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Agriculture Online 09/20/2019 12:55
While women are perfectly capable of performing as well as men in any role on the farm, there are some health and safety risks that either apply specifically to women, or which are more pronounced for female farmers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) lists numerous women’s safety and health issues in agriculture, including pesticide exposures, chronic bronchitis, pregnancy-related risks, work-related injuries, exposures to inhaled substances, livestock-related injuries, fatigue, cancer risks, depression, and risk factors for infertility. The combination of these risks and living in a rural location means farm women are experiencing health disparities when compared with the population as a whole.
Agriculture Online 09/20/2019 10:15
DES MOINES, Iowa -- This is the time of the year when market watchers pin their ears to the ground waiting to hear what combines’ yield monitors are reading in the corn and soybean fields. Farmers in the southern Corn Belt are rocking and rolling. Yet, the yields are coming in 40 to 50 bushels off last year. Picking corn, this week, near Metz, Missouri. Mark Hobrock, Western Grain Marketing general manager, says that farmers in his area, along the Illinois River of west-central Illinois, can’t wait to have 2019 in their rearview mirrors. “I’m ready to get the 2019 season behind us. Let’s look forward to 2020,” Hobrock says. “This has been an unprecedented growing season. Last fall, we had trouble getting ammonia applied. We have a lot of cor.
Agriculture Online 09/20/2019 09:32
Every farmland auction is unique, and the sale of a tract in Floyd County, Iowa, on September 17 was one of the more unique actions I’ve ever seen. The buyer of this property also had the opportunity to cash-rent more than 740 acres for three years. More on that in a moment. Up for sale was 80 acres of good-quality land, 3 miles northwest of Marble Rock in northeast Iowa. The tract has 74.7 acres of cropland, mostly Saude and Waukee loam soil, with a Corn Suitability Rating 2 of 70.4 (based on a 0-100 scale). Of the farmland, 22.6 acres were enrolled in a CRP contract, paying $5,109 per year through 2025. This tract includes a three-bedroom house, remodeled within the last decade. Highlighting the farmstead is a turnkey grain farm setup, wi.
Agriculture Online 09/20/2019 07:02
1. Wheat Higher Overnight as Rain Slows Spring Harvest. Wheat futures were again higher in overnight trading amid concerns about the pace of harvest in the U.S. and Canada and on some demand news. About 76% of the U.S. spring wheat crop was harvested at the start of this week, well behind the prior five-year average of 93%, according to the Department of Agriculture. Quality issues also are reportedly starting to pop us as the harvest continues. In North Dakota, the biggest producer of spring varieties in the U.S., on 73% was collected versus the usual 91% at this time of the year, the agency said in a report earlier this week. As much as six times the normal amount of rain has fallen in the northern Plains in the past 30 days, according to
Agriculture Online 09/19/2019 11:54
Just hearing the phrase “confined spaces” is enough to send anyone with claustrophobia into a panic. Regardless of how farmers feel about being in tight spaces, however, sometimes it comes with the territory. It’s wise to come up with a safety protocol for working in these conditions before the need arises. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a confined space as one that is large enough for a person to enter and perform work, but has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for someone to be in continually. Examples include an upright silo, manure pump reception pit, and grain bin. The USDA lists four major dangers for working in confined spaces on the farm: chemicals or gases may displa.
Agriculture Online 09/19/2019 11:36
Despite the dismal economics that have plagued the U.S. ethanol industry for the past year-and-a-half, some plants are staying the course by diversifying their revenue streams and bolstering their bottom lines by increasing their production of higher value co-products, making cellulosic ethanol they can sell for a premium, and cutting costs to be more efficient. The extra measures being taken by these ethanol plants have let them maintain production at, or near, capacity while other plants have shut down or cut back severely on production. SRE Waivers Hurt. Ethanol margins have been hurt, in part, by a decrease in demand brought about by small refinery exemptions (SREs) granted by the Trump Administration, ethanol industry leaders have said.
Agriculture Online 09/19/2019 09:29
President Trump will meet with oil state senators, possibly this afternoon, as the White House referees a long-running dispute over ethanol’s share of the U.S. fuel supply. A major question is how the administration will make up for biofuel sales that farm groups and ethanol makers say were lost when the EPA exempted some small-volume refineries from complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard. Three weeks ago, Trump said he would deliver “a giant package” that would satisfy the Farm Belt and save small refineries from closing. “Great for all!” he said on social media. Trump is expected to make a decision after hearing from senators from oil-producing and refining states. All sides say the president is likely tired of the RFS debate, which s.
Agriculture Online 09/19/2019 09:26
A coalition that unites farmers and ranchers behind the Green New Deal hopes to set a new tone for how the agriculture sector relates to policy solutions to address the climate crisis and ensure farmers have a voice in the debate. Farmers and Ranchers for the Green New Deal (GND) officially launched on Wednesday with a press conference at the Capitol and a urging members to support the GND resolution. Leaders of the coalition say it represents nearly 10,000 farmers and ranchers who want to be part of the conversation as Congress considers how and whether to move forward with the GND.
Agriculture Online 09/19/2019 07:27
1. Soybeans, Grains Little Changed in Overnight Trading. Soybean and grain futures were little changed overnight as investors await news from meetings between U.S. and Chinese negotiators. A delegation from Beijing is expected in Washington today to continue face-to-face talks for the first time since July. Since then, the countries – the world’s two biggest economies – have imposed more tariffs on each other’s goods. This week’s negotiations will be among lower-level officials, but will lay the groundwork for scheduled talks in October. In the past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported that China bought three cargoes of soybeans totaling 720,000 metric tons, an indication that officials in the Asian nation are keeping a prom.
Agriculture Online 09/18/2019 07:07
1. Soybeans, Grains Slightly Higher on Trade Optimism. Soybean and grain futures were modestly higher in overnight trading on optimism about trade talks between the U.S. and China that are expected to kick off this week. A Chinese delegation will fly to Washington to iron out wrinkles between the countries, the world’s two largest economies, ahead of high-level talks scheduled for next month. In the past week, three purchases of soybeans by China have been reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an indication that Beijing is living up to its promise to buy more ag products. Soybean futures for November delivery rose 2¢ to $8.95 ¾ a bushel overnight on the Chicago Board of Trade. Soymeal added $1 to $298.80 a short ton while soybean o.
Agriculture Online 09/17/2019 14:24
Rural Americans are at a greater risk of opioid addiction and suicide than their urban counterparts. It’s important for everyone to pay attention to those around them, be aware of the signs that there may be a problem, and be willing to reach out to the person struggling or seek outside help for them. The opioid crisis is hitting rural America hard, with drug overdose death rates surpassing urban rates. A December 2017 survey by the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau Federation found that nearly three-quarters of farmers have been directly impacted. Nationwide, nearly 200 people die from a drug overdose each day, according to USDA, and a majority of those deaths involve an opioid. Opioid addiction generally starts with a pr.
Agriculture Online 09/17/2019 07:02
1. Soybeans, Grains Drop on Conditions, Weather. Soybean and grain futures were lower overnight after the USDA’s weekly crop ratings came in about where expected and on favorable weather this week. The U.S. bean crop was rated 54% good to excellent as of Sunday, on par with forecasts, but down 1 percentage point from the previous week, the USDA said. Corn was rated 55% good or excellent, slightly above expectations but unchanged from the prior week. About 76% of U.S. spring wheat was harvested at the start of the week, up from 71% seven days earlier, the agency said. Winter wheat planting has started with 8% in the ground. The weather, meanwhile, looks favorable for the rest of the week. High temperatures in much of Iowa and Illinois are exp.
Agriculture Online 09/16/2019 16:39
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The first signs of a delayed U.S. corn harvest have shown up in this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report. Corn. U.S. farmers have harvested 4% of the corn crop, below the 7% five-year average. The overall condition of the corn crop is rated at 55% good to excellent in the top 18 corn producing states, equal to a week ago. The USDA pegged 93% of the corn crop was in the dough stage, compared with a 98% five-year average. Also, 68% of the corn has entered the dent stage vs. a 87% five-year average. USDA rated the crop in the mature stage at 18% vs. 39% five-year average. Soybeans. The nation’s crop is rated 54% good/excellent compared with 55% a week ago. The USDA pegged the amount of soybeans setting pods at 95%, vs. a five-ye.
Agriculture Online 09/16/2019 12:53
The S.T.A.R. (Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources) conservation program, created by the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District in 2017, is helping Illinois farmers ensure they are protecting their farmland and environment. How it Works. S.T.A.R. participants complete a field form that is scored by a local reviewer, which then assigns points for everything from the cover crops used on acreage, to the kinds of fertilizer used for nutrient management, to various conservation practices used on that field to prevent runoff into nearby water sources. S.T.A.R. uses a science committee of university researchers and other experts to ensure the field forms accurately and to compare practices used and how those affect the natural res.
Agriculture Online 09/16/2019 09:59
A veritable footnote in the $4 trillion federal budget could become a top-line issue this week in the debate between lawmakers and the administration over government funding. House Democrats might refuse to provide money for the obscure USDA agency that has sent billions of dollars in cash to farmers and ranchers to mitigate the impact of the Sino-U.S. trade war. The issue has simmered since June, when the said it wanted an earlier-than-usual replenishment of funding for the Commodity Credit Corp., nicknamed “USDA’s bank.” The Democrat-controlled House demurred then and may put off new CCC funding until late November or early December. In the interim, they are considering a short-term government funding bill that is free of all controversia.
Agriculture Online 09/16/2019 07:09
1. Soybeans, Grains Lower in Overnight Trading. Soybean futures were lower amid mostly benign weather and a low threat of an early freeze. Flooding is expected in northern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota this week, but otherwise weather maps look mostly quiet. Temperatures in Iowa are forecast remain in the 80s through Friday, with rain falling toward the end of the week, according to Accuweather. That’s good news for late-planted crops that need another drink of water as they continue to mature. In northern Illinois, temperatures also are expected to stay warm this week, which will boost the pace of maturity. Prices had been propped up after last week’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report in which the USDA l.
Agriculture Online 09/13/2019 15:51
At a farm group rally on Thursday for approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, two senior members of the U.S. House said that action on the USMCA would carry benefits in resolving the Sino-U.S. trade war. Ratification of the trade pact, the first submitted to Congress by the Trump administration, would show U.S. commitment to free trade and allow the White House to focus on China, they said. House Agriculture Committee chairman Collin Peterson said he expects a vote on the USMCA within a month or two, and asked for patience as the final provisions are worked out. House Democrats are negotiating with the White House over labor, environmental, pharmaceutical, and enforcement language. Congressional Republicans and farm groups ha.
Agriculture Online 09/13/2019 07:00
1. Soybeans, Grains Rise After Bullish WASDE Report. Soybeans and grains were higher in overnight trading after a mostly bullish World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report. Bean production was pegged by the USDA at 3.633 billion bushels, down from the 3.68 billion forecast in August. The agency’s yield projection was lowered to 47.9 bushels an acre from 48.5 bushels. Analysts polled by Reuters had said they expected bean output at 3.577 billion bushels on yield of 47.2 bushels an acre. Corn output was seen at 13.799 billion bushels, down from the previous month’s outlook for 13.901 billion, the USDA said. Its yield outlook was lowered to 168.2 bushels an acre from 169.5 bushels. Analysts had expected production of 13.672 b.
Agriculture Online 09/12/2019 16:49
Iowa District Court Judge Robert Hanson has allowed a water quality lawsuit filed by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI) and Food & Water Watch to proceed, according to the Des Moines Register. This obligation is called the Public Trust Doctrine, which requires the state to protect the public’s use and not abdicate control to private interests, according to an ICCI press release. The Raccoon River is the source of drinking water for some 500,000 Iowans, the ICCI said.

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