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Changing the conversation around mental health in rural America

A not-for-profit is challenging the stigma surrounding mental health in rural America. Jeff Winton, a New York dairy farmer founded Rural Minds after his nephew died by suicide in 2012.  “People in rural America, including my family, were raised to believe we shouldn’t talk about our problems,” he says. He tells Brownfield the organization is partnering with several groups for outreach, including 4-H, FFA, and beginning farmers and ranchers.  “Younger […]

todayFebruary 1, 2023

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NCBA president outlines benefits of animal disease traceability

The president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says producers can use traceability as another form of risk management. Don Schiefelbein says NCBA members will set policy this week around voluntary animal traceability and explains why this is a crucial component of risk management. “If I’m willing to voluntarily track all my ins and outs, so I know where my cattle came from, and where my cattle went, now I […]

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Optimism for A-PLUS Act as it’s reintroduced into the US House

A bipartisan group of legislators has reintroduced the Amplifying Processing of Livestock in the United States (A-PLUS) Act in the US House.  The bill would remove outdated regulatory barriers and allow livestock auction market owners to own or invest in small and regional meatpackers.  Chelsea Good with the Livestock Marketing Association says she’s optimistic the bill will find success in the 118th Congress.  “It really is a hot topic at […]

todayFebruary 1, 2023

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Live cattle mixed, feeders up ahead of inventory report

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle were mixed and feeders were higher ahead of the week’s direct business and Tuesday’s semi-annual USDA Cattle Inventory report. The U.S. inventory at the start of 2023 was down 3% on the year and numbers point to an even tighter supply in the coming months. February live was up $.10 at $158.85 and April was down $.32 at $163.02. March feeders were $2.22 higher at […]

todayJanuary 31, 2023

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USTR announces new actions seeking Canadian dairy market access

The U.S. is again trying to make Canada live up to the dairy guidelines in the USMCA trade agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Tuesday that a second dispute panel has been established regarding Canada’s dairy tariff-rate quota (TRQ) allocation measures. The U.S. already won the first dispute panel action filed in 2021, but Tai and the U.S. dairy industry claim Canada’s revised dairy TRQ allocation measures effectively prohibit […]

todayJanuary 31, 2023

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Cattle producers remain committed to conservation

When done correctly grazing increases native grass environments, improves soil quality, and sequesters carbon. Ethan Lane, vice president of government affairs, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association tells Brownfield members want to ensure grazing remains part of the conservation conversation and will work on policy this week.   “Making sure that not only is it really recognized in those programs, but those tools are being put into place to encourage that in […]

todayJanuary 31, 2023

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Soybeans, corn consolidate as wheat gains

Soybeans were mixed on bull spreading, supporting nearby contracts, and pressuring deferred months. Soybeans consolidated after Monday’s gains, continuing to monitor weather in South America. Forecasts for Argentina remain mostly dry over the next two weeks, while parts of Brazil should see more early harvest delays. There are no reported quality issues, yet, for the parts of Brazil seeing those delays and that nation remains on track for record production. […]

todayJanuary 31, 2023

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Pork market faces headwinds in ‘23

An ag economist says pork had a strong year in 2022, but challenges are ahead. “The last eight weeks or so we have seen consumer level demand stay pretty steady,” said Dr. Steve Meyer with Partners for Production Agriculture. “But we’ve seen wholesale demand and hog demand kind of slide some.” He tells Brownfield cost of production continues to be a concern. “It’s going to cost us about a dollar […]

todayJanuary 31, 2023

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 31, 2023

Mar. corn closed at $6.79 and 3/4, down 4 centsMar. soybeans closed at $15.38, up 2 and 3/4 centsMar. soybean meal closed at $484.20, down $4.50Mar. soybean oil closed at 62.33, up 101 pointsMar. wheat closed at $7.61 and 1/4, up 8 and 3/4 centsFeb. live cattle closed at $158.85, up 10 centsFeb. lean hogs closed at $74.87, down 27 centsFeb. ...

todayJanuary 31, 2023

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