar, 17-hundred mile Keystone XL Pipeline is significant - not just for the jobs it would have brought to rural America - but the energy it would have brought to American agriculture…

    Economist on XL Decision

  • NRCS Questions EPA Proposal

    Posted by Rick Shields

    The National Association of Conservation Districts has written the EPA that its proposed reporting rule for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations - CAFO - is unnecessary and possibly dangerous.


    NACD’s Laura Wood claims EPA’s proposed new reporting rule - that grew out of conservation district-led voluntary efforts to limit CAFO impacts

    NRCS Question EPA Proposal

  • NCBA Looks Ahead

    Posted by Rick Shields

    : Congress got back to work on Tuesday. Colin Woodall with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says they probably shouldn't get bored...

    NCBA Looks Ahead

  • Winter Meeting Update

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Bruce MacKellar with the MSUE has a preview of several meetings coming up...

    Winter Meeting Update

  • Winter Chilling Requirements

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Mark Longstroth shares some thoughts regarding temperatures in the short term outlook and their possible impact on growing things...

    Winter Chilling Requirements

  • Ethanol and Food Prices

    Posted by Rick Shields

     Earlier in the week - a Purdue University Ag Economy Professor said expect higher food prices and put the blame on the renewable fuel ethanol. Yesterday (Thursday) - crop prices fell like a rock because of the USDA report - but the professor says high feed corn prices are responsible for high food prices because of shortages.

    Steve McNinch is a board member of Growth Energy and Manager of Western Plains Energy…

    Ethanol and Food Prices

  • ARS Gets Downsized

    Posted by Rick Shields

    The announcement that a total of 259 USDA offices will close around the country this year includes the Agriculture Research Service facing their share of downsizing.

    ARS Spokesperson Sandy Miller-Hayes says the USDA budget signed last November doomed several of their research facilities….

    ARS Gets Downsized