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A coalition of leading business groups – including the American Farm Bureau Federation – launched a Day of Action for immigration reform yesterday (Wednesday). Groups urged Congress and the Obama Administration to work together to enact immigration reform during events in Washington, D.C. and in more than 60 congressional districts across 25 states. AFBF President Bob Stallman says immigration reform is critical for the ag industry – as many farmers rely on an immigrant labor force. Without reform – Stallman says growers will begin to plant less labor intensive crops or food production will go off shore. Either they import [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014
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The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is now accepting applications for the new Faces of Farming and Ranching. USFRA CEO Randy Krotz says the alliance is proud of the improvements farmers and ranchers are bringing to America’s food supply and USFRA thinks it’s imperative that they have a strong voice in addressing consumer questions. Krotz says the success USFRA experienced with last year’s ambassadors shows people want to hear directly from those who are cultivating food. Complete an application entry form and submit a video no longer than three-minutes that shows your operation and your role on the farm or [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014
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Full Story Mike Morehouse – Full Interview     This Crop Watch update made possible by Trupointe Cooperative – now open in Milford, Indiana. All in all, the crop conditions are pretty good in northern Indiana says New Paris farmer Mike Morehouse.  “We started detasseling seed corn about three days ago and we’re going at it. The corn really looks excellent. There’s issues out there in the fields, magnesium deficiency in some areas, yellowness in certain spots because of too much rain.”  Morehouse says farmers in his area are looking to get more water in their fields.  “Normally we are irrigating in June but this year we didn’t [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014
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The deadline for Indiana soybean farmers to cast their votes in the Indiana Soybean Alliance’s (ISA) annual election of its Board of Directors is Thursday, July 31.  With contested races in the northeast, northwest, and southeast regions, farmers will elect six new directors to ISA’s 24-member board.  The board is responsible for investing Indiana soybean checkoff funds in programs to increase the viability of Indiana soybean farmers. Currently, ISA has seven major areas of focus, including grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, biofuels, environmental programs, and new uses for soybeans. “It is great to see so many farmers interested in serving [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014
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Several ag organizations have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its Interpretive Rule on exemptions from permitting under the Clean Water Act. A group of more than 90 organizations – led by the National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation – say the interpretive rule binds farmers and ranchers with new, specific legal obligations under the Clean Water Act and modifies existing regulations interpreting the statutory term normal farming, ranching and silviculture. The interpretive rule would exempt 56 ag activities from a proposed rule that would expand EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ authority over [...]
Tue, Jul 08, 2014
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Pat Wolff, American Farm Bureau Tax Adviser
American Farm Bureau   Pat Wolff, American Farm Bureau Tax Adviser The U.S. House has scheduled a vote later this week on making permanent a key tax break for agriculture. Bonus depreciation is headed for the House floor even as a short-term extension of the expired break is stuck in the Senate. American Farm Bureau Tax Adviser Pat Wolff:  “This is good news for farmers and ranchers. Bonus depreciation allows a person to immediately deduct the cost of new equipment purchases rather than having to spread that out over time.”  While the Senate’s bill is a two-year extension of a kitchen-sink of expired tax [...]
Tue, Jul 08, 2014
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The condition of this year’s corn crop is drastically different across the Corn Belt. Pockets of Central Illinois, Eastern Iowa, and Indiana have reported corn beginning to tassel, while farmers in the Western Corn Belt continue to deal with wet and flooded fields. Yet, in Monday’s crop condition report, the USDA made no changes to crop ratings from a week ago. The USDA put corn conditions at 75% of the crop rated “Good” or “Excellent”, unchanged from the previous week, but a 7% increase from last year; 20% was considered “Fair” down 1% from last week, while only 5% was [...]
Tue, Jul 08, 2014
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Heavy rains continued to pour onto Indiana fields but  farmers still found opportunity to do fieldwork for the week ending June 6, 2014, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures ranged from 68 to 75 degrees, or 0 to 6 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 45 degrees; the highest, 93 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 69.9 degrees, 2.0 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.03 to 2.55 inches, with a state average of 0.48 inches. Regionally, winter wheat was 95% mature in South, 90% in Central, and [...]
Mon, Jul 07, 2014
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The Fruit Twister Shake-up from Goodwin Family Products has been voted the 2014 ‘Signature Food’ of the Indiana State Fair.  Online voters selected this beverage over four other finalists after viewing photos of all the entries and reading the comments of six panelists who tasted all five dishes. The contest had a “Reconstructed/Deconstructed” theme to tie in to the fair’s “Year of the Coliseum” celebration honoring the recent $63 million Fairgrounds Coliseum Complex renovation project. The winning entry combines fresh lemons, oranges, pineapple and strawberries with sugar or Splenda, ice and water. It is then shaken to perfection to make a [...]
Mon, Jul 07, 2014
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Producers and lawmakers have concerns about the mandatory PEDv reporting program announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – according to the Pork Network. Iowa Congressman Steve King’s main concern is the possibility that producer confidentiality will be breached – which could mean activists could use the information against the pork industry.   King is also concerned about federal records that would be compiled by the order. Minnesota Pork Producers Executive Director Dave Preisler says his goal is to keep the reporting process simple while protecting producer confidentiality. He says submission requirements include a herd’s premises ID number, the date the sample [...]
Mon, Jul 07, 2014
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