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Phase One progress to be discussed
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Phase One progress to be discussed

News Phase One progress to be discussed August 8, 2020 By Ken Anderson Filed Under: News, Trade Top U.S. and Chinese trade officials will reportedly meet virtually next week to discuss progress on the phase one trade deal. Various media reports this week indicated talks would take place on or around August 15th, roughly six months after the deal came into force in February. The discussion on trade comes as diplomatic relations between the two countries have reached new lows. The South China Morning Post quotes an adviser to the Chinese government as saying if the U.S. continues to intensify political and diplomatic pressure on China, it could threaten the future of the trade deal. China has ratcheted up its purchases of U.S. farm goods in recent weeks but still l...
Telehealth grows in pandemic
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Telehealth grows in pandemic

Healthy Living Telehealth grows in pandemic August 7, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: COVID-19, Healthy Living Telehealth has been critical for communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. A hospital CEO predicts the practice of medicine using digital technologies will stay in place long after the US recovers from the pandemic. Healthy Living ~ Telehealth
Stabenow firm on improved SNAP benefits in COVID-19 aid
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Stabenow firm on improved SNAP benefits in COVID-19 aid

News Stabenow firm on improved SNAP benefits in COVID-19 aid August 7, 2020 By Nicole Heslip Filed Under: COVID-19, Michigan, News The Ranking Member of the Senate Ag Committee Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says she will not support additional aid to farmers in a final stimulus bill until there’s an increase in the SNAP program. The House-passed bill contains SNAP increases, the Senate bill does not. Debate over another round of coronavirus relief ended with no resolution Friday but lawmakers have agreed to postpone an August recess until an agreement is made. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly offered to reduce the House package by $1 Trillion dollars from $3 Trillion. Stabenow, along with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, reintroduced the Food Supply Prote...
Hog futures supported by strength in wholesale values
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Hog futures supported by strength in wholesale values

Market News Hog futures supported by strength in wholesale values At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle closed mostly lower on spread trade and technical weakness.  August live cattle closed $.17 higher at $102.80 and October live cattle closed $.52 lower at $106.54.  August feeder cattle closed $.75 lower at $142.72 and September feeder cattle closed $.75 lower at $145.12.  Direct cash cattle trade ended the week on a quiet note.  There was light to moderate business that took place throughout most areas all week.  Southern live deals have been mostly at $99 to $100 and Northern dressed business mostly at $163.  Both of those are above the previous week’s weighted averages.  In Missouri this past week, steers were steady to $4 higher and heifers sol...
Feeding America urging Senators to include SNAP benefits
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Feeding America urging Senators to include SNAP benefits

News Feeding America urging Senators to include SNAP benefits August 7, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: News Feeding America, which represents 200 food banks, is urging Senate leaders to include increased SNAP benefits in a final stimulus bill. Carrie Calvert, the group’s director of ag and nutrition government relations, tells Brownfield Ag News she’s encouraged by recent signs of support from GOP Senators including the chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, “Senator Pat Roberts discussed increasing SNAP benefits just yesterday. Also, Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska also have tweeted their support. Calvert says the Senate-passed HEALS Act contains no increases for SNAP but the House-passed HEROES Act d...
Social media pictures might send the wrong farm safety message
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Social media pictures might send the wrong farm safety message

News Social media pictures might send the wrong farm safety message The National Farm Medicine Center says the social media posts with pictures of kids on the farm might be sending a dangerous message. Scott Heiberger says, “If a child is allowed to kind of run free in a worksite, it sort of desensitizes that child to the dangers and hazards around them.” Heiberger tells Brownfield there has been an alarming number of photos and images online showing young children climbing on or even operating farm equipment, which can make it seem okay for children to play in dangerous areas. “There’s something about it sometimes. It’s like, oh, pose here and stand a little higher on that thing. It sounds crazy, but if we could just check ourselves and say, okay, is this the image we ...
MU researching new herbicides
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MU researching new herbicides

News MU researching new herbicides August 7, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: Missouri, News Researchers at the University of Missouri are running trials on new corn and soybean herbicides in addition to established herbicides on the market. In the latest online field day video, Senior Researcher Brian Dintelman says they’re looking into a couple of soybean herbicides expected to be approved for use by growers NEXT year. “So we are evaluating a new premix from Syngenta containing Boundary and First Rate which is giving us broad spectrum weed control and significant benefits over Boundary by itself,” and, “Engenia and Engenia Prime, which should be coming soon from BASF. These are dicamba plus residual containing products.” Dintelman says Mizzou Weed Science is also ...
Appeals court cancels order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline
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Appeals court cancels order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

News Appeals court cancels order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline August 6, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: News, South Dakota An appeals court has cancelled a judge’s order to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline. The three-judge panel found that the lower court did not have the necessary findings to temporarily shut down the pipeline for an environmental review. But those judges rejected the motion by Energy Transfer to block the review. North and South Dakota ag groups, including the South Dakota Corn Growers, Farm Bureau and the state’s soybean association, asked the court to stay the district court ruling saying it would greatly increase the costs of transporting commodities.
Missouri corn, soybean crops vary with weather
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Missouri corn, soybean crops vary with weather

News Missouri corn, soybean crops vary with weather August 6, 2020 By Tom Steever Filed Under: Crops, Missouri, News Crops look good in areas where the weather is conducive, but a Missouri agronomist says there are areas damaged by hot, dry weather. Standing in a field of tall corn, Jason Mefford uses caution to describe the condition of Missouri’s corn and soybean crop.“Well, it depends on where you’re at,” Mefford, an agronomist for the Missouri farm supply cooperative MFA, told Brownfield Ag News. The western part of Missouri along I-70 has good corn and soybeans, according to Mefford.Around Concordia, Lexington, up in here, they’ve gotten a lot of good rains,” said Mefford. “The crops look really good, [but] you start to go south from here and the crops suffered a lit...
Turkey not taking direct hit from pandemic like other livestock sectors
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Turkey not taking direct hit from pandemic like other livestock sectors

News Turkey not taking direct hit from pandemic like other livestock sectors turkey at Meeker Cty Fair An extension economist suggests the turkey industry has felt less disruption from the coronavirus pandemic when looking across the U.S. livestock sector. Brigid Tuck is with the University of Minnesota. “We are number one in turkey production, and in a good way I guess for Minnesota turkey farmers, the pandemic has sort of had less of an impact on this industry than many of our other livestock industries in the state.” She tells Brownfield that was due to several factors. “The demand structure for turkey and some of our other poultry was a little bit different. As well as some of the processing capacity and the way things are processed in the facilities. As w...