Farm

House Votes on SNAP, Farm Bill Conference Next?

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 19, 2013) - Following this Thursday's vote in the House of Representatives on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, the American Soybean Association called on the House to quickly name its conferees with the Senate and get to work reconciling the farm and food legislation in the two chambers. The House bill represents the nutrition portion of farm legislation split off earlier this summer in an attempt to pass individual, freestanding bills. ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., issued the following statement:


Taiwan Delegation Visits Minnesota Locations

(St. Paul, MNCorn.org) -- Leaders of a 20-member delegation from Taiwan signed a letter of intent during a ceremony today at the Minnesota state capitol to purchase an estimated $1.83 billion worth of U.S. corn and corn co-products in 2014-15.

The letter -- also signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Tom Haag – declares the Taiwan Feed Industry Association’s intent to purchase about 197 million bushels of corn and 500,000 metric tons of corn co-products such as dried distillers grains (DDG).


Walz, Franken, Grassley Awarded for Ag Support

(Washington, DC) -- Tuesday evening, Representative Tim Walz (Minnesota) and Senator Al Franken (Minnesota) were awarded the Golden Triangle Award by the National Farmers Union (NFU) for their strong support for agriculture policy and family farmers across southern Minnesota.


Bunge Agreement Terminated by MnSP

(MNSoy.com) -- In 2007 MnSP entered into a Management Services Agreement with Bunge North America, Inc.

In the terms of that agreement Bunge N.A. assisted MnSP in developing its own management and financial team and provided MnSP commercial and risk management services. That agreement was very beneficial to both MnSP and Bunge N.A.


Merck Makes Statement Regarding Zilmax *UPDATED*

Cattle feed additive Zilmax has been pulled by its New Jersey-based drugmaker Merck Animal Health as of Friday, AUgust 16th. In a statement, they said:


Stearns Farmer Guilty of Improper Food Handling

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two recent legal decisions have found a Stearns County farmer improperly handled and illegally sold food without a license.

Last week a Stearns County jury found Alvin Schlangen guilty of five misdemeanor counts of food handling and storage, including failure to have a food handler’s license, improperly storing eggs at the correct temperature and misbranding food.


Congrats to Nobles County Fair 4-H Livestock Winners

Beef
Champion Cow Calf-Mitchell Wagner
Champion Coop Calf- Haley Ruesch,
Champion Co-op Calf Rate of Gain- Taylor Ponto
Champion Junior Beef- Marshal Wagner
Champion Prospect Steer- Kennedy Cummings
Champion Prospect Heifer -Christopher Christians
Champion Prospect Market Calf – Kennedy Cummings
Champion Dairy Steer- Been Ahlschlager
Champion Breeding Calf- Mitchell Wagner
Champion Breeding Yearling- Brynn Bullerman
Champion Breeding Heifer- Brynn Bullerman
Champion Market Heifer- Brandon Weidert
Champion Market Steer- Brandon Weidert
Champion Market Animal –Brandon Weidert


Aug WASDE Report

Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2013/14 are raised slightly this month as small increases for Soft Red Winter wheat and Durum are mostly offset by decreases for White, Hard Red Spring and Hard Red Winter wheat. U.S. wheat exports for 2013/14 are raised 25 million bushels reflecting continued strong early season sales and an increased outlook for China imports. Despite larger expected crops in several major exporting countries, strong early season demand and higher projected world imports and consumption also boost prospects for U.S. shipments.


Road to Higher Yields Farm Tour Starts Soon

Starting Aug. 20, The Mosaic Company will begin a 10-day tour across the Corn Belt -- coined The Road to Higher Yields Farm Tour -- and travel by branded bus to visit six farms in six states to spotlight the crop nutrition programs and experiences of the Pursuit of 300 Farmers as they push for higher yields.