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Brownfield Network 06/06/2020 11:16
The Paycheck Protection Program. changes approved by Congress have been signed into law. President Trump Friday signed the Paycheck. Protection Program Flexibility Act, which gives small businesses like farms and. restaurants to use the PPP forgivable loans. over a longer period of time and it allows more of the loan to be used for. business expenses outside of payroll. American Farm Bureau says they. are hopeful the PPP Flexibility Act increases the number of farmers and. ranchers utilizing the program. The flexibility act extends. the use from eight weeks to 24 weeks, removes the Small Business Administration. rule saying no more than 25% of the loan forgiveness can be non-payroll costs,. extends safe harbor provisions for employers rehiring or rep.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 19:13
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency is disappointed with the 9th Circuit appeals court decision to vacate registration on three dicamba herbicides. In a statement today, Wheeler said the 2020 growing season is well underway and this creates undue burden for farmers, the nation’s first conservationists. He says EPA is “assessing all avenues to mitigate the impact of the Court’s decision on farmers.”The statement did NOT say whether farmers can legally. continue to use the products or buy them.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 17:59
Across the Corn Belt, slightly cooler air continues to overspread the far upper Midwest. Other areas remain hot with scattered showers, favoring a rapid pace of corn and soybean development. On the Plains, cooler air is settling across Montana and the Dakotas. Farther south, scattered showers and thunderstorms are providing limited relief from ongoing hot weather. Portions of the central and southern High Plains continue to experience intensifying drought. In the South, warm, humid weather is promoting crop growth.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 17:35
The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and it’s director Chris Chinn have released a statement saying dicamba herbicide products are still registered for sale and use in Missouri and until it gets guidance from EPA on a recent court decision, that is the position it takes. The department says it realizes the "precarious position" the court’s decision to pull EPA registration for three dicamba products that puts farmers, ag retailers, and academia in.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 17:06
Milk futures were down, and cash dairy prices were mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Friday. June Class III milk was down $.33 at $19.88. July was down $.32 at $18.67. August was down $.18 at $17.38. September was down $.10 at 16.97. The milk futures from October through next May ranged from sixteen cents lower to nine cents higher. Dry whey was up $.0050 at $.3450 cents per pound. One sale was recorded at that price.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:52
Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney, Iowa. Southwest Iowa farmer Jeff Jorgenson says he only has about ten percent of his 2019 crop left to sell. Jorgenson says he marketed most of his crop in January and. February when the basis dropped to near zero. He says he was hoping for another. spring rally to market the rest. “I’m kind of losing my hope at the moment, of seeing a. rally,” Jorgenson says.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:50
The president of the National Farmers Union says racism and policy brutality are important topics, brought to light from the death of George Floyd, but can be difficult and uncomfortable to discuss. Rob Larew tells Brownfield Ag News there must be a national effort to address them, "Lots of times when we talk about the systemic racism that exists in our country we may be tempted to think it is not our problem, that it doesn’t affect us directly.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:46
A southwestern Indiana farmer is replanting some corn after wrapping up planting both corn and soybeans on Monday. Mark Seib says the reason for replanting wasn’t weather related…. “We had blackbirds that thinned our population way too much in the cover crop fields we had in corn so we went back in and replanted that, and we’re completely done with planting— hopefully,” he says. He says recent timely rains and warm temperatures are welcome.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:43
The president of the National Farmers Union says the recent indictments of four poultry industry executives accused of price fixing highlights the need for stronger enforcement of anti-trust violations. Rob Larew tells Brownfield Ag News, “There’s such market concentration that this type of price-fixing is almost inevitable. So, we see the actions that are moving through the courts right now as really positive. We certainly hope it continues.”Larew says it’s critical to get to the heart of the matter. of concentration and consolidation, “Much stronger enforcement of anti-trust. laws so that we don’t find ourselves in this situation in the first place.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:39
Wisconsin is telling soybean farmers it’s okay to keep. using their dicamba for now. Leeann Duwe is with the Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection. She tells Brownfield, “DATCP is waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to revoke the registration for these products, so until that action is taken, we will not change the state registration for these products and farmers can continue to use them.”This applies only to Wisconsin, and farmers are encouraged to check with their individual state ag departments to see how they are handling the Ninth Circuit Court decision.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:32
COVID-19 brought attention to the weakness in the food supply chain and some states are starting to take action. The state of Kentucky is incentivizing growth in local meat. processors in hopes of preventing another supply chain breakdown like what happened. as a result of COVID-19. During a meeting of the Joint Commission on Agriculture, Kentucky Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarrels said they’ve set aside $1 million in grants to help increase slaughter capacity in the state.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:24
Organizers of Minnesota Farmfest have announced this year’s. event is cancelled. IdeaAg Group says the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19. pandemic, along with related governmental guidelines regarding large events,. makes it impractical to hold a successful and safe show. There are plans to host part of Farmfest virtually, and. IdeaAg Group will be releasing more details about the possibility of political. forums. Held at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls, this year’s Farmfest was scheduled for August 4th through 6th.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:24
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day lower on profit-taking, the sluggish end to the week for cash trade, and the continued slide in wholesale values. Feeder cattle were lower on the same factors with additional support from the days modestly higher move in corn. June live cattle closed $1.82 lower at $93.90 and August live cattle closed $1.75 lower at $96.17. August feeder cattle closed $.55 lower at $134.17 and September feeder cattle closed $1.02 lower at $135.47.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 16:18
Soybeans were steady to firm on spread trade and short covering. It was an up and down day, but with a mostly higher undertone thanks to spillover from the broader market and improvements in export demand. The Dow was sharply higher on surprising May job numbers, while the USDA announced two new U.S. soybean export sales Friday morning to unknown destinations, 258,000 tons (60,000 tons for 2019/20 and 198,000 tons for 2020/21) and 330,000 tons (196,000 tons for 2019/20 and 134,000 tons for 2020/21).
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 15:36
Growers and custom applicators with dicamba herbicide. on-farm are encouraged to contact their ag retailer immediately. Minnesota Department of Agriculture pesticide and fertilizer management division director Joshua Stamper says unused XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan could be returned. "Because even if next year there is another registration for these products, the label for the product that you have will not be current.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 15:08
The president of the Missouri Farm Bureau says they’re calling on the EPA to take steps to ensure farmers can use the investments they’ve made in dicamba technology throughout this growing season. Blake Hurst says the 9th Circuit Appeals court ruling. invalidating EPA’s registration of three dicamba herbicides has left farmers. with many questions but few answers.
Brownfield Network 06/05/2020 14:27
Southwestern Indiana Farmer Mark Seib says the ninth circuit court ruling on dicamba is disappointing. "We don’t have a lot of tools in our toolbox to use on resistant weeds and I don’t know how the courts will end up falling on this yet but we always hate to see a chemical being pulled off the market," he says. But, he says temperature inversion and how it impacts dicamba application will need to be addressed.

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